Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:51pm
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.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:50pm
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.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:41pm
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.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:38pm
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.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:47pm
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.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:45pm
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:23pm
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.