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 Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January

Random thoughts: Pete, Andy, and the Muskies

It’s that time of the year again. Most males can likely relate to me saying that my mind is quite random these days as the mix of work and holiday leaves one struggling to figure out whether one is coming or going. The struggle intensified as I tried to narrow down thoughts for this column, so I just went to Plan B, a bunch of random topics that are dominating the local sports scene.

Everything sports related around here has to begin and end with the discussion of Pete Rose. As you all know, Rose’s reinstatement bid was denied earlier this week, hopefully bringing an end to that sordid personal saga for the Hit King. But you and I both know that won’t be the case. Pete won’t go away and as numerous writers have prosed since the announcement, he just “doesn’t get it.” If you watched his news conference on Tuesday that he laughed through, you will see the point.

Poor Pete. There is no doubt that he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame for his on-field accomplishments but the inability to distinguish between that and his off-field transgressions have pretty much assured that his plaque will never appear in Cooperstown. Arrogance is not a virtue that fits Rose well and he has succeeded in turning the “important” people in baseball against him. Oh, the fans still adore him and chant “Let him in”, but that ain’t happening. Of course, we will see plenty of Pete because hypocritical major league baseball will still use him when they can make a dime off of him.

In reality, Rose is 74 years old so what would a reinstatement have done for him? Not too many teams in this age of young and bold executives would have had any kind of job for him so he’s probably better off keeping his status quo. Sit in Las Vegas four days a week and sign bats for $299 a pop, making more in a month than I will see in a career. Hard to pull off much sympathy there.

Cincinnati sports took another blow on Sunday afternoon when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a freak broken thumb trying to make a tackle on a lineman who probably weighed twice as much. Predictions of doom rained down from Bengals fans everywhere, considering it now a lost season. I say, hold your horses! I happen to have faith in A.J. McCarron as a fill-in until Dalton returns and with San Francisco and Baltimore still on the schedule, the chances that Cincinnati is in the playoffs for a fifth straight season are still pretty good. Seriously, the Browns beat the 49ers with Johnny Goofball in charge, so you don’t think the Bengals could do the same? Maybe not, but I like their chances.

Sunday’s game with the Steelers looked more like a scene from “Slap Shot” with the “chippiness” as it was called dominating play. I won’t say what I really think about those “bums’ from the Steel City for fear the Gallowitz family might cut off my privileges at McDonald’s but if those Steeler fans might take a look at the playoff standings as of today, I don’t see their name in the top six, so zip it until you are there. We all know that Pittsburgh will be back in town for a playoff game, so we will see it settled there. Enough about that, it gives me a headache to keep typing about that other team whom by the way my dislike for began in the 70s. Don’t tell us about Super Bowls, we live in a “what have you done for me lately” world.

I have to mention the college basketball scene and yes, I am still part of Big Blue Nation, but I’m not naive enough to think that this year’s team will be anywhere near what last year’s was. As I see it now, there is not one player on the UK roster ready for any part of the NBA, but that might change. The SEC is a lot stronger this season and the loss to UCLA will not be the only one the Cats suffer, but fear not, I will still be sporting my UK colors, win or lose.

I will say this, though, keep an eye on the Xavier Musketeers. This may be the best team that Chris Mack has ever put on the floor, now an unbeaten Top 10 squad. As the UC Bearcats will attest, no one wants to play the Muskies at the moment, so if the Cats can’t get there, I will be rooting for the boys on Victory Parkway.

On the local high school basketball scene, I am still trying to see all the local teams and I think I just have two left on my list at the varsity level. The editor duties make it a bit tougher for me to get away from the office on certain nights, so I have to take a moment and thank all the coaches who keep sending me the info from their games that makes it possible for me to fill the sports pages for our loyal readers. So if your favorite team isn’t in the paper as much as others, you might not want to blame me. Now, there’s a very Pete Rose like statement-total denial and lack of accountability.

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and I hope that your bank accounts are handling it as well. I have been a bit lacking in the spirit this year and I thought it was because I was just too busy to think about it, but then I realized that’s not it. I have yet to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I will remedy that very soon so in the meantime, I wish you all a very happy week before Christmas!

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Mark Carpenter

Sports Editor

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