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Plenty of experience returns for Panthers

Submitted photo Members of the 2021 Harman basketball team include front row, from left to right, Lance Adamson, Drexell Armentrout, Jacob Paugh and Megan Raines; back row, Coy Teter, Mason Eye, Joe Fridley, Clayson Knotts, Dakota Reedy, Bryson Shillingburg, Hunter Dudley and Sheridan Bonner. Not pictured: Jacob Teter, Gabe Ketterman and coach Todd Raines

HARMAN — Despite losing four seniors to graduation, the Harman basketball team returns an abundance of experience from last year’s squad.

With head coach Darrell Barnett taking a year of absence to help his father recover from surgery, former Harman girls mentor Todd Raines will step in for the delayed and shortened season.

“The team is working very hard,” said Barnett, who will continue to help with the team when time allows. “There’s a lot of rust and not much time to get into shape.

“But the kids are working at it. We have 10 players back with varsity experience and we’re looking forward to a good season.”

Seniors on the team include Clayson Knotts, Bryson Shillingburg and Jacob Teter,

The Inter-Mountain file photos Harman’s Clayton Knotts puts up a jumper during a past game against East Hardy.

Senior Sheridan Bonner and Megan Raines are also on the squad after the school was unable to field a girls team due to a lack of numbers.

A large junior class includes Lance Adamson, Drexell Armentrout, Coy Teter, Mason Eye, Hunter Dudley and Gabe Ketterman.

Joe Fridley and Dakota Reedy are sophomores and Jacob Paugh is a freshman.

There will be four classifications in place — Class AAAA, AAA, AA and A.

Harman will remain in single-A.

The Panthers will be in Region II, Section 2 with Tygarts Valley, Pocahontas County and Pendleton County.

Region II, Section 1 schools include Tucker County, East Hardy, Union and Paw Paw.

Harman opens the season Saturday at Valley (Wetzel).

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