Defensive Letdowns Spell Trouble For Jeffs

Fairbury’s offense played consistent for one half in both of its contests over the weekend, but scoring droughts and breakdowns on the defensive side proved too much for the Jeffs.
Friday evening, Fairbury strong play in the first half helped the Jeffs take a 32-28 lead on the Bulldogs in to half.
However in the second half, Fairbury’s offense struggled to score, and Auburn continued to shoot the basketball well pulling away from the Jeffs for a 62-44 win.
Connor Livingston paced Fairbury in scoring with 11 points, Blake Bauer, 10 points, Dalton Hinrichs, seven points, Nate Klaumann, five points, Cody Huss, four points, Spencer Feldkamp, three points, and Brent Hirsch and Nathaniel Stapaules scored two points each.
A lack of second half scoring and a letdown on defense hurt the Jeffs in their Saturday evening 42-35 home loss to Columbus Lakeview.

Lady Jeffs Split Weekend Games

Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs basketball team played .500 ball over the weekend.
Friday night, the Lady Jeffs overcame a slow start to cruise to a 59-37 road win against Auburn.
Sidney Pollman topped the Lady Jeffs in scoring with 24 points, Shelby Pollman, 15 points, Tiffani Bonsal, six points, Regan Schmidt, five points, Josey Zabokrtsky, four points, Halle Knigge, three points, and Sydney Miller tallied two points.
On Saturday, Fairbury did not play well which led to a 37-34 home loss at the hands of Columbus Lakeview.
The (9-5) Lady Jeffs were led is scoring by Shelby Pollman with 16 points, Sidney Pollman, eight points, Zabokrtsky, six points, and Bonsal chipped in four points.
Fairbury will host Aurora on Tuesday Jan. 27 in first round play in the Central Conference Tournament with tipoff slated for 6 p.m.

Game Of Runs Won By Lady Griffins

Bouncing back from a first round loss, Diller-Odell persevered from a slow start to earn a 44-32 win over Lourdes Central Catholic in the MUDECAS Girls A Division consolation game played Friday night at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
Trailing, 23-18 midway through the third quarter, the Lady Griffins picked up their intensity closing out the quarter behind the scoring of Madison Hajek with five points, and two free throws from Madison Jurgens for a 25-23 lead.
Following a game-tying basket by Laura Box just :20 seconds into the fourth quarter, Diller-Odell then strung together a 19-0 run to take overall control.
In the 19-0 scoring spree, Jurgens led the way for the Lady Griffins tallying 10 points, highlighted by a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays.

Switch In Defense Lifts Meridian To Consolation Win

MERIDIAN SENIOR BLAIR HOFSTETTER, No. 12, prepares to release a shot attempt in Friday’s MUDECAS GIRLS A DIVISION consolation game versus B-D-S. Hofstetter tallied 20 points in Meridian’s 53-39 victory. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News, more photos at:
After its man-to-man defense wasn’t the answer, Meridian switched up its defense in the second half which led the Lady Mustangs to slow down Bruning-Davenport-Shickley’s offense.
As a result, Meridian exploded on offense in the fourth quarter while its defense clamped down on the Lady Eagles resulting in a 53-39 win in MUDECAS A Division consolation action played at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center on Friday.
B-D-S maintained a 13-11 advantage after one quarter and stretched its lead at half to 23-17.
A trio of Meridian players, Allison Klipp, Blair Hofstetter, and Erin Johnson accounted for 14 points in the third quarter including a last-second trey from Hofstetter giving the Lady Mustangs a 31-28 lead.
Bridgette Jackson’s two-point field goal got Meridian off and running in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Mustangs took charge outscoring B-D-S by a count of 22-11.

Consistent Play Propels D/O Past Meridian

DILLER-ODELL SENIOR AUSTIN VITOSH, No. 14, is guarded closely by a Meridian defender, as he looks to distribute the ball to an open teammate in last Tuesday’s first round game in the MUDECAS Basketball Tournament Boys B Division played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News, more photos at:
After struggling early on, Diller-Odell began to hit its stride midway through the opening quarter and never let up in last Tuesday’s first round game versus Meridian in the MUDECAS Boys B Division Tournament played on the court at the Truman Center at SCC-Beatrice.
The Griffins came away with a 63-41 victory over the Mustangs.
Meridian jumped ahead, 5-2 in the first quarter, before the Griffins outscored the Mustangs, 11-4 in the last 5:50 of the quarter.
A two-point basket from the Mustangs’ Ty Brakhage inched Meridian within two points, 13-11 just :35 seconds into the second quarter.
Diller-Odell did a better job of moving the ball on offense in the second quarter stringing together a 10-0 run to open a 23-11 lead.
Bladen Ahl accounted for eight of the Griffins’ 10 points in the scoring spree.

Lack Of Offensive Rebounding Thorn In Fairbury’s Side

FAIRBURY SENIOR DALTON HINRICHS prepares to maneuver with the basketball past Wilber-Clatonia’s Carter Zlab, No. 20, during first half action last Tuesday night on the Jeffs’ home floor. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News, more photos at:
Fairbury’s home contest last Tuesday evening against Wilber-Clatonia could be summed up in a few words.
Too many offensive rebounds allowed.
In the first half, the Jeffs gave up eight offensive rebounds to the Wolverines, and 12 for the game, as Wilber-Clatonia walked off the court with a 51-38 win.
Wilber-Clatonia came out on fire jumping out to an 8-0 lead spearheaded by a pair of three-point hoops from Alec Munro.
Fairbury chipped away slicing the deficit to 13-8 after the one quarter.
A three-point field goal by the Jeffs’ Connor Livingston drew Fairbury within five points, 16-11 early in the second quarter.
However that would be as close as Fairbury would get with Wilber-Clatonia closing out the quarter on a 12-6 scoring spree for a halftime lead of 28-17.

Watch Those Commercials

I never really thought much about television commercials until I had to take a college journalism class on advertising. That class taught me that the time slot for the airing of every single commercial is quite deliberate, and now I can’t watch commercials without analyzing them. 
This is what I see when I watch TV:
In the evenings commercials are filled with food commercials: Doritos, fast food restaurants, Pepsi, etc. Nearly every commercial break has at least a restaurant or junk food item. Advertisers are appealing to hungry people during the supper hour, and the bored people or still-a-little-bit-hungry people from 8-10 p.m.

Thinking About Sasquatch And Drinking 24 Hours A Day

I am quite a reader. When I  read, usually news articles,  I save snippets of things that I think perhaps I will use in a column or editorial one day.
 Some of those items turn out to be stand alone topics. Others are merely things that have piqued my interest. It’s time to clean out that file a little bit with things that merit just a comment or sentence or two.
  A Hastings woman who is a member of SIR (Sasquatch Investigation of the Rockies) recently  contacted the Butler County Sheriff to say she found structures consistent with how the creature would mark a territory or stake out a claim.
  I don’t judge. Who am I to say how a Sasquatch marks his territory. I can also remember when people vehemently denied there were Cougars living in Nebraska too. And my son still swears he thinks the elusive Chupacabra lives south of Fairbury in the hills.

Our Community Would Be Better Off If People Spoke Their Convictions

  Courage isn’t easily found.
 Some unfortunately find courage in a bottle, speaking their minds only when they’ve had a few. Others find courage in anonymity, it’s easy to speak out from behind the curtain where no one knows who you are.
  In the case of the Journal-News courage can be found each week with a by line. Like it or not you always know what we think. Sometimes it’s right, other times we’ve missed the mark. Our courage sometimes nets us cheers, jeers, flat tires and keyed vehicles. But you know where we stand on community issues.


Police Report 
Jan. 6: Report of a welfare check in the 200 block of 7th Street. 
Jan. 7: Report of a disturbance involving a student at Fairbury Junior/Senior High School. 
Jan. 8: Report of a scam phone call in the 900 block of D Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of an attempted break-in in the 1100 block of 5th Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of a dog running loose in the 1000 block of 5th Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of disturbing the peace in the 1500 block of K Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of a theft in the 1400 block of D Street. 
Jan. 9: Report of a disturbance in the 800 block of 9th Street. 
Jan. 11: Report of vandalism in the 800 block of 4th street. 
Jan. 11: Report of a gas drive off in the 300 block of 14th Street. 
Jan. 11: Report of a stolen vehicle in the 900 block of 6th Street.