The Times West Virginian

March 7, 2013

PHOTOS: Charleston-bound

Bears roll past Ritchie, headed back to states

By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Moving forward.

That’s what Fairmont Senior’s boys’ basketball team has been about all season and the sentiment was no different Wednesday night after it rolled visiting Ritchie County, 70-40, in the Region I co-final.

The Polar Bears smiled, hugged, posed for pictures with teammates and family, even snipped a piece of net or two.

Sure, they were happy, but far from satisfied.

“This is what we worked for in the offseason, but we’re not done,” Fairmont Senior star Travon Horton said. “We have a couple more steps to make.”

Added fellow Polar Bear standout Jarin Hilson: “We set our goal from the beginning of the season to not only make it to states, but to win a state championship.”

Now, they’ll get the chance.

Fairmont Senior (19-6) blitzed Ritchie County with a massive second-period run and never looked back to earn another trip to Charleston. It’ll be the second straight state tourney appearance for the Polar Bears, who fell to George Washington in last year’s opening round while still in triple-A.

The last time FSHS made states in back-to-back seasons was in 2006-07.

“Our guys are happy; they are excited. But they’re very business-like of what they wanted to accomplish tonight. We met that goal and move forward,” veteran Fairmont Senior coach David Retton said.

After a back-and-forth first quarter with the Polar Bears up 16-12, the hosts simply took care of business.

They began the second period with a 12-0 run, held Ritchie County (18-7) scoreless for more than five minutes and got a huge scoring lift from Travon Horton.


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