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Feb

Vola J. Prellwitz

Vola J. Prellwitz, 89 of Fairbury, NE passed away February 18, 2016 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.  

Survivors are sons Charles Prellwitz and Special Friend Susan Bohlmeyer of Wymore, NE, Michael and wife Karen Prellwitz of Hebron, NE, 5 Granddaughters, 1 Grandson, 5 Great-Grandsons, 3 Great-Granddaughters, sisters June Nutsch, Zona Quintana and husband Clinton, sisters-in-law Rosemary, June, Dorothy and Virginia, and many cousins, nieces & nephews.

Services will be Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Chapel with Darlene Novotny officiating.  The family will greet friends Mondayevening from 6 to 8 at the Funeral Home. Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Burial in the Steele City Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements. 

Wed
17
Feb

Exclusive interview with Congressman Adrian Smith

Wed
17
Feb

Last Home Stand Of Season A Loss

It was a bad mix for Fairbury, as the Lady Jeffs struggled with its offense early on while an athletic sharp-shooting Seward squad took advantage and raced to a 69-24 win last Tuesday evening in the Lady Jeffs home finale.
Seward came out on fire building a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter behind the scoring of Carley Hartman, Anna Schulz and Hannah Core.
Fairbury finally got the board with 3:37 on the clock in the first quarter off a two-point field goal from Jessa Eden.
Following Fairbury's basket, the Lady Bluejays finished out the quarter on a 14-3 scoring spree to open a 28-5 lead.
A two-point field goal by Sarah McCown put Fairbury on the board first in the second quarter, however Seward's strong shooting continued to shine outscoring, the Lady Jeffs, 12-7 which bumped the Lady Bluejays lead to 40-12 at halftime.
Wed
17
Feb

Meridian Can’t Overcome Slow Start

RUNNING THE OFFENSE-Meridian sophomore Rylee Pieper, No. 21, looks to pass the basketball to an open teammate while being defended by Friend’s Lexi Ryan, No.44 in last Thursday’s game played on the Lady Mustangs’ home floor. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

It’s tough to overcome a slow start against an outstanding skilled team.
Meridian found that out Thursday evening starting off the game with three straight turnovers which led to three consecutive baskets for Friend.
The Class D-1 state-rated Lady Bulldogs (19-3) took advantage of the Meridian’s early turnovers to take charge and race to a 67-33 win.
Friend benefitted from a very good inside outside game in the first quarter with Lexi Ryan scoring 10 points in the paint, while Brooke Baugh and Claire Kubicek combined for eight points from the perimeter to open a 22-12 lead.
The athletic Lady Bulldogs used their quickness and sharp shooting from the field in the second quarter to expand their margin to 37-20 at halftime.
Meridian tightened up its defense in the third quarter allowing Friend to score just 11 points, but still fell further behind at 48-28.
Wed
17
Feb

Bulldogs Ruin Parent’s Night For Meridian

Friend got off to an early lead and then kept up its momentum the remainder of the game on Thursday handing Meridian a 48-29 loss on Parent's Night at Meridian High School.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-6 first quarter lead behind the 1-2 scoring punch of Tanner Smedjir with five points and Nathan Derr chipping in four points.
Meridian picked up its scoring in the second quarter accounting for 12 points led by Garrett Klipp with four points
Derr paced four Friend scorers in the second quarter tickling the twine for six of the squad's 15 points extending the Bulldogs' lead to 27-18 at half.
A 16-8 scoring advantage by Friend in the third quarter allowed the Bulldogs to take control the remainder of the contest.
Senior Jake VanWesten led Meridian in scoring with 10 points, Cesar Nunez, seven points, Klipp, five points, Isaiah Ellis, three points, and Fred Kujath and Seth Noel contributed two points each.
Wed
17
Feb

Bluejays Step Up To Drop Fairbury

In its final home game of the season, Fairbury had a goal of slowing down Seward guard Brevin Sloup, and the team accomplished that goal.
However Seward’s other guards stepped up and buried timely three-point shots to lift the Bluejays to a 54-39 victory over the Jeffs last Tuesday evening.
Both squads battled hard against one another in the first quarter with Seward holding the largest lead of the stanza at 9-5 on a two-point hoop from Corbin Ruth.
Following one made free throw by Nathaniel Stapaules, an old-fashioned three-point play from Cody Huss tied the game at nine.
A two-point field goal by Zach Holes gave Fairbury its second lead of the quarter at 11-9 with 2:34 on the clock.
Brady Fitzke’s two-point basket knotted the game at 11 for Seward.
The Jeffs’ Adam Wasserman tallied a hoop just :18 seconds into the second quarter to break the tie.
Wed
17
Feb

Fast-Paced Offense Carries Lady Mustangs To Win

Meridian's Lady Mustangs basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday evening with a convincing 51-33 home win against High Plains.
Six players for Meridian scored points in the opening quarter, as the Lady Mustangs shot out to a 14-4 lead.
Despite only outscoring High Plains, 8-5 in the second quarter, Meridian extended its lead to 22-9 at halftime.
Senior Bridgette Jackson had the hot hand for the Lady Mustangs in the third quarter connecting on four three-point hoops, while Hailey Schafer added three points, and Erin Johnson chipped in two points allowing Meridian to open a 39-18 lead after three quarters.
The Lady Storm's offense came to life in the fourth quarter chalking up 15 points, but could only cut into Meridian's lead by three points at the end of the game.
Wed
17
Feb

Griffins Win Pair Of Thrillers

In a span of three days, Diller-Odell was pushed to the limit twice, but the Griffins were able to secure a pair of one-point wins.
Friday evening, the Griffins held a 22-12 halftime lead on Friend; however, the Bulldogs responded with a hot hand on offense in the second half, outscoring Diller-Odell, 29-19 forcing overtime tied at 41.
Diller-Odell made just enough shots both from the field and at the line in overtime to pull out a 51-50 victory.
Tybor Smith topped the (10-11) Griffins in scoring with 19 points, Bladen Ahl, 13 points, Reese Hennerberg, 11 points, Peyton Mohr, five points, Dylan Wolbert, two points, and Christian McCown put in one point.
In its final road game of the regular season last Tuesday, Diller-Odell survived a game-winning shot attempt at the buzzer to slip past College View Academy, 56-55 on the Eagles' home floor in Lincoln.
Wed
17
Feb

Swimmers Edge Omaha Squad

The Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman swimming and diving teams concluded its duel season with a road win Tuesday night over River Cities Conference member Omaha Brownell-Talbot/Omaha Concordia/Omaha Roncalli/Omaha Mercy.
In the girls duel, BNFF was victorious by a score of 60-46, while the boys earned a 67-46 win.
Fairbury swimmers placing in individual events were Mikasa Lierman first girls 200 IM, 2:35.00, and she was first in the girls 100 Butterfly, 1:13.03, Colton Starck, third boys 50 Free, 26.07, and he finished third in the boys 500 Free, 6:15.47, RJ Suey, fourth boys 100 Butterfly, 1:16.20, and Chika Miyamoto was sixth in the girls 100 Breaststroke with a time of 2:03.16.
Wed
17
Feb

Thank you Taylor

If you haven’t been living under a rock the past week, you’ve probably heard about the recent riff between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.  
I’ll give a rundown; in not so subtle terms, Kanye says that he is the reason Taylor is so famous. Taylor had been quiet over the past few days, but at the Grammy’s she let loose in her speech in a very classy way. In short she said don’t ever let anyone take anything away from you.
What a great message to send to the youth and kids of today. No matter what stage in life you’re at, no matter where you rank, there will always be nay-sayers. Lately, it seems like we have been so caught up in trying not to hurt feelings, trying to accommodate everyone, to step back and realize that’s not how the real world works.  

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