David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs 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 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

Greyhounds play spoiler, knock Fayetteville out of first place in SHAC

As part of a series of events that had to fall into place last Friday night, a win by the Manchester Greyhounds over the visiting Fayetteville Rockets would assure the North Adams Green Devils no less than a share of first place in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference’s small school division. Fayetteville came into the evening deadlocked for first with the Devils, needing just a win to clinch no less than a tie themselves, but the Greyhounds had other ideas.

In what many may call a major SHAC upset, the Greyhounds squashed the title hopes of the Rockets, turning the emotions of Senior Night into the excitement of a 58-52 overtime victory, breaking a three-game losing streak and grabbing some important tournament momentum.

“We pulled everything together tonight and our kids rose to the challenge,” said Greyhounds head coach Kyle Pertuset. “The kids did all the things that we have been trying to get them to do all year, and it showed. I have believed all along that we could play the game that way. All season we have been battling, working, and improving, and our perseverance paid off and I could not be more proud of this bunch.”

Sophomore Jamie Combs and junior Kaulen Cox led the winning Hounds with 15 points apiece, with Combs getting seven of those in the overtime period, including a perfect 5 for 5 from the free throw line (and 8 for 8 in the game). Colton Thornburg scored 9 for the Greyhounds, with senior Rickey Deatley adding 7 in his last appearance in the Hound Pound.

“Rickey stepped up and played one of his best games of the year, played his role, and was poised throughout the entire game,” said Coach Pertuset.

In his final home game also, senior Sean Frost scored 6 points and according to the coach, made several big plays on defense. “Sean did everything we asked of him tonight and that is what you expect from seniors this time of year,” said Pertuset.

“I believe we are finally playing our best basketball and you literally cannot pick a better time to do that,” added Pertuset. “We have a refreshed confidence heading into the tournament and I’m excited for the kids and community to see where that might take us. Our underclassmen all grew up before our eyes tonight.”

Next up for the Greyhounds (7-14, 5-8 SHAC) is their first postseason contest, set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Northwest High School. Their opponent will be a fellow member of the SHAC, the Fairfield Lions. Results of that contest will not be available at press time.

Manchester sophomore Jamie Combs scored 15 points on Friday night, including a clutch performance from the foul line in overtime, as the Greyhounds defeated the Fayetteville Rockets 58-52.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Combs.jpgManchester sophomore Jamie Combs scored 15 points on Friday night, including a clutch performance from the foul line in overtime, as the Greyhounds defeated the Fayetteville Rockets 58-52. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Manchester takes down Fayetteville in OT

By Mark Carpenter

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