Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:20am
MERIDIAN SENIOR BLAIR HOFSTETTER, No. 12, prepares to tip the ball over the net past the block attempt of Diller-Odell’s Katie Schultis, No. 14 in action last Thursday evening at Diller-Odell High School in Odell. Hofstetter led all Meridian hitters with a team-high 30 kills in the Lady Mustangs three-set win over the Lady Griffins. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
In a matchup of state-rated volleyball teams, Meridian by the slimmest of margins survived Diller-Odell in a hard-fought three-set match played Oct. 2nd on the Lady Griffins’ home floor in Odell.
The Class D-2 (10-4) Lady Mustangs edged the Class D-1 (15-4) Lady Griffins by scores of 18-25, 25-22, 28-26.
In the opening set, the Lady Griffins broke apart from a 5-5 tie by taking advantage of a number of Meridian hitting errors, and the strong net play of Madison Hajek, Madison Jurgens, and Josie Vitosh to go on a 7-0 run.
After a kill by Meridian’s Rylee Pieper stopped Diller-Odell’s uprising, the Lady Griffins pieced together a 6-0 run forcing Meridian to call its second timeout of the set.
Meridian could get no closer than six points, 24-18, before a kill from Josie Vitosh gave Diller-Odell the win in the first set.
Meridian seized the momentum in the second set with solid attacking and blocking at the net.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:08am
In most one-sided football games one play can be noted as the key turning point.
That was the case Friday night, as the Jeffs held a slim 13-6 halftime lead on the road at Lincoln Lutheran.
Senior defensive back Nate Klaumann sparked the Jeffs to a 53-6 win over the Warriors by returning an interception 98 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
That play set the tone for the remainder of the game, as Fairbury struck for 40 second half points enroute to evening its overall record at 3-3 and its district mark at 1-1.
“We thought going into this game, that we were pretty evenly matched with Lincoln Lutheran. That proved to be true through what was a great first half with us taking the lead late in the second quarter,” Fairbury Jeffs football coach Derek Garfield said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:08am
MERIDIAN HOMECOMING COURT--From L to R, Back Row: Lupe Dimas, Brandon Jackson, Ty Brakhage, and Ricky Nuñez. Front Row: Mikayla Shafer, Kaylen Stewart-Dietz, Kylee Stewart-Dietz, and Ann Endorf. Contributed Photo
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:06am
Earl Edmond Schmidt, the son of Emil and Elsie (Leavitt) Schmidt, was born at the family farm near Daykin, NE. on November 9, 1923. He died at Fairbury on October 2, 2014 at the age of 90.
He attended District 24 through his 8th grade, Helvey School until 10th and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1941.
He married Ruth. E. Zabel on March 10, 1946 and they lived and farmed at his birthplace until November of 2008, when they moved to Fairbury.
Earl and Ruth were blessed with five children: Connie (who died in an accident in 1954), Eugene, Larry, Douglas and Roger. He was a member of the Helvey United Methodist Church until it closed in 1986. In 1987, he joined the Fairbury First Christian Church.
He was a dedicated farmer and deeply appreciated the many hours of help provided by his sons and grandsons.