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Wed
03
Feb

Calm, Cool Gains D-O Win

As the saying goes, it’s not how you start, but how you finish.
That describes the play put forth by the Griffins in the hard-fought battle with the Trojans.
Diller-Odell started out slow, but in crunchtime the Griffins showed superb composure and experience which they put to use rallying for a 51-47 home win last Tuesday night versus Tri County.
Ahl paced the Griffins in scoring with a game-high 23 points, Wolbert, 17 points, Smith, six points, Christian McCown, four points, and one point was put in by Peyton Mohr.
Niemeyer led the Trojans scoring 14 points, Knust and Carson Hicks, 10 points each, Jiskra, nine points, while Tyler Connelly and Musil chipped in two points apiece.
Wed
03
Feb

Pair Medal For Mustangs

Continuing to compete short handed, Meridian's wrestling team came away from Thursday's Freeman Invitational with a pair of medalists.
Senior Joshua Traynor went 4-1 in his matches to place third in the 152-pound weight class.
In his third place match, Traynor won by fall in 3:51 over Louisville's Ryan Lane.
Junior Jacob Durflinger recorded a mark of 3-2 in finish seventh in the 220-pound weight class.
Durflinger was victorious in his seventh place match by fall in a time of 2:30 against Zach Brant of Plattsmouth.
Freshman Micah Noel did not place in the 160-pound weight class going 1-2 in his matches.
Meridian placed 13th with a total of 23 points.
 
Wed
03
Feb

Christiansen Signs With Doane


Fairbury senior Nick Christiansen, center is all smiles as he prepares to sign a letter of intent to compete in golf next year for Doane College in Crete, Neb. Attending the signing earlier this month were seated (l-r) Jeremy Christiansen and Sheri Christiansen. Standing (l-r) Jed Martin, Fairbury Jeffs head golf coach and Myron Parsley Doane College men’s golf coach. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Wed
03
Feb

Turnovers Derail Lady Jeffs

A turnover-plagued second quarter played a key role in Fairbury’s quarterfinal 45-36 loss to Grand Island Northwest last Tuesday in the Central Conference Basketball Tournament held on the Vikings’ home floor.
Fairbury started out well securing a 9-8 first quarter lead, but then in the second quarter, the Jeffs battled through turnovers, and were not able to get their offense set, scoring just two points, while Grand Island Northwest knocked down 13 points to open a 21-11 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Fairbury attacked the basket and ran its offensive sets which allowed the Jeffs to outscore the Vikings, 25-24, but could only cut the deficit to nine points at the conclusion of the game.
Adam Wasserman paced Fairbury in scoring with a game-high 15 points, Blake Bauer, eight points, Cody Huss, four points, Tanner Novotny, three points, and Nathaniel Stapaules, Brent Hirsch, and Zach Holes chipped in two points apiece.
Wed
03
Feb

Jeffs vs. Bison, Brother vs. Brother

In a matchup of twin brother head coaches and Central Conference opponents, Fairbury stepped up their game and came away with a 47-30 road duel win last Tuesday evening against Central City.
Derek Garfield is the head wrestling coach for the Fairbury Jeffs, and his brother, Darin Garfield is the head wrestling coach for the Central City Bison.
Heading into the duel, Central City was rated fifth in Class C.
The duel started at 132 pounds, and the Jeffs built a 35-6 lead after the first seven contested duels.
Wed
03
Feb

Lady Trojans Grind Out Upset Victory


OPEN LOOK--Sloane Holtmeier looks for an open teammate during varsity basketball action last week. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Tri County Lady Trojans basketball team made just enough key plays down the stretch to earn a 39-35 road win last Tuesday against Class D-1 state rated Diller-Odell.
The Lady Trojans were all business in the game scoring the first four points of the game for a 4-0 lead.
Diller-Odell fought back tying the game at 5 with :55 seconds left in the quarter on a two-point hoop by Madison Hajek.
A two-point field goal from Sloane Holtmeier with less then :40 seconds on the clock gave Tri County a 7-5 lead after one quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Diller-Odell tied the game at 12 off a three-point basket from Bailey Schroeder.
Following a two-point hoop from the Lady Griffins’ Madison Jurgens which drew the home team within a point at 17-16, Tri County finished out the first half on a 4-0 run behind two-point field goals by Haydyn Weise and Halle Weise which stretched Tri County’s lead at half to 21-16.
Wed
03
Feb

Second Time Not The Charm For Jeffs

It’s always tough to play a team twice, and the Fairbury Jeffs found that out Saturday afternoon versus York in consolation action of the Central Conference Boys Basketball Tournament held at Grand Island Northwest High School.
The Jeffs came up short to the Dukes losing, 63-34.
Just eight days earlier, York had defeated Fairbury on the Jeffs’ home floor by thirty points.
York raced out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter of play and kept the upperhand the rest of the game outscoring Fairbury, 45-26.
Fairbury Jeffs head coach Adam Brill remarked that the Jeffs played hard against a very tough and athletic York squad.
“I felt the boys played hard in the game against a very talented individually skilled York team. Our kids battled throughout the game, as with a young team the boys are going through a learning process to get better each and every time we step on the court,”said Brill.
Wed
03
Feb

T.C. Can’t Get Win At Conference

Competing at home for the final time in the month of January, both Tri County basketball teams came up short in a pair of losses on Thursday to Southern Nebraska Conference opponent Heartland.
In the girls game, Tri County got off to a decent start building a 23-16 lead on the Lady Huskies at halftime.
However, the second half went the other way for the Lady Trojans, as their offense was held in check scoring just 12 second half points, while Heartland’s offense awoke burning the nets for 35 points.
Nine players scored for Tri County in the game led by Shae Wattjes with eight points, Haydyn Weise, six points, Miranda Vogt, five points, Sloane Holtmeier and Delaney Uher, four points apiece, and Madison Freese, Shalayna Niemeyer, Halle Weise, and Josie Weise each contributed two points.
Vogt had a team-high six rebounds, while Haydyn Weise led the team in assists with three.
Wed
03
Feb

B-N-F-F Swimmers Host Lincoln North Star

It was two times the fun.
Both Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman swimming and diving teams swept a home duel Thursday versus Lincoln North Star.
In the girls duel, Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman topped Lincoln North Star, 63-38, while the boys were victorious by a score of 83-18 over the Navigators.
First place relays for the boys included the 200 Medley foursome of Miller, Mason, Snurr, and Colton Starck in a time of 2:04.08, and the 200 Free team of Schuchart, Colton Starck, Barber, and Wright posted a time of 1:41.40.
The girls 200 Free relay of  Mary Lawrence, Knepp, Behrens, and Mason finished third at 2:11.42, while the girls 200 Free quartet of Burenheide, Chika Miyamoto, York, and Ohlsen took fifth in a time of 2:25.96.
Wed
03
Feb

Jeffs Show Strength At Invite


Quick Workout--It took just a matter of seconds for Fairbury’s Justyn Franklin (20-2) to pin Noah Stueber (0-18) of Lutheran during the Fairbury Invite on Friday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Having the opportunity to compete at home in front of its fans, Fairbury’s wrestling team put together a strong showing and finished runner-up in its own 11-team Fairbury Wrestling Invitational held Friday at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym.
York won the team title with a score of 264 points, while Fairbury was a close second amassing 236.50 points.
The Jeffs had 12 medalists overall, including five individual champions.
Individual champions included Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds (4-0),  Damian Green, 160 pounds (3-0), Jacob Johnson, 170 pounds (4-0),  Patrick Ondrak, 182 pounds (4-0), and Paul Mach, 285 pounds (4-0).

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