Lady Griffins Explode Against HTRS

DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORE MADISON HAJEK No. 20, prepares to release the ball on a shot attempt over HTRS’s Camille Svoboda, No. 21, off a fast break during second half action Friday evening. The Lady Griffins improved to 2-0 on the season with a 55-34 win. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Diller-Odell’s Lady Griffins basketball team got things going right away in the first quarter on its way to a convincing, 55-34 home win Friday versus Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer.
The Lady Griffins grabbed a 6-0 in the first :90 seconds of play behind the scoring of Katie Schultis, Madison Hajek, and Madison Jurgens.
HTRS fought back trimming the deficit to 8-7 off a trey by Jena Fink with 4:47 on the clock.
The rest of the quarter belonged to the Lady Griffins, as the home team erupted on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter.
Diller-Odell’s offense didn’t slow down in the second quarter opening on a 12-0 run enroute to leaving the court at half with a 37-16 lead.
Continuing to push the pedal down in the third quarter, the Lady Griffins outscored the Lady Titans, 13-8 to increase their lead to 50-24.

Meridian Wins Twice In Triangular Action

Meridian began its wrestling season on Dec. 4 claiming a pair of wins at the High Plains Triangular held in Clarks.
The Mustangs defeated High Plains Community, 42-24.
Picking up mat wins for the Mustangs were Guadalupe Dimas, 138 pounds by pin in 53 seconds over Zach Clayton, Carlos Dimas, 145 pounds with a pin in 1:52 against Buck Church, Baxter Beals, 152 pounds by pinfall in 3:50 over Bryce Wilshusen, and Brandon Jackson, 182 pounds by pin against Payton Stevens in a time of 1:50.
Forfeit wins were received by Nick Gilligan, Cody Lundholm, and Jacob Durflinger.
Meridian won six matches enroute to a 36-32 victory over Wahoo-Cedar Bluffs.

Mustangs Place Sixth At Harvard Invite

Meridian’s wrestling competed in its first invitational on Saturday placing sixth out of 14 teams at the Harvard Invite.
On the day, the Mustangs tallied 69 points and had a trio of medalists.
Senior Liam Noel finished fourth at 120 pounds with a record of 3-3.
Noel lost his consolation third place match by pinfall to Dalton Kautz of Shelton/Kenesaw in a time of 3:59.
Senior Guadalupe Dimas placed fourth in the 138-pound weight class with a mark of 4-2.
Dimas lost by pin in 2:08 in his third place match to Alma’s Ashton Hammond.
Senior Brandon Jackson went undefeated to win the 182 pound weight class with a record of 4-0.
In the championship match, Jackson won by pinfall in 4:45 over Shelton/Kenesaw’s Jose Gomez.

BNFF Swimmers Open Season With Split Of Home Duals

The Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman swimming and diving teams began its season Dec. 4 splitting a home dual versus Lincoln Northeast.
In the girls dual, Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman were victorious by a score of 97.5-87.5, while Lincoln Northeast won the boys dual, 147-37.
Fairbury sophomore Shaye Stall placed in a pair of relays in the girls dual.
Stall teamed with Haley Andreesen, Rebecca Garland, and Elizabeth Mike to finish second in the 400 Free Relay.
The squad of Stall, Aleida Oerter, Maddy Wagner, and Joslyn Schiebur placed fifth in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 2:25.46.
A time of 1:25.81 gave Stall third place in the 100 meter butterfly.
Fairbury junior Lindsay Lee joined Kasondra Draper, Brooke Herron, and Elly Tetrick to post a fifth place time of 2:23.25 in the 200 Free Relay.

Meridian Erupts For Home Win

Bouncing back after a double-digit loss Friday against Dorchester, Meridian outscored Nebraska Lutheran in three quarters including a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter to receive its first win of the season at home on Saturday over Nebraska Lutheran, 56-36.
Following a low-scoring first quarter which saw the Mustangs build a 9-5 lead, Meridian stretched its margin to double digits, 21-11 at half, sparked by five points scored by Ty Brakhage.
Both squads combined to score 14 points in the third quarter leaving the Mustangs with a 10-point lead at 35-25.
Meridian put the game out of reach in the decisive fourth quarter erupting for 21 points, including 12 points tallied from Brakhage.
Brakhage led Meridian in scoring with 27 points.

Tri County Drops Two Against Falls City

In its first home doubleheader of the season, Tri County’s basketball teams came up short on Saturday against Falls City.
Falls City outlasted Tri County in the girls game, 34-33.
The first half was low scoring with Falls City holding a 13-11 halftime lead.
Both squads tallied eight points apiece in the third quarter leaving the Lady Tigers with a 21-19 advantage.
Tri County outscored Falls City, 14-13 in the final quarter, but the Lady Tigers were able to hold on for   the one point win.
Josie Weise led the (0-2) Lady Trojans in scoring with 13 points, Haydyn Weise, 11 points, and Megann Freese, Shalayna Niemeyer, and Delaney Uher totaled three points each.
A tough night of shooting hampered the Trojans in their 58-25 loss to the Tigers.
Falls City took charge right from the start opening a 15-2 first quarter lead.

Diller-Odell Cagers Sweep Pawnee City

The Diller-Odell Lady Griffins and Griffins came away with a pair of road wins in Thursday’s season opener at Pawnee City.
In the first game, the Lady Griffins used a 25-12 second half scoring outburst to claim a 47-29 win against the Lady Indians.
Madison Jurgens paced the Lady Griffins in scoring with a game-high 17 points, Madison Hajek, 15 points, Josie Vitosh, seven points, Mackenzie Gydesen, five points, Katie Schultis, two points, and Theresa Zarybnicky tallied one point.
Jurgens led Diller-Odell in rebounding pulling down 16 caroms, while Josie Vitosh grabbed nine boards.
Strong play in the first and third quarters lifted Diller-Odell to a 36-21 victory in the nightcap.
Diller-Odell raced out to an 11-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Meridian Lady Mustangs Start Season 2-0

After the first weekend of play, Meridian’s Lady Mustangs basketball team sits with a mark of 2-0.
The Lady Mustangs came away with victories this past weekend against Dorchester and Nebraska Lutheran.
In Saturday’s home opener, Meridian rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to secure a 46-42 win over Nebraska Lutheran.
The Lady Knights jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, and maintained a 27-22 lead at halftime.
After halftime, Meridian took control outscoring the Lady Knights, 24-15, including limiting the visitors to just four third quarter points.
Meridain maintained a 33-31 lead heading to the fourth quarter, and were able to hold off Nebraska Lutheran outscoring the Lady Kinghts, 13-11 in the pivotal quarter.

Fairbury Comes Out Aggressive In Dual Win Over GICC

FAIRBURY FRESHMAN AUSTIN BARNTS applies a head lock on Grand Island Central Catholic’s Jayden Farias during action last Thursday evening in Fairbury’s home dual against the Crusaders. Barnts was victorious in the match at 113 pounds by pin in 1:18 over Farias. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
A young Fairbury wrestling team turned up the heat on the mat and came away with a 51-18 home dual win Thursday night Dec. 4 versus Grand Island Central Catholic.
“We thought we were going to have our hands full with a very good GICC team. We are very young and so to have our young kids step in with some of them competing in their first matches of their varsity careers was awesome to watch,” Fairbury Jeffs wrestling coach Derek Garfield said.
“We came away with five wins by pin which was great. Freshman Logan Slater set the tone for the team coming out with a pin in the opening match at 120 pounds. I told him that he had the opportunity to start this dual off right along with his career and he took full advantage of that,” Garfield said.

Elks Hoop Shoot Planned For Dec. 27

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is set for Dec. 27 at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym starting with registration from 9-10 a.m.
Competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
The event is hosted by the Fairbury Elks Lodge No. 1203.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is free to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8-13 as of April 1, 2015.
Winners at the local shoot have an opportunity to advance through district, state, and regional Hoop Shoot contests.
Regional winners qualify for a trip to compete at the Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass. in April.
National champions will have their names permanently inscribed on a plaque in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Any questions contact Hoop Shoot director Don Mahlman at (402) 729-3466.