Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

Two more wins propel 8th Grade Devils to 12-0 on the year

The North Adams eighth grade boys team kept right on rolling this week, picking up two more wins to improve their record to 12-0 for the 2015-16 season. The Devils faced West Union at home on Monday, Jan. 11 and had to rally late to get past an improving squad of Dragons 48-43 and then came back on Wednesday night to knock off Whiteoak handily 59-21.

The West Union game was a downright good junior high boys game, with both teams battling down to the wire before the Devils pulled out the win. It was a battle of the big men as North Adams’ Austin McCormick and West Union’s Mizael Gapi went blow for blow all night, McCormick finishing with 18 points and Gapi leading all scorers with 19.

The first quarter began well for McCormick as he scored 7 points in the first six minutes, dominating in the paint to help the Devils grab a 13-9 advantage. Both teams were hot on the offensive end in the second period with West Union getting two buckets each from Gapi and Zane Kingsolver, while the Devils got a three from Dalton Gardner and four more in the paint from McCormick. At the half, the Devils were still on top, but only by a margin of 26-22.

Back came the Dragons in the third stanza, taking the lead at 29-28 on a bucket by Brycen Staten, but the Devils answered right back with a three-pointer from Zach Osborne to retake a lead they would never relinquish. At the end of the third period, North Adams was still in front, stretching their lead to 40-32.

The Dragons attempted to rally again in the fourth, mostly behind the work of Gapi, who hit shots from inside and out on his way to 9 points in the final six minutes. North Adams only managed two field goals in the final quarter, but one of them was a big three from point guard Cameron Young, his only basket of the game coming at an opportune time, that helped them hold on for win #11, a five-point win over the pesky Dragons.

McCormick’s 18 topped the winners, joined in double figures by Dalton Gardner with 11. Issac Young was solid as usual with an all-around excellent floor game and 7 points.

West Union was paced by Gapi’s 19, with Brycen Staten adding 11 and Zane Kingsolver 8.

After their win over Whiteoak on Wednesday that moved them to 12-0, the Devils have SHAC contests remaining with Fairfield, Fayetteville, Lynchburg, and Manchester as they look to repeat as conference regular season and tournament champions.

West Union will be hoping for a rematch in the SHAC Tournament, but will finish the regular season with games against Lynchburg, Ripley, Eastern, Fairfield, and Peebles.

WUJH 9 13 10 11 —43

NAJH 13 13 14 8 —48

WUJH (43): Staten 5 0-0 11, Kingsolver 3 2-4 8, Gapi 9 1-2 19, Carter 1 0-0 2, Whaley 1 0-0 3, Parker 0 0-2 0, Team 19 3-8 43.

NAJH (48): C. Young 1 0-0 3, Osborne 2 0-1 5, Whalen 0 4-5 4, Gardner 3 4-5 11, I. Young 3 1-2 7, McCormick 8 2-3 18, Team 17 11-16 48.

Three-Point Goals:

WUJH- Staten 1, Whaley 1

NAJH- C. Young 1, Osborne 1, Gardner 1

This was the battle of the night on Monday night in the eighth grade boys game, West Union’s Mizael Gapi, left, against North Adams’ Austin McCormick. Gapi led all scorers with 19 points, but McCormick’s 18 led the Devils to a 48-43 win, their 12th of the season with no losses.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_8thBoys1.jpgThis was the battle of the night on Monday night in the eighth grade boys game, West Union’s Mizael Gapi, left, against North Adams’ Austin McCormick. Gapi led all scorers with 19 points, but McCormick’s 18 led the Devils to a 48-43 win, their 12th of the season with no losses. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

With West Union’s Zane Kingsolver in hot pursuit, North Adams’ Zach Osborne loses the ball out of bounds in this play from the fourth quarter of the Jan. 11 eighth grade boys game in Seaman, won by the Devils 48-43.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_8thBoys2.jpgWith West Union’s Zane Kingsolver in hot pursuit, North Adams’ Zach Osborne loses the ball out of bounds in this play from the fourth quarter of the Jan. 11 eighth grade boys game in Seaman, won by the Devils 48-43. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Tough win over West Union 48-43. another over Whiteoak

By Mark Carpenter

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