Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

Dragons get weekend split after Homecoming win on Friday night

It was a half and half weekend for Coach Josh White and his West Union Dragons varsity basketball squad as they hit the high on Friday night with a big win over Whiteoak and then a low on Saturday when a quick turnaround saw them facing a talented group of Waverly Tigers as part of the 2016 Coach Young Classic at North Adams High School.

A Friday night Homecoming saw the scrappy, young Dragons pick up their second win of the season by the slim margin of 71-69 behind 18 points from point guard Garrett Vogler and 10 from Elijah McCarty. The euphoria of that win plus all the accompanying Homecoming festivities made for a late night for the Dragons, who had to come right back on Saturday afternoon to battle Waverly.

“We were in a rough situation,” said Coach White in his post game radio interview. “Last night was Homecoming and an emotional game and a big win and then having to come back at 1:30 in the afternoon and play against a team full of upperclassmen, it was rough. We got pushed around a lot today and we didn’t fight back the way I hoped we would, but you have to learn how to lose to learn how to win.”

“They just beat us to every spot on the court and it paid off for them.”

Early on in Saturday’s contest, the Dragons hung around, with baskets by Craig Horton and Andrew Weeks keeping the Waverly lead at just 8-6, but the Tigers went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to extend their lead to double digits, where it would remain the rest of the game.

The second period began with the teams matching three-pointers, Cade Marquez for Waverly and D.J. Welch for the Dragons. With a 22-11 lead, the Tigers reeled off five straight before another Horton bucket slowed them down temporarily. The Dragons got a McCarty three-pointer to get back within 29-18, but a pair of Waverly buckets put the lead back up to 15, where it stood at halftime as Waverly went to the break on top 39-24.

Any hopes that the Dragons may have had of mounting a big comeback were extinguished quickly as the third quarter began with Waverly scoring the first 10 points, getting back to back long three-pointers from senior guard Jake Henderson, part of his game-high 20 points. West Union got a trey from Mason Fannin, but a later 6-0 run put the Tigers even more comfortably in front at 57-30.

The third period ended with a Horton basket, but the Dragons still on the very short end of a 60-33 score.

With the outcome decided, Coach White used his bench liberally in the final eight minutes, and after Vogler hit from beyond the arc and then inside the arc, the Tigers scored eight straight. Late in the contest, the Dragons got a three-point goal from Clayton Madden and two more baskets from Vogler, but in the end it was the Tigers picking up their seventh win of the season against six losses, topping West Union by a final count of 74-47.

After leading the team in scoring in the Friday night Homecoming win, Garrett Vogler repeated that performance on Saturday, pacing the Dragons with 14 points, followed by Craig Horton with 8.

“One of the things I love about our team is that they will never quit and go 100% the entire time every single time, no matter the score,” said Coach White. “Garrett has nerves of steel and he doesn’t get rattled and he is going to keep attacking, and he has stepped up every game as just a sophomore.”

“We are a young team, we have a new coach, we don’t have any experience going into the season. Our job is to just get better, not to judge by the score on the scoreboard.”

Waverly was led by Henderson’s 20 points, joined in double figures by Ethan Adrian with 11 and Mason Chapman with 10.

The Dragons, now 2-12 on the season, got a bit of a break as they will not be back in action until Friday, Jan. 22, when they host the Peebles Indians, weather permitting.

WHS 19 20 21 14 —74

WUHS 8 16 9 14 —47

WHS (74): Howell 2 0-0 4, Joe Henderson 1 0-0 2, Pennington 3 2-2 8, Adrian 4 1-5 11, Marquez 2 1-2 6, Reed 1 0-0 2, Rigsby 4 0-0 8, Chapman 5 0-5 10, Jake Henderson 8 1-2 20, Robinson 1 1-2 3, Team 31 6-18 74.

WUHS (47): Welch 1 0-0 3, Fuller 2 0-0 4, Vogler 5 3-4 14, Fannin 1 0-0 3, McCarty 1 0-0 3, Madden 2 0-0 5, Horton 3 2-2 8, Clifford 0 1-2 1, Weeks 1 0-0 2, Fenton 2 0-0 4, Team 18 6-8 47.

Three-Point Goals:

WHS- Adrian 2, Marquez 1, Jake Henderson 3

WUHS- Welch 1, Vogler 1, Fannin 1, McCarty 1, Madden 1

West Union’s Garrett Vogler goes up and under for a shot attempt in Saturday’s game with Waverly at the Coach Young Classic. Vogler finished with 14 points in the Dragons’ 74-47 defeat, after scoring 18 the night before in a win over Whiteoak. Union’s Garrett Vogler goes up and under for a shot attempt in Saturday’s game with Waverly at the Coach Young Classic. Vogler finished with 14 points in the Dragons’ 74-47 defeat, after scoring 18 the night before in a win over Whiteoak. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

West Union junior Craig Horton, left, attempts to block the shot of Waverly’s Mason Chapman in action from the Coach Young Classic on Saturday at North Adams High School. Union junior Craig Horton, left, attempts to block the shot of Waverly’s Mason Chapman in action from the Coach Young Classic on Saturday at North Adams High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Homeconing win Friday, tough loss on Saturday

By Mark Carpenter

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