Meridian Outscores Red Cloud In Flurry Of Offense

The Meridian Mustangs opened D2-3district play Friday evening by handing Red Cloud its first loss of the season.
Both team’s generated over 300 yards of total offense, including Meridian out-gaining Red Cloud on the ground, 269-220 yards.
Senior I-back Brandon Jackson rushed for five touchdowns and added a kickoff return, as the Mustangs improved to 3-1 on the season with a 51-28 home win.
Meridian shot out to a 20-0 first quarter lead off a pair of four-yard touchdown runs by Jackson, and a 53-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ty Brakhage.
With their offense in high gear, the Mustangs racked up a trio of touchdowns in the second quarter.
Brakhage kicked off the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Nolte with 10:41 on the clock.
Jackson accounted for touchdown runs of three and 29-yard stretching Meridian’s advantage to 39-0 at half.

State-Rated Malcolm Passes, Runs Over Tri County

Malcolm struck for three first quarter touchdowns on a mix of run and pass powering its way to a 49-6 district home win Friday night against Tri County.
Malcolm drew first blood scoring on a 74-yard touchdown run by Austin Bridges.
Bridges then went to the air tossing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tucker McHugh, and a 53-yard strike to White.
The (5-0) Clippers added a pair of second quarter touchdowns on a 36-yard pass from Bridges to McHugh, and a 33-yard run by Bridges increasing Malcolm’s halftime lead to 35-0.
Malcolm scored once in the third quarter on a 52-yard run by Holka upping its lead to 41-0.
Both teams scored in the fourth quarter with Wyatt Kowalski scoring Tri County’s lone touchdown on a 54-yard run.
Mandery accounted for the Clippers final score on a 14-yard run.

Five FHS Runners Medal At Thayer Central Invite

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE GARRET RAGLAND keeps up his pace as runs the 5K course last Thursday at the Randall Smith Invite held on the Hebron Country Club golf course. Ragland was the top medalist for the Jeffs placing 12th out of 61 runners. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-New
On a warm day to run, Fairbury had five runners bring home medals from the Randall Smith Invite held last Thursday afternoon on the Hebron Country Club golf course.
The Lady Jeffs had a trio of top 20 medalists which helped the team place fourth overall with a team score of 52 points.
Hastings St. Cecilia topped Thayer Central by 12 points, 27-39 to win the girls team championship.
Sophomore Shaye Stall led the parade of medalists for the Lady Jeffs placing eighth out of 46 runners in a time of 22:57.3, Lilibeth Estrada was 10th posting a time of 23:03.8, and Hannah Yantz finished 13th with a time of 23:23.6.
Makayla Fletcher turned in a time of 27:52.4 to place 29th.
On the boys side, Fairbury a pair of top 20 medalists.
Sophomore Garret Ragland finished 12th out of a field of 61 runners covering the 5K run in a time of 19:17.6, and Jonathan Engelman placed 19th recording a time of 20:05.4.

Lady Griffins Sweep Tri County Improve To 8-3

TRI COUNTY BLOCKERS SLOANE HOLTMEIER, No. 5 and JOSIE WEISE jump high at the net for a block attempt of Diller-Odell’s Madison Jurgens, No. 4, attack in action last Thursday played on the Lady Trojans’ home court. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
In the first meeting between the two teams Class D-1 state-rated Diller-Odell swept Tri County last Thursday on the Lady Trojans’ home court.
The Lady Griffins picked up a 25-13, 25-13, 25-13 victory.
Diller-Odell wasted no time in racing out to a 5-1 lead in the first set.
Tri County clawed back to within four points, 8-4 off an ace serve Sloane Holtmeier.
After that Diller-Odell pieced together a 5-0 run highlighted by kills from Madison Hajek and Paige Vitosh.
Kills by Madison Jurgens sandwiched in between an ace serve by Josie Vitosh bumped Diller-Odell’s lead to 19-7.
An ace serve by Tri County’s Delaney Uher and a hitting error on the Lady Griffins drew the Lady Trojans’ within 12 points, 24-12.
Katie Zarybnicky gave the first set to the Lady Griffins off a kill.

Diller-Odell Overpowers Pawnee City

DILLER-ODELL SENIOR ELY HROCH No. 27, runs through a tackle of a Pawnee City defender on a carry in Friday’s 58-16 homecoming win over the Indians. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Diller-Odell’s football team rolled through and over Pawnee City in a 58-16 district opener for both teams played Friday evening on the Griffins’ home field in Diller.
The Griffins wasted little time in taking control as on their second play on offense senior running back Marcus Eickmann broke loose on a 58-yard touchdown run.
Austin Vitosh ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Diller-Odell went with an onside kick and caught Pawnee City of guard recovering the ball at the Indians’ 38-yard line.
The gamble paided off, as senior Brady McMurray booted a 27-yard field goal upping Diller-Odell’s lead with 10:09 in the first quarter to 11-0.
Capitalizing off a Pawnee City turnover, Diller-Odell hit paydirt with Vitosh scoring on a two-yard touchdown run.

Fairbury Linksters Shoot Season’s Best Team Score

On a near perfect day to play golf, Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs golf team shot its best team score of the season at last Thursday’s Lincoln Pius X Invite played on the Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.
The Lady Jeffs carded their best team score of the year with a total of 506.
Lincoln Lutheran won the team title over Omaha Duchesne in a play-off.
Both teams tied for first with scores of 387.
FHS senior Shyanne Adams medaled for the third straight meet earning the 12th place medal shooting an 18-hole score of 102.
Additional scores by the Lady Jeffs were Madison Black, 66-64-130, Bethanie Schacht, 67-67-134, and Ashley Griffee, 71-69-140.

Fairbury Plays Complete Game Versus Southern

Playing one of its best complete games of the season, the Fairbury/Thayer Central Lady Jeffs softball team pushed Class C state-rated Southern on their home diamond last Thursday.
The Lady Jeffs trailed Southern, 4-3 after four innings, before the Lady Raiders stretched out a pair of late runs to defeat the Lady Jeffs, 6-3.
This was the Lady Jeffs first game played since Sept. 16 at Seward, due to weather which cancelled a road game Sept. 23 against Auburn.
Southern with a record of 16-2 jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.
The Lady Jeffs fought back scoring three runs in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Southern pushed across two runs to conclude the scoring in the game.
Fairbury/Thayer Central coach Taylor Biehl was pleased with how the team played and responded against a state-rated opponent.

Turnovers Doom Fairbury In Loss To Milford-Dorchester

FAIRBURY DEFENSE IN PURSUIT-- a group of Fairbury defenders try to catch a Milford-Dorchester ball carrier in first half action last Friday evening in the first district game of the season for the Jeffs. Fairbury playing on their home field came up short to the Eagles, 47-7. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
It is hard win when you turn the football over numerous times.
That was the case Friday evening, as Fairbury committed five turnovers which led to a 47-7 homecoming loss to Milford-Dorchester.
Friday’s game was the first district contest for both the Jeffs and Eagles in the C1-5 District.
Milford-Dorchester opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run by Carritt with 5:25 remaining the first quarter.
In a span of :57 seconds late in the opening quarter, the Eagles tallied two additional touchdowns.
The second touchdown was scored on an interception return by Policky giving the Eagles a 21-0 lead after 12 minutes of action.
Milford-Dorchester added to its lead with a 15-yard touchdown run by Carritt with 10:17 remaining in the first half.
Fairbury gained a bit of momentum, as Dalton Hinrichs hooked up with Nate Klaumann on a 33-yard touchdown throw.

The State Is Set

The Stage 
Is Set
The six-month regular season is complete, and now the fun begins in Major League Baseball.
Thirty teams began the season with a goal of reaching the post-season.
However ten teams overcame injuries, and worked their way through the regular season to have a shot at playing baseball in October.
The goal for these ten teams is to advance and win the World Series which begins Oct. 21.
There are five teams that qualified for American League Playoffs and five teams that will do battle in the National League Playoffs.
The American League Wild Card Game will pit the Oakland Athletics against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sept. 30th.
The winner advances to face the West Division Champion Los Angeles Angels in the American League Division Series which is a best of five.

Oct. 1

Smoking Parlor in 1905, located between E & F on Fourth St. later was McLaurin’s Shoe Shop. Contributed Photo
120 Years Ago 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
Fairbury merchants agreed to close part of two days, Oct. 22 and 26 for speeches by rival U.S. senator candidates, Bryan and Thurston. The Journal published a supplement telling of Bryan’s “rousing” speech to 2,000 people.
“A novel invention” was a “device for cooking by electricity.”
110 Years Ago 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
C.W. Bartlett of Lincoln became Fairbury Telephone Co. Manager.
Hugo and Theo R. Weichel of Plymouth sold the patent on a cornhusker for $10,000 and 10 percent of the sales.
District No. 62 pupils cited by Florence King, teacher, were Emma and Willie Busing, Emily and Ira Fairley and Edith, Josie and Teresa Cole. The school was seven miles north and two east of Fairbury.
100 Years Ago 1914