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Lady Mustangs Season Ends In Subdistricts

These two teams know each other quite well.

For the fourth time this season, the Meridian Lady Mustangs took to the court to face Exeter-Milligan.

The Lady Timberwolves held off the Lady Mustangs 54-49 in semifinal action Feb. 18 in the D2-2 Girls Subdistrict Basketball Tournament at Wilber-Clatonia High School.

Exeter-Milligan earned three earlier victories against Meridian 51-36 in the title game of the Class B MUDECAS Girls Basketball Tournament played at the Beatrice City Auditorium 44-41 played Jan. 21 at Meridian High School and Jan. 28, 51-41 in the Crossroads Conference Girls Basketball Tournament held at the York City Auditorium.

Exeter-Milligan the second seed in the tournament rode the scoring of Maitlyn Thomsen and Amber Pribyl in the first quarter to grab a 12-11 lead after eight minutes of play.

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Focused Play Powers Lady Jeffs to Subdistrict Crown

Strong play on both sides of the ball propelled the Fairbury Lady Jeffs to pair of double-digit victories in the C1-5 Subdistrict Girls Basketball Tournament played Feb. 18 and 20 at Seward High School.

Potent first and third quarters of offense allowed the Lady Jeffs to dispose of Milford 56-25 in semifinal action last Tuesday evening.

Fairbury struck for 15 first-quarter points sparked by seven points scored by Paige Husa.

After a fairly evenly played second quarter Fairbury left the court at half with a 23-13 lead.

Paced by the one-two scoring punch of Husa with 12 points and Shelby Pollman with six points, the Lady Jeffs dominated the third quarter outscoring Milford 18-5.

The Lady Jeffs continued its stellar play outscoring the Lady Eagles 15-7 in the fourth quarter.

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Trojans Go Winless At State

Tri Countys three state wrestling qualifiers didnt have the start they were looking for at this past weekends NSAA State Wrestling Championships held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Junior Kasey Mullen competing in the Class D 113-pound weight class went 0-2.

Mullen lost his first round match by technical fall 17-2 to South Loups Dillon Michael.

In first round consolations on Friday, Mullen lost by pin in 2:17 to Randolphs James Oelrich.

Ryan Legg, a 120-pound junior went winless in his two matches.

Legg lost by decision 7-6 to Mckway Scott of Arcadia-Loup City in his Class D first round match.

North Platte St. Patricks Nate Chrisman defeated Legg by pin in 2:20 in the first round consolations.

Senior Efrain Palacios finished out his Trojans career being dealt a pair of losses.

Palacios lost his first round match in the Class D 170-pound weight class by pin in 5:43 to Scribner-Snyders Troy Ebel.

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Falls City Runs Past Jeffs

Class C-1 state-rated Falls City used a run and jump press to create havoc for Fairburys ball handlers in the final regular season game for both teams played Friday night on the Tigers home floor.

As a result, the Jeffs committed more turnovers than had shot attempts in the first half and were handed a 68-29 loss.

Seven different players scored for Falls City in the opening quarter as the (21-2) Tigers raced out to a 23-7 lead.

Mitchell Harling, Jack Hartman and Weston Witt each tallied five points in the first quarter for Falls City.

Falls Citys offense didnt slow down in the second quarter notching 19 points while its defense limited Fairbury to seven points.

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Lady Griffins Win In Subdistricts

Diller-Odell showed its worthiness for being the number one seed in the D2-2 Subdistrict Girls Basketball Tournament by posting a pair of convincing wins over Hampton and Exeter-Milligan.

In semifinal play last Tuesday, the Lady Griffins defeated Hampton 68-45.

Diller-Odell benefited from strong play in the paint to open a 38-19 halftime lead.

Following an evenly played third quarter, Diller-Odell wore out Hampton with a 15-8 scoring output in the fourth quarter.

This was the first time in my coaching career that we have faced Hampton, Diller-Odell Lady Griffins coach John Mohr said. I was pleased with how we played in the paint in the first half. The girls shot the ball really well hitting 29 two-point field goals. I thought the players were really focused in the game.

Mohr added, By playing 10 girls in the game we were able to wear Hampton out in the fourth quarter, and came away with a comfortable win.

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Parkview Christian Slips Past Griffins

Photo caption: These Photos Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Diller-Odells 61 junior Austin Vitosh flies to the net for a hard-fought basket against Parkview Christians Dan Ngoyi.Vitosh scored nine points in that game while the Griffins were led in scoring by Brady McMurray with 13 points in the narrow 49-44 loss against the ranked Parkview Patriots.

In a tightly played game, Lincoln Parkview Christian held off Diller-Odell 49-44 Friday night in the Griffins home finale.

The Class D-2 state-rated Patriots withstood a fourth quarter rally by the Griffins to improve to 14-7 on the season.

Parkview Christian held a slim 7-6 lead after one quarter of play.

Scoring heated up for both teams in the second quarter, as the two squads combined for 32 points.

At halftime the Patriots clung to a 24-21 lead.

Both squads offenses continued to shine in the third quarter with Parkview Christian outscoring Diller-Odell narrowly 17-14.

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Three Mustangs Medal at State Wrestling Championships

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsBRANDON JACKSON, center, OF MERIDIAN became a two-time state medalist finishing second in the Class D 170-pound weight class. Jackson lost in the finals by decision, 5-1 to Palmers Kordell Glause.

It has been a long time coming.

For the first time since the late 1980s the Meridian Mustangs wrestling team has a trio of state medalists.

Meridian qualified four wrestlers to the NSAA State Wrestling Championships held last weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Brandon Jackson, a junior earned his second straight state medal by finishing runner-up in the Class D 170-pound weight class with a three-day record of 3-1.

Senior Riley Noel placed third in the Class D 182-pound weight class recording a mark of 4-1.

Senior Bryce Schweer earned the sixth place medal in the Class D 220-pound weight class posting a record of 3-3.

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Fletcher Completes Quest For State Medal

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsJONATHAN FLETCHER, LEFT, OF FAIRBURY turned in a 4-2 record on the mats on his way to placing fifth in the Class B 113-pound weight class at the NSAA State Wrestling Championships.

Fairbury senior Jonathan Fletcher capped off an impressive career by winning a medal at last weekends NSAA State Wrestling Championships at Omahas CenturyLink Center.

Fletcher turned in a mark of 4-2 en route to winning the fifth place medal in the Class B 113-pound weight class.

Entering his consolation semifinals on Saturday morning, Fletcher had a mark of 3-1 in the state tournament.

In the consolation semifinals, Fletcher lost by pin in 48 seconds to Zach Prall of Plattsmouth.

With the loss, Fletcher wrestled in the fifth place match at 113 pounds.

Jonathan concluded his high school career on a winning note earning a 6-4 decision over Nebraska Citys Jordan Moyer.

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Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Applications Sought

Omaha The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation is now accepting applications for the Ak-Sar-Ben Community College Scholarship. The scholarships are funded by Ak-Sar-Ben Friends, a membership base who promote and support the goals and mission of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation.

Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals attending community colleges in Nebraska and Western Iowa. The scholarships are intended to reward outstanding students who need financial assistance to realize their full potential.

Applications can be obtained on the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben website at http://aksarben.org and must be submitted to the Ak-Sar-Ben Offices no later than April 1, 2014.

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation was founded in 1895 to leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.

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Rose Enters Not Guilty Plea to Rape

Tracy Rose pleaded not guilty Feb. 20 in Jefferson County District Court on five counts including charges of first-degree forcible sexual assault, strangulation, false imprisonment, felony child abuse anddomestic assault. On just the first-degree forcible sexual assault charge, a class II felony, Rose could serve1-50 years imprisonment. He remains in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail as he appeared in court wearing handcuffs and shackles. A three-day jury trial was scheduled in this case to begin July 9 and a status hearing will take place May 15. Rose asked for a bond review, which is currently at $500,000/10-percent cash. After careful study of Roses file, Judge Paul Korslund denied a motion to reduce his bond.

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