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Meridian Grapplers Medal Seven at Harvard

Meridian Grapplers Medal Seven at Harvard

Meridians wrestling team headed west on Saturday and brought home seven medals from the Harvard Invite.

Brandon Jackson earned the gold medal in the 170-pound weight class by going undefeated at 4-0. Three of his mat wins were by pin fall.

Jackson won by decision 3-1 in the finals over Suttons John Bitterman.

Senior Riley Noel claimed the gold in the 182-pound weight class with a record of 3-0.

Noel won in the finals by pin in 1:55 against McCool Junctions Jake Birt.

Bryce Schweer picked up a second place finish in the 220-pound weight class with a mark of 2-1.

In the finals, Schweer lost by pin in 1:41 to Shelton/Kenesaws Zach Oliver.

Liam Noel earned the silver medal in the 113-pound weight class with a record of 2-1.

Noel lost in the finals by pin in 3:24 to South Central Unifieds Dawson Messenger.

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Fairbury Finds Going Tough At York

Fairbury Finds Going Tough At York

The competition was tough as the their final team score showed.

Fairburys young wrestling team took part in Saturdays 10-team York Invitational.

David City won the invite with a score of 185 points with Fairbury placing 10th with a score of 21.50 points.

Fairbury had two medalists in the varsity invite.

Senior Jonathan Fletcher went 3-1 to finish third in the 113-pound weight class.

In his third place match, Fletcher won by pin fall in 3:40 over Schuylers Luis Gonzalez.

Dillion Barnett placed sixth in the 170-pound weight class with a mark of 2-3.

In his fifth place match, Barnett lost by pin in 1:36 to Syracuses Trey Mueller.

At 126 pounds, Samuel Netherton went 0-4, Tyler DeBoer, 132 pounds was 0-4, Lathen Block, 138 pounds was 0-3 and Lyndon Block at 145 pounds went 0-3.

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Florida Bound Again

Its deja vu all over.

For third straight year, Nebraska will be going bowling in Florida.

Sunday evening it was announced that Nebraska will face Georgia in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. on New Years Day.

These two teams should know each other quite well since they played each other just last year in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

The Bulldogs were victorious 45-31 capping off a 12-2 season.

Nebraska comes into the contest with an 8-4 record and is unranked in either the Coaches Poll or the Associated Press Top 25.

Georgia heads to the Gator Bowl with a record of 8-4 and are rated No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 and in the Coaches Poll they sit at 24th.

This is the first time that Nebraska will face the same bowl opponent since playing Florida State in the 1992 and 1993 Orange Bowls.

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Thayer Central Girls Open with Loss

Starting two freshman and a sophomore, it took the Lady Buffs only five-minutes to shake the nerves and jump into the season.

After a slow start, the Lady Buffs used the final 10-minutes of the first half to go on a 24-7 run, topping the Thayer Central Titans 54-39 in their season opener Thursday night.

We got a lot of girls out there that havent played at varsity speed so they will still need to get acclimated with that, Republic County coach Alan Sheets said. After the first wave of getting off and on the floor, they really started playing.

Despite the youth and lack of experience, the Lady Buffs outplayed the senior-laden Titans.

Lady Buff freshman, Kendsey Johnson led all scorers with 16 points in her first varsity game, and paced the Lady Buffs in a 49-percent shooting performance.

Their speed and quickness hurt us, Thayer Central coach Andy Long said. We gave them some easy and silly turnovers due to that.

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Meridian Wins Walls Debut

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsMeridian senior Kyle Schwisow, No. 4, maneuvers on a drive to the basket while being guarded closely by a Dorchester defender in Fridays home contest against the Longhorns. Schwisow scored 13 points, as the Mustangs came away with a 37-29 win.

Meridians boys basketball team came through giving head coach Nathan Wall his first win Friday evening as the Mustangs were victorious in their season opener 37-29 against Dorchester.

Following one quarter of action, Meridian opened a 6-2 lead.

Dorchester picked up the tempo in the second quarter, outscoring Meridian 10-6, led by the scoring of Derek Pohl with four points to tie the game at 12-all at half.

Both squads turned up the scoring combining for 25 points in the third quarter.

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Griffins Win Low-Scoring Affair

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsDiller-Odell sophomore Bladen Ahl drives inside Thursday in the home opener against Pawnee City.

Both offenses were as cold as the weather.

In the season opener for both squads, Diller-Odell benefited from strong second and third quarters of play to defeat Pawnee City, 39-26 last Thursday evening on the Griffins home court.

Scoring was at a scarcity in the first quarter as both teams combined for just eight points with Diller-Odell maintaining a 6-2 lead.

In the second quarter, the Griffins erupted for 16 points, while its defense limited Pawnee City to six points.

At halftime, Diller-Odell left the court with a 22-8 lead.

Diller-Odells offense continued to click in the third quarter with a 13-point outburst extending its margin to 20 points, 35-15 heading to the fourth quarter.

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Athletic, Tall Crusaders Stifle Jeffs

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsFairbury junior Nate Klaumann takes a shot inside against Lincoln Christian Friday night in the Jeffs season opener.

Class C-1 state-rated Lincoln Christian took control right from the get go, never allowing Fairbury to get its offense going.

Turnovers on Fairburys part led to easy hoops for the Crusaders as Lincoln Christian steamrolled to a 79-28 win Friday evening in the Jeffs home opener.

Lincoln Christian pushed out to a dominating 20-3 first quarter lead and expanded the lead to 42-13 at half.

In the second half, the Crusaders outscored the Jeffs 37-15 including 26-9 in the third quarter.

Fairbury Jeffs head coach Justin Harris knew his squad would have their hands full with the Crusaders.

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Tri County Coach Pleased Despite Loss

Despite coming up short on the scoreboard, Tri County Lady Trojans head coach Bryce Simpson was pleased with the teams effort in their season-opening 45-36 road loss last Thursday night against Wilber-Clatonia.

Tri County trailed 18-15 at halftime before the Lady Wolverines dominated the third quarter to open a 31-17 advantage.

At the end of the third and throughout the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans picked up the tempo.

Tri County pressured the ball and attacked the basket strong off turnovers resulting in the Lady Trojans outscoring Wilber-Clatonia 19-14.

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Lady Griffins Shoot Down Pawnee City 68-37

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsDiller-Odell Lady Griffin Erin Saathoff, a 510 senior, fights inside for a basket against Pawnee City Thursday in the season opening game.

Diller-Odells girls basketball team was on the mark with its shots from the field right from the tip-off of last Thursdays home game versus Pawnee City.

The Lady Griffins shot 47 percent from the field in the game, including 7-11 on treys, to cruise to a convincing 68-37 victory over the Lady Indians.

Pawnee City finished the game connecting on 34 percent of its shots from the field.

In the opening quarter, the Lady Griffins held a 13-10 lead, before their sizzling shooting and tough aggressive defense clamped down on Pawnee City in the next two quarters allowing the visitors to score just 17 points.

Diller-Odells shooters had the hot hand in the middle quarters exploding for 40 points to open a 53-27 advantage through three quarters.

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Husa Powers Lady Jeffs Past Lincoln Christian

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsFairbury Senior Paige Husa dominates the court Friday night against Lincoln Christian Friday night in the Lady Jeffs season opener.

It was a nice way to get the 2013-14 basketball season underway.

Senior center Paige Husa scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Fairbury Lady Jeffs to a 64-50 season-opening home win Friday night over Lincoln Christian.

The Lady Crusaders have competed in the girls state basketball tournament the past three seasons.

Husa accounted for 11 of the Lady Jeffs 16 first quarter points as Fairbury built a 16-7 lead.

With its nine-point lead, Fairbury continued to pound the ball inside to Husa in the second quarter against the smaller Lincoln Christian front line.

Husa responded netting nine points as Fairbury increased its lead to 37-19 at halftime.

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