John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January

NAHS takes Barnyard Olympics

For the fourth consecutive year, the final night of the Adams County Fair was highlighted in the center ring by the Barnyard Olympics, a friendly and fun competition between the county high schools, with a $1,000 prize on the line. This year, just three county schools fielded teams and the fourth spot in the competition was filled by a team of 4-H alumni from the area.

Prompted by emcee Don Bowles from C-103 Radio and organized by the fair’s Darlene Anderson, the teams competed in six different events, a wheelbarrow/watermelon/tire relay race, the feed scoop toss, a toilet lid toss, the milk chug, the hay bale toss, and the final event, letters in the mud, where teams dug through a muddy pit to find the letters to spell out their school’s mascot.

Each event was worth a fixed number of points according to finish and in the end, it was the squad from North Adams taking the $1,000 first prize for the third time in four years. The North Adams team included Taylor Hesler, Caitlin Young, Lexie Bunn, Maddie Toole, Lee Hesler, Justin Knechtly, Ben Figgins, Cole Roades, Tray Brand, and Madee Shipley. North Adams was coached by Tony Williams.

Finishing in second place was the team from West Union High School, coached by Tess Holloway. The squad of Dragons consisted of J.J. Kramer, Kelsey Young, Alex Clark, Kristen Grooms, Jaycee Baldwin, Ethan Thompson, Mac Wilson, Eli Fuller, Jacob Miley, and Andrew Weeks.

Third place went to the Alumni team while last year’s champions, Manchester, coached by Shawn Palmer and Chris Young, slipped to a fourth place finish. The Greyhound team was made up of Summer Wilbur, Morgan Johnson, Darrington White, Katie Fetters, Kayla Wagoner, Rickey DeAtley, Chase Darnell, Nick Woolard, Jordan Freeman, and Jared Stricklett.

The team from North Adams High School took home first place in the Barnyard Olympics held on July 18 at the Adams County Fair.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_NAHSfirst.jpgThe team from North Adams High School took home first place in the Barnyard Olympics held on July 18 at the Adams County Fair. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

West Union High School took home second place in the 2015 Barnyard Olympics.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_WUHSsecond.jpgWest Union High School took home second place in the 2015 Barnyard Olympics. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Defending champion Manchester High School dropped to fourth place in this year’s Barnyard Olympics.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_MHSfourth.jpgDefending champion Manchester High School dropped to fourth place in this year’s Barnyard Olympics. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Kids play in the mud, take home prizes

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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