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Feb

Lady Trojans Advance In Subdistrict


TRI COUNTY SOPHOMORE HALLE WEISE No. 41, releases a jump shot in the paint, while being defended by Thayer Central’s Mariah Hintz, No. 23, Kenidee Miller, No. 40, and Taelyn Virus, No. 22 in Monday’s C2-3 Subdistrict Basketball Tournament held at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
The saying goes it is always hard to play and beat a team three times.
In the third matchup of the season, Tri County played Thayer Central Monday evening in the bunny-bracket game of the C2-3 Subdistrict Girls Basketball Tournament held at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School.
The Lady Trojans used a stellar full court man-to-man defense to break open a sluggish start enroute to a 49-15 win over the Lady Titans.
Turnovers and cold shooting hampered both teams in the first quarter leaving Tri County with a 5-2 lead.
Tri County’s offense got in rhythm in the second quarter erupting for 17 points, while the Lady Trojans full court man-to-man defense dug in limiting Thayer Central to just four points which allowed Tri County to extend its lead to 22-6 at half.
Scoring was limited to single digits by both squads in the third quarter with Tri County holding the upperhand by a count of 8-1.
Wed
18
Feb

BNFF Girls Swim Team Wins Final Dual

A solid overall performance by the Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman girls swim team powered the squad to a 111-56 win over Omaha Brownell-Talbot in the final dual of the season held Feb. 10 in Omaha.
Fairbury swimmers placing individually were Keanna Kroeker, second, 200 Free, 2:33.91, Shaye Stall, third, 200 Free, 2:37.91, Keanna Kroeker, third, 100 Backstroke, 1:23.38, and Mary Lawrence, fifth, 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:27.05.
Wed
18
Feb

Tri County Runs Past McCool Junction

Returning to the court after a week off, Tri County scored in double digits in each quarter on its way to a 45-19 home win Feb. 12 against McCool Junction.
Tri County jumped ahead, 11-6 after one quarter, and never looked back against the Lady Mustangs.
Starting the second half with a 21-13 lead, Tri County’s defense smothered McCool Junction’s offense in the second half allowing only six points.
For the game, the Lady Trojans shot 41 percent from the field, and were 50 percent on their shot attempts from three-point range.
Ten cagers scored for the Lady Trojans (7-14) led by Haydyn Weise with a game-high 14 points, Sloane Holtmeier and Haley Staroscik, five points each, Shalayna Niemeyer, Delaney Uher, and Josie Weise, four points apiece, Miranda Vogt, three points, and Kailey Weichel, Halle Weise, and Shae Wattjes tallied two points each.
Wed
18
Feb

Griffins Secure Needed Win


DILLER-ODELL JUNIOR BLADEN AHL No. 22, leaps high between a pair of College View Academy defenders to release a jump shot during first half action Feb. 10 on Seniors Night in Odell. Ahl scored 13 points in the Griffins’ 57-28 victory against the Eagles. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Bouncing back from a tough week on the court in its Pioneer Conference Basketball Tournament, Diller-Odell took control midway through the first quarter on its way to a 57-28 home win Feb. 10 versus College View Academy.
College View held an early lead of 5-4, before a trey by the Griffins’ Ely Hroch gave the home team a 7-5.
Back-to-back hoops from Zach Rash and Bladen Ahl upped Diller-Odell’s lead to 11-7 closing out the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Griffins, as Ahl poured in nine of the squad’s 15 points, while Diller-Odell’s defense smothered the Eagles on offense allowing just three points, as Diller-Odell took a 26-10 lead into the locker room at half.
A corner three-point basket just two seconds into the third quarter by Hroch ignited the fuse sparking Diller-Odell to outscore the Eagles, 16-13 in the quarter.
Wed
18
Feb

Lady Griffins Win Big On Seniors Night


DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORE MADISON JURGENS No. 14, puts up a shot in the paint against College View Academy in the Lady Griffins’ home finale on Feb. 10. Jurgens tallied 21 points, as Diller-Odell won big against the Lady Eagles, 69-16. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Diller-Odell used a half-court trapping defense to take command right from the start, while all 12 players scored in the game lifting the Lady Griffins to a comfortable, 69-16 home win against College View Academy on Seniors Night  last Tuesday evening.
Seven players tallied points for Diller-Odell in the first quarter enroute to forging a 19-1 lead.
Madison Jurgens, Madison Hajek, and Katie Schultis led the way for the Lady Griffins in the uprising with four points each.
An 8-0 run midway through the second quarter highlighted by the scoring of Schultis, Alexis Collins, Katie Zarybnicky, and Hajek increased Diller-Odell’s lead to 34-5.
In the last eight seconds of the quarter, the Lady Griffins netted three points including a two-point hoop by Haley Denner and one free throw from Paige Vitosh to leave the court at intermission ahead, 39-9.
Wed
18
Feb

Jackson Wins Gold For Meridian, Six Mustangs Qualify For State


STATE WRESTLING QUALIFIERS Six wrestlers will represent Meridian at this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Participants include front (l-r) Liam Noel, 120-pound weight class, Joshua Traynor, 138-pound weight class, and Baxter Beals, 145-pound weight class. Back (l-r) Triston Voight, 170-pound weight class, Brandon Jackson, 182-pound weight class, and Cody Lundholm, 195-pound weight class. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Meridian saved its best for last at this past weekend’s D-1 District Wrestling Tournament held at Midland University Events Center in Fremont.
Everyone on the team stepped up and contributed leading Meridian to a third place finish in the 19-team tournament.
The Mustangs racked up 105 points and qualified six wrestlers to this weekend’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Friend was the D-1 District champion scoring 152 points with Archbishop Bergan second chalking up 111 points.
Senior Brandon Jackson led the parade of state qualifiers for Meridian, as he won four matches to claim the district championship in the 182-pound weight class.
In his championship match, Jackson won by pin in a time of 1:30 over Freeman’s Jacob Buhr.
Junior Joshua Traynor placed second in the 138-pound weight class with a mark of 3-1.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury Sends Three Grapplers To State Wrestling Tournament


STATE WRESTLING QUALIFIERS Three Fairbury wrestlers punched their ticket to compete in this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Seated (l-r) Damian Green, 145-pound weight class, Jacob Johnson, 160-pound weight class, and Paul Mach, 285-pound weight class. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury will be represented by a trio of wrestlers at this year’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament held this week at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Damian Green, Jacob Johnson, and Paul Mach came away placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at this past weekend’s B-3 District Wrestling Tournament held at the Aurora High School Sports Complex.
Freshman Jacob Johnson placed second in the 160-pound weight class with a mark of 3-1.
Johnson (38-3) lost in the championship match by pin in 1:47 to Columbus Scotus’s Marcus Dodson (44-1).
Sophomore Damian Green finished fourth in the 145-pound weight class with a record of 4-2.
In his third place match Green (31-12) lost by pin in a time of 3:00 to Grand Island Northwest’s Karson Sok.
Sophomore Paul Mach picked up a fourth place medal in the 285-pound weight class turning in a record of 3-2.
Wed
18
Feb

Going Up


Going Up-After gas prices hit near seven year lows two weeks ago, prices have again begun a slow, steady climb. Gas prices in Fairbury were as low as $1.97 a gallon earlier this month but have risen to the recent price of $2.19. Diesel, which was also at five year lows has also risen along with other fuel. Journal-news photo by Fred Arnold
Wed
18
Feb

City Officials Say Rental Inspections Underway, Urge Program Compliance

 "So far it's not been too bad," Fairbury City Zoning Administrator Laura Bedlan said of the new rental housing inspection program.
  Bedlan told members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday that while some of the landlords in Fairbury who rent property have turned in the appropriate paperwork, a majority have not.
 "About one third of the landlords have complied with the law, the rest need to understand that they have to as well," she said.
 Bedlan emphasized the following criteria for people who rent houses."
  * If they received a letter from the City they need to respond. Either sign up for an inspection or give a reason why they feel their property is exempt.
  * If you are a renter and get a postcard make sure you are ok with the scheduled date of the inspection and return it to the city.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury To Start New Annexation Project

The city of Fairbury is working on expanding their borders. On Tuesday the local governing body set March 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the time and date for a public hearing for a new annexation project.
According to city zoning administrator Laura Bedlan the pending project encompasses business and land along the city's northeast corridor.
"What we're looking at from a business standpoint is an area that takes in Countryside Vet Clinic, Ace Hardware, Fairbury Coop as well as the Fairbury Rural Fire building, the former Massey Ferguson dealership and land owned by Northgate Development," she said.
 Bedlan said the hearing will be open for public comment by anyone, not just those who would be affected by the pending project.
 "We've had a couple of people come in and ask some questions about this project but no one has been in and said they are opposed to it so far," she said.

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