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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7th Grade Devils still perfect

A perfect season remained just that for Coach Ryan Unger and his seventh grade boys squad from North Adams as they put their unbeaten mark on the line on Jan. 11 on their home court, welcoming to town the West Union Dragons. For the second time this season and for their 11th win overall, the Devils downed the Drgaons, this time by a final score of 51-15.

“This game against West Union was probably the best team basketball we have played in awhile,” said Coach Unger. “I felt like we didn’t force a lot of shots or passes and we defended better the whole game and not just in spurts like we had in a couple of previous games. We came out and kind of put a stamp on the game and set the pace that we wanted to play.”

That “stamp” resulted in a 12-5 lead after the first quarter, with the Devils being fueled by three buckets each from Jayden Hesler and Seth Meade. Meade hit three more baskets in the second quarter while Andrew Brand added a two and a three, leading North Adams to a 28-9 halftime lead.

“This group of kids has a tendency to just attack and once the ball goes up, they want to prove they are the best and all 10 kids do that,” continued Unger. “It’s nice as a coach to have such a group of kids that winning is all they care about and it doesn’t matter who is scoring as long as they are winning. It’s a good year when you have 10 kids and they can all play and understand the game. It makes the year go much easier for a coach.”

“This group has played together since third grade and the chemistry they have built up is one of a kind. They are able to see each other on the floor in spots most people wouldn’t think they could. They are very unselfish. They have bought into the concept of team ball. Making the adjustment from Pee-Wee to junior high was a bit of a shock and took some getting used to, but they have quickly focused on winning and coming together as a group.”

In the second half of Monday night’s game, the North Adams defense was on alert as they only allowed six points in two quarters, while spending most of the half on offense sharpening their three-point shooting. In numerous attempts from nearly everyone on the roster, the Devils got treys from Brand, Seth Vogel, and Seth Meade on their way to the victory.

Seth Meade led the winners with 15 points, all in the first three quarters, followed by Hesler with 11, and Brand and Vogel with 8 apiece. West Union was topped by 6 points from Jai-Michael Knox and 5 from Jordan Gibson.

Even with the big winning streak, Coach Unger doesn’t want this team taking anything for granted.

“I think some times as a coach you have to make sure that your kids don’t get complacent with winning, but are trying to get better and work on things that we aren’t doing as good as we should,” said the North Adams coach. “Every day we practice against our eighth grade team and I think that has helped us a lot in games, to getting stronger, finishing at the basket, and handling pressure. Every day we have to stay humble and understand that we have a big target on our back and every team we play is coming for us and we have to bring our best game every night to make sure we keep proving we want to be the best. I’m proud of these kids and they effort they give every night.”

“The future is very bright with this group of junior high kids that we have right now at North Adams, and we may just get back to the years of always going to the Convo like we used to.”

The undefeated Green Devils made it 12-0 on Wednesday night with a 38-20 win over Whiteoak and have four Southern Hills Athletic Conference games left to keep their record spotless, Jan. 20 at home with Fairfield, Jan. 23 at Fayetteville, Jan. 30 at Lynchburg, and Feb. 3 at Manchester.

The seventh grade Dragons will travel to Lynchburg on Jan. 16, host Ripley on Jan. 20, Eastern on Jan. 23, Fairfield on Jan. 30, and then travel to Peebles on Feb. 3.

WUJH 5 4 5 1 —15

NAJH 12 16 16 7 —51

WUJH (15): Knox 2 1-2 6, Jones 0 0-2 0, Jarvis 0 0-1 0, Fetters 1 0-0 2, Abbott 1 0-0 2, Gibosn 2 1-2 5, Team 6 2-7 15.

NAJH (51): C. Crawford 1 0-0 2, Brand 3 0-0 8, J. Crawford 1 0-0 2, Vogel 3 0-0 8, Shipley 1 1-2-3, Hesler 4 3-4 11, S. Meade 7 0-0 15, C. Meade 1 0-0 2, Hoop 0 0-2 0, Team 21 4-7 51.

Three-Point Goals:

WUJH- Knox 1

NAJH- Brand 2, Vogel 2, S. Meade 1

North Adams’ Cade Meade goes airborne to save the ball from going out of bounds during seventh grade boys action on Jan. 11 in West Union. Meade and the seventh grade Green Devils remained unbeaten on the season with a 51-15 win over the Dragons.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_7thBoys1.jpgNorth Adams’ Cade Meade goes airborne to save the ball from going out of bounds during seventh grade boys action on Jan. 11 in West Union. Meade and the seventh grade Green Devils remained unbeaten on the season with a 51-15 win over the Dragons. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

North Adams’ Andrew Brand scored 8 points in the seventh grade Devils 51-15 win over West Union on Monday night.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_7thBoys2.jpgNorth Adams’ Andrew Brand scored 8 points in the seventh grade Devils 51-15 win over West Union on Monday night. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams tops West Union to go 11-0

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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