Pick a Lollipop, help a dog Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win

Devils pick up two wins

It was a productive weekend for the North Adams Green Devils varsity boys squad as they picked up two wins to improve their season mark to 3 wins and 2 losses. On Friday, Dec. 11, the Devils hosted West Union in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play and came away with a hard-fought 53-46 win and with a short turnaround time, came back on Saturday afternoon to top Northwest 43-33 in the Newt Oliver Classic played at Rio Grande University.

On Friday night with the young Dragons in town, the Devils fell behind early as West Union grabbed a 13-11 lead after the first quarter. In the second stanza, both teams went downtown with the Devils getting three-pointers from Isaiah Anderson and Justin Knechtly, while the Dragons got long distance bombs from Garrett Vogler and Craig Horton. When the half rolled around, visiting West Union still held the lead at a slim 27-26.

The third quarter would spell doom for the visiting Dragons as their offense could muster only 7 points, while the Devils rode the hot hand of Trey Meade to grab the lead at 42-34 after three periods. The fourth quarter was a war of attrition as the two teams battled but the Dragons could make no headway and it was the Devils on top when the final buzzer sounded, 53-46.

Both teams had balanced scoring attacks on the night, with eight players cracking the scoring column for North Adams and nine for West Union. The victorious Green Devils were led by three players in double figures, Trey Meade with 14, Isaiah Anderson with 12, and Justin Knechtly with 10. West Union was paced by 8 points apiece from Garrett Vogler and Craig Horton and 7 from Logan Clifford.

WUHS 13 14 7 12 —46

NAHS 11 15 16 11 —53

WUHS (46): Welch 1 2-2 4, Fuller 2 0-0 4, Vogler 2 2-6 8, McCarty 3 0-0 6, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Horton 3 0-1 8, Clifford 3 1-2 7, Weeks 1 0-0 2, Fenton 2 1-2 5, Team 18 6-13 46.

NAHS (53): Anderson 3 4-4 12, Barnes 1 0-0 2, England 2 0-1 4, Sheeley 0 1-2 1, Knechtly 4 0-2 10, Gingerich 2 0-0 4, T. Meade 5 4-5 14, C. Meade 3 0-0 6, Team 20 9-14 53.

Three-Point Goals:

WUHS- Vogler 2, Horton 2

NAHS- Anderson 2, Knechtly 2

On Saturday afternoon, the Green Devils were part of the 2015 Newt Oliver Classic at Rio Grande University, a full day of boys varsity basketball action in the campus arena named after the former Rio Grande head coach. North Adams was matched up with the Northwest Mohawks out of the Southern Ohio Conference.

Even with less that a day to recover from a tough battle on Friday night plus a long bus ride to Rio Grande, the Green Devils were able to overcome and improve their season mark to 3-2 with a 43-33 win over the Mohawks.

North Adams led at every stop, 12-6 after the first quarter, 20-16 at the half, 33-27 after three quarters, and then the final of 43-33.

The Devils were led by two seniors with Isaiah Anderson tallying 16 points and Trey Meade 14. Cole Meade scored 8 as the Devils led from wire to wire in the victory.

North Adams put their perfect 2-0 SHAC mark on the line on Tuesday, Dec. 15 when they traveled to Leesburg to face the Fairfield Lions and will again be in conference play on Friday, Dec. 18 when they board the bus once more for a trip to Fayetteville.

NWHS 6 10 11 6 —33

NAHS 12 8 13 10 —43

NWHS (33): Smith 4 1-2 9, Taylor 3 0-0 6, Hall 1 0-0 2, Logan 2 0-0 4, Leslie 6 0-0 12, Team 16 0-3 33.

NAHS (43): Anderson 5 3-6 16, Sheeley 1 0-0 3, Knechtly 0 0-3 0, C. Meade 4 0-0 8, Barnes 1 0-0 2, T. Meade 6 2-2 14, Team 17 5-11 43.

Three-Point Goals:

NWHS- Smith 1

NAHS- Anderson 3, Sheeley 1

West Union’s Craig Horton goes up for a shot as North Adams’ Cole Meade attempts to draw a charge in action from last Friday night at North Adams High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Horton.jpgWest Union’s Craig Horton goes up for a shot as North Adams’ Cole Meade attempts to draw a charge in action from last Friday night at North Adams High School. Photo by Patrice Yezzi England

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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