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

Lady Dragons move to 2-1

Make it two out of three on the young season for Coach Jason Claytor and his West Union Lady Dragons. The West Union girls picked up that second win on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The Lady Dragon entertained the Lady Indians from Western Latham High School and after being down by eight points midway through the fourth quarter, the home team rallied for a nice come-from-behind 62-58 victory.

“A win is a win and that is the most important thing,” said Coach Claytor. “Play wise we still have a lot of room to grown and get better but it’s nice to be able to get a win when things don’t really go our way. I thought we missed too many easy shots and we turned the ball over way too much. We have to improve our ball control in order to get where we need to be.”

“We did shoot the ball really well from the outside, hitting 8 out of 15 three-point shots. It was nice to see some of those shots start to fall.”

The game was tied after one quarter at 13 apiece, then West Union on top 24-21 at halftime, tied at 40 after three periods, and the Lady Dragons outscored Latham 22-18 in the fourth for the win.

“I thought our depth helped us tonight,” added Claytor. “In that fourth quarter, we got some quality play off the bench from Kaylee Welch and Hannah Riddle.”

The Lady Dragons got a second consecutive career-high in scoring from senior Mikayla Akers, who after scoring 18 in a loss to Fayetteville, came back in the win over Western to post 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Freshman Jaycee Baldwin came off the bench to record her first-ever high school double double, getting 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, hitting 3 for 5 from beyond the three-point line. Freshman Alexa Pennington also joined in the rebound parade, hauling in 7 boards.

“Overall, I’m happy with the win, but we need to keep working and getting better,” said Coach Claytor. “There’s still a long way to go in the season and we have a lot to improve on. If we keep working and figure out a way to bring the intensity for 32 minutes, I really like the thought of where we can be and what we can achieve.”

WESTERN 13 9 18 18 —58

W. UNION 13 11 16 22 —62

W. Union (62): Runyan 5, Welch 4, Baldwin 15, Kirker 6, Akers 19, Riddle 3, Grooms 6, Pennington 4.

Three-Point Goals: Runyan 1, Baldwin 3, Kirker 2, Akers 1, Riddle 1

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W. Union 62 W.Latham 58

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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