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 Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

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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