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

7th Grade Lady Devils sweep SHAC, win regular season and tourney

The banner year for North Adams basketball at all levels continued on Saturday, Feb. 13 as the finals of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference Tournament came to Seaman and the second game of the evening pitted Coach Shannon Staggs and his seventh grade Lady Devils on their home floor to face the Fairfield Lady Lions in the SHAC championship contest. It was a match up of the top two records in the SHAC regular season standings, with North Adams going unbeaten at 7-0 in conference play, while the Lady Lions went 6-1.

The Lady Devils had moved to the title game with an easy 46-12 win over Eastern, while Fairfield had advanced with lopsided wins over West Union and Lynchburg. Now, with the title trophy on the line, the two faced off in what turned out to be a rather lackluster affair, but still a crowning moment for Coach Staggs and his girls as they knocked off the Lady Lions 51-35 to finish off the SHAC sweep of regular season and tournament.

“I am very proud to be a part of a great program here at North Adams,” said Coach Staggs. “I am very proud of both of our junior high teams for all of their hard work. It was a lot of fun to be coaching in the championship game, but we have to always remember how we got there with player development and getting our system put in.”

“I’m already looking forward to next season with these upcoming eighth graders and a new bunch of seventh graders.”

Though there were times when they didn’t look real sharp. the Lady Devils were never really seriously challenged in this seventh grade title game, against a Fairfield squad with only five available players. With Delaney Harper dominating inside the paint and racking up 9 first quarter points, North Adams jumped to a 17-10 advantage after one.

The status quo was held in the second period as both teams scored 12 points, with the Lady Devils getting three-point goals from Karissa Buttelwerth and Wylie Shipley to lead at the half 29-22.

Holding serve on their home court, the Lady Devils scored 10 points in the third quarter, six of them from Shipley plus baskets by Brooklyn Tolle and Harper. The stubborn Lady Lions score 8 of their own and after three quarters of play, North Adams still led 39-30.

The fourth quarter was a matter of just holding on and maintaining their advantage and the Lady Devils performed that task admirably, outscoring Fairfield 12-7 to start the celebration as SHAC champions, winning the final game by the final count of 51-35.

North Adams finishes the season at 14-1, just a single basket from an undefeated season as their only defeat of the year was a 27-26 loss to Wheelersburg.

In the tournament final win, the Lady Devils placed two girls indouble figures, Delaney Harper with 17 points and Wylie Shipley with 13. Karissa Buttelwerth added 8 and Marah Call 7 for the champions.

Fairfield’s Smamra Cannon led all scorers with 20 points.

FJH (35): Hattan 2 1-2 5, Cannon 7 6-9 20, Crum 5 0-0 10, Team 14 7-11 35.

NAJH (51): Shipley 6 0-4 13, Buttelwerth 1 5-6 8, Call 3 0-0 7, Robinson 1 0-0 2, Tolle 2 0-0 4, Harper 7 3-6 17, Team 20 8-16 51.

Three-Point Goals:

NAJH- Shipley 1, Buttelwerth 1, Call 1

With a final regular season record of 14-1, the seventh grade girls squad from North Adams captured both the regular season title and the conference tournament championship in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. the final crowning moment came on Feb. 13 when they defeated Fairfield 51-35 in the final game of the SHAC tourney.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_NAJHgirls1.jpgWith a final regular season record of 14-1, the seventh grade girls squad from North Adams captured both the regular season title and the conference tournament championship in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. the final crowning moment came on Feb. 13 when they defeated Fairfield 51-35 in the final game of the SHAC tourney. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

North Adams’ Wylie Shipley goes up for this contested shot in action from the seventh grade girls championship game on Feb. 13. Shipley scored 13 points as the Lady Devils topped Fairfield 51-35.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_NAJHgirls2.jpgNorth Adams’ Wylie Shipley goes up for this contested shot in action from the seventh grade girls championship game on Feb. 13. Shipley scored 13 points as the Lady Devils topped Fairfield 51-35. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams sweeps SHAC titles

By Mark Carpenter

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