Early Scoring Run By BHS Upends FHS

SURVEYING--Fairbury sophomore Sydney Miller, No. 31, looks to pass the basketball to an open teammate while being defended by a Beatrice player in second half action Friday night. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Beatrice won the opening tip and from there kept shots flying from in close and from long range.
The Lady Orange took command early on with their quickness on defense which helped the squad get going on offense with a number of baskets off of their transition game.
As a result, Beatrice soared to a 67-23 win over Fairbury Friday night on the Lady Jeffs' home court.
Spearheaded by the scoring of Michaela Jones, Beatrice sprinted out to a 9-2 lead.
In the final three minutes of the first quarter, the Lady Orange pieced together a 13-2 run to end the quarter with a lead of 22-6.
Beatrice started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, before a two-point hoop by Sydney Miller kept Fairbury within 20 points at 28-8.

Trojans Have Standout Performances

A solid showing was put forth by the Tri County Trojans wrestling team in its final invite in January.
The Trojans came away with eight medalists and a fifth place team finish in the 13-team Doniphan-Trumbull Invite on Jan. 30.
Sophomore Cooper Smith and junior Colby Ensz led the parade of medalists for the Trojans as each were individual champions.
Smith went 5-0 in his matches to win the 182-pound weight class.
In his first place match, Smith won by decision, 6-4 over Jesse Antle of Doniphan-Trumbull.
Ensz went undefeated at 5-0 to win the 145-pound weight class.
Colby won his first place match by major decision, 9-0 over Cambridge’s Jackson Ebbers.
Ethan Paxton and Travis Likens earned second place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Paxton lost his first place match at 120 pounds by decision, 4-1 to Grand Island junior varsity’s Antonio Garcia.

Trojans Lose By Seven To Superior

Tri County could not get its offense to find a rhythm in Friday’s semi-final 50-43 loss to Superior in the Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament held at Centennial High School.
Top seed Superior shot out to a 24-12 lead at half, and stretched its margin to 39-18 after three quarters.
Tri County’s offense was finally able to score in double figures tallying 12 fourth quarter points to slice the final deficit to seven points.
For the game, Tri County was 9-30 on its field goal attempts.
Sloane Holtmeier led Tri County with seven points scored, Haydyn Weise and Haley Staroscik, five points apiece, Josie Weise, Eryn Husband, and Shalayna Niemeyer, three points each, and Kailey Weichel and Shae Wattjes chalked up two points each.
Fourth seed Tri County opened play in the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament on its home court Thursday earning a 43-39 win versus fifth seed Fillmore Central.

Lady Mustangs Swept By Osceola

It was not a good evening on the court, as the Meridian Lady Mustangs and Mustangs were swept on their home floor Friday by Osceola.
In the girls game it was a game of two halves.
Meridian built a 34-29 halftime lead, but could not maintain that lead in the second half, as Osceola kept its composure and rallied for a 52-48 win.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Mustangs, 23-14 in the second half, keyed by an 11-6 scoring advantage in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Osceola’s Macy Gustafson was a thorn in Meridian’s side all game, as she poured in a game-high 30 points, including 13 points in the third quarter and 17 points total in the second half.
In the final stats, Osceola hit 23 two-point baskets compared to Meridian’s 10 two-point field goals, while the Lady Mustangs made nine three-point hoops to none for Osceola.

Losing Streak Continues For FHS

For one Fairbury roundball team its losing streak continued, while the other squad saw its losing streak come to an end on Saturday.
In the opener, the basketball bounced Schuyler’s way late in the game, as the Lady Warriors on their home floor outlasted Fairbury, 50-45 in overtime sending the Lady Jeffs to their ninth loss in a row.
After a shaky start by the Lady Jeffs trailing, 11-4 after one quarter, Fairbury regrouped and executed well on offense outscoring the home team, 17-3 and left the court at half ahead, 21-14.
Despite being outscored, 14-12 by Schuyler in the third quarter, the Lady Jeffs held a 33-28 lead advancing to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Fairbury didn’t do a good job of boxing out and had trouble on offense against Schuyler’s 1-3-1 trap which led to numerous turnovers.

Less Than Impressed

The big game failed to live up to expectations, at least for me. 
While watching the game with my family, my wife noted almost immediately that Cam Newton did not look like he wanted to be there. As the game played on, it seemed as though neither team really wanted to win. I know some people are impressed with a good defensive battle, but I was not. With every turnover, I hoped that finally, an offense would put a drive together, and score. Each time I was let down. Both defenses were very good; however, that did not translate into an exciting game. After the game, what I like to think is the real Cam Newton came out. Yes, he and Peyton met, hugged, etc., but the way he conducted himself at the post game press conference left much to be debated.  

Jeffs Dominate Orangemen

BREAKDOWN--Fairbury junior Paul Mach puts the squeeze on Beatrice’s Jerad Humble as he prepares to press his shoulders to the mat in action from their 285-pound match last Thursday in the Jeffs’ home duel against the Orangemen. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
As the saying goes timing is everything.
Last Thursday evening placement was everything, as Fairbury started out on fire, which propelled the Jeffs wrestling team to a convincing, 48-26 home duel win against Beatrice.
The duel between the Jeffs and the Orangemen began at 145 pounds.
Anthony Moyer got Fairbury started on its winning ways earning a pinfall in 2:51 over Carter Aden.
Moyer’s victory lit a flame under the Jeffs, as Fairbury won the next four matches to race out to a commanding, 27-0 lead.
Justyn Franklin won by decision, 7-4 over Jacob Pinkerton at 152 pounds, Damian Green followed up earning a victory at 160 pounds by fall in 0:45 seconds over Aaron Shumaker, Jacob Johnson won by fall in 5:26 over Jason Stevens at 170 pounds, and Patrick Ondrak earned a pin in 2:41 against Jacob Adams at 182 pounds.

Swimmers Come Up Short On Senior Night

Both Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman swimming and diving teams were dealt losses last Monday evening in a home duel at the Beatrice YMCA versus Lincoln Pius X.
The Lady Thunderbolts won the girls duel by a score of 160-72, while in the boys duel, Lincoln Pius X came out on top, 155.50-77.50.
Monday’s home duel was senior recognition and parent’s night for the Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman swimmers and divers.
Individual event placers by Fairbury swimmers included Mikasa Lierman, third, Girls 100 Butterfly, 1:13.54, and she was fourth in the Girls 200 IM at 2:37.08, Colton Starck, fourth, Boys 200 IM, 2:35.96, and a time of 1:00.06 earned Starck fourth in the Boys 100 Free, and RJ Suey was fifth in the Boys 200 Free at 2:22.21, and he finished fifth in the Boys 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:18.04.

Districts This Weekend

The make or break weekend is upon high school wrestlers.
Fairbury, Meridian, and Tri County will compete this weekend in their respective two-day district wrestling tournaments.
Fairbury will participate in the 12-team B-3 District Wrestling Tournament to be held at York High School.
First-round competition will begin on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., and the meet will resume on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Meridian and Tri County will take part in the 19-team D-1 District Wrestling Tournament hosted by Freeman High School in Adams.
First-round action will start on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m., and will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Griffins Go 2-1 At Conference

Diller-Odell’s boys basketball team went 2-1 in Pioneer Conference Tournament games last week.
Sparked by a 20-7 advantage in bench points, Diller-Odell knocked off Southern, 65-47 in consolation action on Saturday.
The Griffins outscored the Raiders, in every quarter of the game improving to 8-11 on the season.
Tybor Smith paced the Griffins in scoring with a game-high 18 points, Peyton Mohr, 17 points, Reese Hennerberg, 11 points, Bladen Ahl, seven points, Dylan Wolbert, five points, Christian McCown, four points, Shane Sutton, two points, while one point was put in by Patrick Meyer.
A sluggish second half of offense by the Griffins proved costly in a 56-45 quarterfinal loss on Wednesday to top seed Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic.
Diller-Odell ninth seed in the tournament battled hard in the first half leaving the court at half with a 29-28 lead.