Diller-Odell Spikers Win Axtell Invite

A busy week on the court ended in style for Diller-Odell with the Lady Griffins going undefeated in five matches to win the team championship at Saturday's Axtell Kan., Invitational.
The Lady Griffins opened pool play Saturday morning defeating Wetmore, Kan., 25-9, 25-8.
Bailey Schroeder led Diller-Odell servers with four aces, while Katie Schultis nailed three aces.
Madison Hajek powered the Lady Griffins' attackers with a team-high 10 kills.
Fifteen assists were dealt out by Schroeder in the match.
In its second pool play match, Diller-Odell topped Lewiston in straight sets, 25-9, 25-12.
Schultis and Madison Jurgens were 1-2 in kills with nine and seven.
Jurgens and Schroeder combined for seven of Diller-Odell's 10 aces against the Lady Tigers.
Eleven assists were handed out by Schroeder.

Quick Offense Causes Lady Jeffs Headaches

Playing on its home court last Thursday evening, Fairbury had no answer for Beatrice's up-tempo offense.
As a result, the Lady Orange swept Fairbury in three sets, 25-12, 25-10, 25-11.
Two straight points by Fairbury coming off a hitting error by Beatrice, and a kill from Paige Eden drew the Lady Jeffs within seven points, 10-3.
In the second set Beatrice continued to widen its lead the rest of the set scoring the last two points on a Fairbury hitting error and a kill from McKenzie Osborne.
It was the same script in the third set with Beatrice sprinting out to a 7-0 lead.
Beatrice sealed the win outscoring Fairbury, 10-3 the rest of the set.
Paige Eden and Jessa Eden led Fairbury in kills with four each.
Twelve assists were put up by Britney Scheetz.

Huge Second Half Propels Griffins

Diller-Odell used a balanced offense Friday night to claim a 39-6 D1-4 District road win against Pawnee City.
Diller-Odell opened the scoring in the contest on a four-yard run for six points by Bladen Ahl. The two-point PAT was no good leaving the Griffins ahead, 6-0.
Diller-Odell stretched its lead to 12-6 at half off a 25-yard pass from Ryan Arnold to Peyton Mohr.
Third quarter touchdowns for Diller-Odell were scored by Ahl on a 19-yard run, and Christian McCown tossed a 34-yard pass to TJ Schroeder.
Fourth quarter scoring for the Griffins included Ahl, 15-yard run, followed by a two-point pass conversion from Arnold to Mohr, and Arnold closed out the scoring with a four-yard run.
Diller-Odell outgained Pawnee City, 285-192 in total yards.
Ahl was the top rusher for the Griffins with 92 yards on 17 carries, while Arnold completed 8-13 passes for 87 yards.

Fairbury Runners Up To The Challenge

GOING HOME--Tri County senior Eryn Husband was 19th at the Randall Smith Invite. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Another solid performance was put forth by the Fairbury Lady Jeffs cross country team at last Thursday's Randall Smith Invite run on the Hebron Country Club golf course.
Consistency from its runners was the key for the Lady Jeffs winning the team title with a score of 27 points.
Five runners earned individual medals by placing in the top 20 helping Fairbury win its third team championship this season.
Emily Burkley led the way for the Lady Jeffs placing third in a time of 21:43.1, Lilibeth Estrada was fourth at 22:03.4, Shaye Stall, sixth with a time of 22:20.0, Autumn Branson, 15th posting a time of 23:08.4, and Halle Knigge was 16th at 23:20.5.
Additional runners for Fairbury included Anna Schouboe, 22nd, 24:03.6, MaKayla Fletcher, 25th, 24:30.3, and Josey Zabokrtsky finished 29th out of 46 runners in a time of 25:28.8.

Diller-Odell Racks Up Another Victory

SETUP--Diller-Odell senior Libero Theresa Zarybnicky calls out to a teammate during varsity volleyball action last week in Odell. (Photo by Tim Linscott/
After winning a three-set road match last Tuesday over Sterling, the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team continued its winning ways Sept. 24, securing a three-set home victory against Tri County.
The Lady Griffins used 16 aces and 34 kills to defeat the Lady Trojans, 25-11, 25-14, 25-12 for their ninth win of the season.
Madison Hajek, Katie Schultis, and Paige Vitosh led Diller-Odell behind the service line with four aces each, while Bailey Schroeder had three aces.
Madison Jurgens paced the Lady Griffin attackers with a team-high 13 kills, Hajek, seven kills, Schultis, six kills, Katie Zarybnicky, three kills, Vitosh and Kirsten Bures, two kills apiece, and Schroeder added one kill.
Schroeder dished out a team-leading 20 assists with Jurgens contributing 12 assists.
Josie Weise led the way for Tri County in attacks with eight kills with Miranda Vogt and Tiffany Pearson slamming down four kills each.

Fairbury drops to Milford on Friday

On Friday the Jeffs opening C1-5 District play could not overcome a double digit number of penalties in the game coupled with an inability to score in the red zone resulting in a 41-6 road loss against Milford-Dorchester.
Milford-Dorchester controlled the game from the start shooting out to a 14-0 lead off a pair of rushing touchdowns after one quarter of action.
Early in the second quarter, Fairbury erased the zero off the scoreboard scoring its only points of the game on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Adam Wasserman to Patrick Ondrak.
Milford-Dorchester concluded the first half scoring a pair of touchdowns, expanding its lead at half to 27-6.
There was no scoring by either team in the fourth quarter.

Linksters battle wet conditions

It was a challenging day to play golf last Thursday for Fairbury at the Lincoln Pius X Invite held on the  Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb.
Rain had an effect on the course prior to the start of the invite which forced some concessions of the rules.
At the end of the day, Fairbury turned in a team score of 534 which placed the squad eighth.
Lincoln Lutheran won the team title with a score of 340.
Ashley Griffee led the Lady Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 117, Shavara Kroeker carded a 129, Sara Mitchell had a 142, and Evie Schwab shot a 148. Madison Black played two holes, but had to retire due to an injury.

Nothing To Do?

When I hear “There’s nothing to do in Fairbury”, I have to laugh. Seriously?  You must not be looking hard. On any given week, from living history, ball games, school sponsored events, car shows, community celebrations, you can find something to do.  Yes, these do typically have a cost involved, but when it comes down to it, it’s no more than you spend on your coffees and lunches.  By attending these events, you invest in the future of the community. I often wonder what happened to the Fairbury I grew up in.  Despite how the team(s) were, the stands were always filled, concessions bought, Jeffs apparel was everywhere. 
I am noticing a change in the student body, but all of us need to get back in the stands.  
If we don’t, then we can’t complain down the road when sports have to be cut, organizations are forced to fold, and there really isn’t anything to do.  

Ensz sets Tri County rushing record

SHATTERED--Colby Ensz (No. 21) of Tri County breaks to open field during the homecoming game Friday against Malcolm. Ensz hung 420 yards of rushing on the Malcolm defense, a school record. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
It took a few possessions for Tri County to get its engine in gear on offense Friday evening, but once the Trojans’ rushing game got ignited behind junior running back Colby Ensz it didn’t let up.
Ensz punished the Malcolm defense all game long, erupting for a T.C. school rushing record of 420 yards along with scoring five rushing touchdowns, lifting the Trojans to a 56-14 homecoming win over the Clippers.
The previous rushing mark for Tri County was set by Wes Cammack with 305 yards in 2004.
Ensz finished 44 yards behind the Class C-2 and all-class state record of 464 yards set by Crofton’s Tom Peitz in 2011.
The home team Trojans put together a drive late in the first quarter capped off with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Houston Parker to Carson Hicks.
Steffen Hotes kicked the PAT giving Tri County a 7-0 lead advancing to the second quarter.

Elks teens of the month

The Fairbury Elks Lodge #1203 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk USA announced their teens of the month based on character, leadership, community service, citizenship, and scholastic achievement.
Halle Ann Knigge, daughter of Steve and Julie Knigge of Fairbury,  was announced as Elks September Teen of the Month. 
She attends Fairbury Jr. Sr. High School. Halle’s community involvement includes Jump  Rope for Heart for NHS, Fairbury Girls Hoops Tournament,  softball tournament. 
Halle has received academic letter winner, high honor roll four times, academic all state softball and basketball, all conference honorable mention softball. Halle participates in basketball (two year letter winner), softball (two year letter winner), cross country, FBLA, musical, National Honor Society, class president. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, running, listening to music, playing basketball.