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Dec

Dancing Fever


Jefferson Intermediate Fourth Grade Teacher Jay Gerths free style dances during a convocation last week at FHS. Students from Central and Jefferson were delighted with dancing and music from Gordon Ochilla, back, left, and Joseck Asikoye, right. PTA sponsored the program that was entitled Jabali Afrika Assembly and featured African dance and music. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Wed
23
Dec

Jeffs Have Huge Showing At Auburn

No, Steve Harvey was not announcing the Auburn Invitational Wrestling Invite on Dec. 19.
A nationwide crashing of the site trackwrestling.com resulted in final team scores not being readily available. 
Fairbury Head Wrestling Coach Derek Garfield explained, “We were told we finished third as a team behind Norris and Bellevue West.”
All 12 varsity wrestlers entered in the tournament won a medal.
The Jeffs had two first place finishers, Jacob Johnson at 170-pounds and Damian Green at 160-pounds.
Auburn Invitational Results for Fairbury
106 - Autumn Branson, Fairbury, (5-11) placed 4th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Round 1 - Branson won by decision over Scylar Roop (Thayer Central) (Dec 9-4)
    Round 2 - Skylar Stalcup (Norris) 9-1 won by fall over Branson (Fall 0:43)
Wed
23
Dec

Mustangs Make Long Trip

Meridian made a long road trip to Elgin for the Elgin Public-Pope John Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 19.
Meridian finished ninth as a team with 51 team points. Winning the tournament was Plainview with 138 team points.
Other teams in the tournament included Hartington Central Catholic, Guardian Angels Central and Cross County/Osceola.
The Mustangs had two second place finishes at 152-pounds by Joshua Traynor and at 220-pounds by Jacob Durflinger.
Full results were:
152: Joshua Traynor (Meridian) - 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Ben Beard (North Central) (Fall 0:52)
Quarterfinals - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Tanner Lamoree (Cross County/Osceola) (Fall 1:16)
Semifinals - Joshua Traynor (Meridian) over Hunter Reimers (Palmer) (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match - Drew Loberg (Randolph) over Joshua Traynor (Meridian) (Fall 1:35)
 
Wed
23
Dec

Trojans Fall To Johnson-Brock At Home On Friday Night

Sans a third-quarter scoring flurry by Johnson-Brock on Friday, the Tri County boys basketball team would have been in the running for a victory.
The Trojans went down 65-42 at home to the Eagles.
Johnson-Brock led 16-7 after one period but both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter. The Eagles were up 29-20 at the half.
The third quarter made the difference with Johnson-Brock outscoring T.C. 20-11 to make a comeback difficult. The Eagles outscored T.C. 16-11 to put the game on ice.
The Trojans were led by Creighton Niemeyer’s 14 points and was followed by nine points from Riley Knust with Shane Parker kicking in nine points as well.
The Trojans played Thayer Central on the road on Saturday (Dec. 19), with the Titans picking up a 47-30 win.
Wed
23
Dec

FHS Falls To Crete


Fairbury High School sophomore Adam Wasserman cuts to the basket through Hunter Bradley of Crete.
Wed
23
Dec

FHS Drops To CHS


PICKING IT UP--Fairbury High School sophomore Sydney Miller (No. 31) sets a pick on MacKinsey Schmidt of Crete for FHS senior Halle Knigge. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
A start-stop offense hindered Fairbury as they took on the Crete Cardinals on Dec. 18 at home. 
The Cardinals were able to secure a 42-21 victory over the Lady Jeffs.
Crete was up 9-0 after one period. Fairbury battled back to outscore the Cardinals 9-8 in the second quarter to put the score at 17-9 at the half. 
A 17-4 third quarter by Crete put the game out of reach for FHS as both squads scored eight points in the final stanza.
Wed
23
Dec

D-O Slams Lewiston

The Diller-Odell girls basketball team continues to be a scoring machine and that machine rolled over Lewiston on Dec. 18 on the road.
The Lady Griffins won 64-42, and opened the game with a 19-4 shellacking of the Lady Tigers in the first quarter.
Diller-Odell led 44-20 at the half. The scoring fury calmed a bit in the second half for the Lady Griffins, with Lewiston outscoring Diller-Odell 22-20.
Four different Lady Griffins were in double digits in scoring, led by Bailey Schroeder’s 18 points. She hit 3 of 4 three-pointers and was 7 of 9 from the floor on the night.
Schroeder picked up six rebounds and had one steal.
Madison Jurgen and Theresa Zarybnicky each had 13 points. Jurgens had a team high nine rebounds with three blocks (team high) and one assist.
Wed
23
Dec

T.C. Slips By The Eagles Dec. 18

“It wasn't always pretty at times and we again made just enough plays to pull out a win,” Tri County Head Girls Basketball Coach Bryce Simpson said after his Lady Trojans defeated Johnson-Brock 36-32 on Friday.
T.C. started out slow, down 12-9 after one period and was behind 19-16 at the half.
A 10-7 third quarter scoring output and a 10-6 fourth quarter put the game away for T.C.
“In the second half we went on a nice little run early to tie things up and then it was pretty much back and forth until the end when we made just enough free throws to make it a two-possession game.”
Sloane Holtmeier led T.C. in scoring with 11 points, hitting 7 of 10 free throws and pulling down five boards with two assists and two steals.
Haydyn Weise had nine points with two rebounds and three steals while Miranda Vogt had seven points and had a team high in rebounds (five) and steals (five) with one assist.
Wed
23
Dec

Swimmers Rise To The Challenge In Lincoln

Pushing yourself to do better each and every week is a goal of many athletes and for the swimmers and divers of the Beatrice Co-op swimming team, the Lincoln Southeast Invitational was the place to push themselves to another level.
The team had 18 individual qualifiers for the meet.
“This is one of the premiere swim meets of the season,” Beatrice, Norris, Fairbury, Freeman Head Swimming Coach Marian Wallen said. “We had 18 qualifiers for this meet, which is a great accomplishment, as the qualifying times are very fast at this meet. With having so many quality teams at this meet, it pushes the swimmers to do their best.”
The boys team finished 13th and the girls squad was 16th overall. 
The boys medley relay consisting of Austin Barber, Regan Monhollon and Colton Starck bettered their secondary state qualifying time (1:49.56).
Wed
23
Dec

Griffins Face Tough Opposition


STRONG MOVE--Tybor Smith of Diller-Odell goes up strong to the hoop in varsity basketball action on Dec. 19 in Odell. The Griffins lost to Hanover, Kan., 56-41. Smith scored 10 points in the game. (Photo by Fred Arnold, Jr./www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Minus a few cold quarters of scoring, the Diller-Odell boys basketball team may have come away with two wins.
However last Friday and Saturday, the Griffins lost both games, first to Lewiston, 74-64 and then to Hanover (Kan.), 56-41.
Against Lewiston, both teams had their offenses ready to score as the Griffins led Lewiston 23-20 after one period. Lewiston was up 38-35 at the half. A 22-8 third quarter put the Griffins behind the eight-ball for the fourth quarter, down by 17 points. Diller-Odell outscored Lewiston 21-14 in the fourth quarter but could not make a final scoring run.
Diller-Odell shot 58 percent from the free throw line (7 of 12) but Lewiston was far more aggressive getting to the line, and making it count, going 19 of 25 for 76 percent.
The Lewiston bench scored 22 points to Diller-Odell’s eight, but the Griffins had 10 points off of turnovers to just four by Lewiston.

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