Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk 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

JV Lady Devils finish 15-4

For Coach Tony Williams, it was a transition year as he made the move from freshman boys basketball back into the North Adams girls program, taking the reins in 2015-16 as the JV Girls head coach. The move was a successful one for Williams and his JV squad as they finished their season with an outstanding 15-4 record.

“This has been a great season,” said Williams. “Of our four losses, three of them were by four points or less. This group of girls has improved throughout the year. They have worked hard and done all the things that we’ve asked them to do. It was a joy to coach them this year and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with them.”

The 15th win of the season came in the regular season finale on Feb. 4, but it didn’t come easy, as the JV Lady Devils jumped out to a big lead, then nearly squandered it away in the fourth quarter, before hanging on to outlast the Lynchburg Lady Mustangs 35-33.

“We didn’t come out with the energy level and focus that we expect in the first half,” said Williams of his team’s final contest. “I challenged the girls at halftime to play with the level of intensity on defense that I knew we could and our defensive pressure really caused them some problems in the third quarter plus we started to make some shots. Give credit to Lynchburg, they didn’t give up and made a nice run at us in the fourth. I may have pulled off the reins too early and some crucial turnovers hurt us.”

“I was extremely proud of our girls for making the plays at the end of the game that gave us the victory. It was truly a team effort with everyone contributing to the win.”

A number of the JV players at North Adams will now suit up for the school’s varsity squad in sectional tournament play as the varsity Lady Devils begin their postseason on Saturday, Feb. 13, facing Peebles in a Division III sectional championship game at Valley High School. Tip off is set for 4:30 p.m.

North Adams’ Adison Wright holds on for dear life as the final seconds tick away in the JV Lady Devils’ 35-33 win last week over Lynchburg. The win left the North Adams JV girls with a final record of 15-4.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Wright.jpgNorth Adams’ Adison Wright holds on for dear life as the final seconds tick away in the JV Lady Devils’ 35-33 win last week over Lynchburg. The win left the North Adams JV girls with a final record of 15-4. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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