The Fairbury Journal-News staff cleans up downtown Fairbury



Sheriff's Report:
Oct. 10: A Deputy observed two vehicles driving recklessly and racing on K Street in Fairbury. The drivers were stopped and cited.
Oct. 12: Assisted Fairbury Police Department with a suspicious person/DUI. On approach to the vehicle, marijuana, less than one ounce, was observed in plain view.
Oct. 14: Report of a male hitchhiking on HWY 136 East of Jansen.
Police Report:
Oct. 4: Gidget A Fisbeck struck a school crossing sign with her 1992 Plymouth while attempting to back out of a private drive. She left the scene without reporting the accident. A witness to the accident positively identified the driver and contacted the police. There was $200 of damage to the sign and $1,000 of damage to Fisbeck's vehicle.
Oct. 10: Disturbance reported in the 900 Block of Fifth Street.

Four Quarter Dog Fight Goes To Raymond Central

INSIDE MOVE--Fairbury junior running back Damian Green cuts inside against Raymond Central on Friday night. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Both teams were looking to improve on their football resume in district play Friday evening as Fairbury (4-3) played host to (4-3) Raymond Central.
In a hard-fought defensive battle, Raymond Central made a third quarter touchdown stand up for a 7-6 win over the Jeffs.
Raymond Central held a 7-0 lead after three quarters.
Fairbury responded with 9:28 left in the game, as Adam Wasserman tossed a seven-yard scoring pass to Cayman DeBoer.
The Jeffs went for the win by going for the two-point conversion, but the run was unsucessful leaving Raymond Central with the one-point lead which they were able to hold on to for the rest of the fourth quarter.
Jacob Johnson was Fairbury top rusher with 37 carries for 114 yards.
Adam Wasserman was 3-10 passing for 23 yards with one score, while Patrick Ondrak, Cayman DeBoer, and Damian Green each had one catch.

Lady Griffins Defend Home Court With Wins

Diller-Odell's Lady Griffins volleyball team had good week on the court earning a pair of home wins.
Last Thursday evening in the a battle of Class D-1 state-rated volleyball squads, the Lady Griffins found a way to rally from a two set to one deficit to claim a 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-13, 15-9 victory over Friend.
“The girls played a hard-fought game, and found a way once again to finish,”remarked Lady Griffins coach Kandice Jurgens.
On the evening, the Lady Griffins racked up 53 total kills led by the 1-2 punch of Madison Jurgens with 23 and Madison Hajek with 13.
As a team, Diller-Odell connected on 106-113 serves with Paige Vitosh leading the team with four aces on 24-27 serving.
Bailey Schroeder and Jurgens chipped in two aces apiece off 21-23 serving and 16-16 serving.
Senior Katie Schultis paced Diller-Odell in blocks with five, including three solo.

Diller-Odell Holds Off Friend At Home

MAKING THE CUT--Diller-Odell sophomore fullback Tybor Smith (No. 35) makes a cut to the outside while senior guard Zach Reiman (No. 83) trails the play. (Photo by Fred Arnold/
Diller-Odell’s football team was put to a test Friday night by Friend.
However the Griffins relied on a solid first half of offense and a bend-but-don’t-break defense in the second half to come away with a 20-16 home D1-4 District victory.
The win improved the Griffins mark in district play to 2-1.
Diller-Odell answered back Friend’s first quarter TD with Christian McCown throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tybor Smith.
The PAT kick was no good leaving Friend with an 8-6 lead after the first quarter.
Momentum swung to Diller-Odell in the second quarter, as the Griffins outscored the Bulldogs, 14-0.
Diller-Odell’s first score came on a 16-yard pass from McCown to Cory Engelman. McCown ran in the two-point conversion for a lead of 14-8.

FHS At Conference

Fairbury's Lady Jeffs volleyball team took part last week in the Central Conference Volleyball Tournament held at Aurora and York.
Thursday evening at Aurora, Fairbury began pool play dropping a two set match, 11-25, 7-25 to York.
In their second match, the Lady Jeffs were beaten by Columbus Lakeview, 8-25, 6-25.
On Saturday, Fairbury came up against Aurora and Central City in matches played at York High School.
Fairbury in its first match of the day lost to Aurora by scores of 12-25, 14-25.
The Lady Jeffs closed out play Saturday afternoon falling in straight sets, 16-25, 13-25 to Central City.
“The girls competed at times in the tournament. You can't say enough about the quality of teams in our conference,”stated Lady Jeffs coach Hannah Rundle. 

Three In A Row For Lady Jeff Runners

KEEPING PACE--Fairbury runner Garret Ragland keeps up a steady pace amidst a group of runners at last Thursday’s C-3 District meet in Hastings. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs cross country is making qualifying for the NSAA State Cross Country Championships an old habit.
Last Thursday afternoon at the C-3 District, held on the Elks Country Club in Hastings, the Lady Jeffs hit their full stride, as the team placed third qualifying for Friday’s NSAA Cross Country Meet to be run on the Kearney Country Club.
This marks the third straight year that the Lady Jeffs team has qualified for the NSAA Cross Country Championships.
Fairbury tallied a score of 44 points with Adams Central district runner-up with a score of 30 points.
Fairbury had a trio of district medalists led by sophomore Emily Burkley placing eighth in a time of 21:14.38, junior Lilibeth Estrada finished ninth at 21:20.89, and junior Shaye Stall claimed 11th with a time of 21:28.85.

Lady Trojans Finish Fourth At Centennial Invitational

In their final tournament prior to its Southern Nebraska Conference Volleyball Tournament, Tri County came away finishing fourth at Saturday’s eight-team Centennial Volleyball Invitational held at Utica.
The Lady Trojans earned a two set 25-22, 25-21 win over Gordon-Rushville in their first match of the invite.
Behind the service line, Tri County chalked up 10 aces paced by Tiffany Pearson with three, while Sloane Holtmeier and Delaney Uher recorded two aces apiece.
As a team, Tri County had 13 kills led by Josie Weise with four and Pearson chipped in three.
Holtmeier dished out all 13 assists for the Lady Trojans on 41-44 setting.
With the victory, Tri County advanced to face top seed Bishop Neumann in semi final action.
The Lady Cavaliers claimed a 25-15, 25-9 win over Tri County.

Four Matches, Four Wins For Meridian Spikers

Aggressive play from start to finish helped the Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team sweep a pair of home triangulars last week against a quartet of Crossroads Conference opponents.
Meridian began its busy week of matches Oct. 13 defeating Shelby-Rising City in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20.
Meridian Lady Mustangs coach Bob VanWesten was quite pleased with the opening match win against  an athletic and tall Shelby-Rising City squad.
“The girls came out from the start and stayed aggressive the entire match. Our girls didn’t back off in the match and that was the difference,” said VanWesten.
As a team, Meridian had 29 total kills spearheaded by Allison Klipp with a team-high 17 kills, and Rylee Pieper added eight kills.
Breanna Miller and Erin Johnson each recorded two aces in the match, while Johnson handed out 25 assists.

Timberwolves Rushing Attack Leads To Win Over Mustangs

Friday evening the Meridian Mustangs were the victims of a potent rushing attack by Exeter-Milligan.
The Timberwolves amassed 316 rushing yards, along with five rushing touchdowns en route to a 48-8 win on the Mustangs' home field.
Trailing 48-0 late in the fourth quarter, Meridian erased the zero off the scoreboard scoring its only touchdown on a five-yard pass from Carlos Dimas to Jakub VanWesten.
Corey Taylor ran in the two-point conversion on a three-yard run.
Meridian's top rusher was  Taylor with 165 yards on 29 carries.
Dimas was 2-8 passing for 16 yards with VanWesten grabbing both passes for 16 yards.
On defense for Meridian, Taylor had a team-high nine tackles, Raselyn Griffin, six stops, while VanWesten, Seth Noel, and Micah Noel each had five tackles.
Garrett Klipp had the lone take away with a fumble recovery.