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Beckley Basketball- continuing the tradition of excellence

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For years Beckley Basketball has been the epitome of the sport is the Mountain State, to the tune of 16 state titles.

The statewide recognition of the Flying Eagles dates back to the legendary Dave Barksdale days when Beckley won 5 state titles in his 17 year tenure.

Last season the boys fell just short of another championship.

"I think anytime you make it to the state tournament it will wet your whistle and make you want to get down there even more and we made it to the championship. This time we want to be cutting down the nets," said head coach Ron Kidd.

The same team that made the Charleston trip last year is returning this year except graduated senior Andrew Johnson.

One familiar face back on the court is senior Donte Nabors who averaged 20 points per game last season and received first team all-state honors.

"Last years team we were hard fighting and we always played as a family, and this years team I feel like can be better than last years team," said Nabors.

Among the five man senior cast is Dai-Dai Fortune who's ready to put in the extra effort this time around

"You got to push harder, got to give it 10 more percent than we did last year," added Fortune.

For over 50 years the Eagles have held home games at the Raleigh County Armory on the court that was named after Barksdale, this year will be a little different.

"It's something that the people on the board they want to try, it's something different but we always play at the Armory and feel like the armory is our home. But, we just have to get our team prepared for where we play at," said Kidd.

So far only two games, Winfield and Riverside, are scheduled to be played at the high school. The rest will remain at the Armory. But, no matter where they play,