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Tennis team continues with wins
The Eagles’ tennis teams had two matches last week, and the Braxton boys won both of theirs.
Going against St. Marys at Holly Gray Park last Wednesday, both the boys’ and girls’ teams scored wins with group scores of 4-3. Three boys won three singles matches. Wesley Skidmore won 8-5 and Josh Skidmore 8-2. Hunter Drake’s went 8-8 but he won 7-4 on a tiebreak. The boys’ doubles team of Skidmore and Skidmore pulled off their fourth win with a score of 8-5.

Banquet held in honor of Eagles boy’s basketball team
The Braxton County Eagle Boys Basketball banquet was held on Sunday, April 12, at 3:00 in the BCHS Cafeteria. Coach Lunceford opened up the banquet by welcoming everyone. Chris Stout said the opening prayer for the meal. Coach Wolfe shared many memories of his JV players. He expressed how proud he was of each and every one of them. Coach Lunceford spoke about the varsity players and how much they had improved over the season. Awards went to Trae Stout - Chairman of the Board, Human Animal With Guts (HAWG) - Josh Skidmore and Trae Stout, Iceman - AJ Jordan, Mr. Assist - Tayton Stout, Mr. Defense - Tayton Stout, Mr. Hustle - AJ Jordan, and MVP - Trae Stout.

Baseball team drops three games
A loss to South Harrison combined with a doubleheader loss to Lincoln last week put the Eagles’ record at 6-5.
The first loss, a 1-0 game, was to LKC rival South Harrison early in the week. Braxton pitcher Seth Backus, 3-1 after the loss, went the whole game. Backus allowed one run while giving up five hits and two walks. He struck out six. Winning pitcher Braeden Hurst allowed seven hits and struck out two.
Offensively, the Eagles were led by Braden Poling, who went two for three at the plate. Poling, Daniel Hoard, and Backus all doubled, and Poling had a steal.
In the doubleheader played at Lincoln on Saturday, fans saw two entirely different games.

Track team faces tough competition
At the Ritchie Pizza House Invitational last Friday, 12 individuals recorded personal records and several reached seasonal bests. Four placed in the top six in their events. Fourteen girls’ teams and 12 boys’ teams competed in the invitational. Braxton’s girls finished thirteenth and the boys finished tenth. The Ritchie County boys and the Williamstown girls took first place in the meets.
The four who placed included Bryson Dennison’s third place in the pole vault and his fourth place finish in the long jump. Kate Golinsky finished fifth in the 400 meter dash, and Katrina White placed sixth in the 1600 meter run.

Lady Eagles softball have successful week
Raising their season record to 9-5, the Lady Eagles’ softball team won five of seven games last week. After a doubleheader loss to Roane County Monday night, the girls downed South Harrison and Webster Wednesday, shut out Doddridge Thursday, and picked up two wins in a doubleheader against Robert C. Byrd Saturday.
“We were very flat. We just didn’t play well,” Coach Jerry Frame said of his team’s two losses to Roane.

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