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 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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