William L Ivarson Jr Senior Profile: Braydan Gaffin Senior Profile: Ethan Pennywitt Senior Center spreading Christmas cheer Stout named Administrator of Monarch Meadows Richard Francis Frank B Young William Scaff Gregory A Silvia Jr Davis now the winningest coach in Lady Devils basketball history Clutch plays give Green Devils OT win Eighth grade Greyhounds go on the road, grab 55-41 conference win at Whiteoak Lady Indians can’t hang on, fall to Eastern Brown Indians open up with big Homecoming win Greyhounds drilled by Fairfield in season opener How to sell 94 losses NAES leads local schools represented at PBIS Showcase PHS Beta Club recognized as National School of Distinction MES wins Momentum Award for second year running Fire destroys Winchester business Martha Becraft Cynthia A Sopher Clarys Holliday Basketball Special: 2017-18 Justice girls lead Peebles to win over Felicity Senior Profile: Adison Wright Lady Dragons slain by buzzer-beater Freshmen double-doubles lead Lady Hounds to win in opener County mourns passing of OVSD Board member Tom Reed Peebles man arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance Leaving a written legacy Not really ready to go back to pioneer days Peebles Jr./Sr. High School awarded PBIS Bronze Award North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction Operation Christmas Child collects 1,867 boxes Samantha Jameson honored as Young Professional of the Year Youth Deer Season again plagued by bad weather Humane Society hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater contest Dec. 9 Local centenarian celebrates birthday number 100 with family and friends Jerry R Pratt Edward Lykins Jr NAES students focus on spreading kindness Leland P Sautter Kelly B Anderson Dorothy Grooms Sharon D Brumley Anna J Grooms Local student/athletes awarded Wendy’s Heisman Awards Lady Devils JV triumph in opener Senior Profile: Colten Ball Peebles hosts SHAC Boys Preview Lady Devils fall in tough opener Janet A Pedicord Nettie R Fleshman Senior Profile: Sianna Mills North Adams boys ride the ‘3’ train to victory Lady Devils trounce Georgetown Senior Profile: Austin Stamper North Adams’ Williams named OIAAA Administrator of the Year County hoops squads on display in SHAC Girls Preview Going off the grid Michael L Chamblin A newer, kinder county pound takes a more humane approach TAG students are winners at Invention Convention Adams County Florist decks the halls Thomas J Reed Shirley A Stiffler Sharon G Wright Lottie J Meade June R Williams Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley With some help from Adams County, Ohio Statehouse now has wheelchair charging station Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it Protecting Ohio seniors from rising healthcare costs It’s November-have some soup and pie SHAC Boys Preview is Nov. 24 at Peebles June Hall Alice B Himes Claudia U Mitchell

Again, Lady Devils ousted in district finals

For the second consecutive season, the North Adams Lady Devils finished as the Division III District runners-up, falling to Wheelersburg 6-1 to Wheelersburg in the Oct. 28 district championship game. Even after a tough loss, the Lady Devils were all smiles as they accepted their runner-up trophy. Front row, from left, Cloie Vance, Karissa Buttelwerth, Morgan Waits, Lakyn Hupp, Alyssa Mays, Laney Hesler, and Taylor Hesler; Middle Row, from left, Maleia Eldridge, Kaitlyn Shreffler, Mary Sonner, Breanna Piatt, Lydia Truitt, Brooklyn Wylie, and Assistant Coach Morgan Hendrickson; Back row, from left, Braylie Jones, Head Coach David D’Avignon, Alaina Eiterman, Jordan Yoder, Madee Shipley, and Brianna Robinson.


Wheelersburg eliminates North Adams 6-1 – 

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter – 

For the second consecutive season, the North Adams Lady Devils soccer squad made an appearance in the Southeast District Division III district championship game and for the second consecutive season, the dream died at that point. After losing a 3-2 heartbreaker in 2016 to the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates, the North Adams girls faced off once again with those same Lady Pirates on a chilly Oct. 28 evening on the turf at Waverly High School.
This time it wasn’t as close as the Wheelersburg squad controlled all the facets of the game, keeping constant pressure on the Lady Devils’ defense and coming up with six big goals to again eliminate North Adams by a final score of 6-1.
“We’ve been playing Wheelersburg every year since they’ve had a team and tonight was the best I have ever seen them play,” said North Adams head coach Dave D’Avignon.
The Lady Pirates are in just their fourth year of having high school girls soccer and already they are a constant presence in district and regional play, and the two teams had met in the regular season of 2017, with Wheelersburg eking out a 2-1 victory and now the two sides now matched up with a district title on the line, Wheelersburg with a number one seed and North Adams with a number two.
Things looked promising early for the Lady Devils as they scored the game’s first goal less than four minutes into the game. Near the 18-yard line, North Adams’ Braylie Jones made a throw-in to Lakyn Hupp, who after battling for possession, passed the ball forward to Karissa Buttelwerth who took a shot from the left side. The Wheelersburg keeper blocked the shot and the rebound caromed to Hupp, who fired a shot off the crossbar and right to the feet of teammate Alaina Eiterman who easily touched the ball into the net for a 1-0 North Adams lead, but unfortunately for the Lady Devils, that was the end of their offensive production for the game.

North Adams’ Alaina Eiterman (7) reacts to a possible possession and is set to attack during action from the Oct. 28 Division III district championship game in Waverly, where the Lady Devils saw their season come to a close in a 6-1 loss to Wheelersburg.

North Adams held that one-goal advantage for 14 minutes until a goal by the Lady Pirates’ Christen Risner tied the score. Five minutes later, Wheelersburg took the lead for good on a goal by Ellie Kalner with 17:17 left in the first half and that is where the scoreboard stood at the intermission, with the Lady Devils still right in the thick of the action.
That whole scenario changed early in the second half when a Wheelersburg onslaught resulted in three goals in a 13-minute span, one by Libby Miller, one by SOC Player of the Year Madison Humble, and the third by Lindlee Willis that gave the Lady Pirates a commanding 5-1 lead.
To put the final nail in the coffin, Wheelersburg got a goal in the 69th minute from Humble and claimed another district title as they downed North Adams by the final count of 6-1.
“Our girls fought hard tonight, but it just didn’t happen for us,” said Coach D’Avignon. “It was 2-1 at the half and in the second half they only outshot us 12-10, but the difference is that their shots were going in. Every one of their goals was a rocket and high off the ground. You’ve certainly got to give them credit.”
“We know that only one team will end up undefeated in the second season. Still it stings to again not get over that district final hurdle, but to put things in perspective, it wasn’t that many years ago that North Adams was struggling just to win a few games and now we are upset about not winning a district title.”
The loss marked the end of the careers of six North Adams seniors- Brooklyn Wylie, Taylor Hesler, Lakyn Hupp, Lydia Truitt, Madee Shipley, and Morgan Waits.
“We’ve come a long way and our seniors leading us tonight were a big part of turning our program into a winning one,” said D’Avignon. “We’re going to miss them, I’m going to miss them.”
“It’s been fun working with this whole group of girls. They worked hard, had fun, grew a little, and represented their school well. It’s young people like these that are the reason schools have sports programs.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved