Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk 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

Three softball squads bow out of tourney play

The West Union softball seniors, from left, Haley Knauff, Mikayla Akers,Rayanna McFarland, Kristen Grooms, Hannah Riddle, and Kelsey Young.
The West Union softball seniors, from left, Haley Knauff, Mikayla Akers,Rayanna McFarland, Kristen Grooms, Hannah Riddle, and Kelsey Young.

By Mark Carpenter

The Peebles Lady Indians are the only local softball team left standing in the postseason as all of the other three local squads have bowed out with defeats that ended their postseason hopes.
The Manchester Lady Hounds began Division IV sectional play with an upset win over sixth seeded Sciotoville East by a score of 10-5, but in the second round fell to number three seeded Paint Valley 16-0 in five innings.  The loss meant the end of an outstanding athletic career at Manchester High School for senior Morgan Johnson, an all-SHAC selection in 2016.
The West Union Lady Dragons saw their 2016 tourney play come to an end in Division III with a 9-4 defeat on May 11 to the Eastern Lady Warriors, a fellow SHAC squad.  That loss was the end of tourney play in the careers of seniors Hannah Riddle, Kristen Grooms, Mikayla akers, Kelsey Young, Rayanna McFarland, and Haley Knauff.
Finally, the North Adams Lady Devils dropped a tough 4-1 decision to the Piketon Lady Redstreaks in Division III to see their season come to a close.  Piketon scored a pair of first inning runs and made that stnad up as the Lady Devils cound only muster a Caitlin Young RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.  The Lady Devils will suffer the most graduation losses of any team as they bid farewell to seniors Jade Spriggs, Kylee Applegate, Hayley Taylor, Courtney Whalen, Cati Butler, Anslee Creech, and Taylor Wylie.
Two county teams still had a regualr season makeup game to play as West Union hosted Peebles on Monday, May 16 in the final conference game of the season.

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