Jefferson Speedway Hosts Midget Racing

The USAC National Midgets will perform at the Jefferson County speedway early next month.
“Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night Thunder presented by Fairbury Foods and Schmidt’s Sanitation” will be the first USAC midget race in southern Nebraska, according to promoter Cody Brewer.
“The people in Fairbury and the surrounding communities are really excited about this event,” said Brewer. 
“Tuesday Night Thunder will be good for South Central Nebraska and good for Midget racing. 
“It will be a great lead-in to the ‘Chad McDaniel Memorial’ and Belleville Midget Nationals,” he said.
The event, scheduled for Aug. 2, also will include the JayHusker non-wing Micro Sprint Cars, said Brewer.
Among the drivers competing in the event are three-time Indianapolis 500 driver Bryon Clauson; past USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon; and current USAC Midget points leader Spencer Bayston.

Pitching Dominates For Fairbury

Despite playing in a mist all day, Fairbury’s American Legion Seniors baseball team relied on solid pitching to earn a pair of wins July 2 in the eight-team Sutton Senior Legion Baseball Tournament.
In its opener, Fairbury allowed no earned runs, while banging out 11 hits enroute to a 10-2 six inning win over Sutton.
Fairbury pitcher Marshall York who took over on the mound after one out in the first inning allowed just one hit in the third inning.
The game ended in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI hit from Keyten Pfingsten giving Fairbury the win by the eight-run rule.
Collecting hits for Fairbury were Cayman DeBoer, single, Adam Wasserman, two singles, Pfingsten, single, York, two singles, Zach Holes, single,, Hergott two singles, Dawson DeBoer, single, and Bauer, tripled.

Juniors Drop Home Contest Against BDS

It was the same verse to the same song for the Fairbury Juniors American Legion baseball team in last Tuesday's (July 5) home game versus Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
The Fairbury Juniors had a difficult time of over coming errors, walks, and shutting down the opponent after recording two outs in an inning.
As a result, a powerful Bruning-Davenport-Shickley squad  took charge early and coasted a 10-2 five inning victory over Fairbury.
A tired and sluggish Fairbury offense could not mount any come back in the bottom of the fifth, as the game ended by the eight-run rule.
For the game, Fairbury was 4-16 for a team average of .250 at the dish against BDS pitching.
Compiling hits for Fairbury were Carson York, single, Dawson DeBoer, single, Hinrichs, single, and Brett Sutton singled.

Second in League Tournament

The Fairbury Storm, 12 and Under softball team was second at the League Tournament in Pickrell on Sunday. Team members were, front row, left to right, Brittany Kroeker, Vanessa Wallman, Anna York, Hannah Robertson, Annika Paige, Adaline Linscott. Second row, Cassidy Sipek, Aspen DeFrain, Lydia Heislen, Cobie Cole, Ellie Livingston, Alissa York. Back row, coaches Shannon Robertson, Kirk Weichel, Neal Cole. (Contributed photo)


Juniors Third At Districts

Despite entering play in the Area 4 Class B Juniors Baseball Tournament as the seventh seed out of eight teams, Fairbury’s Juniors American Legion Baseball team took giant steps to finish tied for third in the five-day district tournament.
Monday evening, Fairbury’s stretch of strong play came to an end, as the team worn thin in pitching and Crete took advantage of that eliminating Fairbury from district play earning a 15-5 five inning victory.
Collecting hits for Fairbury were Carson York, double, Cayman DeBoer, single, Zach Holes, single, Marshall York, single, Klaumann, double, Sutton, single, and Hinrichs singled.
Fairbury 10 Doniphan-Trumbull 5
Fairbury stayed alive in the double elimination tournament, Sunday afternoon earning a five-run win over Doniphan-Trumbull.
At the plate, Fairbury batted .444 going 12-27 in the game.

Tractor Pull Thrills Crowd

TRACTOR PULL—A Dodge Ram was one of the many competitors at the Plymouth Tractor Pull last Friday night. (Photo by Matthew Saxton/

The results from the annual Plymouth Tractor Pull last Friday night (July 8) were:
10,500lbs 3LM class
1. Jeremy Ostansky-International 1066-341.89ft
2. Jason Siems-International 1466-325.02ft
3. Alex Wilmott-Case 1175-260.99ft
4. Ryan Wilmktt-Case 1175-250.51ft
5. Taiten Harms-International 1066-206.14ft
6. Chris Gustafson-International 1066-58.22ft
10,700lbs Modified Farm
1. Garrett Freese-International 1066-391.38ft
2. Keith Bohaboj-John Deere 4430-380.56ft
3. Bryan Koliha-John Deere 4455-376.89ft
4. Dan Koliha-John Deere 4055-352.02ft
5. Shane Jiskra-Allis Chalmers 210-236.96ft
Mid America Truck and Tractor Pullers Association (MATTPA) pull results-
12,700lbs Farm stock 
1. Joe Healy-John Deere 4430-294.69ft
2. Jason Siems-International 1466-291.56ft

Seniors Drop Home Finale To BDS Squad

A  few more hits found the gaps for the visiting Bruning-Davenport-Shickley squad, and that turned out to be the difference, as BDS dealt Fairbury a 6-3 loss last Tuesday evening (July 5) in Senior American Legion baseball action played at Quinn Field in Fairbury.
Both squad’s starting pitchers Fairbury’s Keyten Pfingsten and BDS’s Riley Tegtmeier were in top form allowing just one hit each in the first two innings.
Fairbury had an opportunity in the bottom of the second to get on the board first.
BDS broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning, as with one out Tegtmeier tripled, and he scored on a follow up RBI double off the bat of third baseman Stuart Rohr.
Seven batters came to the plate in the top of the fifth for BDS, and the visitors were able to plate two runs on a pair of RBI hits by Tyler Anderson and Rohr.

Locals Win Titles At York Swim Invite

A group of swimmers from Fairbury were crowned individual champions this past weekend at the York Champs Invite.  This meet was the final meet of the summer for the Fairbury Wavebreakers swim team. Swimmers crowned champions were; Kate Hynek – 6 and Under Girls Division, Reid Novotny – 6 and Under Boys Division, Micah Friesen – 8 and Under Girls Division and Mikwena Lierman – 13-14 Girls Division.

Empty Feeling

CONNECTED—Marshall York slams a double during action against Tri County. (Photo by Jim Phelps/

This time around the Fairbury Juniors American Legion baseball team couldn’t get the best of Tri County.
Ten days earlier, Fairbury earned a 19-6 win against Tri County played at Cody Park-Legion Field.
Fairbury got off to a quick start in its final home game last Wednesday (July 6) evening, but a strong finish by Tri County allowed the visitors to come away with a 10-5 win in eight innings.
Fairbury American Legion Juniors head baseball coach Steve Zimmerman felt the eighth inning was the turning point in the game.
“Basically if you look at the last inning I don’t know if we got down on ourselves because we let such a big lead slip away. It just seemed some the air went out of the team. You have to give Tri County credit, they were patient and got walks and came through with timely hits,” said Zimmerman.
An unearned run by Tri County in the top of the seventh tied the game at 5.

Watch This

With the beginning of the football season fast approaching, several publications have started to release their “Watch Lists.” These include games to watch, teams to watch and players to watch. There have been some of each from our coverage area, which should bring a very exciting football season to the region.
Last season we had the duo of Colby Ensz and Jacob Johnson who both ran their way into the records. This season, both of these players return to the Trojans and Jeffs, respectively, and hope to build on last season’s successes and learn from the losses.