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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

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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