Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient MHS honors veterans during pregame Kirker Covered Bridge gets a ‘Brown Goose’ facelift Adams County Heritage Days are Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Lady Devils prevail 1-0 over Peebles on Kickin’ Cancer Night Senior Profile: Patrick Baldwin Michael W Milby James R Grooms Sr.

Southern Hills Athletic Conference names All-Conference Softball Team for 2016

Seven Adams County girls are honored in coach’s voting

By Mark Carpenter

A long-time tradition continued recently as the softball coaches from the Southern Hills Athletic Conference met to make their choices for the 2016 All-Conference Softball Team. Each coach comes loaded with statistics and nominates their own players, then the voting takes place and this year, there were 20 young ladies from SHAC schools who received All-Conference honors, seven of those from teams in Adams County.

Kristen Grooms, WUHS
Kristen Grooms, WUHS

For the Adams County honorees, it was a mix of young and old as five seniors and two freshman were named as All-SHAC softball players.

After finishing regular season conference play with a 12-1 mark and a Division I (Big School) championship, the Peebles Lady Indians had three girls named to the All-SHAC squad, freshmen Madison Pierce and McKenzie Swango, plus senior Kaitlin Toller.

Pierce turned out to be one of the top pitchers in the area in 2016 in her freshman campaign, finishing with a record of 10-1 for the 17-6 overall Lady Indians. Pierce also struck out 79 batters in 71 innings pitched and had an earned run average of 1.38 for the season. She wasn’t too shabby at the plate either, hitting .413 with seven extra-base hits and 17 runs batted in.

Swango, another freshman, was a force at the plate from Day One, wreaking havoc on opposing pitchers to the tune of a .486 batting average, rapping out 35 hits in 72 at-bats, with eight extra base hits and 26 RBI’s. The young slugger only struck out four times in 80 official

Morgan Johnson, MHS
Morgan Johnson, MHS

plate appearances. Swango was also the No. 2 pitcher on the Peebles staff, going 4-1 with an ERA of 3.89, fanning 26 hitters in 27 innings of work.
The senior Toller was an all-around important cog to the Peebles’ success, seeing most of her time at the third base hot corner. Toller hit an outstanding .574 for the season, banging out 35 hits in 61 at-bats, with nine doubles and a team-leading 34 runs driven in.

After finishing with a conference record of 9-4, good for the runner-up spot in Division II (Small School), the North Adams Lady Devils placed a pair of players on the All-SHAC squad, seniors Jade Spriggs and Anslee Creech.

Spriggs has been a familiar name on these lists during her high school career, and her final year on the mound for the Lady Devils produced an 11-6 record and a 3.93 earned run average. The right hander struck out 128 batters in 114 innings pitched, while walking just 15. At the plate, she hit .344 with eight doubles and stole 12 bases in 12 attempts.

Kaitlin Toller, PHS
Kaitlin Toller, PHS

Creech was the leading hitter for the Lady Devils, with 21 hits in 57 at-bats producing a .368 batting average. She also added six two-base hits and drove home seven runs. Creech also swiped 12 bases in as many attempts.
The Manchester Lady Greyhounds had a disappointing season overall, finishing at 4-16, but the usual bright spot was senior Morgan Johnson, who was named All-SHAC in her third sport in the 2015-16 school year, adding softball to her laurels in volleyball and basketball. Johnson handled the majority of the pitching duties for this year’s Lady Hounds, somewhat thrust into an unfamiliar position as she had mainly been an infielder until this year. She struck out 53 hitters in 76 innings pitched, but did her most damage with the bat, as she tallied 22 hits in 54 at-bats for a team-leading .407 batting average. Johnson banged out seven doubles and drove home 15 runs, also a team-high, with an on-base percentage of .500 and 14 stolen bases.

Jade Spriggs, NAHS
Jade Spriggs, NAHS

The final All-SHAC selection from Adams County was West Union senior Kristen Grooms. Grooms was the workhorse pitcher this season and one of the biggest offensive threats for the Lady Dragons and was one of four seniors to graduate from the squad in 2016.

The remainder of the All-SHAC Softball Team for 2016 consisted of: Marin Cofrancesco and Paige Vilvens from Fayetteville, Chelsi Hacker and Hayley McConnaughey from Lynchburg, Ashleigh Harless and Jaycie Parr from Whiteoak, Regan Inlow and Brittany Koewler from Eastern, Grace Larrick, Kourtnie Smith, Kaiti White, and Emily Williams from Fairfield, and Tommi Wright from Ripley.

All of these girls along with the All-SHAC baseball and track teams will be honored at the SHAC Spring Sports Awards, scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 at Peebles High School.

Anslee Creeech, NAHS
Anslee Creeech, NAHS

2016 SHAC Softball Final Standings

Division I (Big School)

Peebles 12-1

Lynchburg 7-6

Eastern 6-7

West Union 2-11

Ripley 1-12

McKenzie Swango, PHS
McKenzie Swango, PHS

Division II (Small School)

Fairfield 13-0

North Adams 9-4

Fayetteville 8-5

Whiteoak 6-7

Manchester 1-12



Madison Pierce, PHS
Madison Pierce, PHS

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