Fairbury Maneuvers Past JCC, 22-13

In a matchup of 1-2 and 0-3 teams Friday night, Fairbury overcame a rocky start by relying on a  balanced offense to improve its season record to 2-2 with a 22-13 victory against Johnson County Central played on the Thunderbirds home field in Tecumseh.
Fairbury found itself trailing, 7-0 just :13 seconds into the game after the opening kickoff was returned by Johnson County Central for a touchdown.
On their following drive, the Jeffs marched down field and pushed the ball across the goal line on a six-yard touchdown run by Jacob Johnson.
The PAT kick was no good leaving the Thunderbirds with a 7-6 lead heading to the second quarter.
Midway through the second stanza, Johnson gave Fairbury a 8-7 lead on a safety.
On the last play of the first half, Fairbury grabbed a 14-7 lead on a touchdown pass from Dalton Hinrichs to Nate Klaumann.

Lady Griffins Make Turnaround Win Twice At MUDECAS

DILLER-ODELL BLOCKERS MADISON JURGENS, No. 4 goes airborne at the net for a block attempt on Lourdes Central Catholic’s Sam Heng, No. 2, attack in action from the MUDECAS A Division Volleyball Tournament played at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center on Sept. 16. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
After struggling in its first round match loss Sept. 15th to Exeter-Milligan, Diller-Odell put together a pair of matches victories in the A Division of the MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
Diller-Odell lost in three sets, 25-18, 18-25, 18-25 to the Lady Timberwolves.
“We came out and played well in the first set, but then our passing fell apart the rest of the game. We were unable to get our serve receive or digs up to the setters to give them multiple options,” Lady Griffins coach Kandice Jurgens replied.
Josie Vitosh led Diller-Odell behind the service line with three aces and 13 points scored, while Madison Jurgens topped all attackers with 12 kills.
Nineteen set assists were put up by Vitosh on 45-47 setting.
With their loss, the Lady Griffins faced Lourdes Central Catholic in loser’s bracket action last Tuesday.

FHS Harriers Run Tired At Fillmore Central Invite

Following a demanding workout in practice during the week, Fairbury’s cross country teams finished sixth and eighth in their respective races at last Thursday’s 19-team Fillmore Central Invitational.
On the girls side, the Lady Jeffs had a pair of individual medalists which helped the squad place sixth out of 19 teams with a score of 109 points.
Malcolm was the invite champion for the girls with a score of 32 points.
Sophomore Lilibeth Estrada led the way for the Lady Jeffs earning the 19th place medal out of 83 runners finishing the 5K run in a time of 22:56.2.
Shaye Stall finished in the medals placing 20th with a time of 22:56.8.
Rounding out the runners for Fairbury included Hannah Yantz, 33rd, 24:03.8, Anna Schouboe, 39th, 24:41.7, and Makayla Fletcher was 66th in a time of 27:56.4.
Six runners participated for the Jeffs in the field of 99 runners in the 5K race.

Lady Jeffs Struggle With Hitting, Crisp Play In Field Versus Seward

Despite not hitting the ball that hard at the plate, Seward found its stride scoring eight runs in the fourth inning to cruise past Fairbury, 10-0 last Tuesday evening on the Lady Bluejays’ home diamond.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Taylor Biehl felt that even though the team lost it didn’t feel like being beaten, 10-0.
“Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning we were only down, 2-0. And then it ended up being 10-0. After the completion of the game I felt it didn’t feel like a 10-0 ballgame to me.. It was not like Seward was hitting the heck out of the ball. Some of their hits were just on the edge of the grass between our infielders and outfielders. They probably had three powerful hits in the game,” Biehl said.

Lakeview’s Quick Offense Creates Problems For Fairbury

An athletic Columbus Lakeview volleyball team used its up-tempo offense to defeat Fairbury in three sets last Tuesday night in the Lady Jeffs’ home opener.
The Lady ViQueens were victorious by scores of 25-11, 25-19, 25-8.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs head coach Ryan Evans felt Lakeview’s quick up-tempo offense gave the Lady Jeffs trouble throughout the match.
“They run a very quick offense which caused us a lot of problems. With their quick and up-tempo offense they took us out of system,” Evans remarked.
“We were unable to get our blocks up at the net. Plus when we dug the ball we were already out of system. You can only dodge the bullet so many times before the point is scored,” Evans said.

Fairbury Spikers Go 1-2 In Own Invite

FAIRBURY SENIOR TIFFANI BONSAL No. 14, leaps at the net to tip the volleyball over the net past Falls City’s Libby Bauman’s block attempt in Saturday’s second pool play match of the Fairbury Volleyball Invitational. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs volleyball team had a promising start in their six-team Fairbury Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, but couldn’t maintain their momentum and finished fifth place overall with a record of 1-2.
In its opening pool play match, Fairbury came up short against David City.
The Lady Scouts won the match by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 27-25.
Late in the first set, Fairbury was within three points, 21-18, however David City closed out the set scoring the last seven points, including an ace serve by Dahila Vodicka for the 25th point.
Fairbury jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the second set taking advantage of two David City hitting errors and a kill by Shelby Pollman.
David City fought back tying the score at 5, before a kill from Shelby Pollman and an ace serve by Shelby Shinn put Fairbury ahead by two points.

Mustangs Rolls Over Lewiston, 84-0

The tone was set early, as Meridian delivered a knockout punch to Lewiston.
Once the Mustangs got their offense in high gear, Lewiston had no answer.
Meridian steamrolled its way Friday night to an 84-0 road win against Lewiston.
“It was one of those deals where we played well, and Lewiston has been struggling. Our goys played hard and did some good things on offense, especially running the football,” Mustangs coach Clint Jones said.
Meridian erupted for 41 first quarter points and tacked on 35 second quarter points to leave the field at half with a commanding, 76-0 lead.
With a running clock in the second half due to the lead being greater than 35 points, Meridian scored eight fourth quarter points to conclude its offensive uprising.

Fairbury Posts 1-2 Mark At Falls City Tournament

Fairbury came away from the Sept. 13th Falls City Softball Tournament earning its second win of the season.
The Lady Jeffs began tournament play losing, 11-0 in 3 ½ innings to Falls City.
After limiting Fairbury to one baserunner in the top of the first inning, Falls City’s offense struck for four runs in the bottom of the first.
Fairbury was set down in order in the top of the second inning.
Ten batters came to the plate in the bottom of the second for the Lady Tigers, scoring seven runs advancing their lead to 11-0.
In the following two innings, Fairbury had just one batter reach base off a hit.
Emily Burkley had a double and a single to account for Fairbury’s hits in the game.
A second inning 1-0 lead by Fairbury went by the wayside in its second contest of the day, as the Lady Jeffs came up short to Conestoga, 11-6.

Meridian Repeats As MUDECAS Class B Champions

MUDECAS B DIVISION CHAMPIONS Meridian won its second straight MUDECAS B Division Volleyball Championship last Thursday evening defeating Palmyra in straight sets on the court at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice. Team members include seated (l-r) Kylee Stewart-Dietz, Mikayla Schafer, Blair Hofstetter, Ann Endorf, Ashli Soukup, and Josiee Sobotka, student manager. Kneeling (l-r) Jaicee Sobotka, Hailey Schafer, Erin Johnson, Rylee Pieper, Bridgette Jackson, McKehna Bartels, and Allison Klipp. Standing (l-r) Brynn Holtmeier, student manager, Bob VanWesten, head coach, Alexis Kibbon, assistant coach, and Halle Pribyl, student manager. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Winning championships is sweet just ask the Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team.
After starting slow in the first set, Meridian got its offense rolling which led to a straight sets, 25-21, 25-13 win against Palmyra in the MUDECAS B Division Championship match played last Thursday evening at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center.
This is the second straight MUDECAS Class B Division title for Meridian, as the Lady Mustangs defeated HTRS last year in three sets.
The first set didn’t begin well for Meridian, as once beaten Palmyra raced out to a 5-1 lead.
Meridian regained the lead at 6-5 on a 5-0 run capped off by a block from Blair Hofstetter.
The Lady Panthers put together a 5-0 run capitalizing off four Lady Mustang hitting errors and a kill from Mariah Calfee for a 12-7 advantage.
Palmyra could not shake Meridian as the two squads continued to battle back and forth at the net.

Sept. 24, 2014

West Ward School in Fairbury. Library Hour 1915-1916. Contributed Photo
120 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal 
A.M. Tunnell, longtime Fairbury hardware merchant, died. Choir leader at the Methodist Church, he also did considerable singing in his store.
Members of the Christian Church decided to continue their services in the Steele Hall until their new church edifice should be ready for dedication in November.
110 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal 
The new Steele Opera House was completed. It had a seating capacity of 900. It’s the present Barber Furniture building.
Honor pupils in District No. 24 (seven miles north and two west of Fairbury), taught by Katharine Lambart, were Cordelia, Fern and Hester Helvey, Ella Howard, Fredrick Hathaway, Cressy Lakey, Raymond Moore, Fred Olson, Raymond Shaw and Anna and Edward Zimmerman.