Lady Jeffs Win Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament

Returning after five days off due to the NSAA moratorium, Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs basketball team didn’t miss a beat as the squad went 2-0 enroute to winning the Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament played Dec. 29-30 in Lincoln.
Fairbury began play Monday evening claiming a 47-39 win against Lincoln Lutheran.
The Lady Jeffs vaulted out to an 18-10 first lead on the Lady Warriors, and stretched their lead to double digits at half, 30-19.
Lincoln Lutheran turned up its defensive intensity in the second half limiting Fairbury to single digits in both quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Fairbury made some key shots from the field along with several crucial free throws to pull out the win.
Sidney Pollman paced Fairbury with a game-high 26 points, Shelby Pollman, 11 points, Tiffani Bonsal, five points, Josey Zabokrtsky, three points, and Halle Knigge chalked up two points.

FHS Wrestlers Go West To Begin Second Half Of Season

The second half of the wrestling season got underway Friday evening for Fairbury, as the Jeffs traveled west to Shelton for a dual match.
Fairbury coming off a small break for the holidays earned a 48-18 victory against Shelton/Kenesaw.
In the dual, Fairbury picked up nine wins on the mats, including six matches won by pins.
Earning wins for the Jeffs were Austin Barnts, 113 pounds won by forfeit, Logan Slater, 120 pounds by decision, 12-6 over Dalton Kautz, Anthony Moyer, 132 pounds by pin in 3:07 over Brandon Mashburn, Damian Green, 145 pounds by pin in 1:38 against Jaison Andrist, Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds by pin in 4:39 over Stephen Duffy, Zach Reikofski, 160 pounds by pin against Jack Duffy in 4:29, Jacob Johnson, 170 pounds by pin in 3:10 over Daly Haller, Patrick Ondrak, 182 pounds by decision, 8-2 over Jake Brunk, and Paul Mach, 285 pounds by pin against Junior Sauceda in a time of 1:38.

Tri County Cagers To Split Home Twinbill

Tri County’s basketball teams came away with a split on Saturday night in a home doubleheader versus Superior.
In the opener, Superior benefited from a fast first quarter start and a quick third quarter spurt to hold off Tri County, 49-39.
The (8-2) Lady Wildcats shot out to a 15-7 first quarter lead on the Lady Trojans, and maintained a 20-16 advantage at half.
Superior’s offense broke free scoring 12 third quarter points while limiting the Lady Trojans to just six points expanding its lead to 32-22 after three quarters of play.
Each team tallied 17 points in the final quarter leaving Superior with the 10-point victory.
Haydyn Weise paced the (3-7) Lady Trojans in scoring with 14 points, Josie Weise, seven points, Sloane Holtmeier and Delaney Uher, four points each, Kailey Weichel, Shalayna Niemeyer, and Haley Staroscik, three points apiece, and Eryn Hummer chalked up one point.

Madison Jurgens Selected All-State First Team For Volleyball

ALL-STATE SELECTION, right, Diller-Odell sophomore Madison Jurgens left, smiles as she stands next Diller-Odell Lady Griffins head volleyball coach Kandice Jurgens. Jurgens, a outside hitter/setter was chosen first team all-state in Class D-1 by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

All of her years of hard work in volleyball has paid off in a big way.
Through stellar and competitive play coupled with a keen knowledge of the game, Diller-Odell sophomore outside hitter/setter Madison Jurgens was honored by being named first team all-state by both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.
The 5’9” Jurgens led the Lady Griffins in kills on the season with 426, digs with 327, and ace serves with 71.
As a team, Diller-Odell finished third in Class D-1 at the state volleyball championships held in Lincoln this past Novermber. The sqaud posted a record of 29-7 on the season.
Jurgens is a two-year letterman for the Lady Griffins.
Receiving these post-season honors were a dream for Jurgens.

Griffins Rally Late Against Johnson-Brock

A gutsy fourth quarter effort by Diller-Odell lifted the Griffins to a come-from-behind, 47-44 home win Saturday evening against Johnson-Brock.
Johnson-Brock maintained the upperhand on the Griffins until mid way through the fourth quarter.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles held a 36-32 lead on the Griffins.
Diller-Odell trailed, 44-39 with just under three minutes to play when the team caught fire scoring the final eight points to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
“This was a gritty, gutty effort by the Griffins,” Diller-Odell Griffins coach Eric McMurray replied.
“The team trailed by five points, 44-39 with under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The guys responded in a big way scoring the last eight points of the game for the win.,” McMurray said.
“This was a super team effort, as we got great contributions from many different players,” McMurray commented.

Mustangs Come Away Ninth At Fillmore Central Invite

Taking to mats for the first time after the holidays, Meridian’s wrestling team placed ninth out of 17 teams at Saturday’s Fillmore Central Holiday Tournament held at Fillmore Central High School.
Seven Mustang grapplers brought home medals from the invite.
Senior Brandon Jackson went 4-1 in his five matches to finish second in the 182-pound weight class.
Jackson lost his championship match by decision, 2-1 to Wilber-Clatonia’s Nick Maschman.
Sixth place medalists included senior Guadalupe Dimas, 132 pounds and Cody Lundholm at 195 pounds.
Dimas finished with a mark of 3-2, while Lundholm also posted a record of 3-2.
Seventh place medalists were Liam Noel, 120 pounds, and Baxter Beals, 152 pounds.
Noel turned in a mark of 2-3 and Beals finished with a record of 3-2.
Triston Voight finished ninth in the 170-pound weight class with a mark of 3-2.

Griffins Close Out 2014 On A Winning Note

MERIDIAN SENIOR TYLER NOLTE drives to basket while being tightly guarded by Diller-Odell’s Bladen Ahl in second half action Dec. 30 in the match up between the Griffins and Mustangs played on the Griffins’ home court in Odell. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Senior experienced leadership carried Diller-Odell to a 51-37 home win Dec. 30 against Meridian.
Competing in its first game after the five-day moratorium, the Griffins were sluggish with their play in the first half.
While Diller-Odell was sputtering with its offense in the first half, Meridian had the hot hand for the first two quarters.
Meridian scored the game’s first points on a two-point basket from Jake VanWesten with 7:08 on the clock.
Following a three-point field goal by the Griffins’ Brady McMurray which put Diller-Odell ahead, 5-4, the Mustangs answered back with one made free throw by Tyler Nolte and a two-point basket from Michael Groves for a 7-5 lead.
Diller-Odell forged the second tie of the opening quarter at 7 on a two-point field goal from Ely Hroch.

Diller-Odell Outlasts Meridian For Home Win

DILLER-ODELL JUNIOR KATIE SCHULTIS, NO. 35, prepares to maneuver past Meridian’s Allison Klipp on a move in the paint from last Tuesday’s game played at Odell. Schultis scored four points in the Lady Griffins’ 51-45 win over the Lady Mustangs. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Despite playing sluggish for three quarters, Diller-Odell didn’t quit as they found enough offense in a back-and-forth fourth quarter to earn a 51-45 home win Dec. 30 over Meridian.
This was the first game for both squads following a five-day moratorium for the holidays.
Inspired play by Meridian allowed the Lady Mustangs to open a 12-6 first quarter lead.
A two-point hoop by Madison Jurgens, followed by one free throw from Josie Vitosh, and two charity tosses by Jurgens knotted the score at 14 with 5:12 left in the second quarter.
Over a span of 1:40 three straight two-point field goals by Meridian’s Blair Hofstetter upped the Lady Mustangs back on top at 20-14.
In the final 2:39 of the first half all the points by both teams were scored at the free throw line leaving Meridian with a lead of 22-18 at halftime.


In 1945, CA Swanson and Sons was a company that began the TV dinner. The building is currently occupied by Westin Packaged Meats on 3rd Street in Fairbury. Contributed Photo

120 YEARS AGO, 1895
The Jefferson County Journal 
Rev. J.O. Cramb officiated at the marriage of William F. Cramb and Cora H. Garnsey.
B.A. Royce of Fairbury was trying to develop a voting machine.
Fairbury Christmas temperature dropped to -10.
110 YEARS AGO, 1905
The Jefferson County Journal 
A “special” train was traveling across Nebraska, instructing farmers how to select seed corn.
The report from District No. 83 by Paul Chambers, teacher, mentioned Harold Cowney, Verda Deffer, Claude Long and Harold and Mildred Ward as honor pupils.
A bank at Mahaska owned by Goodrich Bank of Fairbury, was robbed of about $1,200.
The Fairbury Journal 
Too much snow hampered skating on the Little Blue, but favored coasting and sleighing.

Letters to the Editor

Keystone XL, Obama, 
Both Bad For The Us
Keystone XL pipeline, a foreign entity, is threatening to declare eminent domain to take over parcels of land that are owned by farmers and ranchers here in the United States. If that is allowed to happen our country has really hit the bottom.
A lot of people claim that the pipeline will create thousands of jobs. Where? The pipeline, if it is allowed to go through, will boost the economy for a few as it moves through.
The motels and eating establishments may profit but after they move through then what? There will be nothing but a scar on the surface of the earth and a pipeline below the surface that is carrying  millions of barrels of highly abrasive materials to southern seaports for processing and shipping to other countries for foreign use.
So Nebraskans, then what?