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Strong Team Effort Propels Fairbury Past Tri County

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Bouncing back from Friday's one-point home loss to Aurora, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs played at a high level of intensity which carried the squad to a hard-fought, 49-47 home win Saturday against Tri County.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth offensive explosion by both squads with the Lady Jeffs holding a 12-10 advantage.

Fairbury's offense continued to click in the second quarter, as the Lady Jeffs went off for 13 points, while cofining Tri County to just four points.

As a result, the Lady Jeffs walked off the court at half in command, 25-14.

The third quarter was Tri County's best of the game, erupting for 19 points slicing the deficit to 37-33 heading to the fourth quarter.

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Fast Start Carries Exeter-Milligan Past Diller-Odell

An explosive first quarter powered Exeter-Milligan to a 60-44 win Jan. 3rd versus Diller-Odell on the Griffins' home court in Odell.

The (7-1) Timberwolves exploded for 24 first quarter points to take command at 24-9.

In the next three quarters, the game was quite even with Exeter-Milligan outscoring Diller-Odell, 36-35.

"After a slow start in the first quarter by us, the game was pretty evenly played," Diller-Odell Griffins coach Eric McMurray replied.

One key stat in the game was Exeter-Milligan connected on 9-15 free throw attempts, while Diller-Odell was 3-4 at the line.

The (2-6) Griffins were led in scoring by Conner Pahl with 15 points, Steven Kostal and Kolin Scheele, seven points each, Alek Klepper, six points, Cole Weers, five points, while Brandon Kostal and Zach Hajek chalked up two points apiece.

Tue
10
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Turnovers Hurt Lady Jeffs In Setback To Aurora

Fairbury's Lady Jeffs basketball team was victimized by 34 turnovers Friday night in a 37-36 home loss to Aurora.

The Lady Jeffs trailed, 12-10 after one quarter, and 24-21 at halftime.

Aurora held a 32-30 lead through three quarters, while Fairbury had scoring opportunities late in the final quarter, but couldn't get the ball to drop.

"We had 34 turnovers in the game, so that tells the story," Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle commented.

"This was a heartbreaking loss for us. We had scoring opportunities late in the game even with all those turnovers," Engle said.

The Lady Jeffs were paced in scoring by Paige Husa with 11 points, Ashlee Siebe, eight points, Shelby Pollman, seven points, Jessica Sand, six points, and Jordan Johnson and Amelia Stone scored two points each.

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Tri County Wins Own Invite

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

It was like a script when Tri County faced Fairbury in the finals for the team title at the eight-team Tri County Invitational Dual Meet held Jan. 6th.

In a high octane final match, Tri County won the last match by one point to claim the team championship, 36-35 over Fairbury.

Tri County finished the duals invite with 5-0 record.

Fairbury finished runner-up with a 4-1 record.

For the invite, Tri County had five individual champions including Taylor Summers, 120 pounds, Ben Fralin, 145 pounds, Zach Schuerman, 152 pounds, Hunter Garrison, 170 pounds, and Evan Brandt, 182 pounds.

"Our boys were mentally and physically ready to compete. They did a good job," Tri County Trojans wrestling coach John McGary said.

Tue
10
Jan
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Tri County Wins Own Invite

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

It was like a script when Tri County faced Fairbury in the finals for the team title at the eight-team Tri County Invitational Dual Meet held Jan. 6th.

In a high octane final match, Tri County won the last match by one point to claim the team championship, 36-35 over Fairbury.

Tri County finished the duals invite with 5-0 record.

Fairbury finished runner-up with a 4-1 record.

For the invite, Tri County had five individual champions including Taylor Summers, 120 pounds, Ben Fralin, 145 pounds, Zach Schuerman, 152 pounds, Hunter Garrison, 170 pounds, and Evan Brandt, 182 pounds.

"Our boys were mentally and physically ready to compete. They did a good job," Tri County Trojans wrestling coach John McGary said.

Tue
10
Jan
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Jeffs Struggle Against Aurora

Aurora was on fire for the game from the perimeter which powered the Huskies to a run away, 62-30 victory Friday night over Fairbury.

The visiting Huskies wasted no time in taking command forging a 13-4 first quarter lead, and then increased their margin to 33-10 at halftime.

Aurora owned the second half outscoring the Jeffs, 29-20, including a 15-7 advantage in the third quarter.

"Aurora was on fire and feeling it from the perimeter early and often," Fairbury Jeffs coach Erik Kohl said.

"Our goal going in was to shut down Trey McDonald, and for the most part we did a really good job. Where we struggled was on the perimeter. We got into some funks where we couldn't score," Kohl replied.

Tue
10
Jan
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Trojans Start Off New Year Victorious

Solid defensive play at the start of the game and at the start of the second half proved the difference in Tri County's 71-53 road win Jan. 3rd against Friend.

Tri County raced out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, before Friend battled back to cut the deficit to 30-22 at half.

A 20-point third quarter by the Trojans extended their advantage to 50-31.

Both teams lit up the scoreboard in the fourth quarter combining for 43 points with Friend holding a 22-21 scoring advantage.

"The difference in the game was our defense to start the game and to start the second half," Tri County Trojans coach Jared Knapp said.

"Unfortunately, we did not give four quarters of effort on the defensive end, and we allowed Friend to score 38 combined points in the second and fourth quarters," Knapp remarked.

Tue
10
Jan
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Three Point Shooting, Timely Stops Lifts Tri County Over Fairbury

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

The effort was there from the start for Tri County in Saturday's cross-county rivalry against Fairbury played on the Jeffs' home court.

After trailing by four points following the first quarter, Tri County's offense heated up from the three-point arc, while timely stops on defense kept Fairbury in check.

As a result, the Trojans battled their way to a 56-53 win over the Jeffs.

Tri County was hot early on shooting out to a 9-2 lead, behind the scoring of Kyle Riesen and Samuel Hahn.

Fairbury regrouped and closed out the final three minutes on a 11-0 run sparked by the scoring of Tanner Smith, Clay Medina, Chad Medina, and Cody Welsch.

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10
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John McGary Reaches Elite Milestone

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Five decades and 39 years as head wrestling coach at Tri County High School, John McGary has reached an elite milestone.

Last Friday evening, coach McGary picked up his 300th dual victory versus Auburn in the Tri County Invitational Dual Tournament.

Coach McGary's overall dual record is 302-82-9.

Following graduation from Cody, Wyo. High School, John McGary attended Chadron State College where he lettered in football and wrestling. During his college career, McGary was a national tournament qualifier in wrestling.

John McGary began his teaching and coaching career at Tri County High School in the fall of 1973.

Tue
10
Jan
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John McGary Reaches Elite Milestone

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Five decades and 39 years as head wrestling coach at Tri County High School, John McGary has reached an elite milestone.

Last Friday evening, coach McGary picked up his 300th dual victory versus Auburn in the Tri County Invitational Dual Tournament.

Coach McGary's overall dual record is 302-82-9.

Following graduation from Cody, Wyo. High School, John McGary attended Chadron State College where he lettered in football and wrestling. During his college career, McGary was a national tournament qualifier in wrestling.

John McGary began his teaching and coaching career at Tri County High School in the fall of 1973.

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