David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol 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 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

Greyhounds in midst of two-a-days

With a heat index in the mid-to-upper 80s, the Manchester Greyhound football team doesn’t seem to be letting the heat drag them down during two-a-day practices.

The Greyhounds fields a team of around 43 players, and despite the heat, they looked fast Tuesday morning.

“We’ve got a lot of skill kids who are returning,” Manchester head coach Dustin Cook said. “I think with our experience that we finally have, with the work ethic that we have, our speed, and the fact that we’ve got more big guys this year that’ll help us up front I think that’s going to set the tempo of our play and hopefully lead us to be extremely successful.”

Cook says the large number of kids putting on the blue and gold this year will be a big factor in favor of the Greyhounds not just on Friday nights, but for years in the future.

“[Depth is a] huge factor,” Cook said. “Not only at the varsity level but for the program in general because not only will we be able to have depth on Friday nights but now our young guys instead of just getting all their reps in practice can play in a JV game and get game reps there.”

Cook also said he’s seen a stronger discipline from his team than he has in years past. He attributes that to a stability within the program of seeing guys rise up from junior high to the varsity team.

“[Our discipline comes from] the seniors we’ve got in the locker room being here for four years,” Cook said. “This is my fourth year here and this is the first year here we’ve had multiple seniors that have been in the program at least four years. In years before it was a few guys that had been there for one year, two years, three years. Having the same faces around in the locker room makes a huge difference.”

With the fast-paced offense Cook plans to run this year, the Greyhounds have been able to get most of their preseason conditioning done while running their offense.

“With the tempo of our practices we mainly try to get all of our conditioning in practice because we try to go so fast,” Cook said. “And then we’ll run just a little bit after just to make sure we’re in shape because we do want to go so fast.”

As of this moment, there’s still no contact drills being done, but that will change come Friday as the Greyhounds prepare for their intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m.

“OHSAA rules state our contact can’t start until later in the week,” Cook said. “Thursday we’ll be able to put on shoulder pads, Friday we’re finally able to put on full pads where we can do a little bit more and then Saturday will be our scrimmage. We’re getting there, it’s exciting. For some I know they’re ready to put the pads on and get after it.”

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391, cgrove@civitasmedia.com or @WUDefender on Twitter.

The Greyhound offense running through screen passes on Tuesday.
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The Manchester quarterback, Jordan Freeman, firing a pass to his receivers on Tuesday morning.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_8032.jpgThe Manchester quarterback, Jordan Freeman, firing a pass to his receivers on Tuesday morning. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

The Manchester quarterback connecting on a screen pass to his receiver on Tuesday morning.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_8036.jpgThe Manchester quarterback connecting on a screen pass to his receiver on Tuesday morning. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

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