Interim studies address implications for changes to Nebraska's tax system

By Angela Hensel, Nebraska News Service



LINCOLN--Two interim hearings at the Capitol Dec. 9 examined elements of the Nebraska tax system in comparison with other states and identified factors that should be considered in any proposals to change Nebraska's tax system during the upcoming legislative session.


Jeffs Drop Weekend Contests

It was a tough weekend on the court for the Fairbury Jeffs.
The Jeffs tipped off their season on Friday falling on the road to Lincoln Christian, 56-22.
Fairbury’s offense struggled in the game being held to single digits in three quarters.
Lincoln Christian vaulted ahead, 12-3 after one quarter and continued to build on its lead the rest of the game.
“Lincoln Christian is a very good team that got out on us right away. We did a very poor job of taking care of the ball committing 26 turnovers in the game. Half of our possessions resulted in turnovers on the night,” Jeffs coach Justin Harris replied.
“With the experience we have on the team we should have done a much better job,” Harris said.
“Other than Connor Livingston we didn’t shoot the ball that well,” Harris said.

Wilber-Clatonia Rallys Past Tri County

Tri County had the upperhand for three quarters, however Wilber-Clatonia had the hot hand in the fourth quarter and rallied for a come-from-behind, 48-43 win Thursday night on the Lady Trojans’ home court.
Tri County maintained a 21-17 lead at intermission, and then increased its margin to 32-24 after three quarters of play.
Wilber-Clatonia scorched the Lady Trojans’ defense with 24 points in the final quarter, while the Lady Wolverines’ defense limited Tri County to just 11 points.
Tri County was paced in scoring by Haydyn Weise with  14 points, Sloane Holtmeier, 10 points, Megann Freese and Shalayna Niemeyer, six points each, Josie Weise, five points, and Delaney Uher put in two points.
Josie Weise led the Lady Trojans in rebounding with 15, and blocked shots with two, while Haydyn Weise and Josie Weise both had three steals in the game.

Fairbury Girls Split Pair Of Games

Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs went 1-1 on its first weekend of basketball play.
Saturday night, the Lady Jeffs got on the right track receiving a 48-29 road win against Fillmore Central.
After a slow first quarter start with Fairbury holding an 8-4 lead, the Lady Jeffs’ offense got in gear outscoring the Lady Panthers, 40-25 the remainder of the contest.
The second and fourth quarters were pivotal as Fairbury held scoring advantages of 12-4 and 16-11.
“We did do a better job on defense in this game than our Friday game against Lincoln Christian. We didn’t run our offense as well as we wanted and need to, but we still have to get use to playing together,” Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle-Evans said.
“This win was a step in the right direction and hopefully we can build on it as we get further into our schedule,” Engle-Evans said.

HTRS Shoots Lights Out In Win Over Griffins

DILLER-ODELL SENIOR AUSTIN VITOSH goes up strong in the paint on a shot attempt while being defended by HTRS defender in Friday’s home contest on the Griffins’ home floor. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

It was raining threes on the Griffins Friday night.
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer started bombing away early from three-point range and didn’t let up enroute to a 62-50 victory over Diller-Odell.
The Titans began the game on a 11-0 run sparked by the three-point shooting of Nolan Schafer and Eli Herr.
Diller-Odell didn’t score until 2:45 left in the opening quarter on a two-point hoop by Bladen Ahl.
A second trey by Herr followed by a two-point basket from Logan Bredemeier upped the Titans’ lead to 16-2.
Back-to-back hoops by the Griffins’ Ely Hroch cut the deficit to 16-6 after one quarter.
HTRS continued its shooting from three-point land, as Schafer nailed two straight threes to extend its lead to 22-6.
Following a basket from Ahl, the Titans pieced together an 11-0 run highlighted by the three-point shooting of Herr, Schafer, and Schuyler Kuhlmann to open a 32-9 lead.

Lady Griffins Explode Against HTRS

DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORE MADISON HAJEK No. 20, prepares to release the ball on a shot attempt over HTRS’s Camille Svoboda, No. 21, off a fast break during second half action Friday evening. The Lady Griffins improved to 2-0 on the season with a 55-34 win. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Diller-Odell’s Lady Griffins basketball team got things going right away in the first quarter on its way to a convincing, 55-34 home win Friday versus Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer.
The Lady Griffins grabbed a 6-0 in the first :90 seconds of play behind the scoring of Katie Schultis, Madison Hajek, and Madison Jurgens.
HTRS fought back trimming the deficit to 8-7 off a trey by Jena Fink with 4:47 on the clock.
The rest of the quarter belonged to the Lady Griffins, as the home team erupted on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter.
Diller-Odell’s offense didn’t slow down in the second quarter opening on a 12-0 run enroute to leaving the court at half with a 37-16 lead.
Continuing to push the pedal down in the third quarter, the Lady Griffins outscored the Lady Titans, 13-8 to increase their lead to 50-24.

Meridian Wins Twice In Triangular Action

Meridian began its wrestling season on Dec. 4 claiming a pair of wins at the High Plains Triangular held in Clarks.
The Mustangs defeated High Plains Community, 42-24.
Picking up mat wins for the Mustangs were Guadalupe Dimas, 138 pounds by pin in 53 seconds over Zach Clayton, Carlos Dimas, 145 pounds with a pin in 1:52 against Buck Church, Baxter Beals, 152 pounds by pinfall in 3:50 over Bryce Wilshusen, and Brandon Jackson, 182 pounds by pin against Payton Stevens in a time of 1:50.
Forfeit wins were received by Nick Gilligan, Cody Lundholm, and Jacob Durflinger.
Meridian won six matches enroute to a 36-32 victory over Wahoo-Cedar Bluffs.

Mustangs Place Sixth At Harvard Invite

Meridian’s wrestling competed in its first invitational on Saturday placing sixth out of 14 teams at the Harvard Invite.
On the day, the Mustangs tallied 69 points and had a trio of medalists.
Senior Liam Noel finished fourth at 120 pounds with a record of 3-3.
Noel lost his consolation third place match by pinfall to Dalton Kautz of Shelton/Kenesaw in a time of 3:59.
Senior Guadalupe Dimas placed fourth in the 138-pound weight class with a mark of 4-2.
Dimas lost by pin in 2:08 in his third place match to Alma’s Ashton Hammond.
Senior Brandon Jackson went undefeated to win the 182 pound weight class with a record of 4-0.
In the championship match, Jackson won by pinfall in 4:45 over Shelton/Kenesaw’s Jose Gomez.

BNFF Swimmers Open Season With Split Of Home Duals

The Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman swimming and diving teams began its season Dec. 4 splitting a home dual versus Lincoln Northeast.
In the girls dual, Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman were victorious by a score of 97.5-87.5, while Lincoln Northeast won the boys dual, 147-37.
Fairbury sophomore Shaye Stall placed in a pair of relays in the girls dual.
Stall teamed with Haley Andreesen, Rebecca Garland, and Elizabeth Mike to finish second in the 400 Free Relay.
The squad of Stall, Aleida Oerter, Maddy Wagner, and Joslyn Schiebur placed fifth in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 2:25.46.
A time of 1:25.81 gave Stall third place in the 100 meter butterfly.
Fairbury junior Lindsay Lee joined Kasondra Draper, Brooke Herron, and Elly Tetrick to post a fifth place time of 2:23.25 in the 200 Free Relay.

Meridian Erupts For Home Win

Bouncing back after a double-digit loss Friday against Dorchester, Meridian outscored Nebraska Lutheran in three quarters including a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter to receive its first win of the season at home on Saturday over Nebraska Lutheran, 56-36.
Following a low-scoring first quarter which saw the Mustangs build a 9-5 lead, Meridian stretched its margin to double digits, 21-11 at half, sparked by five points scored by Ty Brakhage.
Both squads combined to score 14 points in the third quarter leaving the Mustangs with a 10-point lead at 35-25.
Meridian put the game out of reach in the decisive fourth quarter erupting for 21 points, including 12 points tallied from Brakhage.
Brakhage led Meridian in scoring with 27 points.