Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser 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

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. 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. 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

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