Herbert Hoover basketball team lifts students, community spirits despite loss

Herbert Hoover High School makes it to the state boys basketball tournament, despite a flood that destroyed the school. (WCHS/WVAH)

For the first time, the Herbert Hoover High School boys basketball team played in the state tournament, not even a year after students lost their school.

Head Coach Josh Daniels said members of his team never used the flood as an excuse, even after losing their equipment and gym.

"We did get flooded, we aren't in our same gym, we are going at different times. The kids aren't on the same routine we've been in for the last three or four years," Daniels said.

Players carried their school and community to the state tournament.

Senior Chase King said it's surreal to make a huge goal of his come true.

"Looking back at all the seniors we lost last year and then over the summer when we lost our school, it was really hard to picture any success this season," King said.

Coaching the team for four years, Daniels said his players are the definition of hard working.

"They took it as a challenge upon themselves," Daniels said.

Fan Heather Bowels said their character shows on and off the court.

"During the summer, they were there shoveling mud and throwing out people's belongings. Now they're here on the court. They're just doing something for the school again," Bowels said.

Just getting here, she said, is a win for the community and a boost the students needed.

"We're all so proud of them because they've really come together as a family. The whole school is like that. We're all glad we are still here," Bowels said.

Unfortunately, Hoover lost to Fairmont Senior High School, 59 to 39.

Daniels said some of those players will be returning next year. He said this will only help them, now that they realize what it takes to get here.

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