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

Stricklett signs with KCU

History was made at Manchester High School on March 3 as for the first time in the football program’s history, two Greyhound student/athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their careers on the college gridiron. After teammate Gabe Horsley signed to play football at Heidelberg University, 6’7” lineman Jared Stricklett followed suit and signed his letter to become part of the football program at Kentucky Christian University.

Stricklett transferred to Manchester from Newark, Ohio for his senior season and was originally slated to see action as a tight end, but because of injuries ended up being an integral part of both the Hounds’s offensive and defensive lines.

“We got into the recruiting process really late,” said Stricklett on his signing day. “I was sending out film to a lot of schools and Kentucky Christian called and wanted us to come to campus for a visit. We were very excited about the visit and the coach reached out and offered a scholarship. We were grateful for that.”

“They told me that I could be competing for a starting spot at defensive end by my sophomore year but until then I am just going to listen to the coach.”

“The year at Manchester was a great one, a great community, great teachers, great friends, and a great place to play football.” Stricklett continued. “There’s not a lot of 6’7” guys and at my position, that’s really good to see over top of the line and swat down footballs, and get to the quarterback. I’m blessed to have this opportunity. I can’t wait to get there and get things going.”

For Manchester head coach Dustin Cook, it was a nice gift to have a 6’7” player move into his program, if just for one season.

“It’s not every day that you get a kid as big as Jared move in, especially to our program,” said Coach Cook. “He fit in really well on the field and did some great things for us. He battled through some injuries and showed a lot of toughness and grit as one of the leaders of our team. That says a lot about his character, being here just a year and still being a leader for us and having a real impact on the things that we did.”

“I’m beyond excited for him and his chance to carry on his football career. I expect big things from him at Kentucky Christian. He will work extremely hard and be very successful.”

The KCU Knights are an NAIA program located in Grayson, Ky. and members of the Mid-South Conference. They finished 2-9 in 2015 and Head Coach Steve Barrows is looking forward to Stricklett being part of his program.

“We are thrilled to have Jared and his family make a commitment to our university and our football program,” Barrows told The Defender. “We are building something very special here in Eastern Kentucky and Jared certainly enhances that progress. Obviously his size is something that stands out, 6’7” with room to grow.”

“The culture of our program is four-fold, great kids, great players, good students, and tough kids who love football. Jared checks out in all four and we are glad he committed to be a KCU Knight.”

While at KCU, Stricklett plans to study General Business.

Present at Jared Stricklett’s March 3 college signing ceremony were: Front row, from left, Jerry Stricklett (Father), Jared Stricklett, and Dee Ann Stricklett (Step Mother); Back row, from left, Jamie Wilkins, MHS Principal, Michael Fegley, MHS Assistant Football Coach, Dustin Cook, MHS Head Football Coach, Collin Flannery, MHS Assistant Football Coach, and Chris Yioung, MHS Athletic Director. Absent from the photo was Jared’s mother Janna Stricklett.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Stricklett.jpgPresent at Jared Stricklett’s March 3 college signing ceremony were: Front row, from left, Jerry Stricklett (Father), Jared Stricklett, and Dee Ann Stricklett (Step Mother); Back row, from left, Jamie Wilkins, MHS Principal, Michael Fegley, MHS Assistant Football Coach, Dustin Cook, MHS Head Football Coach, Collin Flannery, MHS Assistant Football Coach, and Chris Yioung, MHS Athletic Director. Absent from the photo was Jared’s mother Janna Stricklett. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Manchester lineman Jared Stricklett will be a member of the Kentucky Christian football program in 2016.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Strickett2.jpgManchester lineman Jared Stricklett will be a member of the Kentucky Christian football program in 2016. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Manchester senior will continue his gridiron career

By Mark Carpenter

The People’s Defender

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