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Central Conference Honorees

Four Fairbury basketball players received honors by being tabbed to the East Division of the Central Conference basketball teams. Seated (l-r), Clay Medina, second team, and Chad Medina, first team. Standing (l-r), Trent Simpson, first team, and Paige Husa, second team. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)

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School Activities Cut Thin Tri County Trojans Track Team At Thayer Central Invite

A smaller number of athletes for the Tri County Trojans took part in last Fridays Thayer Central Invite held in Hebron on the Randall Smith Track.

Numerous high school clubs state activities depleted the squad.

The Trojans came away tied for second with Wymore Southern each, scoring 64 points.

Thayer Central took top honors in their own four-team invite, manufacturing 99 points.

Tri County claimed seven gold medals both in the field and on the track, while placing in 13 of the 17 events.

Seniors Garrett Kowalski and Austin Kruse were double individual medalists.

Kowalski won the 800 and 1600-meter runs with times of 2:05.40 and 4:51.90, while Kruse claimed the top spot in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 43.20, and the triple jump with a leap of 392.

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Pioneer Conference Selections

Five Diller-Odell basketball players were selected by coaches to the Pioneer Conference basketball teams. Seated (l-r), Taylor Rupprecht, honorable mention, and Erin Saathoff, honorable mention. Standing (l-r), Sarah Schmidt, third team, and Conner Pahl, third team. Not pictured: Kolin Scheele, third team. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)

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Trap Teams Begin Season

Fairburys junior high and senior high trap teams got its season started Mar.17th at the Crete Trap Shoot.

Shooters from both Thayer Central and Fairbury comprise the two squads.

Individual results posted at the Crete shoot were High Overall Female Becky Gasper, second shooting 86x100 targets. She won the shoot-off for second with a score of 16x20, High Female 18-19 Yard Handicap Kylee Barber, first shooting 42x50 targets, and High Male 18-19 Yard Handicap Cody Krula, second shooting 42x50 targets.

Senior high trap shooters include Cody Krula, Caleb Goedeken, Logan Kunc, Marshall Nichelson, Tanner Mumm, Becky Gasper, Kylee Barber, Kouper Griffin, Amber Hartley, Morgan Fangmeier, and Chelsea Sasse.

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Numbers Hold Back Fairbury Tracksters At Conference Relays

Despite not have as many athletes on their squads as other teams, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs and Jeffs track and field teams put forth their best efforts at Saturdays Central Conference Relays held at Grand Island Northwest High School.

The Lady Jeffs placed in eight relay events to place eighth out of nine teams with 19 points.

Seward won the Central Conference Relays with a total of 100 points.

The Lady Jeffs pole vault trio of Ashton Feldkamp, Anna Mach, and Moriah Schroeder earned the top finish on the day tying for third with Holdrege with a combined height of 223.

Fourth place medalists were the 400-meter relay of Michaela Barber, Feldkamp, Taylor Miller, and Krista Hintz in a time of 53.9, and the Sprint Medley foursome of Tiffani Bonsal, Miller, Hintz, and Amelia Stone in 2:04.6.

The quartet of Jordan Johnson, Paige Husa, Barber, and Emily Hill claimed fifth in a time of 4:36.1 in the 4x400-meter relay.

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Fairbury Trap Teams Compete At Shoots In Beatrice, Nebraska City

Photo caption: Earning medals at recent shoots at Crete, Beatrice, and Nebraska City were (l-r), Cody Krula, Kylee Barber, and Becky Gasper. (Contributed Photo)

Closing out the month of March, Fairburys junior high and senior high trap teams participated in shoots at Beatrice and Nebraska City.

On March 31st, the Fairbury senior high trap team competed at the Nebraska City shoot.

Senior high scores at the Nebraska City meet were Caleb Goedeken, 84x100, Cody Krula, 83x100, Becky Gasper, 85x100, Marshall Nichelson, 84x100, Logan Kunc, 77x100, Tanner Mumm, 77x100, Kylee Barber, 75x100, Kouper Griffin, 67x100, Chelsea Sasse, 64x100, and Amber Hartley hit 62x100 targets.

Becky Gasper received medals for High Handicap Lady first at 44x50, and Overall Lady third place at 80x100.

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Southern Nebraska Conference Recipients

Six Tri County basketball players were chosen to the Southern Nebraska Conference East Division basketball teams. Seated (l-r), Kyle Riesen, honorable mention, and Samuel Hahn, first team. Standing (l-r), Halie Meints, honorable mention, Brooke Knapp, second team, Maci Hicks, second team, and Sydney Holtmeier, first team. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)

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Beatrice Orangemen Basketball Coach Jim Weeks Moves On To The Next Level

A passion for coaching and a stellar work ethic has been a trademark for Beatrice Orangemen basketball coach Jim Weeks.

Those pair of traits caught the eye of Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier.

After 24 years as the head boys basketball coach at Beatrice High School, Jim Weeks moves up to the next level by being named last Friday the new mens basketball coach for Doane College in Crete.

Weeks replaces Ian Brown who resigned following 10 years as the mentor for the Doane College mens basketball program.

The Tigers finished 10-19 last year, including going 5-15 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), and have had just three winning seasons in the past 10 years.

A Fairbury native, Weeks graduated from Doane College in 1985, and was a four-year letterman for the Doane College Tigers track and field team.

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Crossroads Conference Selections

Four Meridian basketball players earned post season-honors. Standing (l-r), Brianna Jackson was chosen as an alternate to play in the CRC All-Star game on May 25th at Central City, Ashley Hansel was chosen first team, and Melanie Baxa received honorable mention honors. Both Hansel and Baxa will play in the CRC All-Star game. Standing Kyle Schwisow earned honorable mention status. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)

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Tri County Track Teams Sweep Titles At Wilber-Clatonia Invite

It was a superb day on the track and in the field for the Tri County thinclads.

Tri County swept the boys and girls divisions at last Tuesdays eight-team Wilber-Clatonia Invitational.

Senior Sydney Holtmeier claimed three individual gold medals, and senior Maci Hicks earned a pair of individual gold medals powering the Lady Trojans to the team title, scoring 105 points.

Holtmeier won the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of 15.80, the 300-meter low hurdles at 47.50, and she broke the tape in a time of 1:01.20 in the 400-meter dash.

Hicks took top honors in winning the 1600 and 3200-meter runs with times of 5:30.40 and 11:51.80.

The Lady Trojans 3200-meter relay team of Brooke Knapp, Halie Meints, Kayte Rohe, and Hicks claimed first in a time of 10:20.30.

Meints, Amber Staroscik, Shelby Cammack, and Hicks teamed up to win the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:23.40.

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