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

SHAC names All-Conference girls team

Once again, the girls basketball coaches of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference have spoken and voted on their 2015-16 All-Conference girls squad. Of the 16 players honored, six of them come from the schools here in Adams County. three from North Adams, and one each from West Union, Peebles, and Manchester.

The North Adams Lady Devils were the champions of the SHAC regular season in the small school division with a conference mark of 11-2 and that earned them three berths on the girls All-Conference Team, beginning with senior guard Staci Dinsmore. Despite missing three games to injury, Dinsmore led the 18-6 sectional champion and district runner-up Lady Devils in scoring, putting up 14.2 points per outing. She also averaged 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and her quickness and wing span on the defensive end led to 4.9 steals a game.

Part of a still-bright future for the Lady Devils basketball program, sophomores Avery Harper and Lakyn Hupp also earned All-SHAC honors. Harper was one of the most improved players in the conference, averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 51% from the field. Hupp also made major jumps from last season, becoming an integral part of the Lady Devils on both ends of the floor. The sophomore guard averaged 10.7 points a game and 2.7 steals and shot 72% from the free throw line.

The West Union Lady Dragons, who won more games this season than they had in a decade, were represented on the All-SHAC squad by freshman Alexa Pennington, who began her high school career with a season where she averaged 10.9 points per game, while adding 8.1 rebounds, nearly averaging a double-double. Pennington, who can be an offensive threat inside or out, also fired in 31 three-pointers in her freshman campaign under the direction of head coach Jason Claytor.

Representing the Peebles Lady Indians on the 2015-16 All-SHAC team is junior guard Jessica Sowards. After battling back through various injury problems, Sowards turned in an outstanding junior season for Coach Vohn Hoop. She averaged 12.0 points per game and 7.1 rebounds, while hitting 78% of her free throws on a very good free-throw shooting team. The Lady Indians were also not shy about their affinity for the three-point shot and Sowards was a major part of that, hitting 56 out of 149 attempts from beyond the arc for 38%.

Finally, the Manchester Lady Greyhounds placed senior Morgan Johnson on the SHAC All-Conference squad, and certainly no one was more deserving. With the target on her back from day one and usually defended by 2 or 3 players, Johnson still managed to lead all girls’ players in the county in scoring, putting up 20.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds, again nearly a double double average. She recorded 11 double double efforts during the season, a senior campaign which saw her surpass the 1,000 point mark and beyond that, become the school’s all-time leading girls scorer with a final career total of 1,273 points.

The Lynchburg Lady Mustangs, who won sectional and district champions, were also the undefeated, gold ball champions of the SHAC and they were rewarded with four players on the All-Conference team- twin sisters Hannah and McKayla Binkley, senior Ali Little, and standout freshman Peyton Scott. Lady Mustangs’ head coach Whitney Lewis was also named the 2015-16 SHAC Coach of the Year.

Rounding out the All-Conference girls squad were Allison Day and Molly Prine from Eastern Brown, Kacy Gilkerson from Ripley, Samantha Murphy from Fayetteville, Grace Shope from Fairfield, and Emma Wardlow from Whiteoak.

All of the All-Conference players plus the first and second place teams in each division will be honored at the SHAC Winter Sports Awards on Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m., hosted by North Adams High School.

SHAC GIRLS BASKETBALL FINAL STANDINGS

Division I (Big School)

Lynchburg 13-0

Eastern 11-2

Peebles 5-8

Ripley 4-9

W. Union 2-11

Division II (Small School)

North Adams 11-2

Fayetteville 9-4

Fairfield 6-7

Whiteoak 4-9

Manchester 0-13

Staci Dinsmore, North Adams
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Dinsmore.jpgStaci Dinsmore, North Adams

Jessica Sowards, Peebles
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Sowards.jpgJessica Sowards, Peebles

Avery Harper, North Adams
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Harper.jpgAvery Harper, North Adams

Alexa Pennington, West Union
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Pennington.jpgAlexa Pennington, West Union

Lakyn Hupp, North Adams
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Hupp.jpgLakyn Hupp, North Adams

Morgan Johnson, Manchester
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Johnson.jpgMorgan Johnson, Manchester
Six Adams Countians earn recognition

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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