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Alma Siebengartner

ALMA Siebengartner
Alma Siebengartner, 88, formerly of Fairbury, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Linn Community Nursing Home, Linn, Kan. She was born January 3, 1928, in Pawnee City, Neb. the daughter of David and Rose (Prahl) Milburn.
She graduated from Huntington Beach Union High School, Huntington Beach, Calif. in 1945. Shortly after she married the love of her life, Martin L. Siebengartner and they were married until his death in 1985.
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Lena Friesen

Lena Friesen
Lena K. Friesen, 92, formerly of Jansen, passed away on April 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice. Lena was born to Peter E. and Anna (Kroeker) Friesen in Jansen on Aug. 11, 1923.
She graduated from both Moody Bible Institute and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Lena was an RN, studied in Belgium and served nine years as a missionary in Africa. She worked many years at the Beatrice Mennonite and Fairbury hospitals. Lena attended Christ Community Church in Beatrice, loved traveling, painting, quilting and many other crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were at Jansen Cemetery on April 15. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury in charge of services.     b
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May

Junior High Girls Tracksters Sweep Home Invite

Fairbury’s junior high girls track and field teams swept team honors at the Fairbury Invite held last Monday at the Fairbury Athletic Complex.
The seventh grade girls captured first place in the five-team invite by placing in all 15 events to amass a score of 99 points.
Wilber-Clatonia was runner-up with 77 points.
Claiming first place in their respective events were Ellie Ohlde, pole vault, 7’6’, and the 100-meter dash at 14.28, Leah Mach, triple jump, 27’11”, Mikwena Lierman, 1600-meter run in a time of 5:45.49, and the 800-meter run at 2:40.14, and the 1600-meter relay team of Maggie Layton, Lierman, Mach, and Ohlde in a time of 4:55.26.
Runner-up performers included Lierman, high jump, 4’6”, Taryn Arnold, shot put, 22’ 10 1/4”, and Mach with a time of 59.40 in the 300-meter low hurdles.
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Christiansen Wins Gold, Jeffs Third At Crete

ATTACKING THE GREEN-Fairbury junior Justin Peterson drives his golf ball airborne toward the green on the seventh hole during play on the College Heights Country Club golf course in Crete last Friday afternoon. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News/fairburyjournalnews.com)

 
Fairbury’s golf team had to battle through some tough elements on Friday at the Crete Invite played on the College Heights Country Club golf course, and the team continued its improved play to come away with a third place finish shooting a team score of 353.
Senior Nick Christiansen played two consistent rounds of golf for the Jeffs to earn medalist honors on the day with an 18-hole score of 79.
Christiansen’s score of 79 was two strokes better than second place medalist Dalton Mogul of York with an 81.
Fairbury junior Justin Peterson came through with a top five individual finish, placing fifth carding an 18-hole score of 83.
Rounding out the scores for the Jeffs were Zach Reikofski with a 93, Robby Meyer shot a 98, and Blake Bauer fired a 115.
Seward won the team title in the nine-team field with a score of 335. York finished runner-up shooting a 348.
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May

47th Annual Cornhusker National Trap Shoot

Barton and Maschmann

The 47th Annual Cornhusker National Trap Shoot was held in Doniphan, NE April 28-30. A new record was set with over 2,630 Jr.and Sr. High shooters competing.
Jr. High competed on Thursday, April 28. 
Fairbury Jr. High took fourth place
Jr high shot 100 clay targets at 16 yards.
John Kerwood 86x100
Kyle Gregory 85x100
Riley Stewart 86x100
Lane Zaboktrsky 85x100
Joe Melcher 92x100
Buchannan Tietjen 78x100
Alanna Fangmeier 72x100
Traven Virus 65x100
Dahrran Cast 51x100
Joel Kayser 65x100
Cashe Kroll 42x100
Ethan Hintz 55x100
High school competed in 75 singles at 16 yards on Friday and 75 handicaps on Saturday for a total of 150 targets.
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Jeffs Place Sixth At Beatrice

After shooting its best team score of the season at its own invite, the Fairbury Jeffs varsity golf team was looking to continue its solid play at last week’s Beatrice Invite played on the Beatrice Country golf course.
However that did not materialize, as the Jeffs struggled to a sixth place finish out of 10 teams in the Class B Division with a score of 368.
Seward was the Class B Division champion firing a team score of 349.
Senior Nick Christiansen was the lone medalist for Fairbury placing eighth individually with an 18-hole score of 84.
Zach Reikofski was one place out the medals finishing 11th with an 18-hole of 86.
Rounding out the scores for the Jeffs were Justin Peterson with a 97, Robby Meyer shot a 101, and Anthony Moyer carded a score of 123.
 
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May

Mustangs Get Good Look At Districts

Competing in one of its toughest invites of the season, the Meridian track and field teams got a taste of a number of Crossroads Conference and district teams at last Monday’s Tom White Invite held on the McCool Junction High School track.
The Lady Mustangs placed in 11 events on the day to tally a team score of 56.25 points which was good for fourth place in the 11-team field.
Meridian had one first place finish, as the 400-meter relay foursome of Erin Johnson, Rylee Pieper, Bridgette Jackson, and Andi Kort took top honors winning the event in a time of 54.22.
Johnson earned second and fourth place finishes in the 100-meter high hurdles at 16.46, and the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 51.63.
Eighteen team points were picked up with third place finishes by Allison Klipp, discus, 103’7”, Pieper, 200-meter dash in 28.45, and Breanna Miller with a time of 6:11.93 in the 1600-meter run.
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Lady Mustangs Second At MUDECAS

Spearheaded by multiple medalists, the Meridian Lady Mustangs track and field team earned ruuner-up honors in the MUDECAS B Division Track and Field Meet held on the Johnson County High School track in Tecumseh last month.
As a team, Meridian scored in 16 out of the 17 events to rack up a score of 127 points, just one point behind MUDECAS B Champion Sterling.
The Lady Mustangs had a pair of MUDECAS individual gold medalists, as Allison Klipp took top honors in the discus with throw of 107’11”, and Brianna Barton claimed the top spot in the 3200-meter run in a time of 13:57.52.
Meridian’s 3200-meter relay team secured 10 team points winning the event with a time of 11:37.26.
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Down The Stretch

UP AND OVER-Fairbury senior Trevin Likens clears a hurdle in his lane during the running of the 110-meter high hurdles last Thursday at Crete. Likens did not place in this event but placed third in the 300-dash intermediate hurdles. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Both Fairbury track and field teams braved chilly and cloudy conditions last Thursday at the Crete Invite held on Lauritsen track on the campus of Doane College.
Fairbury scored in 14 events to rack up 70 points which led to a third place finish in the boys team race.
Sophomore Adam Wasserman picked up the lone gold medal for the Jeffs, as he won the pole vault with a height of 11’0”.
Jeremiah Gray added eight team points by placing second in the pole vault clearing 10’6”.
Additional field event medalists were Paul Mach, third, shot put, 41’1”, and he was sixth in the discus at 115’0”, Dalton Buxton and Cayman DeBoer tied for third in the high jump at 5’3”, Buxton, fourth, discus, 120’5”, and Isaac Robertson was sixth in the triple jump at 35’8 1/2”.
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May

No Easy Answer

In looking through the graduation photos from the four area schools you notice something…there’s not many of them.  With the graduating classes of Fairbury, Tri County, Diller-Odell and Meridian combined, the total barely tops 100. That number used to be the graduates from Fairbury alone, now its takes four schools, all within a 20 minute drive from Fairbury to get to that number.  
The reason I bring this up is a couple reasons; first, where are all the kids going? Granted this may happen to be a down year for all the schools, but I doubt we’ll see that number jump significantly in the near future, and second, how much longer can this area support four schools?

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