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80th Birthday Card Shower James Williams

80th Birthday Card Shower

James Williams will be 80 on February 5th. Help Jim celebrate his special day by sending a birthday wish to 70725 561st Ave. Fairbury, Neb. 68352

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Mustangs Nipped In Crossroads Conference Opener

Meridian opened play Jan. 25 in the Crossroads Conference Basketball Tournament losing a hard-fought 47-45 game to McCool Junction.

The Mustangs came up short Jan. 10 losing 58-53 in a regular season matchup at McCool Junction.

Meridian maintained control in the first half leading, 13-9 after one quarter and 25-22 at half.

Both squads tallied 11 points apiece in the third quarter leaving Meridian with a 36-33 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

McCool Junction overtook Meridian in the final eight minutes with a 14-9 scoring advantage.

McCool Junction relied on the scoring punch of AJ Hamm with seven points, Austin Calvert contributing four points, and Brandon Scott tallying three points to rally in the fourth quarter for the two-point win.

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Trojans Put End To Losing Streak

Balanced scoring coupled with a quick start and a fast finish lifted the Tri County Trojans to a 62-46 home win Jan. 24 over (6-9) Fillmore Central.

Spearheaded by the scoring of Quinton Johnsen with six points, Jacob Starkey, five points, Keldon Barr, four points, and Wyatt Kowalski with two points, the Trojans shot out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter of play.

Tri County maintained a 27-18 advantage at half, and kept a lead of 37-32 after three quarters.

As quick as they began the game scoring points, Tri County had the hot hand offensively in the fourth quarter lightning up the scoreboard with 25 points against the Panthers defense.

Four Tri County cagers accounted for the 25-point eruption led by Kowalski and Starkey scoring nine points apiece.

The victory by Tri County put an end to a three-game losing streak.

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Lady Mustangs Play .500 Ball On the Week

Meridian came away with a 1-1 record on the court last week against Hampton and Exeter-Milligan.

Friday evening, Meridian used a solid fourth quarter of play to rally for a 59-53 road win over Hampton.

The (8-8) Lady Hawks held a slim 15-14 lead on the Lady Mustangs in a battle of Crossroads Conference foes after one quarter.

Hampton continued to hold the upper hand at halftime 28-25 thanks to a 13-11 scoring advantage.

Paced by nine points tallied by Blair Hofstetter, the Lady Mustangs fought back in the third quarter slicing the deficit to 41-40.

In the decisive fourth quarter, Meridian outscored Hampton 19-12 led by Hofstetter scoring 12 points including hitting 4-5 free throws.

Hofstetter paced Meridian (7-10) in scoring with a game-high 29 points, Miranda Johnson had 15 points, Bridgette Jackson, nine points, Mikayla Schafer, four points, and Ashli Soukup chalked up two points.

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Lady Griffins Improve To 9-5

The Lady Griffins got back on the winning track posting a 54-36 home win Jan. 23 against a young Lawrence-Nelson team.

The Lady Griffins got back on the winning side with a well-played game against Lawrence-Nelson, Lady Griffins coach John Mohr said. Our press kicked in well in the first half causing Lawrence-Nelson to commit 19 turnovers (29 turnovers for the game). This led to many scoring opportunities for the Griffs. Overall, our defensive pressure was effective for most of the game.

Mohr added,We shot the ball well from the field (shooting 40 percent on field goals-21-52 for the game). That included connecting on six three-pointers, as Erin Saathoff, Josie Vitosh, and Madison Hajek each made two threes. Overall Erin Saathoff and Josie Vitosh had good offensive games, as they both scored 14 points. It was good to just win a game after having lost four in a row to quality opponents.

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Tough Evening For Fairbury Jeffs Against York

Photo caption: These Photos Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhotos by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Fairbury Junior Nate Klaumann moves inside to take a shot against a rather tough York defense Friday.

York showed why they are state-rated in Class B by attacking the hoop and finding their open cutters to the basket which made for a tough night on the court for Fairbury, as the (13-1) Dukes took charge right from the opening tip-off and raced to a 66-31 win Friday on the Jeffs home court.

In a fast-paced first quarter, York exploded for five treys including three by Ty Danielson to account for 16 of the Dukes 31 points.

York pieced together a 13-0 run over a two-minute span midway through the first quarter giving the Dukes a comfortable 19-4 lead.

After one quarter of action, York had upped its lead to 31-7.

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Fletcher Earns 100th Career Wrestling Win

Fairbury Senior Jonathan Fletcher joined a select group of grapplers on Friday.

Fletcher went 3-0 in his matches at 113 pounds to earn his 100th career wrestling victory at the 10-team Thayer Central Invitational.

Fletcher was the individual champion in the tournament at 113 pounds winning his finals match by a 5-3 decision over South Centrals Dawson Messenger.

Additional medalists for the Jeffs were freshman Damien Green, second at 138 pounds, freshman Anthony Moyer, third, 120 pounds, sophomore Tyler DeBoer, third, 126 pounds, freshman Patrick Ondrak, third, 152 pounds, freshman Paul Mach, third, 285 pounds, and sophomore Lathen Block, fourth at 132 pounds.

In the final team standings, Fairbury scored 109 points to place fourth overall.

Meridian won the team title with 125 points while South Central was runner-up amassing 123.50 points.

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FHS Cagers Split With Sutton

Taking to the road for the first time in five days, Fairburys Lady Jeffs and Jeffs basketball teams split a road doubleheader Jan. 23 at Sutton High School.

This was the first-ever regular season games between Fairbury and Sutton.

In the opener, the Lady Jeffs got off to a quick start 16-9 and walked away with a 55-38 win.

Fairburys suffocating defense ruled the first half limiting the Lady Fillies to just 10 points.

Ignited by six points from center Paige Husa and two-point hoops from Shelby Pollman and Anna Mach, Fairbury upped its lead to 26-10 at half.

The Lady Jeffs kept Sutton at arms length in the second half, despite outscoring the home team by only one point 29-28.

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Lady Jeffs Live Up to Hype by Demolishing Ranked York

Photo caption: Jordan Johnson drives inside early against York Friday for a basket.

In life you go through challenges.

That was the case Friday night, as the Fairbury Lady Jeffs were challenged from start to finish.

The Class C-1 state-rated Lady Jeffs weathered everything Class B state-rated York (11-3) threw at them.

When the clock reached zeros at the conclusion of the game, Fairbury had earned a hard-fought 60-49 victory.

In a highly-intense first quarter possession of the ball was a high priority.

After eight minutes of action, York maintained a 14-13 lead paced by Veronica Botts scoring six points.

The momentum swung Fairburys way in the second quarter blasting off on a 12-0 scoring spree to open a 25-16 lead.

With its 20-point second quarter of offense, Fairbury lengthened its margin to 33-25 at half.

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Fairbury Optimists Sponsor Oratorical Contest

The Fairbury Optimist Club is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic of How My Passsions Impact the World as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2014.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top boy and girl winners, who will receive a neck medallion and advance to the district level in Grand Island onApril 12, for the opportunity to win $2,500, $600, or $300 college scholarships.

Students attending public, parochial, or home school under the age of 19 as of December 31, 2013 are eligible to participate. No minimum age requirement.

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