Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White Kayleigh L Crothers AEP Ohio employees support Breast Cancer Awareness Month WUHS holds annual Beta Club and Honor Society inductions When Saturday mornings belonged to the kids of the house Senior Profile: Gloria Purdin Green-White Night, OHSAA Meeting at WUHS on Nov. 9
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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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