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 Adams 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 The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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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