Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk 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

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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