Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend

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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