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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire Joan Cockrell

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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