Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:23pm
BACK TO PASS--Baxter Beals of Meridian (No. 10) throws a pass over Jacob Meybrunn of Lewiston (No. 22). (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Meridian made the most of their scoring opportunities coasting to a 60-29 homecoming win over Lewiston Friday evening.
The victory by the Mustangs was the team's first win of the season.
Meridian tallied nine touchdowns in the game, including seven rushing scores.
It just took 50 seconds and two plays for Meridian to score its initial touchdown on a 61-yard pass from Baxter Beals to Jakub VanWesten.
Following a rushing touchdown by Lewiston, Meridian struck for back-to-back touchdowns on a seven-yard run by Beals and a 34-yard run from Corey Taylor.
With a five-point lead, 18-13 heading to the second quarter, Meridian expanded its margin to 13 points scoring with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half off a seven-yard pass from Beals to Cesar Nunez. The two-point conversion pass from Beals to Nunez was successful giving the Mustangs a 26-13 halftime lead.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:16pm
MAKING THE PLAY--Fairbury senior Paige Eden (No. 5) sets up a play during the opening game against David City at the Fairbury Volleyball Invite on Sept. 19. Watching the play unfold is Bailey Klaumann (No. 2). (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Playing host to their own six-team volleyball invite held Saturday, Fairbury showed some signs of improvement despite going winless in its three matches.
Fairbury opened pool play Saturday morning dropping a two-set match by scores of 9-25, 13-25 to David City.
In the first set, the Lady Jeffs could not overcome service and hitting errors, which put the team in a double-digit hole they could not fight back from.
David City raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and never let the Lady Jeffs get closer than 12-6 off a Lady Scouts’ hitting error.
Fairbury squared off against Auburn in its second pool match of the invite.
Auburn came away with a straight sets, 25-11, 25-19 win.
The Lady Jeffs cut the deficit to 21-10 off a tip from Paige Eden, but Auburn closed out the set on a 4-1 run.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:15pm
It was a tough two days for the Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team at last week’s MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament held at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
The seventh seed Lady Mustangs dropped a three set match in the loser’s bracket play last Tuesday evening to sixth seed BDS in the A Division of the MUDECAS Tournament.
BDS won by scores of 24-26, 25-15, 25-22.
Meridian was up by seven points in the opening match, but after that point everything came apart for the squad.
BDS rallied to pull out the two-point first set win, and the Lady Eagles kept up their inspired play in the following two sets, while Meridian could not prolong a consistent counter attack to match the Lady Eagles efforts.
Allison Klipp paced Meridian behind the service line connecting on 13-13 serves, MaKehna Bartels was 12-12 serving, and Sylvia Danieli had two aces on 10-10 serving.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:14pm
CHAMPIONS--The Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team won the school’s first-ever MUDECAS Volleyball Championship last Thursday evening. The Lady Griffins defeated Freeman in three sets to win the A Division championship. Team members include kneeling (l-r) Paige Vitosh, Madison Jurgens, Theresa Zarybnicky, Katie Schultis, and Madison Hajek. Standing (l-r) Head coach Kandice Jurgens, Camryn Gydesen, Sarah Stanosheck, Hayley Denner, Kirsten Bures, Morgan Phillips, Paige Arnold, Bailey Schroeder, Katie Zarybnicky, and assistant coach Corinna Vrbka. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
It was a battle of volleyball powers in last Thursday's MUDECAS A Division championship between Class C-2 top ranked Freeman (12-0) and Class D-1 top rated Diller-Odell (7-1).
The evening turned out historic for Diller-Odell, as the Lady Griffins topped the Lady Falcons in three sets, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21 to win their first-ever MUDECAS volleyball championship played in front of a full house at the Truman Center on the campus of Southeast Community College in Beatrice.
Diller-Odell's win snapped a 45-match winning streak by Freeman, the defending Class C-2 state volleyball champion.
In the first set, Diller-Odell scored the first three points to open its largest lead of the set.
Overall in the first set there were 12 ties between the two squads.
Freeman responded to the opening set loss surging back to win the second set by four points.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:12pm
By Trevor Gill
Football Fever in the air
Fairbury is abuzz about football! When was the last time you heard that?
With two wins in their final five games, the Jeffs can secure the first winning season since the 2008 campaign which saw them finish 5-3. That’s a long drought. Much of the focus has been on the offense, and rightfully so. Jacob Johnson is putting up numbers Fairbury hasn’t seen since the days when Mark Rogge wore the Jeffs colors.
The line play has been outstanding as well, opening up holes and keeping opponents out of the backfield.
This week they start District play, will someone be able to quiet the Johnson storm? I am pleased to see the football program getting back on track.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:11pm
FOOTBALL PHENOM--Fairbury sophomore running back Jacob Johnson, No. 22, breaks through the line on a second-half touchdown run Friday night against Johnson County Central. Johnson racked up 335 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns in the Jeffs’ 53-24 homecoming win. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Fairbury sophomore running back Jacob Johnson had a career night against Johnson County Central scoring seven rushing touchdowns, as the Jeffs smashed the Thunderbirds, 53-24 in the Jeffs’ homecoming game Friday evening.
Johnson rushed for 335 yards on 19 carries scoring on runs of five, eight, one, 35, 47, 53, and 37 yards.
The seven touchdowns in a game by Johnson ties the Class C-1 record for touchdowns in a game done previously by two other players.
Johnson’s total of 335 yards rushing is believed to be a Fairbury school record.
Fairbury opened the scoring in the game with 9:44 on the clock, as Johnson scored his first touchdown. Justin Peterson added the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead.
Scoring picked up in the second quarter with the two teams combining for 32 points.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:10pm
Kane turned five years old a few weeks ago. Far too often, though, he is wise beyond his years.
He is now in pre-school, but he hates writing. He has never been the child to draw all over the furniture. That honor goes to Reid. Reid is always taking pens and drawing all over Michael’s farm books or the walls or the couch.
Kane has a quick and simple homework worksheet each week where he gets to trace a letter a few times and then make his own. The actual homework takes three minutes. The homework process takes 15. Kane doesn’t want to write his name, although he is pretty good at it when he actually picks up the pencil. Kane also finds the tracing of the letters tedious. He wants to skip that step and go straight to writing the letters himself, which he does very well.
But last week, after whining for five minutes about not wanting to trace the “L”s he said, “Mommy, can’t you just do it?” Lord knows it would have been much easier.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:10pm
Now that we have officially hit autumn--with the promise of more high school football, crisp autumn days, and winter sneaking up on us--I plan to revive my regular reports to the district, since there are (and will be) more things to report as we move through the fall, leading up to the session beginning on Jan. 6.
In the next few weeks, I’ll provide a bit of an overview of what we did over the summer, and tell you about some of the Interim Studies hearings that I’ve been a part of. Today, I want to fill you in on some information about getting in contact with me.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:09pm
Have we lost the desire to communicate or just the ability? If, as a people, we don’t curse when we speak, do we just stand around and mutter caveman like uggs, oogs and gorks, or do we just stand around and look even less intelligent saying nothing at all?
Last week after Fairbury’s home football game against Johnson County I was walking through the parking lot to my truck and followed two Fairbury girls, seventh maybe eighth grade. Their entire conversation was filled with f-bombs. That’s right, the mother of all swear words. F-this. F-that. Mother-f’er. F-ing (fill in the blank).