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Griffins Show Improved Play Against Linn

Even though Diller-Odell came up short on the scoreboard, 16-6 Friday evening against Linn, Kan., Griffins head coach Chris Schluter was pleased with the squad's effort on both sides of the ball.

"Our offense played much better than our two previous games," Schluter said.

"We rushed for over a 100 yards, and passed for over 70 yards. The kids played with a lot of heart," Schluter replied.

"I was happy with how the defense performed for most of the game. Linn hurt us late in the first half with a 60-yard drive which resulted in score just before half," Schluter commented.

Diller-Odell scored its lone touchdown of the game in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Kyle Stohs.

Ethen Hroch was the leading rusher for the (0-3) Griffins with 107 yards on 25 carries.

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Inefficient Play At The Net Hinders Tri County

Tri County played well in a number of aspects of its game on the court, but could come away with a victory in the win column versus Friend played Sept. 12th on the Lady Bulldogs' home court.

Friend handed the Lady Trojans their third loss of the season with a 25-13, 26-24, 19-25, 25-19 win.

"It was a frustrating night, because aside from the first set, where we looked like we forgot how to play the game, we played better as a whole through most of the match," Lady Trojans coach Brett Scheiding replied.

"We were too inefficient at the net and we may have to take a look at lineup situations for our rotations and try to fix that," Scheiding said.

"We served better, but seemed to miss at the most critical times, and we lost the ace serve battle, 14-7, due in large part to the pathetic first set," Scheiding remarked.

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20
Sep
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Fairbury, Tri County Linksters Place 10th, 14th At Crete Invitational

Fairbury had its junior varsity golfers compete last Friday in the 18-hole Crete Invite.

As a team, Fairbury finished last in the 14-team field with a score of 565.

Sierra Kroeker led the way for Fairbury shooting a score of 128.

Sarah Hinrichs carded a 141, Jessa Schultis fired a 143, and Emily Hill finished with a 153.

"We gave our varsity golfers this meet off. This gave the opportunity for our younger players to play 18 holes in a varsity meet," Lady Jeffs coach Jed Martin remarked.

"Sierra Kroeker led the team on the day. She is excited about playing golf and that is what it takes," Martin said.

For Tri County, Megan Stokebrand and Kelli Niemeier placed 12th and 13th with scores of 101 and 102 which helped the Lady Trojans place 10th overall with a score of 509.

Tue
20
Sep
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Lady Griffins Struggle In MUDECAS Tourney

Diller-Odell went 0-2 in its volleyball matches during play last week in the MUDECAS Tournament held at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.

In consolation play, Sept. 13th, the Lady Griffins lost in three sets, 25-22, 19-25, 26-28 to Lewiston whom they had defeated five days earlier on the Lady Griffins' court.

Stacy Grabowski led the Lady Griffins' servers with five ace serves on 15-17 serving, while Samantha Hajek added three ace serves on 11-11 serving.

Taylor Rupprecht was Diller-Odell's leading attacker with four kills, and Kaitlyn McCown, Sarah Schmidt, and Kelsey Hajek chipped in three kills each.

Eight set assists were dished out by Andrea Zarybnicky on 33-35 setting for the (1-7) Lady Griffins.

The Lady Griffins opened play in the MUDECAS Class B Division on Sept. 12th losing in three sets to Johnson County Central, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25.

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Strong Second Half Carries Trojans To Homecoming Victory

It took half of play before Tri County's offense and defense hit its stride.

Once the Trojans' offense stopped committing turnovers they took control of the line of scrimmage in the second half.

After being shutout the first half, Tri County got in sync with three second half scores on their way to a 19-7 homecoming win Sept. 16th over Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic.

Central Catholic got on the board first in the opening quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Justin Easter.

Tri County had a pair of first half drives come to an end with fumbles inside the Knights' 10-yard line.

In the first half, Tri County's defense had a tough time shutting down Lourdes passing game.

Central Catholic maintained its 7-0 lead through halftime.

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Sep
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Tri County Spikers Sputter In Fillmore Central Invite

Coming off homecoming celebration the night before, Tri County's volleyball team posted a fifth place finish at Saturday's Fillmore Central Invite.

The Lady Trojans came away with a record of 1-2 in their matches.

In its first match, Tri County lost to Milford, 12-25, 15-25.

"I knew it was going to be a challenge after homecoming celebration the night before, but we came out flat and we payed for it against a high quality Milford team," Lady Trojans coach Brett Scheiding said.

"We made so many errors in every facet of the game we were very slow," Scheiding stated.

Maci Hicks had a team-high six kills in the match, while Karli Weise and Tara Weishahn contributed three kills each.

Taylor Epp dealt out six set assists on 20-23 setting.

In their second match, the Lady Trojans lost to Lincoln Christian, 24-26, 17-25.

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Sep
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Tri County Drops Five-Set Thriller

Thursday's home match with Superior was an all out battle.

Tri County came out on the wrong end losing in five sets, 16-25, 27-25, 25-21, 14-25, and 13-15 to the Lady Wildcats.

"Superior played very well, especially defensively. They made some key blocks against us. The most critical being in the final set," Lady Trojans coach Brett Scheiding said.

"Overall I am extremely proud of our girls. We focused on our defensive effort and hitting the floor. We did exactly that in our match and the best part is, we have room for getting even better," Scheiding remarked.

Brooke Knapp had a team-high three ace serves in the match, and Tara Weishahn led all hitters with six kills.

Twenty-seven set assists were handed out by Taylor Epp in the match.

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Jr Jeffs Varsity, JV Defeat Fillmore Central

On September 18, the Fairbury Jr. Jeffs traveled to Geneva to face the Panthers of Fillmore Central. This game proved to be the most challenging in the past year for the Jr. Jeffs.

At the beginning of the second quarter Fillmore Central lead 6 to 0. Two plays later the Jr. Jeffs decided to answer with a 75 yard touchdown run by Jacob Johnson. Johnson would bust loose for two more TD's one of 70 yards and one of 55 yards. Adam Wasserman ran for a TD as well to bring the Jr. Jeffs the points needed to win 24-14. Along with Johnson's 204 yards rushing Cayman DeBoer also added yardage to the offense. Wasserman led the passing attack with a 86 percent completion rate for 74 yards. Leading receivers for the Jr. Jeffs were Johnson, 62 yards, Nate Smith for 10 yards and Zach Holes for two.

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20
Sep
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Freeman Disrupts Meridian's Offense With It's Height

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

In a battle for the MUDECAS Class A consolation final played Sept. 15th between Freeman and Meridian at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice, Freeman used it height to control the net in defeating the Lady Mustangs in three sets, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18.

Meridian took charge in the opening set, breaking away from a 9-all tie with a 4-0 run, sparked by kills from Ashley Hansel and Melanie Baxa.

Freeman chipped away at the deficit drawing within two points, 20-18 on an ace serve by Allison Evers.

The Lady Mustangs withstood the challenge scoring the final two points to win the set on kills by Brianna Jackson and Hansel.

Midway through the second set, Freeman's height in the front row became a factor.

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20
Sep
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Seward Edges Fairbury In Matchup Of Rated Softball Teams

In a matchup of state-rated softball squads, Seward came away with a 4-3 victory over Fairbury played at the Fairbury Softball Complex Sept. 13th.

Following three scoreless innings, Seward got on the board with a single run in the top of the fourth inning.

The visitors tacked on three additional runs in the top of the sixth inning on RBI singles from Peterson, Heath, and Barry.

Fairbury answered back cutting the deficit in half, 4-2 on a two-run single by Ashton Feldkamp in the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Jeffs plated one run on a two-out RBI single from Jensen Cromer, but would be turned away on a third-out flyout to end the game.

"It was a really good game between two really good teams," Lady Jeffs coach Taylor Biehl said.

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