Dorchester Slides Past Meridian In OT

Dorchester used an 8-5 scoring advantage in overtime to slip past Meridian, 56-53 on Saturday in first-round play in the Crossroads Conference Boys Basketball Tournament held at the York City Auditorium.
The Longhorns held a 33-19 lead on Meridian at half only to have the Mustangs rally outscoring Dorchester, 29-15 in the second half.
Jake VanWesten hit a game-tying basket for Meridian with seven seconds left in regulation sending the game to overtime tied at 48.
In the four-minute overtime, Dorchester was able to claim the victory relying on the scoring of Anthony Cordova and Tim Havlat to seal the win.
Meridian (2-15) was paced in scoring by Ty Brakhage with 15 points, Michael Groves and VanWesten, 10 points each, Cesar Nunez, nine points, Dylan Brown, five points, and Tyler Nolte chalked up four points.

Third Quarter Run Elevates Sutton Past Fairbury

Big things have small beginnings.
Holding a one-point lead starting the third quarter, Sutton got on 9-0 run helped by five straight empty possessions by Fairbury.
As result the Mustangs bumped their lead to double digits enroute to a 42-30 win last Thursday against the Jeffs on their home court.
The game was tale of two halves for both squads.
Fairbury began the game with a productive start building a 9-5 lead paced by the scoring of five players.
In the second quarter, the Jeffs shot out to their largest lead of the game at 14-5 capped off by a two-point hoop by Cody Huss.
With under :25 seconds in the first half, Sutton pieced together two straight plays including two free throws from Garrett Clark, and a two-point basket by Nicholas Hohensee to open a 17-14 cushion.
A last-second layup by Brett Wanamaker drew Fairbury within a point, 17-16 at half.

Sutton Wins Over Lady Jeffs

In a game where both teams played hard and gave everything they had, Sutton senior Delaney Lemkau drained a last-second game-winning basket lifting the Class C-2 state-rated Lady Fillies to a 44-42 win over Fairbury played Thursday night on the Lady Jeffs’ home floor.
The Lady Jeffs built a 14-6 lead on Sutton after one quarter, sparked by by the scoring of Tiffani Bonsal, Shelby Pollman, and Josey Zabokrtsky each with three points.
In a back-and-forth second quarter, Sutton scored the last five points to seize a 20-18 lead at half.
Midway through the third quarter, Fairbury took its largest lead of 28-24 behind two free throws by Halle Knigge and a two-point hoop from Sidney Pollman.
Advancing to the fourth quarter, Fairbury maintained a 30-28 advantage.
The fourth quarter featured seven lead changes and four ties with final deadlock at 42-all with 1:31 left in the game.

Lady Griffins Blast Southern, Griffins Squeeze By Raiders

FAIRBURY SENIOR SIDNEY POLLMAN, No. 32, releases a jump shot over the out stretched hand of a Sutton defender in last Thursday’s home contest against the Class C-2 state-rated Lady Fillies. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Spearheaded by a potent offense and smothering defense, Diller-Odell stormed past Southern, 58-28 in girls action played last Tuesday at Diller-Odell High School.
Diller-Odell took command in the opening quarter soaring out to a 15-4 lead.
The Lady Griffins’ aggressive offense and defense didn’t let up in the second quarter sparking the home team to limit the Lady Raiders’ to single digit scoring for the second straight quarter.
At halftime, Diller-Odell maintained a 32-9 lead.
For the third consecutive quarter, Diller-Odell’s strong defense held the Lady Raiders’ offense to single digits leaving the Lady Griffins in the driver’s seat at 46-18 advancing to the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, Diller-Odell outscored Southern, 12-10 to close out the 30-point victory.

Lady Jeffs, Jeffs Fall Against York

Both the Fairbury Lady Jeffs and Jeffs came up on the short end of the scoreboard dropping a pair of  Central Conference road games Friday night at York.
A good first quarter of play went by the wayside for the Lady Jeffs, as the Class B state-rated Lady Dukes (12-2) came away with a 65-41 win.
Tiffani Bonsal topped the Lady Jeffs (9-7) with 15 points, Shelby Pollman, nine points, Halle Knigge and Sidney Pollman, five points each, Regan Schmidt, three points, while Sydney Miller and Josey Zabokrtsky scored two points apiece.
One bad quarter for Fairbury proved costly for the Jeffs in their 65-42 loss against the Dukes.
At halftime, Fairbury trailed, 32-23, but were limited to just eight third quarter points, as the game got away from the Jeffs.
The other three quarters, Fairbury tallied double digit scoring.

Cagers Come Up Short

It was a night where shots didn’t fall in Meridian’s favor.
The Lady Mustangs and Mustangs dropped a pair of Crossroads Conference games last Tuesday night versus Exeter-Milligan played on the Timberwolves home floor in Exeter.
In the girls game, the Lady Timberwolves shot out to a double digit first quarter lead and maintained control the rest of the game posting a 54-34 victory over the Lady Mustangs.
Exeter-Milligan rode the scoring of Sydney Hall netting eight first quarter points to grab a 20-10 lead.
Marissa Howard tallied seven second quarter points helping the Lady Timberwolves stretch their margin to 31-16 at half.
Meridian outscored Exeter-Milligan, 10-8 in the third quarter, but still trailed, 39-26 heading to the fourth quarter.
Exeter-Milligan did the majority of its damage in the final quarter at the free throw sinking 8-10 free throws to seal the win.

Super Bowl Trivia

If you are a true football fan this is your ultimate weekend with Super Bowl XLIX taking place on Sunday Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
If the Seattle Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl champions, they would be the first team to do so since 2005.
The last repeat champion was the New England Patriots.
In the battle between these No. 1 seeds the outcome may simple come down to Tom Brady’s passing versus Marshawn Lynch’s running.
The Patriots are 9-1 when Brady throws two or more touchdowns. The Seahawks are 8-0 when Lynch rushes for a touchdown.
For you football experts here are a few Super Bowl trivia tidbits that you can stretch you head over as you ponder the answers.
What team was the first to win five Super Bowls ?
Who are the only two teams to score 50 points in a single Super Bowl ?

Meridian Cagers Win Twice

Meridian’s Lady Mustangs and Mustangs earned a pair of home wins Friday versus Crossroads Conference rival Hampton.
In the opener, the Lady Mustangs defeated Class D-2 state-rated Hampton (13-2) by a score of 56-44.
Meridian outscored the Lady Hawks in each quarter, including by six points, 18-12 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Lady Mustangs led, 38-32 heading to the pivotal fourth quarter where Blair Hofstetter, Mikayla Schafer, and Ashli Soukup combined to score 16 of the squad’s 18 points.
Hofstetter topped the Lady Mustangs (8-8) with a double-double scoring 23 points and pulling down 16 rebounds, Schafer and Allison Klipp, eight points apiece, Erin Johnson, seven points, and Bridgette Jackson and Soukup tallied five points each.
A strong third quarter of play helped Meridian put an end to a 13-game losing streak in the boys game.

Jeffs Drop Conference Opener

Holdrege had the hot hand in the first half and that start helped propel the Dusters to a 75-59 win Monday evening over Fairbury in the opening round of the Central Conference Boys Basketball Tournament played on the Dusters’ home court.
Holdrege opened a 26-17 first quarter lead, and then stretched the lead to 49-29 at half.
In the second half, Fairbury created some turnovers in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 12 points, but the squad could get no closer.
The 59 points scored by Fairbury is its highest scoring output of the season.
Fairbury Jeffs head basketball coach Justin Harris was pleased with how the team stepped up its play.

Fairbury Dominates In Winning Thayer Central Invite

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE PATRICK ONDRAK locks up with Meridian’s Triston Voight in their semifinal match in the 170-pound weight class at Friday’s Thayer Central Invite. Ondrak came out victorious by technical fall, 22-7 over Voight. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Spearheaded by 10 medalists, including five individual champions, Fairbury grappled with 10 other schools to finish as team champions at Friday’s Thayer Central Invitational in Hebron.
Fairbury amassed 196.50 points to easily outdistance runner-up Fillmore Central by 60 points.
Meridian finished eighth in the 11-team field, scoring 63 points.
Individual champions for the Jeffs were Logan Slater, 120 pounds (3-0), Anthony Moyer, 132 pounds (4-0), Damian Green, 145 pounds (3-0), Jacob Johnson, 160 pounds (3-0), and Patrick Ondrak, 170 pounds (4-0).
Second place medalists included Austin Barnts, 113 pounds, Dalton Meyer, 126 pounds, Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds, and Paul Mach, 285 pounds.
Keyten Pfingsten placed fourth at 126 pounds with a record of 2-2.
Meridian competed a bit short handed with just six wrestlers in the line up.