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 (39)
  • arianam-
    3/28/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    The materials that make up the building probably got eroded or broken. The building was too destroyed for them to just fix things, so they would have to build it all over. I watch shows about fixing homes, and sometimes if a certain material is messed up, the workers have to take it apart and place in a new piece. So with the building really damaged, the building would be condemned and built again.

  • josepho-bru
    3/28/2017 - 09:40 a.m.

    According to the article" Their school was destroyed," there are many reasons why the school was condemned rather than repaired. The first reason is that they might have not had enough money to cover the cost of the damage caused. Another reason is that the school couldn't be saved from all the damage. The last reason is that there was probably mold inside the building from all the flood water getting into the building. Finally, I know why they condemned the building rather than repair it.

  • madilyn-dav
    3/30/2017 - 11:29 a.m.

    In response to "Their School was Destroyed, but They Still Made it to the State Tournament," I agree that the basketball team deserves to go to the finals. One reason I agree is that even though their school was flooded, they still managed to practice at other places and make it to the finals. That's awesome. Another reason is that the basketball team is really tough, and will persevere until the very end. The team's coach states that "'we may not be the best team that you're going to play, but we're definitely going to be the toughest.'" A third reason is because the team's whole town is counting on them to win it. They need to make their hometown proud. Even though the team's school was flooded, I think that it's awesome and well-deserved for this basketball team to go to the finals.

  • jcharles-dav
    3/30/2017 - 04:14 p.m.

    It is just truly miraculous that they could do this. They first had a massive flood that affected all of the team. Second they had to repair their communities. But despite all that they go on to the State championship. That must take some serious strength. Some many do not have or could posses.

  • ljohn-dav
    3/30/2017 - 05:27 p.m.

    In response to "Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament," I agree that that the flood was very destructive. One reason I agree is that Six people in Kanawha County died; 23 were killed statewide. Another reason is that it spent a week removing furniture from a woman's home and pressure washing and sanitizing other places. A third reason is a owner of an income tax and bookkeeping service in Clendenin, where the floodwaters rose more than 5 feet up the walls.Even though they got in the state championship, I think
    the flood was way more significant because how much destruction it made.

  • hmckenzie-dav
    3/30/2017 - 07:47 p.m.

    In response to "Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament," I agree that all students should be able to pay basketball no matter their circumstance. One reason I also found this article to be very sad but heart warming because the kids school washed away in a flood but they held strong. Another reason is that everyone is treated equally and i think that is what the author in this nonfiction article is trying to tell us. It says in the article that it took a lot of practice to get where they are. I believe that this article shows that you are how you act and the boys in this article are caring people because they did not give up on their school or team.

  • sanna-dav
    3/30/2017 - 09:11 p.m.

    This article is about a school near Charleston that was flooded. The basketball players haven't been able to play there since but still work very hard to play there best. The Huskies (13-13) are going to the state tournament and even though they may not win they are going to try there best hopefully win. Josh Daniel the Huskies coach says that the devastation of the flood "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."

  • brycew-orv
    4/01/2017 - 02:27 p.m.

    Because they some dogs

  • myahr-orv
    4/07/2017 - 05:11 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.

  • lydiao-bla
    4/28/2017 - 09:39 a.m.

    A high school in West Virginia in 2016 was flooded and destroyed the school. The team never been to the state tournament but made it through by putting together four straight wins in the postseason, including a double-overtime thriller in the regional final. It was to advance the 104 year old tournament for the first time in school history. The team and the coach never expected this out of them. The team did not complain about it, they were fine with the problem that it did not really affect them a lot. I was amazed by the way the team are fine with the school gym. I thought that when the school flooded, they would not make it to the tournament or even play basketball at all.

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