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 Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

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

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