Valuable Experience Gained By Jeffs At State Track Meet

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE PATRICK ONDRAK keeps up a steady pace on the north curve Friday afternoon in Class B Boys 3200-meter run held at Omaha Burke Stadium. Ondrak finished 20th in the race. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
It was a day of valuable experience earned by a young core of Fairbury Jeffs athletes at last weekend’s NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Fairbury qualified four competitors that competed in a pair of events in the Class B field.
Friday afternoon in the Class B Boys 3200-meter relay the foursome of senior Christopher Fisher, sophomore Brent Hirsch, sophomore Patrick Ondrak, and freshman Jacob Johnson finished 16th overall in time of 8:58.21.
Scottsbluff won the Class B Boys 3200-meter relay registering a time of 8:08.17 with Sidney placing second in a time of 8:09.50.
Later on in the Class D and B session, sophomore Patrick Ondrak took part in the Class B Boys 3200-meter run and placed 20th out of 24 runners with a time of 10:21.66.
Elkhorn junior Austin Yardley won the 3200-meter run in a time of 9:43.57.

Hajek Claims Fourth In High Jump For Lady Griffins

DILLER-ODELL SENIOR STETSON MEYER goes airborne on his attempt at 6’3” in the Class D Boys high jump Friday evening at Omaha Burke Stadium. Meyer won the Class D high jump event for the second straight year clearing the bar at 6’5”. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Breaking a school record in the high jump, and setting a new mark in the 1600-meter relay highlighted the two days for the Diller-Odell tracksters at the NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium last weekend.
Top notch performances began Friday afternoon for the Griffins, as senior Stetson Meyer capped off his high school track and field career by winning the Class D Boys High Jump for the second straight year.
Meyer won the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 6'5”.
Laramie Fowler of Stapleton was second tying Meyer at 6'5”, but Meyer won the top spot with fewer misses on his attempts in the competition.
Last year, Meyer won the Class D Boys High Jump with an effort of 6'6”, and as a sophomore, Stetson placed third at 6'2”.

Lady Trojans Claim Five Medals At State, Kowalski Double Medalist For Trojans

TRI COUNTY’S LADY TROJANS’ 3200-METER RELAY TEAM l-r, Halle Weise, Kailey Weichel, Sloane Holtmeier, and Haydyn Weise are all smiles after turning in a third place finish in the Class C Girls 3200-meter relay run Friday morning on the Omaha Burke Stadium track. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Over the two-day NSAA State Track and Field Championships, success shown brightly for the six Tri County state qualifiers.
At the conclusion of the track and field meet held this past weekend at Omaha Burke Stadium, Tri County came away with a good share of medals.
In all, the Lady Trojans brought home five medals, including four in the 3200-meter relay, and one in the 800-meter run.
The Lady Trojans finished the meet in 27th place out of 50 teams in Class C, scoring eight points.
Crofton dominated the Class C field winning the state championship by 27 points, 71-44 over runner-up Lincoln Lutheran.
Tri County Lady Trojans head track and field coach Dave Jantz was pleased with everyone’s efforts at the state meet.

Cody Lundholm Earns State Medal For Mustangs

MERIDIAN SENIOR CODY LUNDHOLM clears a hurdle in his lane during the running of the Class D Boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles final Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Senior Cody Lundholm came home with a medal for Meridian at last weekend’s NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke High Stadium.
Lundholm concluded his high school track career by earning the eighth place medal in the Class D Boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Saturday afternoon, Lundholm running in lane one in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles final recorded a time of 44.91.
In the prelims of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles Friday evening, Cody qualified for the finals placing second in his heat with a time of 42.31.
Friday afternoon, Lundholm competed in the Class D Boys 400-meter dash prelims, but did not qualify for Saturday’s final posting a time of 53.65 by finishing fourth overall in his heat.
Sophomore Raselyn Griffin participated Friday afternoon for the Mustangs in the Class D Boys 100-meter dash prelims, however he didn’t advance to Saturday’s final after turning in a time of 11.80.

Youth Wrestling Camp Planned For June 9-10

University of Nebraska-Kearney varsity wrestler Connor Bolling will be the special clinician for the Fairbury High School Youth Wrestling Camp set for June 9-10 with camp time slated to run from 10 a.m. until noon on both days.
The site of the wrestling camp will be at the Fairbury High School wrestling room. If numbers get too high to stay in the wrestling room the camp would be moved to the gym floor.
As a sophomore, Bolling finished 32-15 as the starting 125-pounder for the Lopers who finished the season as the Division II National Runners-Up. Connor finished the year with four pins, four major decisions, and three technical falls.
As a freshman in 2012-2013, Bolling was the Lopers starter at 125 pounds and posted a record of 24-11 including (11-5 vs D2). Connor had seven falls, five majors, and one technical fall on the season.

Fairbury Senior High School Honors Night Awards

Grade 12:
Cole Bauer
Kailoni Bray
Spencer Feldkamp
Christopher Fisher
Nicole Graham
Dalton Hinrichs
Nathan Klaumann
Keanna Kroeker
Layne Livingston
Madison Neuerburg
Marshall Nichelson
Alexander Plummer
Madison Schlake
Bryce Schouboe
Megan Siebe
Brett Wanamaker
J’Nan Wittler
Grade 11:
Nicholas Christiansen
Tyler DeBoer
Seth Hart
Tyler Heidemann
Cody Huss
Halle Knigge
Mark Kroeker
Paul Lawrence
Lindsay Lee
Trevin Likens
Kelsey Snyder
Nathaniel Stapaules
Ryan Umland
Josey Zabokrtsky
Grade 10:
Madison Black
Carson Bohlmeyer
Jonathon Engelman
Althea Esteller

Hebron Memorial Day Services

Memorial Day Celebrations held in hebron--re-enactors in period uniform and a speech by Abraham Lincoln were a few of the events that were featured on Memorial Day at the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)

Opening Arguments Begin Wednesday For Junker Trial

Jury selection for Dwain Junker’s trial finished late Wednesday morning, and opening arguments were scheduled to begin after lunch. Selection for the 12-member jury began Tuesday. Four days have been reserved for the trial.
Junker, of rural Fairbury, is charged with one count of sexual assault of a minor and two counts of forcible sexual assault in incidents occurring between 2011 and 2013.
Two weeks ago Judge Paul Korslund denied Junker’s motion to have the trial moved to Gage County. Junker and his lawyer, Joseph Murray, argued at that time that he couldn’t get a fair and impartial jury in Jefferson County.
One hundred and fifty people were summoned for jury selection.

Honoring Those We’ve Lost

MEMORIAL DAY Ceremonies including decorating the monument for lost soldiers at the Fairbury Cemetery on Monday. (Photos by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)

Jefferson County To Receive New Ambulance

The Jefferson County Ambulance District #33 has been approved for a new ambulance and will receive it in July. According to Alan Rosenthal, Jefferson County Ambulance Manager, they were in need of a new ambulance and are now looking for more help.
Adding the new ambulance is only one of the many things Rosenthal would like to accomplish at the Ambulance District. 
“I would like to start an approved EMT class that would be held at District #33,” Rosenthal told Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The department is looking to fill an open full-time position and have enlisted the state to help find the right candidate. 
“Our schedule is covered until the first week in June, but the position needs to be filled quickly and we'll also be looking to add some part-time help in the near future,” Rosenthal.