Headed to the District Finals Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award

West Union Junior High boys sweep past the Greyhounds

The struggles continued for the seventh and eighth grade boys basketball squads from Manchester last week, but Jan. 6 turned out to be a profitable night for their opponents from West Union as the Dragons pulled off a sweep, winning the seventh grade game by a score of 57-28 and then taking the eighth grade contest by a final count of 54-19.

In the seventh grade battle, the Dragons lead at every break, 8-5 after the first quarter, 23-13 at the intermission, 37-21 after three periods, and then exploded on offense for 20 points in the fourth quarter to post the 57-28 victory.

It was a balanced scoring attack for West Union in the win, with every player who saw action in the game getting in the score book, led by 12 points from Phillip Jarvis, 11 from Luke Fetters, and 10 from Austin Abbott. Braxton Blanton, Clayton Jones, and Trevor Short scoring 6 apiece.

Manchester was led by 10 points from Gunner Bohl, with Chase McDonald adding 8 and Jace Jackson 5.

In the eighth grade game, the Dragons broke away early, getting 7 points in the first quarter from their “beast” in the paint, Mizael Gapi on their way to a 16-2 lead. The offensive output for the home team was even better in the second stanza as they poured in 18 points, getting two baskets each from Steven Runyan, Levi Carter, and Aaron Whaley on their way to a 34-4 halftime advantage.

In the second half, the Manchester offense did get untracked a bit, mostly behind the efforts of Dylan Adams, who scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the final two quarters. Even with Adams finding the range, West Union still outscored the Hounds in both periods and coasted to the 54-19 win.

The victorious Dragons were led by Gapi’s 13 points, followed very closely by Runyan with 12. Whaley and Parker added 7 each, with Carter and Zane Kingsolver each tossing in 6.

The junior high Dragons were back in action on Monday, Jan. 11, traveling to face the unbeaten seventh and eighth grade squads in North Adams. Look for a report on those games in the upcoming weekend edition of The People’s Defender.


MJH 5 8 8 7 —28

WUJH 8 15 14 20 —57

MJH (28): Smith 1 0-0 2, McDonald 4 0-2 8, Jackson 2 0-0 5, Lucas 0 1-4 1, Bohl 3 4-6 10, Walters 1 0-0 2, Team 11 5-12 28.

WUJH (57): Knox 1 0-0 2, Blanton 3 0-2 6, Jones 2 2-2 6, Carson 1 0-0 2, Jarvis 6 0-0 12, Fetters 4 2-2 11, Abbott 5 0-0 10, Short 3 0-1 6, Gibson 1 0-0 2, Team 26 4-7 57.

Three-Point Goals:

MJH- Jackson 1

WUJH- Feters 1


MJH 2 2 7 8 —19

WUJH 16 18 10 10 —54

MJH (19): Crevier 1 0-0 2, Huron 1 0-0 3, Adams 6 0-0 14, Bowman 0 0-2 0, Team 8 0-2 19.

WUJH (54): Staten 0 1-2 1, Runyan 6 0-0 12, Kingsolver 3 0-0 6, Gapi 6 1-3 13, Carter 3 0-0 6, Whaley 3 0-0 7, Parker 3 0-0 7, Pollard 1 0-0 2, Team 25 2-5 54.

Three-Point Goals:

MJH- Adams 2, Huron 1

WUJH- Whaley 1, Parker 1

West Union’s Jai Michael Knox makes his way up the court with Manchester defender Gavin Lucas close on his heels during seventh grade boys action from Jan. 6.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_7thBoys.jpgWest Union’s Jai Michael Knox makes his way up the court with Manchester defender Gavin Lucas close on his heels during seventh grade boys action from Jan. 6. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

West Union’s Steven Runyan goes up for a shot between a group of Manchester defenders in the eighth grade boys game played Jan. 6 at West Union High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_8thBoys.jpgWest Union’s Steven Runyan goes up for a shot between a group of Manchester defenders in the eighth grade boys game played Jan. 6 at West Union High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

By Mark Carpenter


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