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Lady Griffins Go 2-1 in MUDECAS Tourney

Finishing strong is a good sign.

That was the case Thursday afternoon, as the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team swept Johnson County Central in straight sets during play in the MUDECAS Class B Division consolation final played at the SCC-Beatrice Truman gym.

The Lady Griffins were victorious by scores of 27-25, 25-13.

Diller-Odell maintained a slim lead early on in the first set before the Lady Thunderbirds pieced together an 11-0 run to open a 18-10 lead.

Staying composed; Diller-Odell chipped away at the deficit and tied the score at 21.

Both teams matched each other point for point remaining tied at 25 before the Lady Griffins tallied the final two points to squeeze out the win.

In the second set, Diller-Odell raced out to a 12-4 advantage and never looked back improving its record to 4-5 on the season.

Madison Jurgens and Erin Saathoff led the Lady Griffins with two ace serves each.

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Adams Centrals Big Plays Too Much For Jeffs

Heading into its road contest Friday night against Class C1 state-rated Adams Central, Fairbury had a goal of eliminating turnovers and penalties.

The team was able to complete that goal, however Fairbury gave up too many big plays to Adams Central on defense and were shutout by the Patriots 55-0.

Coming into the game on Friday we had a goal of eliminating the turnovers and penalties that hurt us against Auburn last week, Jeffs Coach Derek Garfield said. We were able to do that. We had one turnover on the night and only three penalties. That was a huge improvement from the previous game. We also had a goal of controlling the football and running the clock and for the most part we were able to do that.

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Griffins Rush Past Eagles

Diller-Odell relied on its ground game Friday night to roll past Johnson-Brock, 71-42.

The Griffins started slowly trailing, 20-7 after one quarter on their home field in Diller before dominating the Eagles the remaining three quarters.

Diller-Odell rushed the ball 45 times for 391 yards to secure its first win of the season.

Junior running back Brady McMurray scored four rushing touchdowns on runs of eight, 19, nine and 55 yards. McMurray scored the Griffins second touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Austin Vitosh.

Sophomore running back Bladen Ahl tallied two rushing touchdowns on runs of 12 and 14 yards.

Rounding out Diller-Odells scoring were Zach Rash, 21-yard pass from Vitosh, Reese Hennerberg, three-yard run, and Christian McCown, one-yard run.

Ahl led Diller-Odell in rushing with 159 yards, while McMurray chipped in 157 rushing yards.

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Wolverines Control Line, Shutout Tri County

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsTRI COUNTY QUARTERBACK WYATT KOWALSKI prepares to release a first quarter pass Friday evening to an open receiver, while being pressured by Wilber-Clatonias defensive end Chandler Oliver, No. 51.

Wilber-Clatonia controlled the line of scrimmage and overpowered Tri County 44-0 Friday evening in the annual rivalry game played on Trojan Field.

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Meridian Outlasts HTRS for MUDECAS Title

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsMembers of the MERIDIAN LADY MUSTANGS MUDECAS B DIVISION CHAMPIONS are, seated from left, Ann Endorf, Ashli Soukup, Rebecca Taylor, Miranda Johnson, Blair Hofstetter and Mikayla Schafer. Standing are head coach Bob VanWesten, assistant coach Alexis Kibbon, McKehna Bartels, Kylee Stewart-Dietz, Allison Klipp and Bridgette Jackson.

It was a solid week on the court for the Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team.

Piecing together a three-game winning streak resulted in the Lady Mustangs claiming the MUDECAS B Division Championship in three sets Thursday night versus HTRS played on the court of the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.

Meridian won by scores of 22-25, 25-18, 25-18.

Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer took charge in the opening set building a 13-6 lead off an ace serve by Claire Svoboda.

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ACT Tests Force Fairbury to Play Shorthanded

Photo caption: Paige Husa, left, blocks a Syracuse spike at the net. more photos under photos tab

Academic testing forced several players to miss matches for the Lady Jeffs on Saturday in Fairburys six-team volleyball invite held at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym and the 1947 High School gym.

Fairbury began pool play losing in two sets to Class C1 undefeated Syracuse.

The Lady Rockets were victorious by scores of 25-17, 25-12.

Sidney Pollman scored nine points for Fairbury in the match on 12-14 serving.

Paige Husa topped Fairburys attackers with five kills, and Shelby Pollman chipped in with four kills.

Twelve digs were put up by Shelby Pollman on defense.

In their second pool play match of the morning Fairbury earned a three-set win against David City.

The Lady Jeffs won by scores of 22-25, 25-14, 25-16.

Behind the service line Husa led Fairbury with four ace serves on 13-15 serving.

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Meridian Hammers Hampton 80 to 20

Photo caption: Meridian Quarterback Ty Brakhage, 2, passes against Hampton Friday night.

After suffering a loss two weeks ago, Meridians football team got back on the winning track by blasting Hampton 80-20 in the Mustangs homecoming game Friday evening on Jim Durflinger Field.

Following a quick Hampton score on the opening play of the game the rest of the game belonged to Meridian.

The Mustangs erupted for four first quarter touchdowns to open a 30-12 lead.

First quarter touchdowns for Meridian included Ty Brakhage, 39-yard run, Brandon Jackson, three-yard run, along with a 50-yard punt return, and a fumble recovery in the end zone.

Meridians offense continued to shine in the second quarter taking a bite out of Hamptons defense by striking for 34 points on five touchdowns to exit the field at half with a commanding 64-12 lead.

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Action in District Court on Sept. 19

Nippert Arraigned for Sexual Assault of Children

Dylan Nippert was arraigned in Jefferson County District Court Sept. 19 for first-degree sexual assault of a child, a class IB felony, and three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child, all class IIIA felonies. For the first-degree charge alone, Nippert faces a mandatory 15 years imprisonment and a maximum of life in prison if convicted. Joseph Murray appeared Sept. 19 as Nipperts hired defense attorney. Nippert pleaded not guilty to all charges and a number of pre-trial motions were made by Murray. The only restriction placed on the motions is that the defendant will not be present while child-age victims depositions are taken. A pretrial status hearing was set for Nov. 21.

Murray attempted to have Nipperts bond lowered from its present $150,000/10-percent cash amount, even asking the court for a personal recognizance bond.

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Gearing Up For 2013 Jeffs Homecoming

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsFairbury Freshman Robert Meyer paints a Homecoming message on one of the many downtown Fairbury business windows in support for the Jeffs Homecomg Week Celebration. The annual Homecoming Pep Rally will take place in the downtown area on Friday before the big game.

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Polages Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal-NewsErma and Emmitt Polage are going to celebrate their 75 Wedding Anniversary with an Open House this Saturday. Emmitt declares that without Erma, he wouldnt be the man he is today while Erma modestly said they were just living their life, not intending on doing anything special.

Emmit and Erma (Bedlan) Polage celebrate 75 years of marriage.

Married on Oct. 9, 1938 at Bellveville, Kansas, they will be celebrating their anniversary with an open house for family and friends at Gardenside Long Term Care Center from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 28.

When asked about their long marriage they say that they cant imagine being with anyone else.

Why I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for her, Emmit said. She always kept me on the straight and narrow.

It didnt sound like they had a lot of time to get into too much trouble for either one of them.

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