Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk 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

Preview Night

It was time to hit the hardwood again and the new gym floor at North Adams High School played host on Friday, Nov. 13 to the annual Southern Hills Athletic Conference Girls Preview Night. Though all of the 10 girls’ squads have been busy practicing and scrimmaging, the preview offered them the first real opportunity to perform in full uniform in front of a large crowd. As is the preview custom, each of the five match ups lasts just two eight-minute periods.

Jumping right into the fire, Jacie Simon, the new head coach of the Manchester Lady Hounds, took her young squad to the floor for the night’s first contest, facing the unenviable task of battling the overwhelming favorite to win the SHAC, the Lynchburg Lady Mustangs. The Lady Hounds are young, as they started three freshman, and that inexperience showed early as numerous turnovers allowed Lynchburg to grab a big early advantage. Give credit to the Lady Hounds, however, as they battled all the way, but the score after two quarters of action saw the Lady Mustangs on top 34-12.

“We had youngsters versus experience out there tonight,” Simon said after the half of action. “We had jitters early and were really nervous and we just didn’t do the little things well like getting back on defense. We didn’t execute very well on offense, sometimes treating the ball like a hot potato, and we need to work on that.”

“Tonight was good for us though to get those jitters out and we need to learn from our mistakes.”

After the Fayetteville Lady Rockets topped the Eastern Lady Warriors 31-14, the next Adams County squad to take the floor was the Peebles Lady Indians, led once again by head coach Vohn Hoop. The Lady Indians came out in their patented 2-3 zone as they battled the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats. Peebles also fields a relatively young squad and welcomed back junior Jessica Sowards from injury, which should be a huge boost to their offense in the upcoming season. The match up on Friday night with the Lady Cats turned out to be an even one, so even that the half ended with the two teams tied at 17 apiece.

“I thought we were aggressive tonight taking the ball to the basket, which is something we have been working on,” Coach Hoop told the Defender. “We didn’t feed the post very well and we missed some shots underneath. We tried a little match up zone tonight to mix it up a little instead of our usual 2-3. I don’t think we played real well on either end tonight but we will get better.”

Next up was the new-look West Union Lady Dragons, another young group led by head coach Jason Claytor, with a roster including nine underclassmen, four of them freshman. The theme of “youth” seems to be prevalent in this year’s SHAC as the Lady Dragons matched up with the Fairfield Lady Lions, a team with just one senior on their roster. When the two quarters came to a close, it was the Lady Dragons leading on the scoreboard 20-15.

“I would give tonight’s performance about a ‘B’,” said Coach Claytor. “We were a little ugly and sloppy at times, but other times we looked good. I think nerves got us a little, especially early, big crowds, bright lights. We didn’t execute as well as I would have liked and we missed some shots that we would normally make.”

“We calmed down a little bit between quarters and scored 16 in the second and let the game come to us a bit. These girls have only been together for like three weeks and we are starting to gel a little, but it’s tough. If you want to win, you have to play together, it’s that simple.”

The Preview Night concluded with the host North Adams Lady Devils and head coach Rob Davis battling the Ripley Lady Jays, two teams with opposite expectations as the season begins, but the Lady Jays certainly held their own against the much taller North Adams squad, trailing just 26-20 as the two quarters came to a close.

“We played better in our last scrimmage and were just kind of OK tonight,” said Coach Davis after the half of play. “We played a lot of younger kids that second quarter, and that should help us get deeper as the season moves on. We have some pretty good post players and our high-low offense should be pretty good, but we have to stay out of foul trouble.”

“We spaced our offense pretty well tonight and made the extra pass at times, which got us good shots. We didn’t show everything we are going to do tonight.”

Basketball fans can get another dose of SHAC action this coming Friday night, Nov. 20, when it is the turn of the conference’s boys teams to see preview action. The boys preview will be hosted by Manchester High School and will include the following matchups: 5 p.m.-North Adams vs. Eastern, 6 p.m.-Fayetteville vs. Ripley, 7 p.m.-Whiteoak vs. West Union, 8 p.m.-Fairfield vs. Lynchburg, and 9 p.m. Manchester vs. Peebles.

West Union’s McKenzie Kirker, right, battles for a rebound as the Lady Dragons faced off with the Fairfield Lady Lions in the annual SHAC preview on Nov. 13.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview11.jpgWest Union’s McKenzie Kirker, right, battles for a rebound as the Lady Dragons faced off with the Fairfield Lady Lions in the annual SHAC preview on Nov. 13. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Manchester freshman Josie Campbell strains to find an open teammate, defended by Lynchburg’s Lexi Waits in action from last Friday’s SHAC Preview.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview21.jpgManchester freshman Josie Campbell strains to find an open teammate, defended by Lynchburg’s Lexi Waits in action from last Friday’s SHAC Preview. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Peebles; Jessica Sowards goes up for a shot in traffic as the Lady Indians battled Whiteoak in the 2015-16 SHAC Preview on Nov. 13.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview31.jpgPeebles; Jessica Sowards goes up for a shot in traffic as the Lady Indians battled Whiteoak in the 2015-16 SHAC Preview on Nov. 13. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams hosts annual SHAC Girls preview

By Mark Carpenter

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