Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson Nation’s #1 movie comes to stage Artectis hosts grand opening Waiting for the ax to fall, who’s to blame? WU Seniors going to State Sci. Fair Peebles Elem. releases Honor Roll Finding the strength to endure They fought for us Born and raised “free range”

Devils get past Ripley 56-53

Coming off an emotional loss to county rival Peebles three nights earlier, Coach Nathan Copas and his North Adams Green Devils saw their first Southern Hills Athletic Conference action of the season as they entertained the Ripley Blue Jays on Friday, Dec. 4. On paper, it looked as if the Devils could control this game with their height advantage only, but don’t sell short a scrappy Marty Adams coached Blue Jay squad.

Not only were the Blue Jays competitive, however, they had a shot at winning the ballgame. The Jays jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to a Josh Deaton three-pointer. Prepare yourselves for that phrase repeatedly, as Deaton would hit five three-pointers in the game in addition to being fouled on two other attempts. He finished with a game-high 24 points.

That five-point margin was Ripley’s largest margin of the first half. The team took a 9-4 lead, but North Adams out-scored the Jays 8-2 over the final four minutes to tie the game at 12 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a tug-of-war match between both squads. Laymon Marshall called for a pass from his teammate and drained a three-pointer in the corner to give the Blue Jays an early 15-12 advantage, and the team again was able to build their lead up to five points before North Adams rallied. Deaton was fouled on a three-point shot for the first time, hitting two of the three free-throws, and the Jays maintained a 24-22 lead into the third quarter.

Offense was the story of the third quarter for both teams. The Blue Jays put up 21 points while North Adams tallied 18, in large part to their size inside. Eight of the team’s points came from baskets made in the paint while another five came from Ripley fouls and the ensuing free throws.

That offensive output set up a final quarter that saw the Blue Jays nursing a 45-40 lead at the start. The Devils went on a 10-4 run over the first 4:34 and took a 50-49 lead. The Jays answered as Deaton hit a baseline jumper to put the team back up by one. North Adams responded in kind, using their size for an easy put back by Brandon Gingerich with 2:02 remaining to take a 52-51 lead.

Roughly 40 seconds later, sophomore Brian Dunn hit a pair of free-throws for Ripley, putting the team up by one with 1:15 left. After head coach Marty Adams called timeout, Isaiah Anderson put the Devils back in front with a jump shot of his own.

The clock ticked down to just under 40 seconds remaining when Adams called another timeout. Deaton got the ball for the Jays and missed a three-point shot. North Adams grabbed the rebound with 20 seconds to go and immediately turned it over, giving the ball back to Ripley.

Gingerich blocked the next Ripley shot out of bounds with 13.4 seconds left and on the ensuing inbound pass the ball was poked free. Referees awarded the Devils a timeout, though it appeared the Devils player may have been laying out of bounds with the ball before the timeout was called.

It turned into a free-throw battle from there. Anderson missed the front-end of a one-and-one, but got his own rebound and was fouled again. He hit the next two. Ripley had another shot to tie the game, but their three-point attempt clanked off the rim as time expired.

Deaton led the Jays with 24 points. Tanner Hatfield and his eight points were the only other Blue Jay with more than five. Trey Meade had 23 points for the Devils, his second straight 23-point effort, seven of which came on free throws. Anderson added 17 for North Adams, 11 of which came in the second half.

I didn’t think we came out with very much energy,” said Coach Copas. “We had a big size advantage and did a poor job of taking advantage of it consistently throughout the game. Ripley shot it well and played hard. We were very fortunate to win.”

Coach Adams noted that his team was not afraid to drive into the paint against a North Adams team that lists three players above six-foot-four-inches tall. The Blue Jays have three players over six-feet tall, but none of them are taller than six-foot-one-inch.

“They’re fearless,” Adams said. “They played hard. We’re not very good offensively, but the way we play defense keeps us in games. We’ve lost in overtime, lost late tonight but they’re playing hard.”

RIPLEY 12 12 21 8 —53

N. ADAMS 12 10 18 16 —56

Ripley (53): Marshall 2 0-0 5, Dunn 1 2-3 4, Moran 1 0-0 2, Hatfield 4 0-0 8, Deaton 7 5-7 24, Griffith 1 3-4 5, Himes 1 1-2 3, Slowey 1 0-0 2, Team 18 11-16 53.

N. Adams (56): Anderson 4 7-10 17, England 1 0-1 2, Gingerich 3 0-0 6, T. Meade 8 7-10 23, C. Meade 3 2-4 8, Team 19 16-25 56.

Three-Point Goals:

Ripley- Marshall 1, Deaton 5

N. Adams- Anderson 2

After picking up their first win on Friday night, the Green Devils were right back in action on Saturday evening, hosting the Minford Falcons in a non-conference tilt. The results were not quite the same as the previous night as the Devils dropped to 1-2 on the season, getting drilled by the Falcons by a final score of 77-47.

“We did not come out ready to play,” said Coach Copas. “Minford is a nice team but I do not feel they are 30 points better than us. We just have to get better at several aspects of the game.”

The Devils trailed at every stop, 11-2 after the first quarter, 27-15 at halftime, 56-31 after three quarters, and finally 77-47. The Falcons helped their cause tremendously by hitting 10 three-pointers in the game.

North Adams will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 11 when they will play host to county rival West Union in another SHAC battle.

MINFORD 11 16 29 21 —77

N. ADAMS 2 13 16 16 —47

Minford (77): McCormick 3 0-0 9, Rowe 10 3-4 28, Perry 0 1-2 1, Gullett 3 0-0 7, Dalton 0 8-10 8, Kelly 4 3-4 11, Alley 4 2-4 13, Team 25 17-24 77.

N. Adams (47): Anderson 5 5-6 16, England 2 0-0 6, Knechtly 3 0-0 8, Gingerich 1 0-0 2, T. Meade 6 2-3 15, Team 17 7-9 47.

Three-Point Goals:

Minford- McCormick 3, Rowe 5, Gullett 1, Alley 1

N. Adams- Anderson 1, England 2, Knechtly 2, T. Meade 1

Ripley’s Josh Deaton drives toward the hoop as North Adams junior Christian Barnes attempts to catch up with him.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_6764.jpgRipley’s Josh Deaton drives toward the hoop as North Adams junior Christian Barnes attempts to catch up with him. Garth Shanklin | Ripley Bee

North Adams senior Brandon Gingerich goes up for two points as Ripley’s Brian Dunn attempts to block his shot from behind in the second half of the Green Devils’ win last Friday night.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_6834.jpgNorth Adams senior Brandon Gingerich goes up for two points as Ripley’s Brian Dunn attempts to block his shot from behind in the second half of the Green Devils’ win last Friday night. Garth Shanklin | Ripley Bee
North Adams splits two weekend games

By Garth Shanklin and Mark Carpenter

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com, mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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