Meridian Dealt Tough Road Loss At Lawrence

Lawrence-Nelson capitalized on a stellar rushing attack to account for eight of the team's nine touchdowns, while its defense limited Meridian to only 60 yards of offense resulting in the Raiders handing the Mustangs a 68-0 road loss Friday night at Lawrence.
At halftime, Lawrence-Nelson held a 38-0 lead.
Lawrence-Nelson rolled up 446 yards of total offense in the game, including 390 yards rushing.
Baxter Beals was Meridian's leading rusher with 27 yards, while Micah Noel totaled 21 yards rushing.
Defensively for Meridian, Rasclyn Griffin was the team's top tackler with 12, Garrett Klipp was in on eight stops, and Carlos Dimas had six tackles.
“Our kids played hard and never quit. We finished the game with only nine players, five of which are freshmen,”said Mustangs coach Clint Jones.
“Our young kids are working hard to improve, but its been a tough schedule,”replied Jones.

Tri County Finishes With Fifth Place At Falls City

Tri County improved its season record to 8-10 by winning two matches at Saturday's eight-team Falls City Volleyball Tournament.
In its opening match, the Lady Trojans lost to eventual tourney champion Sidney, Iowa in two sets, 15-25, 10-25.
Senior Josie Weise was Tri County's leading attacker in the match with six kills, as the team had 12 total kills.
Delaney Uher and Sloane Holtmeier were both 5-5 serving for Tri County from behind the service line.
Holtmeier put up nine assists on 49-50 setting for Tri County.
With its loss, Tri County regrouped and defeated Falls City by scores of 25-22, 25-23 in loser's bracket action.
Madison Freese hammered down six kills to pace Tri County's attackers, and Miranda Vogt contributed five kills.
Tri County, as a team chalked up seven aces led by Holtmeier with four.

Burkley Leads Lady Jeffs At Conference

Fairbury brought home one medal from last Thursday's Central Conference Cross Country Meet run on Central City's Valley View Country Club golf course.
Sophomore Emily Burkley placed 10th in the girls 5,000 meter run posting a time of 21:23.62.
Fairbury finished fifth in the final team standings tallying a score of 75 points.
Additional varsity runners were Lilibeth Estrada, 19th, 22:16.67, Shaye Stall, 20th, 22:23.81, Halle Knigge, 26th, 22:52.73, Autumn Branson, 34th, 23:35.33, and Anna Schouboe, 39th at 23:50.03.
On the boys side, Fairbury had no conference medalists and placed ninth in the team standings with a score of 157 points.
Garret Ragland led the way for the Jeffs finishing 27th at 18:15.71, Dalton Buxton, 40th, 19:24.13, Donovan Waldrep, 41st, 19:26.98, Devin Holliday, 49th, 19:53.92, Seth Hart, 51st, 20:10.44. 

Setting It Up

Fairbury Senior Paige Patton sets up a play at the net during varsity volleyball action on Oct. 6 in Wymore. The Lady Jeffs went down swinging to Southern, 25-12, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15. On Oct. 8 the Lady Jeffs lost to Seward 25-4, 25-5 and to Schuyler 25-9 and 25-16. On Oct. 10 the Lady Jeffs were defeated by Diller-Odell, 25-11, 25-9; Pawnee City, 25-2, 25-15 and Falls City, 25-10, 25-17. The Lady Jeffs are slated to face Central City on Saturday. (Photo by Dale Crawford, Wymore Arbor State)

Griffins Pick Up Easy Win

After being sidetracked in a loss last week to BDS, Diller-Odell got back on the winning track with a 42-12 road win Friday evening over Nebraska Lutheran.
Diller-Odell took charge of the game in the first quarter scoring a pair of touchdowns on an eight-yard run by Tybor Smith followed up by a 37-yard pass for six points from Christian McCown to Peyton Mohr.
Shane Sutton was successful with both PAT kicks increasing the Griffins' lead to 14-0.
Bladen Ahl crossed the goal line for Diller-Odell's lone touchdown of the second quarter on a 23-yard pass from McCown upping its advantage to 21-0 at half.
The two teams combined for 20 third quarter points with Diller-Odell's touchdowns scored on a 61-yard interception return from Reese Hennerberg and Ahl on a one-yard run.
Smith accounted for the Griffins' final touchdown in the fourth quarter off a 12-yard run.

Lady Griffins Keep Up Winning Pace, Third At Falls City

It wasn't pretty at times, but Diller-Odell came away with a pair of wins to finish third at Saturday's eight-team Falls City Volleyball Tournament.
The Lady Griffins playing shorthanded earned wins against Fairbury and Palmyra.
In its first match, Diller-Odell beat Fairbury, 25-11, 25-9.
Katie Schultis led all Lady Griffin attackers with six kills, and she had a team-high 11 digs on defense.
As a team, Diller-Odell racked up 14 aces paced by Kirsten Bures and Hayley Denner with four aces each.
Bailey Schroeder had nine of the team's 13 assists.
Sterling defeated Diller-Odell in semi-final action in straight sets, 25-17, 25-21.
Paige Vitosh and Schultis were 1-2 in kills with seven and five, respectively.
On defense, Schultis led the squad with nine digs, while Theresa Zarybnicky and Schroeder each had eight digs.

Mustangs Pick Up Pair Of Road Wins At Deshler

Last Thursday evening, Oct. 8, Meridian picked up a pair of road victories over Friend and Deshler in action at Deshler.
In its first match, the Lady Mustangs won 25-21, 25-15 against Friend.
Rylee Pieper led all Meridian attackers with 13 kills.
Erin Johnson’s four aces paced Meridian’s servers in the match, as she was 23-24 serving overall.
Johnson had out 23 assists.
Meridian followed up closing out the triangular with a 25-7, 25-18 victory versus Deshler.
Pieper and Allison Klipp were the top two attackers for the Lady Mustangs with eight and six kills.
Fifteen assists were put up by Johnson. Lauren DeLord led Meridian on defense with three blocks, while Klipp had a team-high 13 digs, and Bridgette Jackson added eight digs.
Meridian went 1-1 in a home triangular played Oct. 6. The Lady Mustangs opened with a 25-9, 25-10 win over High Plains.

Trojans Victorious In Thrilling OT Game

FOR THE WIN--Tri County kicker Steffen Hotes boots the game-winning PAT in overtime to give the Trojans a 28-27 win over Fillmore Central. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Friday evening, Tri County maintained its composure and answered the bell when they needed to.
Tri County overcame a 13-7 halftime deficit on its home field with some key stops in the fourth quarter and came away with a gutty 28-27 overtime win against Fillmore Central.
In a battle between a pair of 3-3 district teams, Tri County relied on a 14-point third quarter and a rock-solid defense in the fourth quarter to send the contest in to overtime.
Tri County put points on the board first off a two-yard run for a touchdown by Shane Jiskra. Steffen Hotes booted the PAT kick tying the game at 7.
The Panthers broke the deadlock, as Cody Whitehead broke loose on a 61-yard sprint to the end zone.
Fillmore Central’s PAT kick was no good allowing the visitors to head to halftime with a 13-7 lead.

One Win Away

READY TO RUN--Tara Schroeder of Fairbury, looks to the plate as she makes herself ready to advance to second during action in game one of the C-4 District Championship between Fairbury and Milford played Friday afternoon in Geneva. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
A young Fairbury Lady Jeffs softball team played hard and confident for most of its games last Thursday and Friday in the District C-4 Softball Tournament held at the Geneva Sports Complex.
Fairbury, the fourth seed, opened play Thursday morning edging Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan in extra innings, 8-7.
Fairbury rallied in the bottom of the eighth scoring three runs for the win highlighted by an RBI double by Sarah McCown, a RBI triple from Sydney Miller, with the winning run scoring on infield error.
Picking up hits for Fairbury were Shumard, single, Schmidt, triple, Macy Ohlde, two singles, Destini Warnke, triple, McCown, single, double and Sydney Miller tripled.
Delaney Miller earned the pitching win allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings.
With the win, Fairbury advanced to play top seed Milford Thursday afternoon, winning 3-2.

Baby Steps

Having a baby around our house again has reminded me of the ability of small milestones to lead to much larger ones. The first time your baby smiles, the first rollover, first teeth, etc., all lead to something bigger just down the road. Smiles lead to coos and baby talk, which leads to first words, onto talking. Rolling over leads to army crawling, leads to crawling, leads to not being able to leave anything on the floor or within 24 inches on the walls, or it will end up in baby’s mouth.