Fourth Quarter Surge Lifts Lady Mustangs Past Cross County

The Lady Mustangs offense awoke in the fourth quarter torching the Lady Cougars’ defense for 21 points, as Meridian rallied from a double-digit deficit to come away with a 54-51 victory.
Both squads had the hot hand in the opening quarter, as the two teams combined to score 24 points leaving Cross County with a slim, 13-11 lead.
Cross County continued its strong offensive outburst in the second quarter tallying 18 points, while Meridian netted 14 points, led by the 1-2 scoring punch of Blair Hofstetter with six points, and Erin Johnson scoring four points to keep the Lady Mustangs within six points, 31-25 at half.
A 12-point third quarter by the Lady Cougars increased their lead to 43-33 heading to the pivotal fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to Meridian, as the trio of Hailey Schafer, Hofstetter, and Johnson combined for 21 points, led by Schafer with eight points, including two key three-point hoops.


GAMBLES ON THE SQUARE--Downtown Fairbury in 1966. Contributed Photo
120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
Mentioned in a report from District No. 78 (1 mile east  and 1 ½ south of Thompson), by Nettie Paden, teacher, were Emma and Lee Adkins, Fred and Joe Cawdrey, Bessie, Edith and George Dopp, John Drake, Millie and Roy Fickett, Artie and Eddie Grinstead, Daisy Hughes, Wallace Quinn, Gertie Rhode, Frank and Nellie Sampson, Martha Thompson, Arthur Wagner and George Wheeler.
Ed Waples sold his north side restaurant and bakery to J.B. Lewis of Washington, Kan.  On the west side, Martin Oerter planned a two-story building to be rented to Jack Fitton.
Endicott vicinity residents had rousing “literaries” each Friday evening at the Mount Vernon school south of town.
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 

FHS Wrestlers Medal Nine At Crete Invite

Fairbury put forth a solid showing on Saturday coming away with nine medalists and an upper half team finish in the 15-team Crete Invite.
Freshmen Austin Barnts and Jacob Johnson led the parade of medalists for Fairbury each placing third in their respective weight classes.
Barnts went 4-1 in the 113-pound weight class, while Johnson posted a record of 4-1 in the 160-pound weight class.
In his third place match, Barnts won by pinfall in 1:53 over Syracuse’s Pierce Agena.
Johnson was victorious in his third place match by pinfall in a time of 1:55 against Crete’s Casey Viger.
Fourth place medalists included Damian Green, 145 pounds, Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds, and Paul Mach at 285 pounds.
Green went 3-2 in his matches losing his third place match by pinfall in in 1:49 to Crete’s Ethan Sherman.

Fairbury Wrestlers Conquer Quad Tournament

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE PATRICK ONDRAK was one of five individual champions for the Jeffs in the four-team wrestling tournament held at Tri County High School last Thursday. In his first round match at 170 pounds Ondrak keeps his opponent Tri County’s Cooper Smith face down on the mat. Ondrak won by pin in 4:45 against Smith. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury’s wrestling squad put together an excellent showing at the four-team tournament held Dec. 11 at Tri County High School.
The Jeffs won the four-team tourney scoring 138 points powered by five individual champions on the night.
Waverly was runner-up with 137 points, Fillmore Central finished third racking up 136.50 points, and Tri County placed fourth amassing 110 points.
Individual champions for the Jeffs included Austin Barnts, 113 pounds, Damian Green, 145 pounds, Jacob Johnson, 160 pounds, Patrick Ondrak, 170 pounds, and Wesley Jackson, 182 pounds.
Barnts went 2-0 at 113 pounds winning both of his matches over Fairbury’s Jacob Niemand and Tri County’s Ethan Paxton by pinfalls, Green went 3-0 winning each match by decision, Johnson posted a mark of 3-0 with each match won by pin, Ondrak posted a 3-0 mark with two wins by pin and one from a major decision, and Jackson went 2-0 with both wins registered by pins.

Mustang Grapplers Place Third At Bob Oliver Invite

MERIDIAN SOPHOMORE BAXTER BEALS is just a second away from a first period pin in second round action against Shelby/Rising City’s Jaden Kuhnel in the 152-pound weight class at Saturday’s Bob Oliver Pin Tournament held at Meridian High School. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury/Journal-News
The bottom line, it was a good day on the mats for the Meridian Mustangs wrestling team at Saturday’s eight-team Bob Oliver Pin Invitational held at Meridian High School.
Meridian had a strong showing in the invite coming away with eight medalists and a solid third place finish.
York junior varsity number one claimed the team title with 242 points, Superior was runner-up scoring 182 points, and Meridian racked up a third place score of 139 points.
Senior Brandon Jackson was the individual champion in the 182-pound weight class going 4-0 with all four wins by pin.
In the his fifth round match, Jackson won by pinfall in 3:44 over Superior’s Sloane Willett.
Second place medalists for the Mustangs were Carlos Dimas, 145 pounds, and Triston Voight, 170 pounds.
Dimas went 4-1 in his matches winning his final match in round five by pin in 5:10 over York junior varsity’s Mason Linder.

Diller-Odell Brings Out Brooms Against Dorchester

Diller-Odell’s Lady Griffins continued its winning ways, while the Griffins bounced back from a loss to HTRS to claim road wins versus Dorchester on Dec. 9.
Paced by 10 players scoring in the contest, the Lady Griffins sailed past the Lady Longhorns, 47-21.
The Lady Griffins opened the game shooting out to an 11-3 lead behind the scoring of four cagers, including three points apiece by Madison Jurgens, Madison Hajek, and Bailey Schroeder.
Diller-Odell continued to dominate outscoring, Dorchester, 17-5 in the second quarter leaving the court with a 28-8 advantage.
Stellar defensive play by Diller-Odell continued to create problems for the Lady Longhorns, as Dorchester’s offense was held to just three points in the third quarter allowing Diller-Odell to widen its margin to 40-11.
In the final quarter, Dorchester was able to outscore Diller-Odell, 10-7 to cut the final deficit to 26 points.

Lady Trojans Net Two Straight Wins

After three straight losses to begin the season, the Tri County Lady Trojans basketball team had a good weekend posting a pair of wins over Centennial and Wymore Southern.
Saturday night, Tri County broke away from a halftime deadlock against winless Centennial with two double-digit scoring quarters in the second half enroute to a 40-29 home win.
The Lady Trojans maintained a 9-8 first quarter lead, before the Lady Broncos turned the tables outscoring Tri County, 6-5 to forge a 14-all tie at halftime.
Improved play on both sides of the ball in the second half proved favorable for the Lady Trojans.
Tri County’s offense racked up 26 points in the second half, with 13 points per quarter, while its defense locked down on Centennial allowing just 15 points.

First Place Finishes Power BNFF Swimmers Past Ralston

Five first place finishes lifted the Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman girls swimming and diving team to a home dual win last Thursday over Ralston.
Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman won the dual by a score of 123-96.
Fairbury swimmers sophomore Shaye Stall and senior Keanna Kroeker teamed with Makalah Scheele and Elizabeth Mike to claim first place in the 400 Free Relay in a time of 4:27.35.
Additional first place winners were Regan Monhollon in the 200 IM, Ainsley Hostetler, 50 free, and the girl’s 200 free relay team of Maddy Wagner, Joslyn Schiebur, Ciarra Benes, and Hostetler, and Wagner in the 100 meter backstroke.
The 200 Free Relay team of Stall, Hayley Schroeder, Lindsay Lee, and Haley Andreesen placed third in a time of 2:08.29.
A time of 2:27.25 by the 200 Medley Relay quartet of Keanna Kroeker, Makalah Scheele, Rebecca Garland, and Kaitlin Marley finished fourth overall.

Jeffs Secure Hard-Fought Victory

FAIRBURY SENIOR NATE KLAUMANN No. 15, makes a move with the ball past Thayer Central’s Thomas Fuelner No. 24, in second half action Saturday evening. Fairbury was able to rally late and defeat Thayer Central in overtime, 51-49. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Making plays in crunchtime spearheaded Fairbury to a 51-49 overtime home win Saturday night versus previously undefeated (3-1) Thayer Central.
It wasn’t one of the prettiest played games, but the Jeffs made enough plays both offensively and defensively in the overtime period to seal the two-point win.
After 32 minutes of play the score was tied at 44.
In the four-minute overtime, Fairbury got on the board first off a corner jump shot from Connor Livingston.
Fairbury stretched its lead to 48-44 on its next possession off a two-point hoop by Cody Huss with 1:38 on the clock.
Thayer Central answered back with two free throws by Landon Schmitt on its next possession.
In the final :29 seconds, the Jeffs came through at the free throw line hitting 3-4 attempts, including 1-2 by Chris Fisher, and 2-2 from Dalton Hinrichs to pull out the win.

Lady Jeffs Overpower Thayer Central

FAIRBURY SENIOR SHELBY POLLMAN No. 25, prepares to drive to the basket past a Thayer Central defender in Saturday’s home contest. Pollman led the Lady Jeffs in scoring with 18 points, as Fairbury rolled past the Lady Titans, 50-15. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Lighting up the scoreboard right from the start by hitting baskets from all areas on the court allowed the Fairbury Lady Jeffs to roll to a 50-15 home win Saturday against winless Thayer Central.
Paced by the scoring of five players, the Lady Jeffs sprinted out to a 26-2 first quarter lead on the Lady Titans.
After winning the tip, Fairbury opened a 21-0 lead, before Thayer Central got on the board with 2:08 left in the quarter off a two-point hoop by Marissa Asche.
Josey Zabokrtsky led the uprising in the opening quarter tallying nine points, while Shelby Pollman contributed seven points.
Fairbury continued its stellar play on offense along with its overpowering pressure defense in the second quarter to bolster its lead.
The Lady Jeffs built their largest lead, 39-6 of the first half with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter on 1-2 free throws by Zabokrtsky.