Competitors…For all of you who are putting in quality preparation this summer getting ready for your fall season – you know who you are and so do the coaches. The harder you work, the greater the investment, the harder it is to surrender and the more valuable the reward.
Compete!! No Regrets!


There may not be a more negative force to a team than someone who takes energy from the group and any more powerful force than those who give and create positive energy.

 Whether you are an energy giver or energy taker - everyone knows who you are.
Great teammates are priceless - be one!


In athletics the most selfish thing you can do is not use all your talent and effort.
Give your team the gift of everything you have - no regrets.



Fe being herself during the East Dale Elementary School

"Trunk or Treat" at EFHS last Friday.


EF Lady Bees Basketball team helping with the

"Trunk or Treat" for East Dale Elementary School

last Friday.






Lady Bees Banquet 2018




Coaches with Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirate and World Series Champion, at the EQT Classic brunch at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Mr. Blass gave a great speech for the teams and coaches. Each coach received a Polo and the players received an EQT tee-shirt.

The EF Lady Bees enjoyed an outing on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Springs mining for gems. McKiblerBees old fashioned pan mining trailer provided the activity.


Find those gems!


More gem finding!



Coaches meet Santa!

Shootout success

May 17, 2011

East Fairmont hoops event continues growth


PLEASANT VALLEY — In five short years, the East Fairmont Shootout has grown from humble begin­nings to something much bigger.

The event had just 14 teams in year No. 1, but turnout gradually increased.

From 51 in 2008 to 60 the following year to all the way to 80 last spring.

And the final number of participating teams for this year’s shootout, which wrapped up last weekend?

“100 on the dot,” East freshman boys’ basketball coach and shootout organizer James Beckman said.

But for impressive as that total is — and how much the East Fairmont Shootout has grown in such a short time — it could’ve been even big­ger.

In fact, Beckman says teams were still hoping to sign up just days prior to the start of the event.

“What’s hard to believe is even with 100 teams (booked), we had teams call­ing Friday still trying to sign up,” he said.

There is good reason for that, as Beckman feels the event’s organized schedule and guarantee of games — four for sure, with the possi­bility of seven or eight — sets the East Fairmont Shootout apart.

“It’s crazy with that many teams and that many peo­ple,” he said. “But (people compliment us) on the organization, how everything is run on time.”

The event is open to boys and girls from fifth grade all the way to soon-to-be high school seniors. And there is talent from all over: Teams from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Washington,
D.C., all took part in this year’s shootout.

All the funds for the event go back to East’s boys’ bas­ketball program and has paid big dividends over the years. In the past, money has been used to feed teams before away games, help pay for charter buses, travel expenses, travel bags, shoot­ing shirts and even new uni­forms for the varsity boys’ team prior to the 2009-10 campaign.

To Beckman, much of the credit goes to East’s hard­working
basketball boosters, led by president Mike Sarsfield.

“We couldn’t do it without
them,” he said of the boost­ers, who helped organize the event and also brought the more than 50 basketball ref­erees needed to make sure the games went on smooth­ly.

And while the East Fairmont Shootout manages to give back to the Bees, the team’s players try to do the same during the weekend of the tournament, helping out wherever needed at the event’s four game sites.

“They help out all week­end because they see how much it has helped (them over the years),” Beckman said. “They want to come back and be a part of it.”

The tournament, though, might have reached its max in terms of numbers.

Beckman certainly isn’t complaining.

“It’s something good we have here,” he said. “I don’t know if we want to get any bigger; we’re OK with all the sites we have. Plus, it’s kind of fun to see these teams racing to (sign up and get a spot in the Shootout).

“We started with 14 teams in our first year and we’re now at 100. I never thought this would happen — it shows what hard work can do.”

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Kings Island Memorial Madness

Pictured to the left are members of the East Fairmont Boys Basketball Team standing in front of Kings Island in Cincinnati, OH.
East Fairmont Boys Basketball team competed in the Ohio Youth Group Basketball Tournament during the Memorial Day weekend held in Cincinnati, OH. East took 3 teams to this highly competitive tournament competing in the Varsity, Freshman, and 8th grade divisions. The varsity team lost in the semifinals going 3-2 for the weekend, while the freshman lost in the quaterfinals going 1-4 for the weekend, and the 8th grade made it to the championship game in their division posting a 3-2 record for the weekend.