North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

Manchester volleyball sends seniors out with a win over Fayetteville

On an emotional night in Manchester, the MHS volleyball team walked away with a win on Senior Night in straight sets over Fayetteville , 25-21, 25-23 and 23-12.

Senior Morgan Johnson “went out with a bang” as Manchester Head Coach Tabitha Spires put it, as she finished her final regular season home game with 26 kills to lead all scorers and is now two kills away from 1,000 career kills.

“[Morgan] was all over the place,” Spires said. “She can also pass the ball and she can serve.”

An emotional Senior Night ceremony for the six senior Lady Hounds started off the evening and the team responded well to the moment as senior Summer Wilbur started off the game with back-to-back aces and before long MHS led 8-2 on an ace from Johnson.

“They were really ready to play right out of the gate,” Spires said. “I try to get them pumped, maybe they really liked their Senior Night gifts. But they wanted to end with a bang for their last home game.”

That lead stayed fairly constant at 14-6 after Fayetteville sophomore Haley Moore spiked a set into the net and the Rockets burned a timeout a few plays later when a soft kill by Johnson brought the Greyhound lead to 16-9.

Coming out of that timeout, it appeared as if Wilbur tweaked her knee, already in a substantial knee brace, when she was stretching. However, Wilbur continued on and the Manchester team that was injured to the point of what looked like no return about a week ago is almost back to 100 percent according to Spires.

“We’re alright,” Spires said. “Summer’s knee still hurts a little bit and I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last but she will not stop. Her wrist is better and everyone else is fine now.”

Fayetteville made a comeback in the final portion of the first set as the scoreboard read 23-21 in favor of the home team but the Rockets would get no closer as the set ended a few points later, giving Manchester a 1-0 lead.

While the Greyhounds jumped out early in the first set, they fell behind just as quickly in the second set. Freshman Abby McFarland was struck in the face with a serve she attempted to return, much to the chagrin of her teammates, but things looked as if that was the way the second set was going to go for MHS.

A few Fayetteville aces and a lift violation by Cassidy Spires dug the Greyhounds into a deeper hole until the head coach used a timeout down 11-4. The timeout was short-lived as Spires told her squad, “Do your job!” and do their jobs they did afterwards.

Johnson rattled off nine serves in a row and all the while screamed for her teammates to set her the ball every possession the Greyhounds had. Before much longer, what was an 11-4 deficit turned into a 13-13 tie after Johnson slammed the ball down on her opponents again and again.

It looked as if the effort of Johnson and her teammates was going to go for naught when Fayetteville kills by senior Meghan Koch and aces by freshman Alisa Stahl brought the lead back to 22-15. Johnson continued her one-woman offense with a kill to make it 22-16 and that prompted the second comeback of the set as more kills by Johnson and a tip by Cassidy Spires that found the court gave the Greyhounds their first lead in the second set at 24-23. On the next play, a tip at the net by senior Kalya Wagoner completed the comeback and gave her team a commanding 2-0 lead.

What looked as another competitive set in the third stanza proved to be anything but by game’s end. Fayetteville kept it close early trailing only 6-5 and 9-8 before an ace by Cassidy Spires pushed the lead to two. From there, seemingly in the blink of an eye, Manchester led 16-8 after multiple serves from Wagoner. That lead grew to 20-9 after another Johnson kill and the game ended on a return of a serve that went too long, giving the six seniors a final regular season home win.

“Each and every senior went out there, worked hard and played hard,” Spires said. “They did their job like they’re supposed to.”

Manchester opens up tournament play with a sectional final at home at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 against either White Oak or Sciotoville.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

Manchester senior McKayla Smith and junior Hannah Grimes prepare to return a Fayetteville serve.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0309.jpgManchester senior McKayla Smith and junior Hannah Grimes prepare to return a Fayetteville serve. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

Manchester senior Cassidy Spires in position to set the ball while sophomore Sierra Thatcher backs her up.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0297.jpgManchester senior Cassidy Spires in position to set the ball while sophomore Sierra Thatcher backs her up. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

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