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Diller-Odell Boys, Girls Win Opening Conference Games

Diller-Odells basketball teams put together dominating performances which resulted in a pair of first-round wins Feb. 3 in the Pioneer Conference Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Griffins got revenge on Southern for an earlier regular season loss.

Diller-Odell benefited from a strong fourth quarter of play to take down the Lady Raiders 46-33 in the opening round play at Johnson-Brock High School.

Southern defeated Diller-Odell on its home court Jan. 21 by a score of 46-33.

Both squads battled hard in the opening quarter finishing the quarter deadlocked at 10.

In the second quarter, both teams matched each other point for point.

Late in the quarter, Southern maintained a 20-18 lead before the Lady Griffins Madison Jurgens tallied three straight points to give Diller-Odell a 21-20 advantage at half.

Diller-Odell outscored Southern 8-6 in the third quarter to expand its lead to 29-26 heading to the fourth quarter.

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Holton Harman Wins Hoop Shoot

Holton Harman competed in the District Elks Hoop Shoot in Lincoln, after placing first in the Fairbury Elks Hoop Shoot on Dec. 28.

Harman placed first in his age division at District Hoop Shoot on Jan. 25 by sinking 22 out of 25 free throws.

The District Hoop Shoot win allows Harman to advance to the Elks State Hoop Shoot in York.

State winners advance to one of 12 multi state Regional Hoop Shoot contests for the chance to compete in the National Finals held in Springfield, Mass.

Holton, is the son of Hunter and Sheila Harman of Lincoln. He is a three-time National finalist.

Over the past three years he has twice finished eighth and last year he returned to Nebraska with the third place trophy.

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Tri County Conference Game Much Closer Than It Appears

Sometimes scores of games are misleading.

That was the case for the Tri County Lady Trojans in its first-round contest versus Milford in the Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament Feb. 3 at Milford High School.

The (8-9) Lady Eagles used a 7-0 run at the start of the third quarter to take command and earn a 44-28 victory over Tri County.

Tri County Lady Trojans coach Bryce Simpson believed his team played one of its best halves of basketball on the season and that the final score of the game wasnt indicative of how close the contest was.

In the first half, we came out and probably played one of our best halves of basketball of the season, especially on the defensive end, Simpson replied. We left some points out there in the first half between free throws and good looks at the basket, but I was still pleased going in to the break down three points,

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Jeff Grapplers Take Part in Conference Meet

Despite finishing last in the team standings, the Jeffs wrestled extremely well against a number of quality opponents and teams at Saturdays Central Conference Wrestling Tournament held at York High School.

Eleven grapplers competed for Fairbury with two wrestlers coming home with conference medals in their respective weight classes.

Senior Jonathan Fletcher placed second in the 113-pound weight class with a mark of 2-1.

In his finals match, Fletcher lost by decision 7-5 to Central Citys Mikel McCann.

Freshman Damian Green finished third in the 138-pound weight class with a record of 3-1.

In the consolation finals Green won by forfeit over Columbus Lakeviews Logan Rodehorst.

Seward won the Central Conference Championship with a score of 169.50 points while Fairbury finished with 35 points.

Fairbury Jeffs wrestling coach Cory Schweitzer was pleased with how the kids wrestled in the conference meet.

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Lady Jeffs Dominate, Jeffs Stumble in Second Half

Venturing north to play Central Conference foe Schuyler on Saturday, the Fairbury basketball teams came away with a split of games.

After a slow start, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs caught fire and cruised to a 70-29 victory over the (1-17) Lady Warriors.

Spearheaded by the first quarter scoring of Paige Husa with seven points, Shelby Pollman and Jordan Johnson contributing five points each and Sydnie Schmidt chipped in two points as the Lady Jeffs forged out to a 19-8 lead.

Fairbury continued its solid play on offense in the second quarter racking up 18 points, led by Johnson scoring 10 points.

At intermission Fairbury held a 37-16 lead.

Their offense continued to click in the second half as the Lady Jeffs outscored Schuyler 33-13.

Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle-Evans said her team shot the ball well in the game after a slow start.

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Tri County Kindergarten Round-Up Planned for March 3

Preparations are now being made for Tri County Elementary Schools Kindergarten Round-Up with the Parents Meeting being scheduled for Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. The actual Kindergarten Round-Up session for students will take place on Friday, March 7. There will be two sessions with each session lasting two hours. Your child will be assigned a session. You will be contacted with that information at a later date.

For entrance into Kindergarten, a child must be five years of age on or before July 31, of the school year in which he or she enters kindergarten.

If you are a parent of a child who is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, please call Tri County Schools Elementary office at (402) 683-4035. Please give your childs name, birthdate, parents name, telephone and mailing address.

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SCCs Transitions Lab receives national award

A lab at Southeast Community College designed to help students improve their academic and study skills and be more prepared for college-level coursework has won a national award.

The Transitions Lab at SCC has been named a winner of the National Council of Instructional Administrators Exemplary Initiatives competition in the Curricular and Program Innovation category.

The lab, an initiative of a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, is in the Library Resource Center on SCCs Lincoln Campus. It helps prepare students for success in college-level coursework by offering one noncredit Quick Start brush-up continuing education workshop and the opportunity to meet with a transition advisor.

Dr. Phip Ross, English instructor at SCC, will be attending the 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Florida in March to accept the award and present about SCCs Transitions Lab.

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County Spelling Bee Winners Announced

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Area fifth and sixth graders competed at the local Spelling Bee. Placing in the top ten were L-R front row fourth place Sara Huss of Fairbury, third-Keely Schramm of Fairbury; second-Josie Blatny of Fairbury; first-Bailey Waltke of Tri County. Back row L-R fifth-Halle Pribyl of Meridian; sixth-Brynn Novotny of Fairbury; seventh-MacKenzie Vitosh of Diller-Odell; eighth-Melina Kostal of Diller-Odell; ninth-Addison Heidemann of Diller-Odell; and tenth-Bonnie Jantzen of Tri-County. The top four places will go onto the District Spelling contest which will be held March 1, 2014 in Fairbury in the district courtroom in the courthouse.

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Bowls For Bonham Fundraiser Sunday

The Bonham Theatre Project is planning its next fundraiser Bowls For Bonham.

A soup and sandwich luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16 at Stagecoach Mall Antiques & Tasting Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at 510 E Street in downtown Fairbury.

A variety of soups and sandwiches will be available and the public is invited to attend, said BTP president, Brooke Schwab.

New to this years event will be the addition of live music by Fairbury musician David Hunt, who will be singing and playing the guitar during the event.

Nationally-known artist Lucky Stradley conceived the idea as a way to support the Bonham Theatre Project and promote the arts in downtown Fairbury.

Bowls for Bonham is a way for people to get involved in a great cause and receive something back in return, said Stradley, who has created a series of pottery bowls specifically for the event. Each bowl is handmade, unique and can be used again and again.

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Dstrctd Drvng Premieres on NET Television Feb. 21

LINCOLN NET Television will premiere Dstrctd Drvng on NET1 onFriday, Feb. 21, at7 p.m. CT. The 30-minute documentary takes an in-depth look at distracted driving in an age of cell phones and other electronic devices, and what law enforcement, safety organizations, families and others are doing to raise awareness and increase safety.

Dstrctd Drvng premieres at a time when 30 states have outlawed texting and even talking on cell phones while driving. Nebraska is one of three states to make these secondary offenses, meaning a driver can be pulled over or cited only if another traffic violation is observed. Safety experts expect the danger to increase with 300 million wireless devices already in use in America.

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