Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game

West Union’s Craig Horton slams one home during the Slam Dunk Competition at Friday night’s C103 Senior All-Star Game. Horton didn’t win the Slam dunk, but was the boys’ winner of the Hot Shot contest.

Scoring records fall in full night of entertainment at WUHS – 

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter – 

It was that one final “shining moment” last Friday night at West Union High School as local radio station C013 hosted their 34th annual Senior All-Star Game for seniors from the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. A few of Friday’s participants will move on to continue their hoops careers at the college level, but for the majority, this was their final chance to star on the hardwood in front of fans, friends, and family, and they did that in an evening full of basketball and many other activities planned and implemented by the radio station.
The action began with the Girls’ All-Star Game, with the White Team, coached by Lynchburg’s Whitney Lewis and North Adams’ Rob Davis, battling the Red Team, headed up by Fairfield’s Chad Hamilton and Eastern Brown’s Kevin Pickerill. The format for the girls’ game was a pair of 15-minute halves and they turned out to be rather low-scoring halves as some of the young ladies may have been a bit rusty after the layoff since their seasons ended.
In the first half, it was Fayetteville’s Taylor Cornett having the hot hand for the Red Team, as she fired in 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, but a balanced attack by the White Team that saw seven different girls score gave them the 26-22 halftime advantage.
After another outstanding performance by the West Union Percussion Group at the break, the girls’ teams stepped back on the floor and did a complete reversal of the first half. In the final 15 minutes, only the Binkley twins, Hannah and McKayla, from Lynchburg could score for the White Team as the Red Team rallied from behind. Peebles’ Jessica Sowards hit a trio of three-point shots, Eastern Brown’s Destinie Rose scored three baskets, and Ripley’s Kacy Gilkerson added two more buckets, and the Red Team outscored their opponents 23-14 in the second half and claimed a 45-40 win.
The White Team was led by McKayla Binkley’s 15 points, with sister Hannah adding 6, with West Union’s Shannon Runyan, Whiteoak’s Maggie Carr, and Fayetteville’s Savannah Lynch all scoring 4 apiece.
For the winning Red squad, Sowards led the way with 12, all from behind the three-point arc, with Eastern’s Rose adding 11 and Fayetteville’s Cornett 10.
Between the two games, the Hot Shot Contest was held, with both boys and girls competitions. First up were the six girls participants-Lynchburg’s Lexie Waits, Ripley’s Kursten Prater, North Adams’ Madison Jenkins, North Adams’ Caitlin Young, Manchester’s Kylie Lucas, and Eastern’ Destinie Rose. The Hot Shot Contests consist of each competitor getting 30 seconds to fire off as many three-point shots as possible from ball racks positioned in the corner, on the wing, and at the top of the key. The girl’s winner was Caitlin Young, with a total score of 8.

Manchester’s Kylie :Lucas (24) splits two defenders on her way to the basket during action from the Girls All-Star Game last Friday night at WUHS.

In the boys’ contest, the shooters were Peebles’ Camron Gordley, Lynchburg’s Joe Giordano, Peebles’ Ethan Parrett, West Union’s Craig Horton and Andrew Weeks, and Manchester’s Bryan Young. The contest ended in an 8-8 tie between Giordano and Horton, but the West Union senior took home the title with an 8-7 win in the shoot-off. That left just one more order of business-the girls’ champions and the boys’ champions facing off, and Young got the best of Horton in that round, 9-6.
Following an auction of basketballs autographed by both teams and a megaphone signed by the cheerleaders, the boys’ teams took the floor with Peebles’ Josh Arey and the retiring Everett Snyder of Fairfield leading the White Team, with Manchester’s Joey Darnell and Lynchburg’s Matt Carson
coaching the Red Team.
As expected, the boys’ game was a high-flying, long distance, high scoring event with the two teams combining for 116 points in just the first half, which for the boys consisted of 20 minutes.
No less than 16 three-pointers found the bottom of the net in the first half, with the White Team jumping to an early double digit advantage thanks to the strong play of Peebles teammates Gordley and Parrett, who together tallied 23 first-half points. The Red Team rallied from that early deficit behind 9 first half points from West Union’s D.J. Welch as the baskets continued to rain down from both sides, resulting in a 63-53 halftime lead for the White Team.
At halftime of the boys’ game, the always popular Slam Dunk contest was held, with All-Stars Giordano, Gordley, Horton, joined by Eric McLaughlin from Lynchburg and Bowan Tomlin from West Union. As usual, the crowd was “wowed” by the variety of dunks, even one including a grandfather brought in from the stands, with the judges being referees Dave Stamm, Beau Tackett, and Brent Gilliland. In the end, the winner in cumulative points was the junior McLaughlin, who may already be penciled in as next year’s early favorite.
Also before play resumed, the much anticipated C103 Scholarships were awarded to 10 athletes from the Southern Hills Athletic Conference. This year’s winners of $1,000 towards their college expenses were: Hannah Binkley (Lynchburg), McKayla Binkley (Lynchburg), Caitlin Young (North Adams), Shannon Runyan (West Union), Shyanne Tucker (Manchester), Jesse Current (Fairfield), Blake Rigdon (Eastern Brown), Craig Horton (West Union), Camron Gordley (Peebles), and Wyatt Evans (Fairfield).
When play resumed in the boys’ game, so did the scoring as the White Team rolled to an All-Star Game record, smashing the century mark on their way to 118 points. The second half explosion was led by Fayetteville’s Max Lanham, with 14 points after the break. When all was said and done, the White Team had claimed a record-breaking 118-90 victory, culminating an evening of hard work by C103 employees that always results in an entertaining evening for the local basketball faithful.
Lanham led six players in double figures for the White Team with 22, with Gordley getting 20, Current 17, Parrett 14, Jensen Daulton 13, and Clay Walker 11.
The Red Team was paced by 15 points from Rigdon, with Welch adding 14, and Giordano 13.

GIRLS BOX SCORE
White 26 14 – 40
Red 22 23 – 45
White (40): Runyan 4, M. Binkley 15, Carr 4, Jenkins 2, H. Binkley 6, Lynch 4, Lucas 2, Arnett 3
Red (45): Cornett 10, Rose 11, Arnold 6, Sowers 2, Sowards 12, Gilkerson 4
Three-Point Goals:
White (6): Arnett 1, M.Binkley 3, H. Binkley 2
Red (7): Sowards 4, Cornett 2, Rose 1

BOYS BOX SCORE
White 63 55 – 118
Red 53 37 – 90
White (118): Lanham 22, Daulton 13, Parrett 14, Kramer 6, Current 17, Evans 4, Wissel 6, Rogers 1, Gordley 20, Weeks 4, Walker 11
Red (90): Knechtly 9, Ball 6, Deaton 5, Welch 14, Giordano 13, Cox 7, Young 2, Thornburg 5, Horton 6, Diener 4, Stroop 4, Rigdon 15

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