Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White
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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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