Enjoyed The Experience, The Game Was Good, Too

Trevor Gill
This past weekend I was able to check an item off my bucket list. My wife, Ginny, got tickets for the Husker game for us and our two oldest daughters as an early birthday present.  
I still remember my first game I attended with my grandpa many years ago and I’ve been wanting to pass that along to my kids. Saturday did not disappoint, it was perfect football weather. Jordin, our five year old, was amazed by the sheer size of the stadium. We took pictures outside the stadium and made our way to our gate-thankfully along the way we found someone giving out balloons. Once inside, we got our concessions and found our seats; the girls were speechless for a couple minutes (which is a feat alone).  
“How did those people get way up there?” 
“Why don’t we have a TV that big?” were just a few of the questions we had to contend with. 

Trojans nixed by Sutton

Tri County won the stats battle Friday evening against Sutton, but five turnovers were a back-breaker for the Trojans, as they fell on the road, 20-13 to undefeated (3-0) Sutton.
Tri County scored its first touchdown on a one-yard run by Shane Jiskra. The two-point conversion was no good leaving Sutton with an 8-6 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Sutton left the field at half ahead, 20-6.
The Mustangs held a 14-point margin heading to the final quarter.
Tri County continued to battle and manufactured its second touchdown of the contest on a three-yard run by Colby Ensz. Steffen Hotes kicked the PAT drawing the Trojans within seven points.
That would be as close as Tri County would come the rest of the game.
On the night, Tri County outgained Sutton in total yards, 235-220, including an edge on the ground in yards, 152-105.

Area golfers swing into action at Fairbury

A steady wind provided a challenge for all golfers Monday at the Fairbury Invitational played on the Fairbury Country Club golf course.
Fairbury's young Lady Jeffs golf team turned in a fourth place finish in the invite with a score of 520.
Junior Madison Black was the lone individual medalist for the Lady Jeffs placing eighth overall shooting an 18-hole score of 109 on rounds of 53-56.
Seward's Kendra Placke was the individual medalist on the day firing a score of 82.
Beatrice won the team championship with a score of 398 with Seward runner-up at 442.
Fairbury junior varsity golfer McKenna Troxel was just two stokes out the medals placing 12th with an 18-hole score of 120.
Varsity golfer Ashley Griffee finished 14th with a score of 122, Sara Mitchell was 22nd carding a 136, Evie Schwab was 26th firing a score of 153, and Shavara Kroeker was 28th with a score of 155.

Lady Jeffs Play Solid At Invite, But Can’t Get “W”

BIG SWING--Fairbury sophomore Destini Warnke prepares to take a swing at an incoming pitch in last Tuesday’s home contest against Auburn. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Fairbury's Lady Jeffs softball team played well for the most part, but were not rewarded with any victories at Saturday's eight-team Falls City Invitational.
The Lady Jeffs (7-10) opened play losing 9-8 to Auburn.
“We were up 7-0 on Auburn heading to the fourth inning. I knew Auburn would score at some point, as they are a good team. In the top of the fourth inning a lot of things changed. They really only had one  solid hit along with several other hits, which were bloopers while we had one error in the field along with allowing four walks. It turned out to be a very stressful inning, as Auburn tallied nine runs,” said Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Taylor Biehl.
“We fought back to score once to draw within a run, but we couldn't tie the game up to send it into extra innings. We definitely played Auburn much better than we did earlier in the week,”commented Biehl.

Meridian splits at triangular last week

Meridian took to the court last Thursday evening coming away with a split of its matches at the Exeter-Milligan volleyball triangular.
The Lady Mustangs lost in straight sets to (7-2) Exeter-Milligan, 25-27, 17-25.
At the net, Allison Klipp led the Lady Mustangs in attacks with nine kills, including seven in the first set. McKehna Bartels topped Meridian with two aces in the match.
Erin Johnson dished out a team-high leading 18 set assists with 12 assists put up in the opening set.
Sylvia Danieli and Klipp paced the squad with seven defensive digs apiece.
Meridian came out victorious in its second match rolling over McCool Junction in straight sets, 25-8, 25-10 to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Rylee Pieper topped Meridian in kills with 15, while the team chalked up 11 aces led by Pieper and Danieli with three aces each.

Mustangs Go 2-1

Meridian had a strong showing at Saturday's eight-team Friend Invite.
The Lady Mustangs went 2-1 on the day finishing runner-up to Class C2 top ranked (10-0) Freeman.
In its first round match, Meridian came out victorious against Friend by scores of 25-27, 25-16, 27-25.
As a team, the Lady Mustangs chalked up 39 kills in the three-set match against the Lady Bulldogs spearheaded by Rylee Pieper with a team-high 28 kills, and Allison Klipp put down nine kills.
Behind the service line, Klipp had three aces and a team-leading 15 digs on defense, while McKehna Bartels contributed 14 defensive digs.
Setter Erin Johnson dealt out a a team-high 31 set assists.
With the win, Meridian advanced to face Lindsay Holy Family in semi-final action.
Meridian took down Lindsay Holy Family in three sets, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22.

Lady Jeffs Cross Country Dominates

CHAMPIONS--Fairbury Lady Jeffs cross country team had six individual medalists enroute to winning their own invite last Thursday with a team score of 22 points. Team members include seated (l-r) Autumn Branson, Emily Burkley, Lilibeth Estrada, and Shaye Stall. Standing (l-r) McKayla Fletcher, Anna Schouboe, Josey Zabokrtsky and Halle Knigge. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Even though the skies were gloomy and threatening with rain for the Fairbury Cross County Invite last Thursday afternoon, the rain held off just long enough for the Lady Jeffs to win the team championship sparked by six individual medalists.
The Lady Jeffs claimed first place honors with a score of 22 points with Syracuse runner-up in the field of eight full teams with 51 points.
Medalists for the Lady Jeffs included Emily Burkley, second, 22:15.89, Lilibeth Estrada, third, 22:46.20, Shaye Stall, eighth, 23:40.95, Halle Knigge, ninth, 23:53.96, Autumn Branson, 16th, 24:45.43, and Anna Schouboe, 17th in a time of 24:45.48.
Senior Josey Zabokrtsky placed 23rd out of 51 runners with a time of 26:23.19.
“I was so glad that we got the races in. It was stressful to see if we were going to get the invite completed. It was a blessing that the rain held off,”said Fairbury cross country coach Kristi Peterson.


Police Report
Aug. 19: Report of a stolen bicycle and criminal mischief in the 800 block of Third Street.
Aug. 20: Report of a possible scam in the 400 block of Fifth Street.
Aug. 21: Dennis Dragoo, of Fairbury, parked his 2013 Chevrolet in the parking area at 417 Seventh Street. It was struck by an unknown make and model vehicle that is possibly white in color.
Aug. 21: Report of theft and drug offenses in the 1700 block of I St.
Aug. 21: Report of weapon used to commit felony in the 400 block of Fifth St.
Aug. 21: Report of child neglect in the 100 block of 11th St.
Aug. 22: Report of found bicycle in 1000 block of Fourth St.
Aug. 22: Report of animal neglect in the 1200 block of Seventh St., dog was seized.

“Out of the Darkness” Walk is Sept. 19

  The eighth annual “Out of the Darkness” walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park in Beatrice. This walk will feature a guest speaker: Kirk Smally, of Oklahoma City, who lost his son to suicide.
  Melissa Carlson, the person who organized the event, explained that this walk is meant to show support for families and friends of those who were lost to suicide and to raise awareness in order to reduce the number of people who take their lives.
  “I started off doing suicide prevention because I lost both of my family members to suicide,” said Carlson. “I just didn’t want other people to have that toll or feel like they have nowhere to go. Sometimes, if someone’s lost someone to suicide, they struggle to reach out to someone and talk to them. It’s best to talk about it and to get it out there.”
  Registration for this event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Smally will share his story from 12-1:30. 


The following attended the Schipper/Stelling reunion Sunday, September 13 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Fairbury, NE. Dawn Thieme and Jeff Bleich of Hebron; Harlan Huls and Alvin Huls of Beatrice; Larry and Geraldine Smith of Blue Springs; Allen Schipper and Angela Taylor of Omaha; LaVere and Ann Schipper of Ralston; Bill and Pris Stelling; Shane and Misti Henry, Kayzin, Makynlei Henry and Rylee Pospichal; Karisha Henry; Austin Dudere; Brant Gillham, Rodney Henry; Gail Henry; Betty Hoffman, and Harold and Sandra Stelling all of Fairbury.