Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament
Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017 photo, Herbert Hoover High School boys basketball coach Josh Daniel speaks with his players during high school basketball practice in Charleston, W.Va.. Nine months after floods destroyed their high school in Clendenin, the boys team has advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history. (AP Photo/John Raby)
Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament
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After flooding destroyed their high school in West Virginia last summer, the Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team spent the season practicing and competing in unfamiliar places.
 
They'll also end it in a place they've never been before: the state tournament.
 
Herbert Hoover struggled through the regular season with a losing record. Then the team put together four straight wins in the postseason, including a double-overtime thriller in the regional final, to advance to the 104-year-old tournament for the first time in school history.
 
Now the Huskies are ready for what they hope will be one final incredible road show.
 
With the destruction from the floods still weighing heavily on the community, the Huskies (13-13) opened tournament play March 16 at the Charleston Civic Center. They were to play defending champion Fairmont Senior.
 
"Nobody expected this out of us," senior center Chase King said.
 
Playing basketball was an afterthought last June in the community of 1,200. It is about 20 miles northeast of Charleston. The Elk River rose 10 feet high in some buildings. It destroyed bridges and ripped homes from their foundations. Six people in Kanawha (KUH-naw) County died. Statewide, 23 were killed.
 
Herbert Hoover coach Josh Daniel said every student was directly affected or had a relative whose home flooded. Members of the basketball team joined other volunteers to help in the community.
 
King, who said the floods got into the second floor of an uncle's house, spent a week removing furniture from a woman's home. He pressure-washed and sanitized other places. Senior guard Kody McGraw went with a church group to clean up storm victims' homes and remove debris from the school's mud-caked baseball field.
 
Principal Mike Kelley was among the few who walked the hallways of the school after the flood. That was before the school building was condemned.
 
Daniel and the basketball team never got to see the damage to the school. They weren't allowed back in. They only saw the buckled floor of the gymnasium from photographs.
 
"Just seeing those pictures, so many memories washed down the drain," King said.
 
Those memories are being replaced by greater ones.
 
When school started last fall, Herbert Hoover students assembled in a temporary home. They attended afternoon classes at a middle school nine miles away. Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams. And parents carpooled the basketball team to morning practices at a YMCA in Charleston. Their home games were held at the middle school gym.
 
"Our kids don't complain about it," Daniel said.
 
Daniel said he hasn't mentioned the flood to his players since the season started. King said the devastation "was just more motivation to go out and show everybody we may not be the best team that you're going to play, but we're definitely going to be the toughest."
 
Getting to the tournament "just seems surreal, really," McGraw said. "A lot of people want to see us do good."
 
That includes Diane Chandler. She is the owner of an income tax and bookkeeping service in Clendenin, where the floodwaters rose more than 5 feet up the walls. It took four months for her to clean up and reopen her business.
 
"I think it's wonderful that they've rallied back like that," Chandler said. "It makes us say that if they can do it, anybody can do it."

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COMMENTS (171)
  • williamm4-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:41 p.m.

    This article is about a school that flooded but their basket ball team made it to finals. The team would practice in unfamiliar places. With the teams grit it has helped many people in community."Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams" Herbert hoover high school was int doing good with a losing streak."Herbert Hoover struggled through the regular season with a losing record."

  • keiryr3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:45 p.m.

    The state of community was horrible because it was difficult having to see your home filled with water and destroyed. It says in the article that it had took a lady a week just to take furniture out of her house. The basketball team had also struggled because they had to play in places they didn't know. Besides all of that the basketball team thrived and had broken the chain of the losing streak of the team. Everyone in the community has always loved and wanted to see the basketball team succeed.

  • manuelr3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:46 p.m.

    The Herbert Hover Basketball team made a diffrence in their home town after the flood that affected everyone and their propeties.Most of the time their basketball team were at a constant loss but this year the managed to get into the state tournoment[can´t spell] and they had a fundraiser which allowed them to have jerseys and it made the town have something to look forward after the flood.¨Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams¨.¨Members of the basketball team joined other volunteers to help in the community¨.

  • mariac5-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:48 p.m.

    This article was about how school got destroyed because of a flood that occurred. The Basketball team helped the community so that they could raise money to. They had to go to a school 9 miles away from their school to learn they had to buy their school supplies. The basket ball team went to stay over at another place.

  • fernandol3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:48 p.m.

    This article is a about the incredible story of " Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team". They played after a horrible natural disaster that destroyed the teams gym. They were forced to go to very rare places to practice they grinned and had grit and now they're in the State tournament.

    The sports gave them a way to express there feelings. its a escape from the pain they have endured from flooded houses to dead relatives this has been a tragic accident but the team rallied and got through and gave the town a reason to be happy. Now all we can hope is that they win it all.

  • rubyz2-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    Sports help the community recover from the flooding by giving a little hope that there is still something left. The community felt very happy knowing that generous kids will help them. Kids on the basketball team will have to drive 9 miles to get to practice that is how dedicated they are. By also having this tournament will be a distraction from all the sadness and be all hyped for the games.

  • birzayitb1-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    In this article flooding destroyed the high school in West Virginia last summer, the Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team had to endure through a lot. "Herbert Hoover struggled through the regular season with a losing record."

  • bryantl3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    Summary: The basketball team that are involve in the flood are the Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team. Even when their school was destroyed by the flood, they still practicing for their game.

  • brendam4-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    Sports helps the community recover from a devastating natural disaster because people then have something to be excited about. They don't have to be as sad about the flood because the basketball games keeps them distracted and happy. After the flood many homes were destroyed but many people in the community were helping fix storm victims homes. The basketball team had to practice in unfamiliar places and they had to practice at a a middle school nine miles away. They had to carpool to morning practices at the YMCA. The effect the teams success had on the community was they thought if the team could succeed then they could too.

  • amym3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:49 p.m.

    1)This article is about a basketball team rising from being the under dogs and into the state tournament - from a destroyed high school. Herbert Hoover started off with a "losing record." The team gradually "put together four straight wins in the postseason, including a double-overtime thriller in the regional final, to advance to the 104-year-old tournament for the first time in school history." A flood not only destroyed homes, but it destroyed their entire high school. Herbert Hoover's coach stated "every student was directly affected or had a relative whose home flooded." After the flood, "..the school building was condemned." The high school students and Herbert Hoover moved to a middle school to attend their classes and had their home games held there. Despite the disastrous event, the Herbert Hoovers used it as a way to push them into the tournament.

    2) Sports helps this community recover from a devastating natural disaster because they used a disastrous event and turned it into a drive of encouragement. The state of the community after the flooding was sad as people's homes. businesses, and schools were flooded.

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