West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28

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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