Submitted by Jim Phelps on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:40pm
Undefeated Giltner took advantage in the fourth quarter of several Meridian mistakes to pull out a 49-33 victory Friday on the Lady Mustangs’ home court.
“We just didn’t box out a couple of times and gave up some offensive rebounds. The girls didn’t communicate well in our half court defense a few times, and let Kelbie Lyon get open under the basket for easy scoring opportunities,” Meridian Lady Mustangs coach Robert Schropfer said.
The game started out with a steal and a layup by the Lady Mustangs’ Erin Johnson just :12 seconds off the clock.
Giltner bounced back to take a 7-4 lead at the three minute mark.
Spearheaded by the scoring of Blair Hofstetter and Johnson, Meridian fought back to grab a 9-7 lead.
A two-point basket from the Lady Hornets’ Chainey Tompkin tied the game after one quarter at nine.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:39pm
FAIRBURY JUNIOR HALLE KNIGGE, No. 14, prepares to attack the defense setup by Centennial in last Tuesday night’s home contest. Fairbury came out victorious over the Lady Broncos, 43-22. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
It was a game of two differently played halves.
The start was the way Fairbury wants to play basketball, but the second half was not the way the Lady Jeffs want to finish a game.
As a result, Fairbury’s superb first half of play was overshadowed by sluggish play in the second half in last Tuesday’s 43-22 home win versus winless Centennial.
Fairbury opened the first quarter racing out to a quick, 6-0 lead.
Following a two-point basket by the Lady Broncos’ Jensen Schulz, Fairbury put together a 13-0 run in a 3 ½ minute span to take control at 19-2.
Lady Jeffs’ senior Shelby Pollman accounted for seven of the squad’s 13 points in the scoring blitz.
Centennial finished out the scoring in the quarter with back-to-back treys by Amber Tonniges.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:32pm
Where did the Christmas season go? By the time most of you read this Christmas will have come and gone. The calendar says Dec. 22 as I write this column, and I am still trying to comprehend the fact that Christmas is only a couple of days away.
In case you have missed some of my recent columns, this is my favorite time of year. I love this time of year so much that I am ready to be decorating for Christmas in October. I have to start decorating that early if I will get everything up. I still have a Christmas wreath on my table that was supposed to come to my office weeks ago.
One of the reasons that I have such a fascination with Christmas, I think, is because this time of year goes by so quickly and I don’t get to experience much of it. And I keep myself so busy with so many things that I feel like I miss out on a lot of the holiday goings-on.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:31pm
As one who has visited the island nation of Cuba on two different occasions I can honestly say I was more than pleased to hear last week that President Obama is going to attempt to ease the embargo the United States has had with that country for more than 50 years.
I have spent time all over Havana. I know Havana and its people.
I have spent time in Fidel Castro's Presidential Palace. I have dined in the Cuban Foreign Embassy and met many of their politicians, some I now consider to be friends with.
Conversely I too have spent time with the common Cuban people eating in their homes, drinking in their bars, spending time in their downtown markets and off the beaten path countryside.
I have been to their farms, their factories, their hospitals, attended a Cuban World Series Game and even taught a media class at the University of Havana, the first American to do so since the 1950s.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:30pm
Next week’s paper will be the very last of its kind. It will be the last edition delivered to local customers by carrier, more commonly called “paperboys”.
This was a very hard decision to come to. But frankly changing times, changing government and changing lifestyles have forced our hand in this matter.
A decade or so ago a newspaper carrier in western Nebraska was murdered following an abduction. As one might imagine for those of us in the newspaper business this has caused all sorts of sleepless nights as we ask our carriers, many of who are children, to deliver our product to portions of this and other communities where we are unsure of their safety. There are very few on daily newspapers in Nebraska that have a carrier force. We would suspect this may have played at least a partial hand in that.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:27pm
CASA is looking for additional CASA Volunteers in Saline and Jefferson Counties. Our informational meeting in Jefferson County will be held on Thursday, January 8 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will host the meeting at our Fairbury office, inside the First Baptist Church at 901 F St. All are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments, and learn about CASA.