Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee

JV Devils take McDonald’s Classic, wins over Manchester and Peebles

The JV boys version of the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Classic took place at West Union High School on Dec. 29-30 and emerging as the champions were Coach Rob Meade and his North Adams Green Devils. The Green Devils picked up two wins, topping the Manchester Greyhounds 46-32 on the tourney’s first day and then winning the championship the next day with a 44-36 over the Peebles Indians.

“We knew we would have to play well in order to win the Classic and we did just that,” said Coach Meade. “I’m very pleased with the progress we are making as a team. Each time we step on the floor, we are getting better.”

In the semi-final win over Manchester, the Devils used a balanced scoring attack in the first quarter to jump to an early lead. Getting baskets from Jacob Call, Tanner Utterback, Ryan Shupert, Seth Daulton, and Colt Shumaker, North Adams offset a three-pointer by the Hound’s Ethan Pennywitt to take a 15-7 advantage after one.

With Call nailing a three and Shumaker picking up a pair of buckets, the Green Devils stretched their advantage in period number two. Despite getting treys from Dustin Unger and Mason Bilyeu, the Hounds still found themselves down 26-15 at the intermission.

Manchester made a little headway into their deficit in the third quarter with a Trent Dryden three-pointer and a trio of Gage Lucas free throws. The North Adams offense stalled a bit and only managed 7 points, but the Devils still led 33-23 at the end of three quarters.

Shumaker got hot in the final quarter, scoring 7 points, as the Devils held on to their lead despite a 9-point quarter from Manchester’s Kaulen Cox, who scored every Greyhound point of the stanza. The Devils did hold on to advance to the Classic JV title game, downing the Hounds 46-32.

“We played very well today,” said Coach Meade of his team’s semi-final win. “With the exception of a few minutes in the third quarter, we executed our game plan. We are beginning to get good, consistent play from several of our guys. Today, I thought Colt Shumaker was a big key to our success.”

Shumaker led the winners with 15 points, joined in double figures by Ryan Shupert with 12 points. The Greyhounds were led by Cox’s 9 points, with Lucas adding 6.

MHS 7 8 8 9 —32

NAHS 15 11 7 13 —46

MHS (32): Cox 4 0-0 9, Pennywitt 1 0-0 3, Calvert 1 0-0 2, Unger 1 1-2 4, Dryden 1 0-0 3, Lucas 1 4-6 6, Bilyeu 1 0-1 3, Darnell 1 0-0 2, Hanson 0 0-2 0, Team 11 5-11 32.

NAHS (46): Call 3 0-0 7, Utterback 1 0-0 2, Shupert 4 3-3 12, Daulton 1 0-0 2, Figgins 1 0-0 2, Young 3 0-0 6, Shumaker 6 2-2 15, Team 19 5-5 46.

Three-Point Goals:

MHS- Cox 1, Pennywitt 1, Unger 1, Dryden 1, Bilyeu 1

NAHS- Call 1, Shupert 1, Shumaker 1

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Green Devils faced off in the Classic championship game with the Peebles Indians, who had defeated West Union 56-39 in the semi-finals. North Adams had defeated Peebles in overtime back in early December and the Indians were looking for revenge plus a championship trophy.

The first quarter of Wednesday’s semi-final was a long distance assault from both sides as the two teams combined to drill six three-pointers. Peebles got a pair of treys from Bostin Robinson and another from Conner Browning, while the Devils got two bombs from Ryan Shupert and one from Elijah Young. When the artillery assault ended and the smoke cleared, the first period ended with the Indians holding a 17-13 advantage.

The offenses slowed down considerably in the second quarter, with the Indians totaling just six points and the Devils garnering nine. When the halftime break rolled around, the Peebles lead had been sliced to a single point at 23-22.

The scoreboard had flipped by the end of the third period as the Devil used a pair of Seth Daulton baskets and four points from Shumaker to grab a 32-31 advantage heading into what promised to be an exciting final seven minutes.

The Devils had other ideas, however, as they clamped down on defense and allowed just a single field goal to the Indians in the final quarter. Meanwhile, North Adams managed just two Shupert field goals but did their damage at the free throw line, where they converted 8 of 10 attempts to pull away and claim the 2015 JV Classic title with a 44-36 triumph.

“This was a great win for our guys,” said Coach Meade. “I’m very proud of the way we played today, the guys gave a tremendous effort. They showed tenacity on the defensive end and poise and patience on the offensive end.”

Shupert topped all scorers, leading the Green Devils (5-4) with 17 points, and joined in double figures by Young with 10. Shumaker added 8 and Daulton 6 for the champions.

Robinson led the Indians with 16, with Browning adding 8.

PHS 17 6 8 5 —36

NAHS 13 9 10 12 —44

PHS (36): Browning 3 1-2 8, Shively 1 0-0 2, Robinson 5 3-3 16, Stone 2 0-2 4, Smalley 0 2-2 2, Gordley 2 0-0 4, Team 13 6-9 36.

NAHS (44): Call 1 1-2 3, Shupert 5 5-5 17, Daulton 3 0-0 6, Young 3 2-2 10, Shumaker 2 4-5 8, Team 14 12-14 44.

Three-Point Goals:

PHS- Browning 1, Robinson 3

NAHS- Shupert 2, Young 2

North Adams’ Colt Shumaker drives to the rim over Manchester’s Mason Bilyeu (24) in the JV boys semi-final game of the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Classic. Shumaker scored 15 points in the 46-32 North Adams win.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Shumaker2.jpgNorth Adams’ Colt Shumaker drives to the rim over Manchester’s Mason Bilyeu (24) in the JV boys semi-final game of the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Classic. Shumaker scored 15 points in the 46-32 North Adams win. Photo by Timothy Daulton

North Adams’ Elijah Young, left, goes high over a pair of Manchester defenders for this shot attempt in the semi-final victory over the Greyhounds.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_young.jpgNorth Adams’ Elijah Young, left, goes high over a pair of Manchester defenders for this shot attempt in the semi-final victory over the Greyhounds. Photo by Timothy Daulton
North Adams tops Manchester and Peebles for title

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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