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FHS Falls To Crete


Fairbury High School sophomore Adam Wasserman cuts to the basket through Hunter Bradley of Crete.
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Dec

FHS Drops To CHS


PICKING IT UP--Fairbury High School sophomore Sydney Miller (No. 31) sets a pick on MacKinsey Schmidt of Crete for FHS senior Halle Knigge. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
A start-stop offense hindered Fairbury as they took on the Crete Cardinals on Dec. 18 at home. 
The Cardinals were able to secure a 42-21 victory over the Lady Jeffs.
Crete was up 9-0 after one period. Fairbury battled back to outscore the Cardinals 9-8 in the second quarter to put the score at 17-9 at the half. 
A 17-4 third quarter by Crete put the game out of reach for FHS as both squads scored eight points in the final stanza.
Wed
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Dec

D-O Slams Lewiston

The Diller-Odell girls basketball team continues to be a scoring machine and that machine rolled over Lewiston on Dec. 18 on the road.
The Lady Griffins won 64-42, and opened the game with a 19-4 shellacking of the Lady Tigers in the first quarter.
Diller-Odell led 44-20 at the half. The scoring fury calmed a bit in the second half for the Lady Griffins, with Lewiston outscoring Diller-Odell 22-20.
Four different Lady Griffins were in double digits in scoring, led by Bailey Schroeder’s 18 points. She hit 3 of 4 three-pointers and was 7 of 9 from the floor on the night.
Schroeder picked up six rebounds and had one steal.
Madison Jurgen and Theresa Zarybnicky each had 13 points. Jurgens had a team high nine rebounds with three blocks (team high) and one assist.
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Dec

T.C. Slips By The Eagles Dec. 18

“It wasn't always pretty at times and we again made just enough plays to pull out a win,” Tri County Head Girls Basketball Coach Bryce Simpson said after his Lady Trojans defeated Johnson-Brock 36-32 on Friday.
T.C. started out slow, down 12-9 after one period and was behind 19-16 at the half.
A 10-7 third quarter scoring output and a 10-6 fourth quarter put the game away for T.C.
“In the second half we went on a nice little run early to tie things up and then it was pretty much back and forth until the end when we made just enough free throws to make it a two-possession game.”
Sloane Holtmeier led T.C. in scoring with 11 points, hitting 7 of 10 free throws and pulling down five boards with two assists and two steals.
Haydyn Weise had nine points with two rebounds and three steals while Miranda Vogt had seven points and had a team high in rebounds (five) and steals (five) with one assist.
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Dec

Swimmers Rise To The Challenge In Lincoln

Pushing yourself to do better each and every week is a goal of many athletes and for the swimmers and divers of the Beatrice Co-op swimming team, the Lincoln Southeast Invitational was the place to push themselves to another level.
The team had 18 individual qualifiers for the meet.
“This is one of the premiere swim meets of the season,” Beatrice, Norris, Fairbury, Freeman Head Swimming Coach Marian Wallen said. “We had 18 qualifiers for this meet, which is a great accomplishment, as the qualifying times are very fast at this meet. With having so many quality teams at this meet, it pushes the swimmers to do their best.”
The boys team finished 13th and the girls squad was 16th overall. 
The boys medley relay consisting of Austin Barber, Regan Monhollon and Colton Starck bettered their secondary state qualifying time (1:49.56).
Wed
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Dec

Griffins Face Tough Opposition


STRONG MOVE--Tybor Smith of Diller-Odell goes up strong to the hoop in varsity basketball action on Dec. 19 in Odell. The Griffins lost to Hanover, Kan., 56-41. Smith scored 10 points in the game. (Photo by Fred Arnold, Jr./www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Minus a few cold quarters of scoring, the Diller-Odell boys basketball team may have come away with two wins.
However last Friday and Saturday, the Griffins lost both games, first to Lewiston, 74-64 and then to Hanover (Kan.), 56-41.
Against Lewiston, both teams had their offenses ready to score as the Griffins led Lewiston 23-20 after one period. Lewiston was up 38-35 at the half. A 22-8 third quarter put the Griffins behind the eight-ball for the fourth quarter, down by 17 points. Diller-Odell outscored Lewiston 21-14 in the fourth quarter but could not make a final scoring run.
Diller-Odell shot 58 percent from the free throw line (7 of 12) but Lewiston was far more aggressive getting to the line, and making it count, going 19 of 25 for 76 percent.
The Lewiston bench scored 22 points to Diller-Odell’s eight, but the Griffins had 10 points off of turnovers to just four by Lewiston.
Wed
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Dec

Reason for the Season

 
The more commercialized the holidays become, the more the meaning behind them gets lost. Growing up, I don’t remember there being any place open on Christmas Day, nor were there any “live” TV programs or sports games.  
Over the course of the years, this has almost completely flipped.  
As with Thanksgiving, Christmas is no longer a sacred holiday. You can find many places open not only late of Christmas Eve, but on Christmas Day as well.  Is there really any need for these places to be open?  Can’t whatever it is wait until the next day?  
Wed
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Dec

Well Droogs, What A Horrorshow Ultraviolence

Appypolly loggies, droogs—or in regular English, apologies friends—I have decided to offset this page’s holiday theme a bit by writing about something that has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. Fair warning: this will be a column to exercise the reader’s mind while I exorcise mine.
My old rasoodock (mind) has been reeling lately trying to figure something out about human nature, particularly dealing with crime and the nature of evil. I’d like to say it all started when I read Anthony Burgess’ novel “A Clockwork Orange,” the book from which I’m borrowing the Nadsat language that I’m spreading throughout this work. It started well before that.
While reading various works of literature, I’ve always been obsessed with the antagonist in the work. Now, this is not to say that I agree with what these characters do, some of those things are quite despicable, but I do try to understand what influences them to act in the way they do.
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Dec

My Christmas Wishes For You

I get kind of a bad rap when it comes to Christmas. Everyone thinks I am this growly, surly person who loathes the Christmas season. Not so. The people who regularly throw out “Grinch,” “Scrooge” or some other derogatory name at me are, I must admit, hurtful. 
It is what’s in a man’s heart that counts. Mine is full. Having said that I will admit that dealing with more than 80 people at five different companies and the negativity that is associated with employees does take its toll on me and apparently is outwardly showing. But with all of that in mind, I do wish each and every one of my readers a very blessed and Merry Christmas. 
Please consider and take to heart one of the three following sentiments:
“And there were  in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them and they were sore afraid.
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Dec

Savor The Christmas Holiday

My son, Elijah, was being a bit rambunctious the other night. I admonished him for deliberately pushing the buttons of his sister, Olivia. He was being a typical little brother and doing things on purpose to rile her up. She would inevitably start screaming at him and he’d run off, laughing at accomplishing his job of annoying his big sister.
I sat and stewed about the situation when my wife simply said, “Remember his first Christmas.”
Things were very quietly put into perspective at that moment.
Elijah was born June 23, 2008. The due date was Sept. 18, 2008. My wife, Debra, spent the majority of the pregnancy with him in and out of the hospital or on bed rest.

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