Meridian Outlasts Diller-Odell In Matchup Of State-Rated Teams

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.

Win Streak Stretches To 10 For Lady Griffins

Even though Diller-Odell was pushed to four sets for the first time this season, the Lady Griffins had enough gas in the tank to come away with its 10th straight victory Sept. 30 versus Johnson-Brock.
The Lady Griffins won the home match over the (10-6) Lady Eagles by scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23.
As a team, Diller-Odell served 91.5 percent from behind the service line with Katie Zarybnicky leading the team with 15 points scored in the match.
Josie Vitosh contributed 11 points on 20-21 serving, and Madison tallied 10 points with a team-high four aces.
Diller-Odell registered 45 kills as a team against Johnson-Brock spearheaded by Madison Jurgens with 18 kills, and Hajek was second on the squad slamming down nine kills.
Josie Vitosh dished out a team-leading 23 set assists off 68-70 setting.
Katie Schultis topped the Lady Griffins in blocks with six, while Jurgens had 24 digs on defense.

Missed Two-Point Conversions Prove Costly For Mustangs

Meridian scored seven rushing touchdowns on Friday, but it wasn’t enough, as the Mustangs were handed a 52-42 road loss by Class D-2 state-rated Giltner.
Meridian Mustangs football coach Clint Jones remarked the key in the game was the team was unable to convert on any of its two-point conversions.
It was a career night for senior I-back Brandon Jackson who rushed for all seven Meridian touchdowns.
Jackson finished the game with 349 yards rushing on 43 carries.
In the first quarter, Jackson scored on runs of two and 57 yards to keep Meridian within 10 points, 22-12 of the Hornets.
Ben Hinrichs scored the only touchdown of the second quarter for the Hornets on a seven-yard pass from Leichty stretching Giltner’s lead to 30-8 at half.
Meridian outscored Giltner in the third quarter, 12-8 slicing the deficit to 38-24.
Jackson scored on runs of 10 and 57 yards for the Mustangs.

Fairbury Spikers Have Difficult Night

The energy just wasn’t there.
As a result, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs volleyball team dropped to 2-5 at home after last Tuesday’s three-set loss to Humboldt-Table Rock -Steinauer.
The Lady Jeffs lost to the Lady Titans by scores of 15-25, 14-25, 14-25.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs volleyball coach Ryan Evans remarked that the team came out flat.
As a team, Fairbury tallied 24 kills led by Shelby Pollman with 14 kills, while Cheza Troxel put down three kills.
Sidney Pollman handed out 10 set assists on 30-31 setting.
Shelby Shinn paced Fairbury on defense with 14 digs, with Shelby Pollman contributing 10 digs.

Fairbury Makes Quick Exit From Conference Tourney

It was not a good day on the diamond Saturday for the Fairbury/Thayer Central softball team competing in the Central Conference Softball Tournament in Seward.
The Lady Jeffs did not play well on defense, while their offense was limited to just four hits in the seven inning, 10-2 loss to Aurora.
Fairbury/Thayer Central held a 1-0 lead on the Lady Huskies after one inning of play.
The run scored for the Lady Jeffs on a fielder’s choice.
Aurora’s offense pushed across three runs in the top of the second inning, and added two additional runs in the third.
A single run by the Lady Jeffs in the bottom of the third cut the deficit to 5-2.
In the final three innings, Aurora tallied five runs, while limiting Fairbury/Thayer Central to just two base runners on a walk and a hit.
Fairbury/Thayer Central softball coach Taylor Biehl was not pleased with how the team played on Saturday.

Fairbury Runners Compete At UNK

A small group of runners for Fairbury competed Sept. 29th at the UNK Cross Country Invite held on the Kearney Country Club golf course.
The Lady Jeffs placed 10th out of 24 teams in Class C with a team score of 169 points.
Sidney won the Class C team title recording a score of 38 points.
No Fairbury runners placed in the top 20 in their respective races to earn a medal.
Sophomore Lilibeth Estrada was Fairbury’s top runner placing 34th out of 133 runners in the 5k run posting a time of 23:12.00.
Shaye Stall finished 35th at 23:13.90, Hannah Yantz was 49th in a time of 23:51.70, and MaKayla Fletcher finished 100th with a time of 27:31.70.
On the boys side, the Jeffs placed 20th out of 24 teams in Class C field amassing a team score of 338 points.
Columbus Scotus claimed the Class C team championship with a score of 58 points.

Second Half Interception Sparks Fairburys’ Uprising In 53-6 Win Over Lincoln Lutheran

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.

Meridian Homecoming Court

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


Fairbury Places Sixth At Crete Invite

It was a busy weekend on the diamond for the Fairbury/Thayer Central Lady Jeffs softball team.
The Lady Jeffs faced some solid competition in last Saturday’s eight-team Crete Invitational finishing in sixth place with a record of 1-2.
In their opener, the Lady Jeffs fell to Hastings, 13-0 in four innings.
The (19-8) Lady Tigers pushed across four first inning runs and never looked back.
Collecting hits for the Lady Jeffs were Marah Shumard, single, and Macy Ohlde, singled.
Fairbury/Thayer Central rebounded in its second contest defeating Centennial, 8-4.
After a slow start against the Lady Broncos, Fairbury/Thayer Central’s offense produced four runs in the fifth inning, and tallied a pair of sixth inning runs to seal the win.

Earl Edmond Schmidt

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.