Mildred M. Zimmer

Mildred M. Zimmer, 75 of Fairbury, died February 19, 2015 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. She was born, September 6, 1939 in Decker, Ind.

Survivors are sons, Harold (Shelly) Zimmer; and John Zimmer all of Fairbury; daughters, Lori Miller of NC; Shari (Donnie) Withers of Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren and 5 Great-grandchildren, sisters, Lois (Randy) Zieman of Western, NE; June Troxel of Fairbury; brothers, Bill Cordry of Fairbury; Butch (Sheila) Cordry of Beatrice, NE; sister-in-laws, Bonnie (Doug) Preston of Jansen, NE; Bev Cordry of Blue Springs, NE; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and other extended family.


Tri County Legion Baseball Fundraiser

A soup dinner fund-raiser will be held for the Tri County Legion baseball teams.
The event will be held Sunday March 8 at the Plymouth Community Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Menu includes chili and chicken noodle soup, ham sandwiches, and pie.
All proceeds will be used for operation and construction costs of (Cody Park-Legion Field) located a half mile north of Tri County Public Schools.

Fairbury Loses Pair Of Conference Games

Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs and Jeffs basketball teams conldn’t keep up its momentum from last Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Schuyler.
As a result, both squads came up on the short end of the scoreboard in a pair of road losses on Feb. 10 against Seward.
In the opener just a few plays here and there spelled the difference in the Lady Jeffs’ 59-54 loss.
Seward got the upperhand on the Lady Jeffs in the first quarter opening a 16-8 lead.
A 19-point second quarter by Fairbury drew the Lady Jeffs within a point, 28-27 at half.
Shelby Pollman led the way for Fairbury pouring in 10 second quarter points.
The third quarter was low scoring, as both teams combined for 16 points leaving the Lady Bluejays holding a 37-34 lead.
Fairbury tallied 20 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t quite overtake Seward.


Saving their best performances of the season for when it counted the most, eleven area wrestlers punched their ticket to this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
All eleven grapplers used their god-given talent, determination,, and expertise to reach the big stage at the CenturyLink Center.
Fairbury will have three qualifiers headed to Omaha.
First round matches for Fairbury includes Class B 145-pound sophomore Damian Green (31-12) against Omaha Skutt Catholic’s Bailey Vanderpool (33-6), Class B 160-pound freshman Jacob Johnson (38-3) versus Alliance’s Danny Vallejo (19-12), and Class B 285-pound sophomore Paul Mach (29-13) facing McCook’s Dalton Goodenberger (36-4).
Meridian advanced six wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.