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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire Joan Cockrell

Hounds get weekend split

Still looking for some kind of consistency that has eluded them all season, the Manchester varsity boys basketball squad earned a split in their two games last weekend, one at home and one on the road. On Friday, Jan. 29, the Hounds overcame all the distractions involved in Homecoming Night to defeat the West Union Dragons 61-45, but on Saturday night the Hounds traveled to Whiteoak and laid an egg in falling to the Wildcats 70-47.

Friday night’s Southern Hills Athletic Conference victory over West Union came after Hounds’ head coach Kyle Pertuset made some necessary lineup changes and opened up the team’s offense. That move resulted in the Greyhounds hitting 13 three-point shots in the game, beginning with four in the opening quarter- two by Jamie Combs and one each from Colton Thornburg and Kaulen Cox, as the home team led 16-7 after eight minutes of play.

The Hounds continued the three-point barrage in the second quarter, getting a pair from beyond the arc from Mason Bilyeu and another from Combs on their way to a 27-17 halftime advantage.

Though the Dragons got threes in the third quarter from Garrett Vogler and Eiljah McCarty, the period belonged to Manchester’s Thornburg who fired in three treys plus two more scores from inside the arc. Toss in Combs’ fourth trey of the night and the Hounds were in front 48-31 after three quarters of action.

In the final eight minutes, Cox, who has benefited the most from the new Hounds’ lineup, hit two more threes in the fourth quarter as the home team defended their turf on Homecoming night with a 61-45 win over the visiting Dragons.

In the win, the Greyhounds placed three players in double figures, led by Thornburg’s 18 points. Combs added 13 and Cox 11, with Sean Frost getting 7 and Mason Bilyeu 6.

West Union (3-14) was led by 13 points from sophomore Garrett Vogler, the only Dragon in double figures. Craig Horton added 9 and Logan Clifford 6.

The win on Friday night improved the Hounds to 5-11 on the year, but the bad loss at Whiteoak the next night dropped them to 5-12, with a very tough week ahead with games upcoming with North Adams and Eastern Brown.

The Dragons were out of conference on Feb. 2, hosting Blanchester, and travel to Fayetteville in SHAC play on Friday, Feb. 5.

WUHS 7 10 14 14 —45

MHS 16 11 21 13 —61

WUHS (45): Welch 1 0-0 2, Fuller 1 0-0 2, Vogler 5 1-2 13, McCarty 1 2-2 5, Kramer 2 0-0 4, Horton 3 1-1 9, Clifford 2 2-2 6, Weeks 1 2-2 4, Team 15 8-9 45.

MHS (61): Combs 4 1-2 13, Aldridge 0 3-4 3, Frost 3 1-2 7, Thornburg 7 0-0 18, Bilyeu 2 0-0 6, Young 1 1-2 3, Cox 4 0-0 11, Team 21 6-10 61.

Three-Point Goals:

WUHS- Vogler 2, McCarty 1, Horton 1

MHS- Combs 4, Thornburg 4, Bilyeu 2, Cox 3

Mancehster’s Jamie Combs, right, looks to make his move on West Union’s Elijah McCarty (14), during last Friday night’s varsity boys game in Manchester.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_MHS-WUHS.jpgMancehster’s Jamie Combs, right, looks to make his move on West Union’s Elijah McCarty (14), during last Friday night’s varsity boys game in Manchester. Courtesy photo
Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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