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

Green Devils clinch small school title with 55-49 win over Eastern Brown

Going into last Friday night’s action, a lot of things had to fall into place for the North Adam Green Devils to end the night as small school champions of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. Most importantly, the Devils had to defend their home court with a win over the Eastern Brown Warriors and then play the waiting game to see if the Manchester Greyhounds could help them out in a big way by defeating the Fayetteville Rockets, who came into the night tied for the top spot in the SHAC with North Adams.

Like the pieces in a perfectly fit puzzle, everything fell perfectly into place for the Devils. First they got their win over Eastern Brown and then got word that Manchester had helped them out by knocking off Fayetteville, thereby earning the North Adams boys and Coach Nathan Copas the small school championship, their first conference title since 2009.

“It was a great night for us,” said Coach Copas. “We knew going in that it was a must win to guarantee us at least a share of the conference. It was a night that many people contributed. Caleb Wagers got us started with a big three early and Trey Meade had a real nice first half. Coming out in the second half we got down and Isaiah Anderson put us on his back and hit some big shots. We also got some big shots from Patrick England and Justin Knechtly.”

“Brandon Gingerich had some key rebounds and took a big charge late. It was a great team effort and I am so happy for our program and all of the boys on our team. The last couple of years have been rough so it’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle again.”

The first order of business was to take down the very tough Warriors and behind 23 points from junior point guard Isaiah Anderson, the Devils took care of business with a 55-49 victory, leaving them with an overall record to finish the regular season at 15-7, 10-3 in the SHAC.

After all the Senior Night and Homecoming festivities came to a close, the varsity game got underway and behind three-pointers from Patrick England and Caleb Wagers, plus 8 points from Trey Meade, the Devils led 14-12 after the first quarter of play. Things didn’t go quite as well in the second stanza for the home team. The Warriors got three balls from Charles Bellamy and Mickey Hundley, outscoring North Adams 12-8 to grab the lead at halftime by a slim 24-22 margin.

In looking at the action in the third quarter, the scoring looked something like this, Eastern 11, Isaiah Anderson 11. The North Adams guard scored all 11 of his team’s points in the third period, including getting hot from beyond the arc and draining a trio of three-point shots. The dead-even third quarter left the Warriors hanging on to a 35-33 lead as the two teams prepped for what was going to be an exciting final eight minutes.

A pair of free throws by Bellamy gave Eastern a 46-42 lead, but the Devils rallied back to within one and took the lead on a bucket by Brandon Gingerich. After the Warriors tied the score on a basket by Austin Doss, the Devils jumped right back in front on England’s second three of the game. Two free throws by Justin Knechtly stretched the home side’s lead to 52-47 and an England free throw pushed the lead to six.

A bucket by Hundley drew Eastern closer but a pair of free throws by Anderson, who was 6 for 7 from the stripe in the final period. sealed the deal as the Devils came from behind for the huge home win, and in the process, won the SHAC for themselves and knocked the Warriors temporarily into third place in the big school division.

Anderson topped the winners with his 23 points, with big man and classmate Trey Meade adding 14. Patrick England continued his fine play, tossing in 9 points for the Devils.

Charles Bellamy’s 13 points led the Warriors.

With the regular season now behind them, the Green Devils look to the postseason as they will open sectional tournament play on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., facing Portsmouth West on the floor at Waverly High School. (Look for a report on that game in a future issue of The People’s Defender.)

A win in their tourney opener will send the Devils to the sectional championship game, where they will likely face the SHAC big school champion Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs. That game is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., again at Waverly.

EHS 12 12 11 14 —49

NAHS 14 8 11 22 —55

EHS (49): Rigdon 3 0-0 7, Doss 2 2-2 6, Day 2 2-2 6, Kelch 4 0-0 9, Bellamy 4 4-6 13, Hundley 3 1-3 8, Team 18 9-13 49.

NAHS (55): Anderson 7 6-7 23, England 3 1-3 9, Wagers 1 0-0 3, Knechtly 1 2-2 4, Gingerich 1 0-2 2, T. Meade 5 4-6 14, Team 18 13-20 55.

Three-Point Goals:

EHS- Rigdon 1, Kelch 1, Bellamy 1, Hundley 1

NAHS- Anderson 3, England 2, Wagers 1

North Adams’ Justin Knechtly looks none too happy about this hard foul by Eastern’s Charles Bellamy that resulted in a double technical foul during last Friday night’s big SHAC encounter at North Adams High School. Knechtly and the Green Devils clinched an outright conference championship with a 55-49 win over the visiting Warriors.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_NAHSboys1-1.jpgNorth Adams’ Justin Knechtly looks none too happy about this hard foul by Eastern’s Charles Bellamy that resulted in a double technical foul during last Friday night’s big SHAC encounter at North Adams High School. Knechtly and the Green Devils clinched an outright conference championship with a 55-49 win over the visiting Warriors. Photo by Timothy Daulton

North Adams senior Caleb Wagers dribbles towards the basket past Eastern’s Blake Rigdon during action from last Friday night’s 55-49 Green Devil victory.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_NAHSboys2-1.jpgNorth Adams senior Caleb Wagers dribbles towards the basket past Eastern’s Blake Rigdon during action from last Friday night’s 55-49 Green Devil victory. Photo by Timothy Daulton
Pieces fall into place after North Adams downs Eastern

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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