Lady Griffins Place Fourth In Conference

It was a tough week on the court for Diller-Odell, as the Lady Griffins notched just one win in three games in the Pioneer Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Diller-Odell began tournament play on its home floor Feb. 3 edging Lourdes Central Catholic, 36-34.
The game was knotted at 25 at intermission, before the Lady Griffins took charge in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Knights, 13-8 to open a 30-25 lead.
Diller-Odell weathered a fierce fourth quarter push by the Lady Knights being outscored, 9-6, but hung on for the two-point win.
Madison Jurgens topped the Lady Griffins in scoring with 13 points, Theresa Zarybnicky, 10 points, Josie Vitosh, eight points, Mackenzie Gydesen, four points, and Madison Hajek chalked up one point.
Diller-Odell advanced to Friday’s semifinal contest at Southern High School against Class D-2 number one ranked Falls City Sacred Heart.

David City’s Offense Steps Up In Second Half

In a span of three days, Tri County and David City faced each other on the hardwood.
Tri County earned a 46-45 home win on Jan. 31 versus David City.
The Scouts got revenge on the Trojans claiming a 52-42 victory in opening round play of Southern Nebraska Conference Boys Basketball Tournament held Feb. 3 at Tri County High School.
The loss knocked Tri County out of the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament.
David City built an 11-8 lead on the Trojans after one quarter of play and maintained a three-point, 29-26 lead at half.
Following halftime, David City’s offense heated up outscoring Tri County, 23-16 in the second half to pull away for the 10-point win.
Keldon Barr led Tri County (8-10) in scoring with 13 points, Wyatt Kowalski, 11 points, Justin Epp, eight points, Carson Hicks and Riley Knust, four points each, while Shane Jiskra chipped in two points.

Griffins Go 1-2 In Pioneer Conference Tourney

The results weren’t what Diller-Odell was looking for, as the Griffins went 1-2 in last week’s Pioneer Conference Basketball Tournament.
The Griffins opened tournament play Feb. 3 on their home floor defeating Southern, 41-38.
“This was a very good high school basketball game between two teams that both played exceptionally hard.,” Diller-Odell Griffins head coach Eric McMurray replied.
“We made just enough shots in the third quarter to take a lead into the fourth. When you shoot free throws poorly in the fourth (1-8) you must play solid defense, and we did,” McMurray said.
Ely Hroch topped the Griffins in scoring with 13 points, Austin Vitosh, 11 points, Brady McMurray and Bladen Ahl, seven points apiece, Zach Rash, two points, and Stetson Meyer tallied one point.
With the win, Diller-Odell advanced to play Lourdes Central Catholic on Friday in semifinal action at Southern High School.

Meridian Cagers Swept In Home Finale

Playing in front of the home crowd for the final time on Feb. 3, both Meridian basketball teams came up on the short end versus Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
In the girls game, the Lady Mustangs were defeated by the Lady Eagles, 58-45.
This was the first win this season for the Lady Eagles against Meridian. The Lady Mustangs beat BDS in consolation action in the MUDECAS Tournament, and then slipped past the Lady Eagles, 43-40 in first-round play in the Crossroads Conference Tournament.
Meridian held a 24-20 lead at intermission, but the third quarter belonged to BDS, as six players combined to score 23 points, while its defense clamped down on Meridian allowing only 12 points.
As a result, BDS opened a 47-32 lead advancing to the fourth quarter.
A key stat in the game was BDS hit nine three-point field goals on the night,  including six in the second half, while the Lady Mustangs connected on just one trey.

Team Effort Lifts Fairbury Past Schuyler Saturday

FAIRBURY JUNIOR JOSEY ZABOKRTSKY, No. 44, looks to pass the ball to a teammate while being fouled by a Schuyler player. Zabokrtsky scored eight points in Fairbury’s 51-35 home finale win against the Lady Warriors. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Bouncing back from Friday’s loss to Beatrice, Fairbury benefited from a solid team effort on both sides of the ball to earn a 51-35 home finale win Saturday against Schuyler.
Six players got into the scoring column for Fairbury, as the Lady Jeffs picked up their 11th win of the season.
Fairbury took charge in the first quarter vaulting out to a 15-7 lead behind the 1-2 scoring punch of Tiffani Bonsal scoring six points, and Shelby Pollman with four points.
Both squads picked up their scoring in the second quarter with Fairbury holding the upperhand at 18-12.
Heading to the third quarter with a 33-19 lead, the Lady Jeffs’ defense buckled down on the Lady Warriors limiting the visitors to just six points, while Fairbury scored 11 points to expand its lead to 44-25.
Schuyler sliced the final margin to 16 points by outscoring Fairbury, 10-7 in the fourth quarter.

Fairbury Can’t Find Offense In Loss To Beatrice

It was one of  those nights where shots didn’t fall for Fairbury.
Beatrice clamped down on the Lady Jeffs’ offense limiting the squad to single digit scoring in all four quarters.
As a result, the Lady Orange came away with a 53-23 home Friday night.
Beatrice got off to a fast start opening a 6-0 lead and then stretched its margin to 11-4 after one quarter.
The Lady Orange kept up its strong defensive play in the second quarter holding Fairbury to just six points, while their offense racked up 17 points to increase their halftime lead to 28-10.
Fairbury had its best quarter of offense in the third quarter tallying nine points, but could only trim the deficit to 17 points.
Beatrice put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter outscoring Fairbury, 17-4.

.500 Record By Tri County In Conference Play

A slow start out of the gates put Tri County in a hole they could not recover from in Thursday’s quarterfinal 52-19 loss against (17-2) Superior in the Southern Nebraska Conference Girls Basketball Tournament played on the Lady Wildcats home floor.
The Lady Wildcats raced to a 14-5 first quarter lead, and then expanded its margin to 30-10 at halftime.
Superior didn’t let up on either side of the ball in the second half dominating the Lady Trojans, 22-9.
Halle Weise paced Tri County in scoring with six points, Eryn Hummer, four points, Miranda Vogt and Shae Wattjes, three points each, Sloane Holtmeier, two points, and Josie Weise tallied one point.
Tri County opened play on its home court in the Southern Nebraska Conference Girls Basketball Tournament on Feb. 3 defeating Thayer Central, 32-12.
Tri County began strong jumping out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter, and maintained a 14-point, 23-9 lead at half.

Johnson Wins Conference Championship, Jeffs Finish Eighth

Despite going into Saturday’s Central 10 Conference wrestling tournament at Crete High School a little short handed with three varsity wrestlers out of the line-up, Fairbury came away with eight conference medalists including one conference champion and an eighth place team finish.
Freshman Jacob Johnson (36-2) on the season went 4-0 on the day to win the conference championship at 160 pounds.
In his championship match, Johnson was victorious by decision, 11-4 against Grand Island Northwest’s Josh Reimers.
Sophomore Paul Mach claimed third place in the 285-pound weight class with a mark of 3-1.
Mach won his third place match by pinfall in 2:41 over Holdrege’s Luke Wilke.
Fourth place medalists included sophomores Anthony Moyer, 132 pounds and Patrick Ondrak, 170 pounds.
Junior Justyn Franklin placed fifth at 152 pounds with a record of 3-2.

Strong Defense Propels Fairbury Over Schuyler

FAIRBURY SENIOR CONNOR LIVINGSTON, No. 40, advances the basketball up the floor while being defended by Schuyler’s Asad GarGar, and Connor Flynn, No. 21, in second half action Saturday evening. The Jeffs ended a nine-game losing streak with a 57-35 over the Warriors. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury packed its defense on Saturday in the form of a strong man-to-man sprinkled in with a little 1-3-1 zone.
The stellar defensive effort paid dividends for the Jeffs, as Fairbury ended a nine-game losing streak with a 57-35 home win versus Schuyler.
Schuyler had beaten Fairbury, 36-32 last week in consolation play in the Central Conference Basketball Tournament.
The win for the Jeffs was their first in 2015, after losing to the Warriors previously, Fairbury came ready to play and responded with a strong defensive effort giving up just nine first half points.
With its defense clicking, Fairbury ran out to a 15-7 first quarter lead sparked by the scoring of seven players.
Fairbury’s defense stood tall in the second quarter surrendering just two points.
A three-point field goal by Connor Livingston jumped started Fairbury on a 6-0 run to begin the second quarter.

The 2015 Fairbury Baseball Parent’s Meeting

The 2015 Fairbury Baseball Parent’s Meeting will be held Sunday, March 15th at 5:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church.  All Player Registrations Forms will be due at this time.  Any questions, please contact Dean Schmidt at 402-239-5365.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 5:00am