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Guyan Valley Wildcats Basketball
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700, North State Route 10
Branchland, West Virginia

    Welcome to the old website for the former Guyan Valley High School boys basketball team (hope you enjoy it, sure miss these days!). All the information concerning the team can be found on this site. Guyan Valley won the 1979 Class A state title under head coach Paul "Skip" Winters.
    Guyan Valley has won 14 sectional titles with the first coming in 1949 in Class B and the latest coming last season 2002 in Class A. Sectional Championships: 1949 B, 1950 B, 1952 A, 1953 A, 1955 A, 1979 A, 1981 A, 1982 A, 1983 AA, 1985 AA, 1996 A, 2001 A, 2002 A and 2003A. These facts were obtained from Mr. Woody Higginbotham, state historian.
      In 1981 and 1982, GV was considered quarterfinalist, due to the fact that only four teams made the state tournament field. Meaning that they were regional runner-ups.
    Coach Duane E. Estep was hired as head coach and began his tenure at Guyan Valley during the 1999-2000 season. The young Wildcats posted an 8-14 mark in that first season for Coach Estep.
    2000-2001 was a different story, the Wildcats finished the season 16-8 with a Sectional Title and at one point in the season was ranked as high as #10 in West Virginia.
    The GV Wildcats 2001-2002 season saw the Cats earn only the second State Tournament appearance in school history. The boys defeated Fayetteville 62-55 in the opening round of the states and fell to Parkersburg Catholic in the semi-finals to finish 15-11 on the season.
    2002-2003 season, the Wildcats made the first back-to-back state tournament appearances in school history. GV finished the regular season 13-11. GV fell to Parkersburg Catholic in the first-round of the states. Coach Estep will be teaching at Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, Ohio.

Teamwork is job one with the Wildcats!


CHARLESTON, WV -- Guyan Valley plays Parkersburg Catholic Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 1:30pm in the quarter-finals of the 90th WV State Tournament.


Guyan Valley scores upset over 'Hounds

Christopher Wade
For the Daily Mail

Thursday March 07, 2002; 11:17 AM

Guyan Valley Coach Duane Estep called it a "miracle.''

Valley Coach Joby Groom said his Greyhounds might have underestimated their foe.

In the end, Estep's team had a victory and a berth in next week's boys Class A state basketball tournament at the Civic Center.

"To be able to play a championship-caliber team such as Valley the way we did, and to advance to the state tournament is a miracle considering what all we had to go through all season," said Estep, following Guyan Valley's 67-64 victory over No. 5 Valley Wednesday in the Region 8 final before about 600 fans at Riverside High.

Guyan Valley's season has been one of peaks and valleys.

The team started out the year 0-5, two key players served 10-game suspensions, and 5-foot-11 junior Brett Hudson suffered a severe knee injury.

"It's been an up-and-down season as we have had some turmoil," Estep said. "With Brett, the doctors told him he tore his ACL. He gutted it out until the suspensions were over with, and then found out he just had meniscus damage, but still had to have surgery in the middle of the season.

"We didn't play him much so we could save him for this time of year."

"I just tried to make it and play through the pain,'' Hudson said. "I played with it pretty messed up with all the suspensions. I just had to stick it out. I thought I was going to be done for the year, but then they said it wasn't as bad, so it feels like heaven to come back.''

Hudson scored 18 points for Guyan Valley (14-10) and added six rebounds on Wednesday. His most significant play, however, came with 2:18 to play in the game and his team up 62-60.

After a missed shot by teammate Lee Balser, Hudson grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back in to give his team a little breathing room. The Wildcats would need the breathing room as Valley cut the lead to two with one minute to play.

The Greyhounds had possession of the basketball and went to senior T.C. Newkirk, who had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer and the lead. The shot rattled out and Guyan Valley was able to hit key free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"I think our kids took them a little bit lightly tonight," Groom said. "Maybe I should have pounded it inside late in the game, but I went for the win on the 3- point attempt.

"I thought if he makes it, we would win, and T.C. had a great look. It just didn't go in."

For Valley, which finished the year at 16-6, Jason Sizemore scored a game-high 23 points and C.J. McKenzie added 11 points and 20 rebounds.

"We have only been to the state tournament one time, and we won it all that year. We are going to go try and do it again," Hudson said.

Coach Duane Estep celebrates a McNeely shot!

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