Hofstetter Returns Leads Lady Mustangs To Victory

Meridian got a spark Saturday night as leading scorer senior Blair Hofstetter returned to the court after missing a pair of games due to an injury.
Hofstetter was one of three Lady Mustangs to score in double figures, as Meridian evened its season record at 6-6 with a 58-52 overtime win against Shelby-Rising City.
Shelby-Rising City held the upperhand on Meridian for three quarters with a 36-31 lead.
Paced by the scoring of four cagers, Meridian forced overtime by outscoring Shelby-Rising City, 16-11 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Hofstetter led the way in the fourth quarter uprising scoring nine points, while Erin Johnson added four points, Crystal Nunez tossed in two points, and Allison Klipp supplied one point.
In the four-minute overtime, the Lady Mustangs outscored Shelby-Rising City, 11-5 spearheaded by Johnson tallying five points.

Blair Hofstetter Earns All-State Selection In Volleyball

ALL-STATE SELECTEE Meridian senior Blair Hofstetter right, stands with Meridian Lady Mustangs head volleyball coach Bob VanWesten, as the middle hitter was named first team Class D-2 all-state for her play this past season. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Her passion and competitiveness for the game were the fuel that powered her.
By being a dominant force at the net for the Meridian Lady Mustangs this season senior middle hitter Blair Hofstetter was chosen first team all-state in Class D-2 by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.
Hofstetter concluded her career on the volleyball court this year by leading all Class D-2 hitters in kills with 392, she also had 346 digs, and had a team-leading 75 blocks.
During her high school career, Hofstetter slammed down 951 kills, put up 194 blocks, and she had 389 set assists, along with 96 aces.
Last season in basketball, Blair was selected Class D-2 first team all-state by the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald, and the Nebraska Associated Press.
Securing these post-season awards was a great feeling for Blair.

Friend Takes Down Tri County

Playing its second straight game in a three-day span against a quality opponent Tri County was handed a 58-33 home loss Jan. 6 against (8-2) Friend.
Both squads played a solid first quarter with Friend maintaining a 14-12 lead.
Friend continued to play well on both sides of the ball in the second quarter scoring 11 points, while limiting the Lady Trojans to only four points.
As a result, Friend left the court at half with a 25-16 lead.
Following halftime, Friend once again came out strong in the third quarter outscoring Tri County, 15-7 expanding its lead to 40-23 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the final eight minutes of action, the Lady Bulldogs continued to push the pedal down on offense finishing out the game on an 18-10 scoring advantage.

Lady Griffins Victorious, Griffins Fall To Exeter-Milligan

In a pair of non-conference basketball games last Tuesday, Diller-Odell came away with a split on the road against Exeter-Milligan.
Behind strong play in the first and third quarters of the girls game, Diller-Odell improved its record to 8-1 on the season with a 48-36 win over the Lady Timberwolves.
Diller-Odell had the hot hand in the opening quarter racing out to a 15-6 lead.
Exeter-Milligan cut the deficit to 28-21 at halftime with a 15-point second quarter.
After half, the Lady Griffins doubled the scoring on Exeter-Milligan, 10-5 to stretch their margin to 12 points, 38-26 advancing to the fourth quarter.
Both squads scored 10 points in the fourth quarter leaving Diller-Odell with a 12-point advantage as the buzzer sounded.

Meridian Splits Home Games Against McCool Junction

The Lady Mustangs led by four points each from Bridgette Jackson and Allison Klipp raced out to a 12-2 first quarter lead enroute to a 43-12 win.
Klipp topped Meridian in scoring with 10 points, Jackson, nine points, Erin Johnson, eight points, Hannah Crijns, four points, Mikayla Schafer and Crystal Nunez, three points each, and Rylee Pieper, Hailey Schafer, and Jaicee Sobotka contributed two points apiece.
Schafer had a team-high six steals for Meridian, while Klipp grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Two single digit scoring quarters hampered Meridian in its 61-42 loss versus McCool Junction.
Meridian trailed McCool Junction, 15-13 after one quarter, but then were outscored, 29-15 in the following two quarters falling behind, 44-28.
Despite 10 fourth quarter points scored by Ty Brakhage, Meridian was outscored by the visitors, 17-14.

Fairbury Grapplers Place Fourth At Central City

Competing for the first time in the Central City Invite on Saturday, Fairbury’s wrestling team came away with eight medalists and a fourth place team finish.
Medalists for the Jeffs included Austin Barnts, first, 113 pounds, Logan Slater, fourth, 120 pounds, Dalton Meyer, fourth, 126 pounds, Anthony Moyer, fourth, 132 pounds, Tyler DeBoer, fourth, 138 pounds, Damian Green, second, 145 pounds, Jacob Johnson, second, 160 pounds, and Paul Mach, second at 285 pounds.
Grand Island Northwest won the nine-team invite scoring 180 points with Aurora runner-up at 123 points, Logan View finished third racking up 120.50 points, and Fairbury amassed 107 points for fourth place.

Sacred Heart Sweeps Diller-Odell

It was a tough night for Diller-Odell on the hardwood.
Both the Lady Griffins and Griffins suffered road losses Friday evening against Pioneer Conference foe Falls City Sacred Heart.
In the opener, the Lady Irish handed the Lady Griffins just their second loss of the season, 41-22.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Diller-Odell.
Diller-Odell struggled with its shooting in the game hitting just 18 percent of their shots (8-44) in the game.
The Lady Griffins were just 2-15 on three-point shot attempts and were 4-9 at the free throw line.
Madison Jurgens led the Lady Griffins in scoring with 13 points, Josie Vitosh and Mackenzie Gydesen, three points each, Katie Zarybnicky, two points, and Katie Schultis scored one point.
Good defense led to a low-scoring affair in the boys game.
Falls City Sacred Heart edged the Griffins, 38-33.

Lady Jeffs Catch Fire Late, Defeat Tri County

Basically it wasn’t pretty, as Fairbury didn’t play well at times, while Tri County competed hard especially in the first half in last Thursday’s game played on the Lady Trojans’ home floor.
A two-point hoop by Sloane Holtmeier drew Tri County within two points, 16-14 with 6:45 on the clock in the second quarter.
Megann Freese broke the scoring drought for Tri County with a last second field goal slicing the deficit to 27-16 at half.
A trey by Halle Knigge gave the Lady Jeffs the spark they needed, as Fairbury proceeded to go on a 16-0 scoring spree to close the door on Tri County.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs head coach Amy Engle-Evans was pleased to come away with the win after a lackadaisical played game.
Shelby Pollman paced Fairbury in scoring with 16 points, Sidney Pollman, 15 points, Miller, seven points, Knigge, five points, Tiffani Bonsal, four points, and Josey Zabokrtsky chipped in two points.

Fairbury Comes Up Short To Aurora

An athletic Aurora team got the upperhand on Fairbury in the second half and handed the Lady Jeffs a 44-31 road loss Friday night.
After trailing by nine points after one quarter, Fairbury regrouped and tied the game at 17 heading to half.
Aurora’s offense got on a roll to begin the third quarter scoring the first six points and Fairbury could never answer back being forced to play catch up the rest of the game.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs head coach Amy Engle-Evans knew Aurora was a very good team.
Shelby Pollman and Sidney Pollman led Fairbury in scoring with 12 points apiece, Sydney Miller, four points, Halle Knigge, two points, while Regan Schmidt tallied one point.
In the second game, Aurora shot the ball extremely well from the field and cruised to a 72-19 win over the Jeffs.
The Huskies took the suspense out of the game in the first quarter building a 24-9 lead.

Trojans Win Physical Tussle Over Fairbury

TRI COUNTY SENIOR WYATT KOWALSKI, No. 14 goes airborne in the lane to release a first half shot attempt while defended by Fairbury’s Dalton Hinrichs, No. 13, and Connor Livingston, No. 40 in last Thursday’s game played at Tri County High School. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
In a cross-county matchup, Tri County benefited from clutch free throw shooting in the second half to earn a 50-38 home win last Thursday night against Fairbury.
A shooting spree by Fairbury allowed the Jeffs to claim a 10-5 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
The momentum switched to the Trojans, as the home team clawed back within two points, 12-10 at the end of the opening quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Tri County broke apart from an 18-all tie piecing together a 6-0 run touched off by five points from Wyatt Kowalski to walk off the court at half with a 24-18 lead.
Fairbury battled back forging a tie at 28 on a trey by Dalton Hinrichs midway through the thrid quarter.
Two-point hoops by Shane Jiskra and Riley Knust along with two free throws from Jiskra bumped Tri County ahead, 34-28 advancing to the fourth quarter.