North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

Greyhounds get weekend split

It was an even down the middle weekend for Coach Kyle Pertuset and his Manchester Greyhounds as they won their second game of the season on Friday, Dec. 11 and then suffered their third loss on the next night. On Friday, the Hounds picked up their second consecutive win in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference by knocking off the visiting Whiteoak Wildcats 56-43, then back on their home floor on Saturday, the Greyhounds dropped a 57-47 decision to the Portsmouth Clay Panthers.

In the Friday night victory, the Hounds allowed Whiteoak to stay close for three quarters before pulling away in the fourth for the double digit win. Manchester led 12-11 after the first period and 28-25 at the half. In the second quarter, the Hounds maintained the lead thanks to the long ball, getting three-point goals from Colton Thornburg, Bryan Young, and Kaulen Cox.

Manchester outscored the Cats 14-13 in the third quarter, setting up what looked to be an exciting, tight final eight minutes, but the Hounds had other ideas as they clamped down on defense and held Whiteoak to just 12% shooting and 5 points. Meanwhile, the home team posted 14 and ended the evening with a 56-43 triumph.

“We have the potential to be pretty skilled,” said Coach Pertuset in a post game radio interview. “I think just sometimes we forget about the little things like boxing out and being strong with the ball. We just have to do the fundamentals of basketball for a full 32 minutes.”

“Whiteoak is a very scrappy team and I look for them to win their fair share this season. We finally decided to grab a couple of rebounds there in that fourth quarter and we switched up our defense a little to up the pressure and stop their guards from penetrating. If we just stay hungry and get better every day in practice, we will be tough.”

In the win, the Hounds were led by 17 points from Colton Thornburg, including four three-point goals. Also hitting double figures was Cole Pribble with 13, with Bryan Young adding 7 and Sean Frost 6.

WHS 11 14 13 5 —43

MHS 12 16 14 14 —56

WHS (43): Wissel 1 0-0 2, Marler 2 2-2 6, Burns 5 0-0 11, McClure 2 1-2 5, Carraher 4 0-1 10, Ashbaugh 2 4-4 8, Yeager 0 1-2 1, Team 16 8-11 43.

MHS (56): Combs 1 1-2 4, Aldridge 1 0-0 2, Frost 1 4-4 6, DeAtley 1 0-0 2, Thornburg 6 1-1 17, Young 3 0-0 7, Cox 2 0-0 5, Pribble 6 1-1 13, Team 21 7-8 56.

Three-Point Goals:

WHS- Burns 1, Carraher 2

MHS- Combs 1, Thornburg 4, Young 1, Cox 1

Saturday night was not so productive for the Gtreyhounds as they lost a non-conference home game to Portsmouth Clay 57-47. In the defeat, Manchester placed three players in double figures, Bryan Young with 14, Sean Frost with 12, and Colton Thornburg with 10.

The Saturday night loss dropped the Hounds to 2-3 overall with another non-conference contest set for Tuesday, Dec. 15 at home with the Western Indians. Manchester jumps back into SHAC play on Friday, Dec. 18, making the long trek to Leesburg to face the Fairfield Lions.

Manchester’s Colton Thornburg averaged 13.5 points over the weekend as the Greyhounds split two games, topping Fairfield on Friday night and losing to Clay on Saturday night.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Thornburg.jpgManchester’s Colton Thornburg averaged 13.5 points over the weekend as the Greyhounds split two games, topping Fairfield on Friday night and losing to Clay on Saturday night. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Manchester 2-3 at press time

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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

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