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

North Adams sweeps the SHAC, as 8th grade boys take tourney title

The domination at the junior high boys level continued for North Adams as the eighth grade boys, under the direction of Coach Eric Toole, matched their seventh grade counterparts with a clean sweep of the regular season and tournament championships of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. Their latest title, that of SHAC Tournament Champions, came as a result of a 48-37 win over Eastern Brown in the tournament finals on Feb. 17, in a game played at West Union High School.

The eighth grade Green Devils finished their 2015-16 season with an outstanding 18-1 record, the only blemish being a two-point loss to Fayetteville in the regular season. To get to the tourney finals, the Devils knocked off Lynchburg 47-26 and Ripley 34-29, and they faced number two seeded Eastern for the crown.

“Tonight was a hard fought game,” said Coach Toole. “We knew coming in that Eastern was a tough team and they came out ready for us tonight. My guys responded so I’m really proud of how they kept their composure in a tight game and executed down the stretch.”

Even coming into the game with just one defeat, the Devils were in for a battle against a tough group of Warriors, looking for a tourney title of their own. After the first quarter, the Warriors held a 10-8 lead, holding the North Adams offense to single digits, though the Devils got three-point goals from Cameron Young and Zach Osborne.

Eastern continued to hang tough throughout the second period, though the Devils rallied to grab the halftime lead at 19-17. Osborne hit another three in that second stanza, tallying seven points in all, and with baskets by Dalton Gardner and Austin McCormick , helped put their team on top. McCormick had been the biggest offensive threat all season for North Adams, but the Eastern defense concentrated on keeping the ball away from him the entire game.

Try as they may, the Devils could not pull away in the third quarter, as the Warriors got three-pointers from Dustin Jimison and Jadon Walkup to stay right in the hunt. It was a “Young” attack in the third period as Cameron and Isaac Young accounted for all 12 North Adams points, leaving them with a 31-27 advantage, six minutes from the title.

Despite the Warriors hitting two more treys in the final quarter, the Devils managed to pull away as Osborne continued his big night with a basket and a perfect 6 for 6 performance at the foul line. Add in two baskets each from McCormick and Isaac Young and the Devils outscored Eastern 17-10 to take the 48-37 win and celebrate their SHAC sweep.

With the Eastern defense concentrating so much of their efforts on stopping McCormick inside, it was time for the Devils’ guards to step up and they did in big fashion as Zach Osborne poured in 20 points (including going 10 for 10 from the free throw line), Isaac Young 12, and Cameron Young 8. Even with the defense pounding him, McCormick still managed three baskets and 6 points in the North Adams win.

“Zach always has a way of coming up big in big games for us,” said Coach Toole. “He’s the kind of kid that wants that and always answers the call.”

“It’s been a good year for us. Unfortunately we got the one loss but that happens and we learned from it and bounced back and played well. They’re a great group of guys and I’ve really enjoyed coaching them.”

With an effort to be proud of, the Warriors were led in scoring by 12 points from Titus Burns, with Kaleb Martin adding 7 and Dustin Jimison and Jadon Walkup 6 apiece.

EJH 10 7 10 10 —37

NAJH 8 11 12 17 —48

EJH (37): Burns 4 2-3 12, Jimison 2 0-0 6, Lainhart 1 0-0 2, Walkup 2 0-0 6, Ruckel 1 0-0 2, martin 3 1-2 7, Wiles 1 0-0 2, Team 14 3-5 37.

NAJH (48): C. Young 3 0-0 8, Osborne 4 10-10 20, Gardner 1 0-0 2, I. Young 5 2-3 12, McCormick 3 0-0 6, Team 16 12-13 48.

Three-Point Goals:

EJH- Burns 2, Jimison 2, Walkup 2

NAJH- C. Young 1, Osborne 2

North Adams’ Zach Osborne came up big in the SHAC eighth grade tournament finals, scoring 20 points as the Green Devils captured the title with a 48-37 win over Eastern Brown.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Osborne-1.jpgNorth Adams’ Zach Osborne came up big in the SHAC eighth grade tournament finals, scoring 20 points as the Green Devils captured the title with a 48-37 win over Eastern Brown. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

The North Adams eight grade boys squad, with a record of 18-1 on the season, captured both the SHAC regular season and tournament titles, defeating Eastern Brown 48-37 in the tourney finals on Feb. 17.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_8th-BoysChamps-1.jpgThe North Adams eight grade boys squad, with a record of 18-1 on the season, captured both the SHAC regular season and tournament titles, defeating Eastern Brown 48-37 in the tourney finals on Feb. 17. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams takes regular season and tourney titles

By Mark Carpenter

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