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Tue
23
Dec

Meridian Drops Pair Of Games To Sterling

Meridian’s basketball teams were dealt a pair of home losses Dec. 16 against Sterling.
In the girls game, Sterling broke open a close game at half with a 20-point third quarter on its way to a 54-42 win.
Sterling maintained an 18-15 lead at half, while in third quarter the Lady Jets’ defense limited Meridian to nine points, while their offense lit up the scoreboard tallying 20 points forging a 38-24 lead.
Meridian outscored Sterling, 18-16 in the fourth quarter, but could only trim two points off Sterling’s lead.
“The game was close until the third quarter when Sterling’s guards grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds for easy putbacks. That spurt gave Sterling an eight-point lead and we could never get back in the game,” Meridian Lady Mustangs coach Robert Schropfer remarked.
Tue
23
Dec

Mustangs Battle Turnovers, Sluggish Offense In Home Loss

Managing to score just nine points in the first half proved costly for Meridian in a 53-34 home loss Friday night against Giltner.
Points were tough to come by for both squads in the opening quarter with Giltner maintaining a 9-5 lead.
The Mustangs began the second quarter on a good note slicing Giltner’s lead down to 11-8 off two made free throws by Brandon Lundholm.
Turnovers and cold shooting resulted in Meridian scoring just one point the remainder of the quarter.
In the final 4:52 of the first half, Giltner outscored Meridian, 12-1 to seize a 23-9 halftime lead.
After halftime, Meridian’s offense awoke in the third quarter scoring 11 points sparked by three points apiece by Jake VanWesten, Tyler Nolte, and Ty Brakhage.
On the flip side of the coin, the Mustangs continued to be bitten by the turnover bug, committing 11 in the quarter.
Tue
23
Dec

Crete Sweeps Twinbill Over Fairbury

Playing its second game of the week, both Fairbury’s basketball teams came up empty Friday evening dropping a pair of Central Conference games to Crete.
In the opener, the Lady Jeffs played hard for three quarters against the Lady Cardinals, but just didn’t have enough gas in the tank losing, 55-43.
“Sure we didn’t come out on the right side of things. However there was a period where we could have thrown in the towel, but the girls played hard to get back in the game,” Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle-Evans said.
Sidney Pollman and Shelby Pollman topped the (4-3) Lady Jeffs in scoring with 20 points apiece, and Halle Knigge contributed three points.
Turnovers were the main demise for the Jeffs in their 69-32 setback to the Cardinals.
In the first half, Fairbury scored 19 points, but turned the ball over 18 times.
On the night, the Jeffs had 28 turnovers for the game.
Tue
23
Dec

Lady Trojans Roll Past Thayer Central, Trojans Edge Titans

After losing a pair of road contests on Friday, both Tri County basketball teams got back on the winning side sweeping a home doubleheader Saturday night against Thayer Central.
The Lady Trojans rebounded from a triple overtime loss to Johnson-Brock by playing a strong second half on both sides of the ball to claim a 37-14 victory over the Lady Titans.
In a low-scoring first half, Tri County held a slim, 13-10 lead on Thayer Central.
Tri County improved its play on both sides of the ball in the second half which led the Lady Trojans to outscore the Lady Titans, 24-4 and improve its overall record to 3-4.
“We didn’t play very well on the offensive end in the first half. We made a lot of turnovers and were trying to do too much individually. In the second half, we were much better about running things within our offense and waiting for good shots,” Tri County Lady Trojans coach Bryce Simpson said.
Tue
23
Dec

Missed Scoring Opportunities Hamper Fairbury Late

When you take care of the ball and play respectable defense you give yourself a decent shot at winning.
However it came down to a few empty possessions late in the fourth quarter by the Jeffs, as Centennial hung on for a 40-36 win Dec. 16 on the Jeffs’ home court.
Early on in the first quarter, both teans were tied at five, following a three-point hoop by the Jeffs’ Spencer Feldkamp.
Centennial concluded the quarter on an 11-5 scoring spree to open a 16-10 advantage.
The momentum swung in Fairbury’s favor in the second quarter, as four cagers combined to score 13 points forging a 23-all tie at half.
Blake Bauer led the scoring uprising for Fairbury with six points on back-to-back treys.
Centennial had the hot hand to start the third quarter scoring six straight points to grab a 29-23 lead with 3:04 left on the clock.
Tue
23
Dec

Mustangs Cap Off First Half Of Schedule Placing Sixth At Red Raider Invite

For not having a full team due to illness and injuries, the Meridian Mustangs wrestling team brought home six medals and a sixth place finish at Friday’s Red Raider Invite held at Sandy Creek High School.
Second place medalists for the Mustangs were Triston Voight, 170 pounds with a mark of 2-1, and Cody Lundholm, 182 pounds with a record of 4-1.
Third place medalists included Guadalupe Dimas, 132 pounds posting a record of 4-1, and Baxter Beals, 152 pounds finishing with a mark of 3-1.
Liam Noel came away with the fourth place medal in the 120-pound weight class finishing with a 2-3 record.
Junior Joshua Traynor placed third in the 145-pound junior varsity weight class posting a record of 4-1.
Sutton won the team title in the eight-team invite with a score of 163 points.
Tue
23
Dec

Fairbury Wrestlers Grab Third At Auburn Invite

Fairbury’s wrestling team in its final invite prior to the holiday break kept up its strong showing by finishing third on Saturday at the nine-team Auburn Invite.
The Jeffs had 10 medalists on the day, including a pair of individual champions.
Freshman Austin Barnts won the 113-pound weight class with a record of 2-0.
In his finals match, Barnts won by pinfall in :51 seconds over Skylar Stalcup of Norris.
Freshman Jacob Johnson was the champion at 160 pounds finishing with a mark of 5-0.
In his fifth round match, Johnson won by decision, 10-4 against Codie Kraus of Norris.
Second place medalists for Fairbury were Damian Green, 145 pounds, Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds, and Patrick Ondrak, 170 pounds.
Green went 2-1 in three matches losing his championship match to Bellevue East’s Dillan DeRosier by pinfall in 5:11.
Tue
23
Dec

Griffins Split Weekend Tilts

One decisive win and one decisive loss on the weekend for Diller-Odell.
Traveling south of the border on Saturday to Hanover, Kan., the Griffins were handed a 63-45 loss  by the Wildcats.
Diller-Odell was held to single digit scoring in the third quarter for the third straight quarter allowing Hanover to expand its lead to 51-24.
Diller-Odell’s offense finally got on track in the fourth quarter erupting for 21 points, but could only slice the final deficit to 18 points.
Hanover shot 50 percent on its three-point attempts going 10-20, and were 20-45 from two-point range for 44 percent.
Diller-Odell was 18-42 shooting from the field for 42 percent in the game, but were just 1-9 on three-point field goal attempts.
Tue
23
Dec

Meridian Let’s Game Slip Away

Undefeated Giltner took advantage in the fourth quarter of several Meridian mistakes to pull out a 49-33 victory Friday on the Lady Mustangs’ home court.
“We just didn’t box out a couple of times and gave up some offensive rebounds. The girls didn’t communicate well in our half court defense a few times, and let Kelbie Lyon get open under the basket for easy scoring opportunities,” Meridian Lady Mustangs coach Robert Schropfer said.
The game started out with a steal and a layup by the Lady Mustangs’ Erin Johnson just :12 seconds off the clock.
Giltner bounced back to take a 7-4 lead at the three minute mark.
Spearheaded by the scoring of Blair Hofstetter and Johnson, Meridian fought back to grab a 9-7 lead.
A two-point basket from the Lady Hornets’ Chainey Tompkin tied the game after one quarter at nine.
Tue
23
Dec

Quick Start, Sluggish Finish For Lady Jeffs


FAIRBURY JUNIOR HALLE KNIGGE, No. 14, prepares to attack the defense setup by Centennial in last Tuesday night’s home contest. Fairbury came out victorious over the Lady Broncos, 43-22. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
It was a game of two differently played halves.
The start was the way Fairbury wants to play basketball, but the second half was not the way the Lady Jeffs want to finish a game.
As a result, Fairbury’s superb first half of play was overshadowed by sluggish play in the second half in last Tuesday’s 43-22 home win versus winless Centennial.
Fairbury opened the first quarter racing out to a quick, 6-0 lead.
Following a two-point basket by the Lady Broncos’ Jensen Schulz, Fairbury put together a 13-0 run in a 3 ½ minute span to take control at 19-2.
Lady Jeffs’ senior Shelby Pollman accounted for seven of the squad’s 13 points in the scoring blitz.
Centennial finished out the scoring in the quarter with back-to-back treys by Amber Tonniges.

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