David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards

7th Grade Lady Devils are 9-1

It has been a successful season all-around thus far for all of the basketball programs at North Adams and that is especially true for Coach Shannon Staggs and his seventh grade Lady Devils. The Lady Devils stand at 9-1 on the season, and undefeated at 5-0 in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference as they strive for the number-one seed in the post-season conference tournament.

“When I was hired for this job three years ago, one thing I agreed on was that my job is to develop players and get the high school system in,” said Staggs. “This is something I preach to the girls daily. Of course, we all want to win at any level, but the overall goal is to make these girls better for when they get to the high school program. We don’t really talk about winning the conference this year, but instead talk about developing our system to complete the goals that Coach (Rob) Davis has set for his high school teams.”

The seventh grade Lady Devils have had a successful start to 2016, winning their first three games of the new year. On Jan. 6, they faced Portsmouth Notre Dame and came away with a 32-23 win.

“We knew going into this game that we would be tested by a Scioto County School,” said Staggs. “It taught us how to win a close game in the fourth quarter.”

After leading by just two at the half, the Lady Devils outscored Notre Dame 19-12 in the second half to come away with the win. Wylie Shipley led North Adams with 11 points, with Delaney Harper adding 6 and Brianna Robinson 5.

On Jan. 9. the Lady Devils picked up another victory, hosting Ripley and coming out with a lopsided 50-10 triumph. North Adams came out on fire and racked up 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

“Sometimes you hate games like this, said Staggs, but it gives us a chance to mix up our groups and play the whole game as a team.”

In the win over the Lady Jays, Shipley was again the leading scorer, having a big game with 19 points. Karissa Buttelwerth added 9, Braylie Jones 8, and Robinson 6.

Jan. 11 turned out to be another blowout win for the Lady Devils as they rolled past West Union 57-8.

“In the first half, we played a Kentucky style platoon, subbing in five players every 2-3 minutes,” said Coach Staggs. “That gave everyone a chance to get some big minutes and score some buckets.”

Harper took scoring honors in the win over the Lady Dragons with 14 points, with Buttelwerth adding 12, Shipley 10, and Marah Call 7.

The North Adams girls will be back in action on Jan. 20, facing Fairfield in a non-conference match up. On Jan. 23, they travel to Fayetteville, play Fairfield again at home on Jan. 27, and finish the regular season on Jan. 30 at home with Lynchburg.

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5-0 in conference play

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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