East Hardy's regional final loss to Notre Dame in baseball last week closed the book on an exciting year in area high school sports.
From Tucker County's magical football season to the Buckhannon-Upshur girls track team winning a third state title in four years, the area was treated to 10 months of outstanding team and individual performances.
Sadly, however, the conclusion of the season also signaled the end of several outstanding student-athletes' high school careers.
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Tucker County players celebrate a touchdown during a playoff win over Moorefield during the fall. The Mountain Lions spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the state and advanced to the Class A semifinals.
The likes of Emily Godwin, Tyler Snyder, Clayton Collett, L.J. Lawrence, Trevor Mouser, Brianna Waybright, Brandon Pritt, Shanda Howell, Alex Armentrout, Amber Evans and Tyler Mongold are a handful of seniors that flourished during their careers.
Godwin won four state titles, giving her 13 for her career, earlier this month at the state track meet to help lead B-U to a Class AAA banner. She also was the leading scorer on the school's soccer team that advanced to the state tournament.
Snyder will leave Tucker County as one of the school's most-gifted athletes. He played at an all-state level in football, basketball and in track. Snyder was a key clog on the football team, which was ranked No. 1 for most of the season, losing a heartbreaker in double overtime to Madonna in the semifinals.
Area state champs
n Buckhannon-Upshur girls track team
n Philip Barbour girls cross country team
n Elkins, Tucker County, Lewis County, Moorefield, East Hardy
n Tucker County boys and girls, Tygarts Valley girls
The Mountain Lions also made the semifinals in basketball.
Collett established himself as one of the most exciting football players in the state, helping lead the Tigers to playoff appearances as a junior and senior.
Lawrence made a splash for Elkins High in his only year at the school, rushing for 1,774 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns.
Mouser excelled in several different sports at Philip Barbour, including swimming and track, as he participated in state competition in both.
Waybright, meanwhile, was a member of the three straight Class AA-A cross country titles captured by Philip Barbour.
Howell and Pritt leave Tygarts Valley as 1,000 career point scorers on the hardwood, while Armentrout accomplished the same feat at Harman.
Evans averaged 14 points and 3.4 steals as Tucker County earned a spot in the Class A state semifinals in basketball.
Mongold was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball at East Hardy, earning all-state honors in each sport.
Team wise, along with area squads excelling in football, basketball, cross country, soccer and track, success also occurred in several other sports.
Accomplishments of note included:
n Elkins High School's Samantha Hall and B-U's Maggie Miller captured state titles in swimming, along with the EHS 200 freestyle relay team comprised of Hall, Delaney Johnson, Tenny DeMarco and Kayla Gainer.
n The Elkins High School golf team competed in the state tourney in Wheeling
n B-U's Seth Cutright captured a state title in wrestling at the 152-pound weight class.
n Moorefield advanced to the Class A state championship round in softball.
n Elkins High's Jonathan Gainer, and the doubles team of Caitlin and Bradley Gutta competed in the state tourney.
n Philip Barbour and East Hardy both played in the semifinals of the state volleyball tournament.
- Sports Editor Joey Kittle can be reached at 304-636-2121, ext. 109 or via email at jkittle@thein termountain.com