Historic Union Run to State Basketball Tournament Brings Community Together


Audio report that will air during Saturday’s state championship games

MT. STORM, W.Va. – Tuesday made history for the Union High School women’s basketball team. When the ball was thrown at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center against Gilmer County, it was the first time in the school‘s 55-year history that the program played in the state basketball tournament. .

The school, Union Education Complex, has only about 50 students in grades 9-12 and is connected in every way. Union athletic director Jamie Tallman told MetroNews that every student at the Mt. Storm complex, from kindergarten to grade 12, knows someone on the team.

And it showed with nearly every student in attendance for the first-round match.

Before Tuesday’s game, I spoke with Tallman, Union principal Stephanie Chapman, 9th grader and student section leader Samuel Jones, and David Bomboy, the player’s grandfather. ‘Union Olivia Bomboy, on their emotions during the historic race. Some of them were filled with tears.

Despite Union’s downfall in Gilmer County, the team rallied a mountaintop community, brought everyone together, and rewrote history. That’s what the state basketball tournament is for.

Their comments are featured in an audio feature that will air Saturday during state championship games on WV MetroNews. The feature film can be listened to below:


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