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Wed
24
Jun

West Defeats East In Straight Sets In All-Star Volleyball Match


ALL-STAR VOLLEYBALL ACTION West All-Star Blair Hofstetter, No. 11, leaps high at the net for a block attempt of an attack by the East’s Kori Speckmann during action in Friday’s Southeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball match played at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
That was the case for the West All-Star volleyball team versus the East in the Southeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball match played Friday evening at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
The East squad started out strong in each set, but had no answer for stellar comebacks by the West.
As a result, the West came out victorious in straight sets over the East, 25-18, 25-21, and 25-19.
In the first set, the East raced out to a 12-7 lead only to have the West string together a 4-0 run to slice the East’s lead to 12-11.
The East bumped its lead to 14-11, before the West tallied three straight points forcing the East to call timeout with the score tied at 14.
A kill by the West’s Fillmore Central’s Tracey Maloley and an ace serve by Meridian’s Blair Hofstetter stretched the West’s lead to 23-18, as the East called timeout.
Wed
24
Jun

Athletes of The Year


TEN AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETES were selected 2015 Athletes Of The Year by the Fairbury Journal-News sports department. Honorees were chosen by a criteria setup by Fairbury Journal-News Sports Editor Jim Phelps. Head coaches from the area high schools voted on their sehool’s senior or junior student-athletes from those guidelines. Recipients include seated (l-r) Shelby Pollman, Fairbury, parents Roger and Pam Pollman, Concordia University major undecided, and will play basketball for the Lady Bulldogs, Blair Hofstetter, Meridian, parents Mike and Lorrie Hofstetter, Hastings College major in chemistry/pre-pharmacy, and will compete in track and field for the Lady Broncos, and Josie Vitosh, Diller-Odell, parents Stuart and Laurie Vitosh, Highland Community College, major in elementary and special education, and will play volleyball for the Lady Scotties. Standing (l-r) Nathan Klaumann, Fairbury, parents Jeff and Tammy Klaumann, Concordia University major in music, and will run track for the Bulldogs, Dalton Hinrichs, Fairbury, parents Bob and Monica Hinrichs, Nebraska Wesleyan University major in accounting, and will play baseball for the Prairie Wolves, Stetson Meyer, Diller-Odell, parent Shane Meyer, Hastings College major undecided, and will compete in track for the Broncos, and Brandon Jackson, Meridian, parents Brian and LuAnn Jackson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln major in mechanical engineering. Not pictured: Megann Freese, Tri County, parents Aaron and Ann Freese, University of Nebraska-Lincoln major in fashion merchandising, Wyatt Kowalski, Tri County, parents Kevin and Kris Kowalski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln major in agronomy, and Ty Brakhage, Meridian, parents Richard and Deanna Brakhage, University of Nebraska-Lincoln major in advertising and public relations. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
24
Jun

Fairbury Juniors Split Back-To-Back Games


FAIRBURY JUNIORS KEYTEN PFINGSTEN pushes off the mound as he releases a pitch toward the plate in home action last Tuesday against Adams. Pfingsten earned the pitching win throwing 4 1/3 innings allowing just one run. At the plate, Pfingsten collected a double in Fairbury’s 9-1 win. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Staying focused in the batter’s box and on defense in the field helped lead the Fairbury Juniors to a 9-1 five inning home victory last Tuesday evening against Adams.
Fairbury benefited from two big offensive innings to end the game after five innings due to the eight-run rule.
After a scoreless 1 ½  innings of play, Fairbury tallied four runs in the bottom of the second to grab control.
In the bottom of the second inning, Fairbury’s offense awoke banging out four hits, including three extra base knocks.
Adam Wasserman led off with a triple to right field, followed by a walk to Zach Holes.
Following an infield popup, Tanner Novotny hammered a two-run double giving Fairbury a 2-0 lead.
Brett Sutton worked a walk, while Dawson DeBoer came through with a single leaving two runners on base with two outs.
Wed
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. 

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