A few days earlier in a small preview, the Elkins paper reported that about 300 Elkins fans were expected to make the trip by train to Buckhannon.
After the game, Wesleyan president Thomas Haught, an 1894 graduate of the college, addressed the players and presented the championship trophy to Leslie, the Elkins captain.
The other four starters were Frank Wimer, Harry Whetsell, Carl Radcliffe and Jerome Madden. The reserves were Lawrence Parmesano, Hubert Tonry and Howard Ellifritz. Wimer and Whetsell later played at West Virginia University, and Wimer spent much of his life as a coach at Elkins High School.
The Tigers were coached by C.W. Jackson and played their home games at the Elkins YMCA, a building that still stands on Davis Avenue.
Leslie, who played basketball for Davis & Elkins College the following year, died of pneumonia on March 19, 1915, almost exactly a year after leading his team to a state championship.
The Wheeling players were John Creighton, Howard Nay, Ed Mathews, William Boyce, Herman Hamilton, James Bachman and George Ford. The coach was J.H. Thornton.
Each Elkins player was given a miniature metal basketball, a keepsake suitable for a necklace or keychain. Wesleyan paid the train fare for both teams.
During the regular season, the teams split their two meetings, Elkins winning 42-18 at home and Wheeling avenging the loss by rallying from a four-point halftime deficit to win 31-23 in Wheeling. It was the Tigers' only loss of the season and, in fact, their only setback in the last two seasons. Wheeling had lost one other game that year, at Parkersburg.
The first public announcement of the proposed tournament came on March 5, 1914, in an Associated Press story distributed to state newspapers.
The story read: "March 21 has been suggested to all high school basketball teams, which have sent their records for the 1913-14 season, as the date for the state high school basketball tournament.''
Not long after that first title game, the Wheeling Intelligencer observed: "Wesleyan at first planned a general tournament to decide the championship for high schools, but when it came down to the end of the regularly scheduled games . . . it was found that Wheeling and Elkins were really the only teams having a claim to the title.''
In a 1938 Daily Mail story, Thornton, the former Wheeling coach, recalled that the idea of a tournament in 1914 was conceived too late in the season to arrange an elaborate tournament.
Nevertheless, the people involved expected the tourney to continue and thrive in future years.
"It is understood to be the intention of Wesleyan,'' a Wheeling Register sportswriter wrote nearly 100 years ago, "to make the basketball championship an annual affair.''
Stansbury began work as West Virginia's athletic director in 1917 and soon saw the need for a new football stadium and basketball arena. His efforts led to the opening of 38,000-seat Mountaineer Field in 1924 and the 6,000-seat Field House four years later.
The old Field House survives as Stansbury Hall, serving as home for intramurals and academic needs.
A year after the Field House opened, Stansbury introduced the WVU Indoor Track Games and eventually brought U.S. Olympic greats Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe and Eddie Tolan to compete there. He added wrestling and boxing to the Mountaineers' list of intercollegiate sports.
As athletic director, he often accompanied various Mountaineer teams on the road and, making use of the sportswriting skills he acquired as a Wesleyan student, wrote lengthy game stories that he sent to state newspapers. He also wrote midweek stories and updates on practices.
The late Eddie Barrett, who worked as West Virginia's sports information director in the 1950s and later earned the distinction as the school's sports historian, developed a friendship with Stansbury in those years. By that time, the former Mountaineer athletic director, who died in 1966, had become something of a West Virginia icon.
"Stansbury was a promoter, and he started a lot of things,'' Barrett said in a 2012 Gazette interview. "He decided on his own to match Wheeling against Elkins in the state high school basketball tournament. It was arbitrary on his part. He made decisions on his own. I was privileged to know him.''
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