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 CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

Devils win

Make it five wins in six games for Coach Nathan Copas and his North Adams Green Devils as they played host to the Fairfield Lions on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in a make-up game from a contest cancelled last week because of the weather. It wasn’t the prettiest win in North Adams history, but a win nonetheless, as the Devils remained in a first place tie in the small school division of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference with a 54-45 victory over the Lions.

“It was certainly an ugly win, but it still counts,” said North Adams head coach Nathan Copas.

The early part of this conference battle belonged to Fairfield’s Ethan Putnam, who scored the Lions’ first seven points and then a three-pointer from Klay Walker gave the visitors a 10-5 advantage. A nice high-low play resulted in a Brandon Gingerich score for the Devils but a pair of Fairfield baskets forced Coach Copas to use a timeout with his team down 14-7.

The Devils got a basket from Isaiah Anderson after the timeout but a Putnam three-pointer left the Lions with a 17-10 lead after the first quarter.

The momentum of the game took a complete turn in the first three minutes of the second period as the Devils, behind the offensive work of Anderson and the Meade twins, scored the first eight points to jump in front 18-17. After a stick back basket by Trey Current temporarily put the Lions back on top, the Devils went on an 8-2 run, fueled by some strong inside work by Trey Meade, and a steal and bucket by Justin Knechtly gave North Adams a 26-19 advantage.

The first half ended on nice hustle play by Knechtly, as the junior forward rebounded his own misses twice before putting in his third try to send the Devils to the locker room with a 28-20 lead.

The third quarter became a battle of attrition in the paint as the majority of the scores came from within three feet of the rim. For North Adams, those baskets came from the twin towers of the Meade brothers, as the home team retained its lead though the Lions drew within three at 38-35 with 1:07 left in the period. Free throws by Anderson and Trey Meade pushed the lead back up to seven going to the fourth quarter.

After Fairfield scored the first basket of the final quarter, the Devils reeled off six straight , two of those buckets by Gingerich, to extend their lead to double digits. The rest of the game was a Fairfield effort to make a late comeback but that went for naught as the Devils held on for the 54-45 win.

It was a big offensive night for the Devils’ Trey Meade as he led North Adams (10-5, 7-2 SHAC) scorers with 22 points. Isaiah Anderson and Justin Knechtly added 8 each, with Cole Meade tossing in 7 and Brandon Gingerich 6.

Leading all scorers was Fairfield’s Ethan Putnam with 23 points, a total that included four three-point goals.

The next week is a very busy one and not an easy one for the Devils. On Friday night, they will be on the road for a conference match up at Peebles, a team that they have lost to twice already this season. On Saturday, the Devils will board the bus again, this time for a non-conference battle at Eastern Pike. Tuesday, Feb. 2 sees North Adams again on the road, this time traveling to the river for an SHAC contest with the Manchester Greyhounds.

FHS 17 3 15 10 —45

NAHS 10 18 14 12 —54

FHS (45): Walker 3 0-0 7, Lamb 0 1-2 1, Putnam 8 3-4 23, Evans 1 0-3 2, Daulton 1 0-0 2, J. Current 2 0-0 4, Harris 2 0-0 4, Gragg 1 0-0 2, Team 18 4-9 45.

NAHS (54): Anderson 3 2-2 8, England 1 0-2 3, Knechtly 4 0-1 8, Gingerich 3 0-2 6, T. Meade 9 4-4 22, C. Meade 3 1-2 7, Team 23 7-13 54.

Three-Point Goals:

FHS- Walker 1, Putnam 4

NAHS- England 1

North Adams’ Brandon Gingerich (31) rises far above the crowd to haul in this rebound during the Devils’ 54-45 win over Fairfield on Wednesday night. Gingerich scored 6 points as the Green Devils gained their 10th win of the 2015-16 season.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Devils1.jpgNorth Adams’ Brandon Gingerich (31) rises far above the crowd to haul in this rebound during the Devils’ 54-45 win over Fairfield on Wednesday night. Gingerich scored 6 points as the Green Devils gained their 10th win of the 2015-16 season. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

North Adams’ Isaiah Anderson goes up over a Fairfield defender for this runner in the lane during action from the boys varsity game in Seaman on Wednesday night. Anderson and the Green Devils remained in a first place tie in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference with a 54-45 win over the Lions.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Devils2.jpgNorth Adams’ Isaiah Anderson goes up over a Fairfield defender for this runner in the lane during action from the boys varsity game in Seaman on Wednesday night. Anderson and the Green Devils remained in a first place tie in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference with a 54-45 win over the Lions. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams tops Fairfield in SHAC action

By Mark Carpenter

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