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04
Feb

BNFF Swimmers Sweep North Star

Participating in its final dual in January, the Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman swimming and diving teams swept a road dual on Jan. 29 versus Lincoln North Star.
The BNFF girls squad was victorious over the Lady Navigators, 121-64, while the boys squad won by a score of 92-59.
Fairbury competitors placing in individual events on the girls team were Keanna Kroeker, third, 200 Free, 2:30.33, Lindsay Lee, sixth, 200 Free, 2:50.82, Shaye Stall, fourth, 200 IM, 3:03.40, and Lee, third, one meter diving with a score of 281.31 points.
Wed
04
Feb

Lady Jeffs Turn Tables On Aurora

It is always nice to play at home.
Fairbury made the adjustments they needed to get the job done and were able to come away with a 41-35 win over Aurora in quarterfinal play Jan. 27 in the Central Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Earlier in the month, the Lady Jeffs were defeated by Aurora, 44-31 played on the Lady Huskies’ home floor.
According to Fairbury Lady Jeffs head basketball coach Amy Engle-Evans the keys to the girls win was improved play on defense and rebounding.
“We did a lot better job of rebounding the ball. The first time we played Aurora they out-rebounded us by 12. In this game, Aurora I think only out-rebounded us by one so that made a big difference. The girls played much more solid on defense as the girls were in a stance and we changed up and played man-to-man defense against Aurora to give them a different look,” Engle-Evans said.
Wed
04
Feb

Meridian Nudges BDS In Overtime

For the second time in less than two weeks, Meridian got the better of BDS.
The Lady Mustangs were victorious against the Lady Eagles in overtime, 43-40 in quarterfinal play in the Crossroads Conference Girls Basketball Tournament played Jan. 27 at the York City Auditorium.
In a low-scoring first half, Meridian held a 16-12 lead on Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
Meridian bumped its lead to 31-24 after three quarters, before the Lady Eagles behind the scoring of Lexi Kadel and Jaycie Hoins rallied in the fourth quarter outscoring Meridian, 12-5 to send the game to overtime tied at 36.
In the four-minute overtime, Meridian outscored BDS, 7-4 to earn the win paced by 4-4 shooting at the free throw by Allison Klipp.
Wed
04
Feb

Fourth Place Earned By Lady Mustangs In Conference Tourney

After opening play in the Crossroads Conference Girls Basketball Tournament last Tuesday with an overtime win, the Meridian Lady Mustangs were beaten twice by Giltner and Exeter-Milligan to finish fourth.
In semifinal action at the York City Auditorium on Jan. 29, Meridian lost to Class D-2 state-rated Giltner, 59-41.
The Lady Hornets held a 30-21 halftime lead, and put the game away outscoring the Lady Mustangs, 29-20 in the second half.
Allison Klipp led Meridian in scoring with 11 points, Blair Hofstetter, 10 points, Erin Johnson, nine points, Ashli Soukup, seven points, and Bridgette Jackson and Jaicee Sobotka contributed two points each.
With the loss, Meridian took on Exeter-Milligan in the third place game on Friday in the Crossroads Conference Tournament.
The Lady Timberwolves limited the Lady Mustangs to single digit scoring in each quarter enroute to a 39-26 victory.
Wed
04
Feb

Turnovers Late Doom Jeffs In Loss To Schuyler

Turnovers late in the game proved costly for Fairbury in Saturday’s, 36-32 loss to Schuyler in consolation action of the Central Conference Basketball Tournament played at York.
Early on the Jeffs held leads of 9-7 after one quarter, and 16-15 at half.
Following three quarters of play, Fairbury continued to lead at 27-24.
In crunchtime in the fourth quarter, Fairbury committed three straight turnovers in the final :45 seconds  with the lead in hand which proved costly.
“We did a pretty good job defensively in the game. The thing that hurt us was not taking care of the ball. Our last three possessions ended up with turnovers which allowed Schuyler to rally back,” Fairbury Jeffs coach Justin Harris replied.
Wed
04
Feb

Lady Jeffs Drop Two Finish Fourth In Conference

After starting tournament play with a win on their home floor, Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs dropped a pair of contests versus York and Holdrege in the Central Conference Girls Basketball Tournament played at York High School.
In semifinal action Thursday night, the Lady Jeffs ran out of gas in the fourth quarter falling to Class B state-rated York, 45-29.
“We played a really good first half as we were right in the game at half down by two points. In the second half we kind of ran out of gas as we went away from what had been working for us,” Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle-Evans remarked.
Fairbury was paced in scoring by Shelby Pollman with 12 points, Josey Zabokrtsky, eight points, Tiffani Bonsal, six points, Sidney Pollman, two points, and Halle Knigge scored one point.
With the loss, Fairbury turned around and faced Holdrege on Saturday afternoon in the third place game.
Wed
04
Feb

Team of the Week


TEAM OF THE WEEK--The Fairbury Jeffs wrestling team was named the team of the week by Nebraska USA Wrestling for the last week in January. Pictured are the Jeffs wrestling team after winning the Thayer Central Invite on Jan. 23 in Hebron. Fairbury won the 11-team invite with a score of 196.50 points, while Fillmore Central was runner-up racking up 136.50 points. Team members include front (l-r) Lathen Block, Tyler DeBoer, Austin Barnts, Anthony Moyer, Makayla Fletcher, Patrick Ondrak, Damian Green, Ina Sanchez, student manager, and Justyn Franklin. Standing (l-r) Assistant coach Takota Thiem, Nick Niemand, student manager, assistant coach Kam Lenhart, Keyten Pfingsten, Jacob Niemand, Logan Slater, Dalton Meyer, Zach Reikofski, Brett Sutton, Jacob Johnson, Paul Mach, assistant coach Cory Schweitzer, and head coach Derek Garfield. Contributed Photo
Wed
04
Feb

Pollmans Sign To Concordia


FAIRBURY SENIORS SIDNEY POLLMAN and SHELBY POLLMAN are all smiles as they prepare to sign letters of intent to play basketball next year for the Concordia University Lady Bulldogs. Attending the signing on Jan. 22 were seated (starting from left), Pollmans parents, Pam and Roger Pollman of Fairbury. Standing (l-r), Concordia University Lady Bulldogs head coach Drew Olson and Fairbury Lady Jeffs head coach Amy Engle-Evans. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Wed
04
Feb

Lady Griffins Soar Past Lady Trojans

After trailing early, 2-0, Diller-Odell took control and there was no slowing down the Lady Griffins.
Behind the scoring of Madison Hajek, Katie Zarybnicky, Mackenzie Gydesen, and Hanna McCown, Diller-Odell lit up the scoreboard with 14 first quarter points on its way to a 56-20 win over Tri County played Jan. 27 on the Lady Trojans’ home floor.
Diller-Odell didn’t let up on either side of the ball in the second quarter striking for 18 points, while its defense limited Tri County to eight points.
At halftime, Diller-Odell left the court with a comfortable, 32-8 lead.
The Lady Griffins began the third quarter with the hot hand stringing together a 13-0 run capped off by a three-point basket from Josie Vitosh.
With Diller-Odell’s trapping pressure defense disrupting Tri County’s ball handlers, the Lady Trojans were held to just four points scored on two-point hoops by Haley Staroscik and Shae Wattjes.
Wed
04
Feb

Trojans Respond Late To Slip By Griffins

In a defensively played game, Tri County made just enough shots to pull out a 34-32 home win Jan. 27 against Diller-Odell.
The Trojans made the most of their shot attempts and benefited from timely defensive stands late in the fourth quarter to hold off Diller-Odell.
Tri County scored the first points of the game on a lay in by Keldon Barr, and he came through sinking a two-point hoop giving the Trojans an 8-7 lead after one quarter.
Diller-Odell senior Ely Hroch accounted for all seven points for the Griffins in the first quarter.
A two-point basket from Trojan senior Justin Epp tied the game at half at 15, after 1-2 free throws by Austin Vitosh had given Diller-Odell a 15-14 lead.
Tri County could have extended its lead in the second quarter, but the team struggled at the free throw line hitting just 1-9 attempts.

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