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24
Jun

Fairbury’s Shelby Pollman Named MVP


Sparked by a quick start coupled with hitting several key shots in the fourth quarter, the West All-Stars withstood a fierce second half rally by the East to come away with a 62-54 win Saturday night in the Southeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball game held at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center. Fairbury graduates Sidney and Shelby Pollman were teammates on the winning West team. Diller-Odell graduate Josie Vitosh was a member of the East All-Stars. The West All-Stars got off to a fast start racing out to an 11-0, behind the scoring of Shelby Pollman who accounted for seven of the team’s points in the uprising. After being held scoreless for over four minutes, the East put together a 7-0 run to slice the deficit to 11-7. Following both squads trading three-point field goals, the West finished out the opening quarter on a 10-3 scoring spree to widen its lead to 24-13. With less than two minutes off the clock in the second quarter, the West had expanded its margin to 30-13 off a three-point hoop by Shelby Pollman, 1-2 free throws from Sidney Pollman, and a two-point basket by Friend’s Jennifer Lawver. The West grabbed its largest lead of the first half, 36-20 on back-to-back two-point field goals by Crete’s Kaitlin Paulsen, and Wilber-Clatonia’s Cortney Krauter with 1:49 on the clock. In last :75 seconds of the quarter, the East tallied four points including a two-point hoop from Johnson-Brock’s Kendra Alberts and two free throws by Josie Vitosh to leave the court at half trailing, 36-24. Points were tough to come by for the West in the third quarter, as the team connected on just one field goal, while hitting only 4-9 attempts at the free throw line. A two-point basket by Nebraska City’s Shady Hollesen inched the East within five points, 40-35 with 1:29 remaining on the clock. The West’s Shelby Pollman buried a trey with :20 seconds left in the quarter increasing the West’s lead to 43-35. With three seconds on the clock, Weeping Water’s Marylyn Mozena drained a trifecta bringing the East back to within five points, 43-38 heading to the fourth quarter. Vitosh nailed the first basket for the East in the fourth quarter which sparked the team to go on a 10-2 run in a span of 6:12 to grab a 48-47 lead. In crunchtime, the West found a way to score, as Sidney Pollman tickled the twine on a pair of three-point hoops extending their lead to 56-50. The West closed out the scoring in the game with Superior’s Jaysa Hoins going 4-4 at the line giving the West its final eight-point margin. Fairbury’s Shelby Pollman was named the MVP of the all-star game, as she led the West All-Stars in scoring with 15 points. After the game, Shelby took a few moments to comment on the all-star game and being selected MVP. “It was definitely unexpected, but it was a cool honor. It was good to see my basketball coach Amy Engle-Evans here, along with the support from everyone in Fairbury,”said Pollman. Pollman remarked it was fun to play on an all-star team with a group of talented players. “It was a good experience to play on a team with a lot of talented players. It was fun to play with girls that I had played against during my high school career. It gave me an opportunity to get to know them a little better aside from being opponents,”stated Pollman. Sidney Pollman chipped in seven points for the West All-Stars, while both Sidney and Shelby Pollman combined to hit five of the West’s six three-point hoops. Josie Vitosh scored five points in the game for the East All-Stars with Marylyn Mozena of Weeping Water leading all scorers for the East tallying 10 points. West All-Star head coach Greg Veerhusen of Heartland Community felt the team despite struggling to score at times in the second half found ways to score and were able to come away with the win. “Our team came out on fire in the first quarter. Shelby Pollman got us rolling scoring seven points early on helping us build an 11-0 lead,”replied Veerhusen. “We had a tough time scoring in the third quarter, as the team scored only seven points. At times in the third quarter we had a hard time finding the basket. I think a little bit of our struggles of not scoring was due to fatigue, and another factor was these girls were not use to playing basketball with each other,” said Veerhusen. When the game got tight in the fourth quarter, the West had players step up and hit timely shots. “I was pleased with how the girls found ways to score in the pivotal fourth quarter. Sidney Pollman hit two key three-point baskets late in the quarter to give us breathing room with a six-point lead,” commented Veerhusen. “I hope the girls had fun in this all-star game. They were a good group of girls to coach. The main point of this all-star game was to go out and have fun and give the girls one last hurrah,”stated Veerhusen.
Sparked by a quick start coupled with hitting several key shots in the fourth quarter, the West All-Stars withstood a fierce second half rally by the East to come away with a 62-54 win Saturday night in the Southeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball game held at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center.
Fairbury graduates Sidney and Shelby Pollman were teammates on the winning West team.
Diller-Odell graduate Josie Vitosh was a member of the East All-Stars.
The West All-Stars got off to a fast start racing out to an 11-0, behind the scoring of Shelby Pollman who accounted for seven of the team’s points in the uprising.
After being held scoreless for over four minutes, the East put together a 7-0 run to slice the deficit to 11-7.
Following both squads trading three-point field goals, the West finished out the opening quarter on a 10-3 scoring spree to widen its lead to 24-13.
Wed
24
Jun

Tri County Educational Foundation Firecracker Run

Tri County Educational Foundation Firecraker Run, 1 mile, 5K, July 4th check in at 6:15 am day of race, race starts at 7am at DeWitt community center, to pre-register call Brian Scherling at 402-683-5975 or Jessi Larson 402-239-4490. There is a registration fee.

Date: 
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 7:00am
Wed
24
Jun

Volunteers Needed for Avenue of Flags

Volunteers are needed to put out the Avenue of Flags for the Fourth of July around the courthouse in downtown Fairbury on July 3 at 8am, then taken down on July 5, at 8am.

Date: 
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Wed
24
Jun

11th Annual Run, Row, Rock and Roll Adventure Race


Winners of the short course were a team with local ties, Andy and Spencer McAtee of Lincoln, with Zig Zag racing. They completed the short course in 5 hours, 44 minutes and 57 seconds. (Contributed Photo)
The 11th annual Run, Row, Rock and Roll Adventure Race, held Saturday, June 13, was a successful event. This year’s race was again a national qualifier for the United States Adventure Race Association national championship to be held this year in Kentucky.
“This year’s race had a few last-minute changes because of wet weather, but participants had a great time on the course and enjoyed the challenge of the race,” said Craig Bontrager, director of the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.
A total of 57 participated in the race, which included running, canoeing, and mountain biking, along with orienteering and various challenges throughout the course. This year’s race began at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center in Fairbury. Participants were bussed to the Washington, Kan., State Lakes, and then the course brought them through public and private property back to the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.
Wed
24
Jun

Girls Adventure Camp


During the week of June 8-10, 60 girls took part in Girls Adventure Camp (formerly Girl Scout Summer Camp) at Camp Jefferson south of Fairbury. This year's theme was "Into the Wild" -African Safari. Despite the heat, the girls had a great time and were kept very busy. The girls learned about different exotic animals and some thought it wise to wear the 6-foot long Boa Constrictor. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
24
Jun

6-24-15

Police report
 June 9: Zackery J. Youngs, of Fairbury, was driving east on 7th Street at F Street in a 1996 Chevrolet owned by Jesse R. Durflinger, of Alexandria,  when the driver failed to yield and collided with a 2003 Ford driven by Hannah N. Simpson, of Diller. Youngs left the scene after the collision but was later identified. Simpson was taken from the scene by Jefferson County Ambulance. Damages to Simpson’s vehicle were estimated at $3,500. There was no damage estimate for Durflinger’s vehicle. 
June 9: Report of a hit-and-run injury accident at 7th and F Streets. A male was located and issued a citation for leaving the scene of an injury accident, no operator’s license, no insurance and fictitious plates. 
June 10: Report of animal cruelty in the 1900 block of K Street. 
June 10: Report of criminal mischief in the 700 block of I Street. 
Wed
24
Jun

My Son, A Future Photographer

I think I have a future photographer on my hands, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never been a great photographer. My college education included about four weeks of photography, and at that time I then married a farmer, got a job at a newspaper and wished I had paid more attention to  photography. 
Unlike me, Reid loves playing with the camera. The little guy became obsessed with my camera several months ago and is always asking me, “Where is my camera, Mommy?” He is referring to my $700 camera, which isn’t super fancy by any means, but it certainly isn’t a cheap point-and-shoot. 
I frequently pull out the camera to get a picture of the boys doing something cute or to photograph some purebred lambs. Before I’m even done taking photos Reid is begging to take the camera and shoot his own pictures. 
Wed
24
Jun

People Lose Focus Quickly, Fun Park Fervor Has Dwindled

 
   Do you remember a long time ago when it was announced  that the Fairbury Frontier Fun Park was in danger? Maybe it would be closed? Maybe it would be razed? There were no funds for repairs and parks of the playground were broken and in disrepair.
  The community rose up like a sleeping giant and demanded, “something must be done in order to save our precious playground.” Can you remember that far back? 
  That was just last week. The cries of indignation, call to arms and a rally of support had faded quickly. Even by Fairbury standards. What was a hot bed of controversy last week has been replaced by this week’s social injustice, whatever that may be.
Wed
24
Jun

Eating Breakfast For Supper Even Before It Was Chic

Things just seem to have a way of appearing on my desk. I can be in the office all day and if I momentarily step out, something usually arrives.
That something might be good, sometimes in the form of cookies that someone dropped off as a token of thanks for something I either did or didn’t do. That something might be bad, sometimes in the form of an unsigned letter to the editor taking me to task again, for something I either did or didn’t. Or that something might be indifferent. 
  Last week it was in the indifferent category.
 Someone had dropped off a lapel button. On it was the picture of an egg sunnyside up reading ‘Go Breakfastarian...see the light eat breakfast at night.’
Wed
24
Jun

Roker

Scott Alan Roker was born on December 4, 1973 to Henry and Susan (Craig) Roker in Fairbury, Nebraska.  He died on June 16, 2015 at Endicott in a work related accident at the age of 41 years, 6 months and 12 days. 
Scott was baptized at First Baptist Church in Fairbury.  He attended Fairbury Public Elementary School, and the Christian School in Beatrice, and completed his high school coursework in 1992, being taught by his parents through their Son Light Hill home school program.
He was employed by Ray’s Supermarket working with the dairy products, a clerk at Maatsch’s Food Shop, Agrium where he worked making micronutrient fertilizer, and most recently in the maintenance department at Endicott Clay.

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