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Summer Practice Period Check-In: Tucker County Boys Basketball

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Winning has been the motto for the Tucker County boys basketball team over the years.

But for some reason, every time the Mountain Lions advance to the State Tournament in Charleston it's typically a short vacation.

These days, the Mountain Lions are putting in the practice hours in order to get back to states.

Tucker County will press forward without a pair of its leaders from last year's squad. All-State point guard Tyler Snider, along with sharpshooter Nate Goldstein have graduated.

But this team has plenty of other weapons remaining from the last few years, including lengthy forward Ian Nichols.

Players and Coaches say it's time to get to work.

"We've been there 12 or 13 years, I really don't know how many straight trips to the state tournament. Our kids really work hard in the off season. The biggest problem is that we still haven't won one, which would really be nice. I'm not trying to make excuses or anything, but every year we ran into Tug Valley, which is who we ran into this year. They were very talented," Tucker County Head Coach Tom Gutshall said.

"We'll definitely need a point guard. Tyler Snider will definitely be hard to replace. He ran the team, so it's going to be tough for somebody to fill his shoes. With Nate Goldstein, we have to find someone to knock down the shots that he could. But I think we should be all right," Mountain Lions senior forward Ian Nichols said.