Meridian Netters Win Three Of Four Matches

Meridian’s Lady Mustangs volleyball team had a fine week on the court, winning three of four matches in a pair of road triangulars.
In their most recent triangular played Oct. 16 at Giltner, the Lady Mustangs came away with a split of their matches.
The Lady Mustangs had their eight match win streak ended in their first match losing, 21-25, 23-25 to Class D2 state-rated Giltner.
Ashli Soukup recorded the only two aces for the Lady Mustangs in the match while going 4-4 behind the service line.
Blair Hofstetter was the leading attacker for Meridian versus the Lady Hornets with 12 kills, while Allison Klipp chipped in four kills.
Erin Johnson handed out 18 of the 21 total assists for Meridian.
Meridian turned around and squared off against Cross County in its second match.
The Lady Mustangs came out victorious by scores of 25-12, 25-13.

Diller-Odell Splits Week’s Matches

Diller-Odell’s volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season in a pair of road matches played last week.
Thursday evening Oct. 16th,  the Lady Griffins lost in three sets to Pioneer Conference foe (16-7) Friend, 19-25, 21-25, 22-25.
In the match, the Lady Griffins served 92.1 percent from behind the service line.
Three servers, Theresa Zarybnicky, Katie Zarybnicky, and Katie Schultis were 100 percent behind the line  connecting on 7-7, 11-11, and 15-15 serves.
Madison Jurgens led the Lady Griffins with three aces, while Josie Vitosh added two aces.
As a team, Diller-Odell registered 28 kills paced by Madison Hajek with 12, while Jurgens put down 11.
Fifteen assists were passed out by Jurgens on 40-40 setting, and Josie Vitosh put up nine assists.
Schultis and Hajek paced the team on defense with five blocks apiece.

Lady Griffins Finish Third At Falls City Tourney

Diller-Odell’s volleyball team went 2-1 to place third out of eight teams Oct.11 at the Falls City Volleyball Tournament.
The Lady Griffins began tournament play with a 25-11, 25-10 win over Tri County.
Katie Schultis led Diller-Odell in points scored in the match with nine.
Diller-Odell recorded 15 ace serves in the match paced by Josie Vitosh, Madison Jurgens, and Schultis with four aces each.
Jurgens topped all Lady Griffin hitters with nine kills, and Madison Hajek contributed six kills.
Josie Vitosh handed out 14 assists on 27-28 setting.
Hajek had a team-high six blocks, while Josie Vitosh had a team-leading seven digs on defense.
With the win, Diller-Odell advanced to face Pawnee City in semi-final action.
The Lady Indians were victorious in three sets, 16-25, 25-23, 25-16.

Friend Takes Charge

In a key D1-4 District matchup Friday evening, undefeated (7-0) Friend benefited from a strong rushing attack to remain perfect on the season securing a 40-22 home win against Diller-Odell.
Each squad scored once in the first quarter with Diller-Odell’s touchdown resulting on a seven-yard pass from Brady McMurray to Stetson Meyer.
McMurray ran in the two-point conversion tying the game at 8.
The second quarter belonged to Friend, as the Bulldogs outscored Diller-Odell, 16-2 to open a 24-10 halftime lead.
Diller-Odell’s lone points came on a safety by Tyler Roberts tackling a ball carrier in the end zone.
Both of Friend’s touchdowns came through the air with strikes of eight and 46 yards from Emmett Beckler to Simon Sandberg.
In the third quarter, Friend continued to pile on the points outscoring the Griffins, 16-12.

TC Runners Conclude Season At District Meet

TRI COUNTY FRESHMAN ETHAN PAXTON keeps up a steady pace in the 5k race at last Thursday’s D-2 District Cross Country Meet run on the Hidden Hills Golf Course in Geneva. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Tri County took part in their final meet of the season last Thursday afternoon in the D-2 District Cross Country Meet run on the Hidden Hills Golf Course in Geneva.
Freshman Ethan Paxton and senior William Stokebrand ran the 5K race along with 70 other runners on a warm and pleasant day.
Paxton finished 68th out of 72 runners in a time of 23:41.5, and Stokebrand finished 71st crossing the finish line in a time of 25:05.0.
The top three teams on the boys side that qualified for the state cross country meet were district champion, Nebraska Christian with a score of 19 points, district runner-up Doniphan-Trumbull amassing 56 points, and Fillmore Central was third with a score of 63 points.
The top 15 individuals in the race qualify for the state cross country meet in Kearney on Oct. 24.
District medalist was Aquinas Catholic’s Elijah Frasher covering the course in a time of 16:54.85.

What A Crazy Postseason

Alright be honest how many people would have thought or believed that 110th World Series would have a matchup featuring the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals haven’t been to the postseason in 29 years, while the Giants look to win their eighth title in franchise history.
Kansas City is the first team ever to start a postseason winning eight straight games, while the Giants will be playing in their third World Series in five years.
The two teams are both wild card teams from their respective leagues. This is the first time since the 2002 World Series pitting the San Francisco Ginats against the Anaheim Angels that both teams were wild card teams. That series was won in seven games by the Angels.
The two squads played a three-game interleague series in Kansas City this past August with the Royals earning a sweep.

Exeter-Milligan Rolls Past Meridian

Top rated Class D-2 Exeter-Milligan got its engine on offense going right from the start, and Meridian had no answers for slowing down the Timberwolves.
The (7-0) Timberwolves struck for 32 first quarter points racing to a 62-13 district victory Friday night in Milligan.
Kyle Jensen scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Timberwolves on runs of 48 and 13 yards in the first quarter.
Sam Zeleny added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Derek Luzum, while Luzum closed out the scoring in the opening quarter for Exeter-Milligan returning an interception 30 yards for six points.
In the second quarter, Exeter-Milligan’s rushing attack continued to flourish accounting for three touchdowns on runs of five, 60, and 20 yards with two scores turned in by Dustin Axline.

Jeffs Can’t Stop Raymond Central Rushing Attack

It was one of those nights where Fairbury’s defense didn’t shine.
The Jeffs were gutted for 465 yards rushing by Raymond Central, as the Mustangs cruised to a 48-7 home district win Friday evening.
Fairbury Jeffs head football coach Derek Garfield remarked the team had a tough time stopping Raymond Central’s running game.
Fairbury’s lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by quarterback Adam Wasserman.
For the game, Raymond Central amassed 477 yards of offense, while Fairbury chalked up 156 yards of total offense.
Jacob Johnson paced all rushers for the Jeffs with 96 yards on 19 carries.

TC Seniors Victorious In Home Finale

Tri County counted on a stellar ball control game to earn a 34-14 district victory played Friday night on Trojan Field against Thayer Central.
Both squads came into the game with one win in district play.
Tri County came ready to play relying on a potent rushing attack to wear down Thayer Central’s defense.
Midway through the first quarter, Tri County took the ball and marched down field finishing off the six-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Cooper Smith.
Keldon Barr followed up with the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead.
Tri County’s lead didn’t last but :11 seconds, as on the ensuing kickoff Robert Dodes returned the kick 83 yards for a touchdown.
Preston Brinegar booted the PAT kick tying the game at 7.
Tri County’s second touchdown of the opening quarter came after Shane Jiskra recovered a Thayer Central fumble at midfield.

Lady Jeffs Head To State

STATE CROSS COUNTRY QUALIFIERS Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs cross country team for the second straight year qualified to compete this week in the NSAA State Cross Country Championships in Kearney. State qualifiers include front (l-r) MaKayla Fletcher, Lilibeth Estrada, Hannah Yantz, Shaye Stall, and Anna Schouboe. Back (l-r) Head coach Kristi Peterson, assistant coach Tyler Weatherholt, and assistant coach Mary Jantz. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

It turned out to be a spectacular day for the Fairbury Lady Jeffs cross country team at last Thursday’s C-3 District Cross Country Meet held on the Elks golf course in Hastings.
The Lady Jeffs came through with a strong showing with four individual district medalists in the top 15.
As a result, Fairbury finished in third place overall qualifying for this week’s NSAA State Cross Country Championship.
Adams Central won the district title with a score of 27 points, Ord was runner-up with 29 points, and Fairbury tallied 42 points to claim third.
Sophomore Shaye Stall led the parade of medalists for the Lady Jeffs finishing ninth in the 5 k run in a time of 22:13.03.
Lilibeth Estrada placed 10th out of 43 runners posting a time of 22:14.51, Anna Schouboe was 11th at 22:37.02, and Hannah Yantz finished 13th with a time of 22:58.19.
MaKayla Fletcher placed 22nd overall in a time of 24:34.12.