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 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

Back in the saddle again

Just as Gene Autry sang those lyrics as he rode the range totin’ his old 44, I have come riding back into town. Not on a nice white horse or carrying a 44, just my camera and my keyboard will probably be all I need. As a few of you already know, I am officially back on the sports beat in Adams County, though I move back in with somewhat mixed emotions.

The business world can be a tough place and for me to move back in, that meant that someone had to move out. That someone unfortunately was Charles Grove, who had done a bang-up job for us in news and then sports since he arrived here earlier in the year. Charles was a fine young man and a very good writer and he will be missed around here. He came into a tough spot as an “outsider” of sorts trying to learn new places and new people and just as he was excited about starting a basketball season, he gets bad news, but I have faith in Charles. He has talent and he will land on his feet. After all, the last Facebook picture that I saw of him, he was sitting with the president of UC in a suite. Looks like he has some pretty high-up connections. Good luck Charles and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you did.

With that being said, I must beg your patience as I transition back into what I really wanted to do all along anyway. I may be a little rusty and I may forget a few things here and there so bear with me. I haven’t sat down and written sports all day until today and it takes a little getting used to-again. I hope that I can again live up to the standards that Adams County expects from their sports coverage and have no fear, I am ready to get back out there.

It wouldn’t be a return column if I didn’t gloat just a bit about a certain basketball team in Lexington, Ky. I will admit that this year’s version of the Big Blue didn’t have me too excited until I watched them dismantle the Dookies. Now I have some hope that this team will be fun to watch, and totally different from last year’s squad. (Before you say it, no, that just doesn’t happen at Kentucky.) There really isn’t that one dominant team in college basketball this year as we have already seen the number one team in the country lose to Northern Iowa, so this year’s March Madness should be just that-mad! Until then, enjoy the season, root for your team, and don’t bash my Wildcats too often. At least not where I can hear you.

I am also writing this on Monday evening, still stinging from that adventure in the desert last night for the now 8-2 Cincinnati Bengals. Finally, a prime time loss that can’t be blamed on Andy Dalton. It’s really no embarrassment to lost to the Cardinals, who are legitimate Super Bowl contenders even with Carson Palmer, especially when the sideline began to resemble a M*A*S*H unit by game’s end. Again, though, it was mismanagement that likely cost the Bengals that game along with some horrible penalty calls by NFL officials who seem to be working this year on a flag quota. Tick tock, tick tock, teach Marvin to use the clock…

So now I wrap up my return column and already start thinking about a topic for next week. I shall be riding back into a gym near you beginning tonight, not toting a 44 like good ol’ Gene Autry, but instead a D3100. Don’t worry, I’ll leave my horse tied up out in the parking lot. It’s good to be back.

Mark Carpenter

Sports Editor

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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