Mustangs Face Pass-Happy Giltner

SWARMING THE HORNETS--Meridian fullback Carlos Dimas (No. 30) runs right at the Giltner defense during the first quarter of the Mustangs game at home against Hornets on Friday. Dimas finished the game with nine yards on five carries against Giltner. (Photo by Tim Linscotts/
Showing heart and determination on the grid-iron, the Meridian football squad gave it their all Friday night, but faced a buzz-saw in Giltner, dropping to the Hornets, 58-8.
“We played hard, but Giltner is a good team and they are hard to stop offensively,” Meridian coach Clint Jones said. “We have a lot of injuries and we are down to very few players with starting experience, which makes things tough. We need our younger players to keep improving.”
Meridian held their own in the early going of the game, however, Giltner held a 28-8 lead after one quarter through deft passing by QB Alex Goracke. Giltner posted 320 passing yards, going 19 of 29. Meridian had 116 yards rushing on 37 carries while Giltner had 113 yards on 20 carries.
Top rusher for Meridian was Baxter Beals, picking up 111 yards on 23 carries and Micah Noel had 10 yards on three carries while Carlos Dimas had nine yards on five carries.

Runners Challenge Class B Schools

Fairbury cross country athletes are headed down the final stretch of the season and prepared for the conference meet this Thursday in Central City by participating in the Syracuse Invite on Oct. 2.
The Lady Jeffs finished fourth out of 12 teams with 84 points. The Lady Jeffs may have finished fourth, but the three squads ahead of them, Aurora, Beatrice and Plattsmouth, are all Class B schools.
Leading the pack for Fairbury was Emily Burkley with a 12th place finish, while Lilibeth Estrada was 18th. Finishing in 22nd spot was Shaye Stall.
Others running for the Lady Jeffs included Halle Knigge, 32nd, and Anna Schoube (41st). 
The boys finished 11th out of 13 teams. Top runner for the Jeffs was Garret Ragland (32nd) and Dalton Buxton was 36th. Donovan Waldrep was 56th while Devin Holiday placed 62nd and Seth Hart was 63rd. Isaac Robertson placed 64th. 

Lady Griffins Gaining Momentum

The Diller-Odell volleyball squad has been at a break-neck pace recently. The Lady Griffins played nine games in one week, including winning the Axtell, Kan., tournament and a five game match against Johnson-Brock.
“I think we may have been a little tired, we were definitely ready for our mid-season short break we had after those games with a week off before we play again this Thursday,” Lady Griffin head volleyball coach Kandice Jurgens said.
Diller-Odell participated in the Dorchester Triangular over the weekend and came away with two wins.
The Lady Griffins defeated Meridian, 14-25, 25-20, 25-23.
In that match, Jurgens noted that the Mustangs pushed her squad to the limit, which was a good thing.


Tri County 
TC vs. S-RC Football
TC     14   0   6   7   27
S-RC  0   10  14 0   24
1st- TC Ensz 13 yd TD. Hotes PAT
1st- TC Ensz 30 yd TD. Hotes PAT 14-0
2nd- S-RC Jaden Kuhnel 25 yd kick. 14-3
2nd- S-RC Drew Schultz receives Jake Hoatson TD pass. Kuhnel PAT. 14-10
3rd- S-RC Schultz 3 yd TD. Kuhnel PAT. 17-14
3rd- TC Ensz 9 yd TD. PAT no good. 20-17
3rd- S-RC Hoatson to Nate Grossnicklaus 15yd TD pass. Kuhnel PAT 24-20
4th Ensz 22 yd TD. Hotes PAT. 27-24
Rushing- Ensz 36 rushes, 242 yds, 4 TD’s; Shane Jiskra 19 rushes, 108 yards
Pass- Houston Parker 1 for 2


Diller-Odell vs. Meridian Volleyball
Ace serves-Madison Jurgens, Madison Hajek, Katie Zarybnicky, Katie Schultis
Kills-Jurgens, 19; Hajek, 8; Bailey Schroeder, 3; Paige Vitosh, 2; Zarybnicky, 2; Schultis, 2
Assists-Jurgens, 16; Schroeder, 16; Schultis, 1
Blocks- Jurgens, 5; Schultis, 4; Hajek, 2; Vitosh, 1
Diller-Odell vs. Dorchester
Ace serves- Jurgens, 3; Schultis, 3; Hajek, 2; Zarybnicky, 1; Vitosh, 1
Kills-Jurgens, 11; Hajek, 7; Vitosh, 5; Zarybnicky, 2; Schultis, 2; Schroeder, 1
Assists-Jurgens, 14; Schroeder, 9; Schultis, 1
Blocks-Jurgens, 2; Hajek 2; Schultis, 1

Net Challenge

Tri County freshman Tiffany Pearson (No. 15) goes airborne at the net for a block on a kill attempt during second set action against Centennial last Thursday at Tri County. The Trojans won 25-23, 25-23, 25-23. (Photo by Jim Phelps/

FHS Golf Squad Brings Home Seventh Place

Fairbury's girls golf squad finished seventh at the Central Conference Golf Tournament in Schuyler on Oct. 2.
  Fairbury had a team score of 558 while Holdrege won the tournament with a team score of 405.
Jed Martin, FHS golf coach said, “I felt going into the tournament we were going to play well, but we had some struggles with our short game that cost us strokes.”
Top finisher for the Lady Jeffs was Madi Black, finishing 27th, shooting a 128. Ashley Griffee was 35th with a 134 while Evie Schwab was 36th (135).
Shavara Kroeker was 42nd (161) with Sara Mitchell finishing 44th (177).
The squad played at the district meet on Tuesday. Full stats will be posted at

Lady Jeffs Prepare For Districts With Big Wins

At the conference tournament for Fairbury’s softball squad, coming away 2-1 with as loaded as the talent is in the conference is a good weekend. 
The Lady Jeffs started off the conference tournament, held Oct. 3 at Columbus Lakeview, with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Aurora in eight innings.
“Delaney Miller did a great job of pitching for us this weekend and had some key hits by Destini Warnke, Sarah McCown, Sydney Miller and Marah Schumard to beat Aurora in extra innings in our first game,” Taylor Biehl, FHS head softball coach, said.
York provided a huge offense and defeated FHS 10-0 in the second game.
In the third game, Biehl noted that timing helped the Lady Jeffs crush Lakeview, 11-1.
“In the Lakeview game everyone contributed with timely hitting, solid defense and excellent base running,” Biehl said.

Trojans pull together for win at S-RC

MAKING THE CUT--Tri County rushing sensation Colby Ensz (No. 21) cuts up the field while TC senior quarterback Houston Parker helps the play unfold as the Trojans plays Shelby-Rising City on the road Friday night.(Photo by Tyler Ellyson/Columbus Telegram)
It was a game of critical timing and execution between Tri County and Shelby-Rising City on Oct. 2. Neither team wanted to give an inch and the game came down to the wire, with TC pulling out a 27-24 victory.
The Trojans had a big night on the ground, racking up 349 rushing yards, while S-RC had a big night in the air, earning 220 passing yards.
“Shelby did a nice job of eliminating many big plays for us,” Brett Scheiding, TC head football coach, said. “We chipped away offensively and came up with a couple of critical stops defensively when we needed them.”
Down 24-20 to start the fourth quarter, TC put the ball in the hands of their big-yardage player, Colby Ensz. Ensz would break off a 22-yard TD run with Steffen Hotes putting in the PAT to put the Trojans up 27-24 in the fourth quarter. The defense held the Huskies and the Trojans moved forward with a win. 

Jeffs Use Balanced Attack

HERE’s THE PITCH--Adsam Wasserman (No. 3) pitches the ball to Jacob Johnson during the opening half of the Fairbury versus Lincoln Lutheran game in Fairbury on Friday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/
It was an absolute and complete dominating win for Fairbury's football team Friday night.
The Jeffs absolutely controlled Lincoln Lutheran in Fairbury to come away with a 41-0 win.
Fairbury had 488 total yards with six touchdowns, holding the Warriors to just 128 total yards on the night.
The Jeffs defense was a wall that the Warriors could not penetrate, picking up 36 yards of rushing all night on 25 carries (1.44 yards per carry average). Conversely, Jacob Johnson of Fairbury averaged 8.2 yards per carry to out-rush the entire Lutheran team by 116 yards with 224 yards.
The Jeffs had 46 carries for 319 yards with Johnson attributing over 70 percent of those yards (27 carries, 224 yards, four touchdowns).