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Dec

TeamMates Match Of The Month

December’s featured “match of the month” is LaNae Morales and Michele Hill. LaNae is a senior at Fairbury High School. 
The two have been matched since Lanae was in 5th grade. Over the years the pair has enjoyed whipping up delicious treats like cookies and donut holes, making a photo book, and just talking and playing games together. After her December graduation, LaNae plans to work, then start at SCC Lincoln in the fall. She eventually hopes to transfer to a four year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
TeamMates has been a great experience for both LaNae and Michele. LaNae shared how at first they were complete strangers, but quickly became friends who could really talk with one another. 
“I’ve seen lots of growth and maturity in LaNae. She keeps her head and stays cool [when things are challenging], “ said Michele. Their mentoring time has often been “the best part of my day, my week!”
Wed
23
Dec

Soup It Up


Bill Runge, left, gets a bowl of soup from Barb Schmidt during the Soup It Up event at Fairbury High School on Dec. 18. The event highlighted different soup options for people to try from various organizations and all proceeds went to the family food market program to help feed local families in need. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Wed
23
Dec

Dancing Fever


Jefferson Intermediate Fourth Grade Teacher Jay Gerths free style dances during a convocation last week at FHS. Students from Central and Jefferson were delighted with dancing and music from Gordon Ochilla, back, left, and Joseck Asikoye, right. PTA sponsored the program that was entitled Jabali Afrika Assembly and featured African dance and music. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Wed
23
Dec

Jeffs Have Huge Showing At Auburn

No, Steve Harvey was not announcing the Auburn Invitational Wrestling Invite on Dec. 19.
A nationwide crashing of the site trackwrestling.com resulted in final team scores not being readily available. 
Fairbury Head Wrestling Coach Derek Garfield explained, “We were told we finished third as a team behind Norris and Bellevue West.”
All 12 varsity wrestlers entered in the tournament won a medal.
The Jeffs had two first place finishers, Jacob Johnson at 170-pounds and Damian Green at 160-pounds.
Auburn Invitational Results for Fairbury
106 - Autumn Branson, Fairbury, (5-11) placed 4th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Round 1 - Branson won by decision over Scylar Roop (Thayer Central) (Dec 9-4)
    Round 2 - Skylar Stalcup (Norris) 9-1 won by fall over Branson (Fall 0:43)
Wed
23
Dec

Mustangs Make Long Trip

Meridian made a long road trip to Elgin for the Elgin Public-Pope John Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 19.
Meridian finished ninth as a team with 51 team points. Winning the tournament was Plainview with 138 team points.
Other teams in the tournament included Hartington Central Catholic, Guardian Angels Central and Cross County/Osceola.
The Mustangs had two second place finishes at 152-pounds by Joshua Traynor and at 220-pounds by Jacob Durflinger.
Full results were:
152: Joshua Traynor (Meridian) - 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Ben Beard (North Central) (Fall 0:52)
Quarterfinals - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Tanner Lamoree (Cross County/Osceola) (Fall 1:16)
Semifinals - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Hunter Reimers (Palmer) (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match - Drew Loberg (Randolph) over Joshua Traynor (Meridian) (Fall 1:35)
 
Wed
23
Dec

Trojans Fall To Johnson-Brock At Home On Friday Night

Sans a third-quarter scoring flurry by Johnson-Brock on Friday, the Tri County boys basketball team would have been in the running for a victory.
The Trojans went down 65-42 at home to the Eagles.
Johnson-Brock led 16-7 after one period but both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter. The Eagles were up 29-20 at the half.
The third quarter made the difference with Johnson-Brock outscoring T.C. 20-11 to make a comeback difficult. The Eagles outscored T.C. 16-11 to put the game on ice.
The Trojans were led by Creighton Niemeyer’s 14 points and was followed by nine points from Riley Knust with Shane Parker kicking in nine points as well.
The Trojans played Thayer Central on the road on Saturday (Dec. 19), with the Titans picking up a 47-30 win.
Wed
23
Dec

FHS Falls To Crete


Fairbury High School sophomore Adam Wasserman cuts to the basket through Hunter Bradley of Crete.
Wed
23
Dec

FHS Drops To CHS


PICKING IT UP--Fairbury High School sophomore Sydney Miller (No. 31) sets a pick on MacKinsey Schmidt of Crete for FHS senior Halle Knigge. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
A start-stop offense hindered Fairbury as they took on the Crete Cardinals on Dec. 18 at home. 
The Cardinals were able to secure a 42-21 victory over the Lady Jeffs.
Crete was up 9-0 after one period. Fairbury battled back to outscore the Cardinals 9-8 in the second quarter to put the score at 17-9 at the half. 
A 17-4 third quarter by Crete put the game out of reach for FHS as both squads scored eight points in the final stanza.
Wed
23
Dec

D-O Slams Lewiston

The Diller-Odell girls basketball team continues to be a scoring machine and that machine rolled over Lewiston on Dec. 18 on the road.
The Lady Griffins won 64-42, and opened the game with a 19-4 shellacking of the Lady Tigers in the first quarter.
Diller-Odell led 44-20 at the half. The scoring fury calmed a bit in the second half for the Lady Griffins, with Lewiston outscoring Diller-Odell 22-20.
Four different Lady Griffins were in double digits in scoring, led by Bailey Schroeder’s 18 points. She hit 3 of 4 three-pointers and was 7 of 9 from the floor on the night.
Schroeder picked up six rebounds and had one steal.
Madison Jurgen and Theresa Zarybnicky each had 13 points. Jurgens had a team high nine rebounds with three blocks (team high) and one assist.
Wed
23
Dec

T.C. Slips By The Eagles Dec. 18

“It wasn't always pretty at times and we again made just enough plays to pull out a win,” Tri County Head Girls Basketball Coach Bryce Simpson said after his Lady Trojans defeated Johnson-Brock 36-32 on Friday.
T.C. started out slow, down 12-9 after one period and was behind 19-16 at the half.
A 10-7 third quarter scoring output and a 10-6 fourth quarter put the game away for T.C.
“In the second half we went on a nice little run early to tie things up and then it was pretty much back and forth until the end when we made just enough free throws to make it a two-possession game.”
Sloane Holtmeier led T.C. in scoring with 11 points, hitting 7 of 10 free throws and pulling down five boards with two assists and two steals.
Haydyn Weise had nine points with two rebounds and three steals while Miranda Vogt had seven points and had a team high in rebounds (five) and steals (five) with one assist.

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