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 Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary

Big tournament night for the county

It may have been awhile since it has happened, but Wednesday, Feb. 10 was a banner night for high school girls basketball in Adams County as three local squads were on the court in tournament action, and all three brought home wins.

One of the best seasons in recent history for the West Union Lady Dragons continued as the West Union girls, behind 18 points from senior Mikayla Akers, knocked off the Northwest Lady Mohawks 48-38 in an-opening round sectional game played at Valley High School. With the win, their eighth of the season, the Lady Dragons now have to play giant killers as they advanced to the Division III sectional title game where they will face the number-two ranked in the state Lynchburg Clay Lady Mustangs. That game is set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m., again at Valley HS.

Also at Valley on Wednesday night, the Peebles Lady Indians picked up a sectional tournament win as they easily handled the Adena Lady Warriors by a final score of 48-28. The Lady Indians were led by 23 points from junior Jessica Sowards and also moved on to a sectional final contest where they will see a familiar foe, the North Adams Lady Devils. That all-Adams County sectional title game will be played at Valley at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Finally, the Manchester Lady Hounds struggled through the regular season but found some redemption in their opening round sectional contest. On the floor at Northwest High School, the Lady Hounds defeated number-six seeded Sciotoville East 49-36, led by 20 points from senior Morgan Johnson. Manchester will also now be in a sectional championship game, facing fellow member of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, the Fairfield Lady Lions. That All-SHAC battle is set for 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 13, again at Northwest HS.

Look for further reports on all these tournament contests in the Feb. 17 and Feb. 21 issues of The People’s Defender.

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By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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