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Feb

Mustangs Medal Seven At Conference Wrestling Invite

Meridian prepared for its upcoming district wrestling meet by bringing home seven medalists and a third place team finish in the five-team Crossroads Conference Wrestling Invite held Feb. 5 at McCool Junction High School.
The Mustangs had three individual champions and four second place finishers on the day.
Individual champions included senior Guadalupe Dimas, 132 pounds, sophomore Baxter Beals, 145 pounds, and senior Brandon Jackson, 182 pounds.
Dimas was victorious in his championship match by major decision, 14-3 over Cross County’s Trae Meysenburg.
Beals won his championship match by pinfall in 3:51 against High Plains Community’s Bryce Wilshusen.
Jackson improved to 34-1 on the year winning his championship match by pinfall over High Plains Community’s Payton Stevens in a time of 1:04.
Wed
11
Feb

Swimmers Drop Home Finale

Competing in its final home meet of the season on Feb. 5, the Beatrice-Norris-Fairbury-Freeman girls swimming and diving team lost to Lincoln Pius X by a score of 117-62 in dual action at the Beatrice YMCA.
Fairbury swimmers and divers placing individually in their respective events were Keanna Kroeker, fifth, 200 Free posting a time of 2:30.49, Lindsay Lee, third, one -meter diving with a score of 262.10 points, and Shaye Stall, fifth, 100 butterfly in a time of 1:24.25.
Wed
11
Feb

College Signing


FAIRBURY SENIOR CHEYENNE ROGERS is ready to sign a letter of intent to participate in cheerleading next year for Concordia University in Seward, Neb. Attending the signing on Jan. 27 were seated (starting from left), parent JaNea Rogers, Cheyenne Rogers, and Daneen Kovar Concordia University head dance and cheer coach, and Sara Halvorsen, Concordia University assistant dance and cheer coach. Standing Taylor Biehl Fairbury High School Guidance Counselor. Contributed Photo
Wed
11
Feb

Four Trojans Earn SNC Medals

Four Trojans Earn SNC Medals
 
Four Tri County varsity wrestlers claimed a medal at the Southern Nebraska Conference wrestling tournament held Friday at Sandy Creek High School.
Sophomore Ryan Musil led the way for Tri County placing second in the 160-pound weight class.
Musil lost his championship match by decision, 12-6 to Superior’s Lane Morris.
Senior Ryan Legg finished third with a mark of 4-1 in the 132-pound weight class.
Legg won his third place match by decision, 10-3 over Fillmore Central’s Cody Whitehead.
Freshman Ethan Paxton, 106 pounds, and freshman Cooper Smith, 170 pounds each picked up a fourth place medal.
Tri County and South Central tied for sixth place scoring 64 points with David City winning the 10-team Southern Nebraska Conference title amassing 188.50 points.
Wed
11
Feb

District Wrestling Times Set

The make or break weekend is here for high school wrestlers.
Fairbury, Meridian, and Tri County will participate this weekend in their respective two-day district wrestling tournaments.
Fairbury will take part in the 12-team B-3 District Wrestling Tournament held at Aurora High School.
First-round competition will start on Friday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m., and the meet will resume on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Meridian and Tri County will compete in the 19-team D-1 District Wrestling Tournament at Midland Lutheran University Events Center in Fremont.
First-round action will begin on Friday Feb. 13 at 3 p.m., and will start up on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Wed
11
Feb

Lady Griffins Place Fourth In Conference

 
It was a tough week on the court for Diller-Odell, as the Lady Griffins notched just one win in three games in the Pioneer Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Diller-Odell began tournament play on its home floor Feb. 3 edging Lourdes Central Catholic, 36-34.
The game was knotted at 25 at intermission, before the Lady Griffins took charge in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Knights, 13-8 to open a 30-25 lead.
Diller-Odell weathered a fierce fourth quarter push by the Lady Knights being outscored, 9-6, but hung on for the two-point win.
Madison Jurgens topped the Lady Griffins in scoring with 13 points, Theresa Zarybnicky, 10 points, Josie Vitosh, eight points, Mackenzie Gydesen, four points, and Madison Hajek chalked up one point.
Diller-Odell advanced to Friday’s semifinal contest at Southern High School against Class D-2 number one ranked Falls City Sacred Heart.
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11
Feb

David City’s Offense Steps Up In Second Half

In a span of three days, Tri County and David City faced each other on the hardwood.
Tri County earned a 46-45 home win on Jan. 31 versus David City.
The Scouts got revenge on the Trojans claiming a 52-42 victory in opening round play of Southern Nebraska Conference Boys Basketball Tournament held Feb. 3 at Tri County High School.
The loss knocked Tri County out of the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament.
David City built an 11-8 lead on the Trojans after one quarter of play and maintained a three-point, 29-26 lead at half.
Following halftime, David City’s offense heated up outscoring Tri County, 23-16 in the second half to pull away for the 10-point win.
Keldon Barr led Tri County (8-10) in scoring with 13 points, Wyatt Kowalski, 11 points, Justin Epp, eight points, Carson Hicks and Riley Knust, four points each, while Shane Jiskra chipped in two points.
Wed
11
Feb

Griffins Go 1-2 In Pioneer Conference Tourney

The results weren’t what Diller-Odell was looking for, as the Griffins went 1-2 in last week’s Pioneer Conference Basketball Tournament.
The Griffins opened tournament play Feb. 3 on their home floor defeating Southern, 41-38.
“This was a very good high school basketball game between two teams that both played exceptionally hard.,” Diller-Odell Griffins head coach Eric McMurray replied.
“We made just enough shots in the third quarter to take a lead into the fourth. When you shoot free throws poorly in the fourth (1-8) you must play solid defense, and we did,” McMurray said.
Ely Hroch topped the Griffins in scoring with 13 points, Austin Vitosh, 11 points, Brady McMurray and Bladen Ahl, seven points apiece, Zach Rash, two points, and Stetson Meyer tallied one point.
With the win, Diller-Odell advanced to play Lourdes Central Catholic on Friday in semifinal action at Southern High School.
Wed
11
Feb

Meridian Cagers Swept In Home Finale

Playing in front of the home crowd for the final time on Feb. 3, both Meridian basketball teams came up on the short end versus Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
In the girls game, the Lady Mustangs were defeated by the Lady Eagles, 58-45.
This was the first win this season for the Lady Eagles against Meridian. The Lady Mustangs beat BDS in consolation action in the MUDECAS Tournament, and then slipped past the Lady Eagles, 43-40 in first-round play in the Crossroads Conference Tournament.
Meridian held a 24-20 lead at intermission, but the third quarter belonged to BDS, as six players combined to score 23 points, while its defense clamped down on Meridian allowing only 12 points.
As a result, BDS opened a 47-32 lead advancing to the fourth quarter.
A key stat in the game was BDS hit nine three-point field goals on the night,  including six in the second half, while the Lady Mustangs connected on just one trey.
Wed
11
Feb

Team Effort Lifts Fairbury Past Schuyler Saturday


FAIRBURY JUNIOR JOSEY ZABOKRTSKY, No. 44, looks to pass the ball to a teammate while being fouled by a Schuyler player. Zabokrtsky scored eight points in Fairbury’s 51-35 home finale win against the Lady Warriors. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Bouncing back from Friday’s loss to Beatrice, Fairbury benefited from a solid team effort on both sides of the ball to earn a 51-35 home finale win Saturday against Schuyler.
Six players got into the scoring column for Fairbury, as the Lady Jeffs picked up their 11th win of the season.
Fairbury took charge in the first quarter vaulting out to a 15-7 lead behind the 1-2 scoring punch of Tiffani Bonsal scoring six points, and Shelby Pollman with four points.
Both squads picked up their scoring in the second quarter with Fairbury holding the upperhand at 18-12.
Heading to the third quarter with a 33-19 lead, the Lady Jeffs’ defense buckled down on the Lady Warriors limiting the visitors to just six points, while Fairbury scored 11 points to expand its lead to 44-25.
Schuyler sliced the final margin to 16 points by outscoring Fairbury, 10-7 in the fourth quarter.

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