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 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 against 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 about 20 miles northeast of Charleston. The Elk River rose 10 feet high in some buildings, destroying bridges and ripping homes from their foundations. Six people in Kanawha (KUH-naw) County died; 23 were killed statewide.
 
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 in the weeks that followed.
 
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 and pressure washing and sanitizing 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 and 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, attending afternoon classes at a middle school nine miles away. Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams. And parents joined together to carpool 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, 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 (34)
  • jemerej-orv
    3/21/2017 - 02:42 p.m.

    How sad that their school was destroyed that must cost a lot of money to repair. at least they still made it to the state championship

  • gavinm-sto
    3/21/2017 - 02:49 p.m.

    i think that its a good explanation about basketball.

  • jenaea-sto
    3/21/2017 - 02:53 p.m.

    i think this story was very touching. the players played through everything that happened to their school and made it to the championship! that is so great! good luck to them!

  • skylarg-sto
    3/21/2017 - 02:55 p.m.

    The building was maybe condemned because it was too hard or too expensive. The gym floors were buckled so that would take too long to repair. Sometimes buildings get condemned so that it can be rebuilt.

  • mckenziec-sto
    3/21/2017 - 02:56 p.m.

    I think that the building was condemned instead of being repaired because it would be to expensive to repair it.

  • hannahl1-sto
    3/21/2017 - 03:06 p.m.

    The building was condemned because some of the flood was 10 feet high and had a lot of damage.

  • reeseb-smi
    3/21/2017 - 07:50 p.m.

    The building was condemned rather than repaired for money reasons.In the future,building a new school would be a lot cheaper rather than trying to fix the old school.Also,they might have condemned the old school for life safety reason.

  • dannym2-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:42 p.m.

    "Six people in Kanawha (KUH-naw) County died; 23 were killed statewide." This article was kind of shocking and kind of sad because Verginia high school made it to the state tornament even though their school got flooded and people died from that flood and imagine the players recuperating from their families
    being injured, imagine how they felt. "Herbert Hoover coach Josh Daniel said every student was directly affected or had a relative whose home flooded." This quote says that every student/players were affected and/or had a relative who had their home flooded. Imagine how they felt from this and the team probably might lose because of this.

  • katiea-smi1
    3/22/2017 - 01:02 p.m.

    The building was condemned rather than repaired because it was probably more money to repair everything and less to just get a new school.

  • BriannaFar
    3/23/2017 - 01:44 p.m.

    There was so much water in the building that they couldn't repair it. The repair would have costed a lot of money. I don't think they had the money or they would have repaired it.

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