Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

Lady Dragons open with 56-49 win over Paint Valley

Led by a freshman and a pair of seniors, the West Union Lady Dragons got their 2015-16 campaign off to a successful beginning on Nov. 21 as they downed the Paint Valley Lady Bearcats 56-49 as part of the annual Paint Valley Classic that kicks off the season.

In the win, freshman Alexa Pennington began her varsity career with an impressive stat line of 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, and 4 assists. Experience also came through for the Lady Dragons as senior Mikayla Akers contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds while classmate Kristen Grooms added 9 points and 6 boards.

“It’s always nice to get a win and when that win starts off your season, it makes it even better,” said West Union head coach Jason Claytor. “Thins weren’t very easy for us. We got in some foul trouble early and had to manage that in the first half, but we did just that and managed.”

The Lady Dragons, perhaps with those first-game jitters, fell behind 10-2 in the first quarter, but rallied back to trail just 14-12 after eight minutes of play.

“I thought we were a little nervous early,” said Claytor. “Paint Valley had an advantage because they played the night before and had a chance to get those first game jitters out.”

By the halftime intermission, the Lady Dragons had taken a slim 25-24 advantage and increased that just to 38-36 at the end of three quarters. In the final period, the Lady Bearcats took a five-point lead, but West Union battled back in a big way and fought back behind some strong play from Akers and freshman Jaycee Baldwin to eventually claim the seven-point victory.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all from the perimeter and we struggled from the free throw line, plus we turned the ball over way too much for my liking,” added Claytor. “But we kept fighting and we found a way to win. That is what makes good basketball teams, if you can find a way to win when things aren’t always going your way, you can be destined for great things.”

“All in all it was a great way to start the season and something we can build off of. We have a long way to go but this is a big step in the right direction.”

The Lady Dragons were back on the court on Tuesday, Nov. 24, hosting the Fayetteville Lady Rockets in their Southern Hills Athletic Conference opener.

Freshman Alexa Pennington scored 17 points and hauled down 8 rebounds to help lead the West Union Lady Dragons to a 56-49 win over Paint Valley in their season opener. Alexa Pennington scored 17 points and hauled down 8 rebounds to help lead the West Union Lady Dragons to a 56-49 win over Paint Valley in their season opener. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
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By Mark Carpenter

West Union 56 Paint Valley 49

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

WUHS 12 13 13 18 56

PVHS 14 10 12 13 49

WUHS (56): Runyan 1 0-0 2, Welch 2 1-1 5, Baldwin 5 0-0 11, Akers 3 3-3 11, Rowe 0 1-2 1, Riddle 0 0-1 0, Grooms 4 1-6 9, Pennington 6 2-3 17, Team 21 8-17 56.

Three-Point Goals: Baldwin 1, Akers 2, Pennington 3

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