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Meridian Mustangs Go 0-2 In Clarkson Tourney

Meridian couldn't find its groove in a pair of losses in the Clarkson Holiday Basketball Tournament.

In consolation action Dec. 30th, Meridian was on the short end of a 74-29 decision against Osceola.

The Mustangs were held to single digits in the first three quarters of play trailing, 53-18.

Kyle Schwisow led the Mustangs with 10 points scored, Cody Nolte, eight points, Riley Meyer and Ty Brakhage, three points each, Drew Endorf and Ricky Nunez, two points apiece, and Blake Miller tallied one point.

Meridian was nipped by McCool Junction, 50-46 in opening round tournament action Dec. 29th.

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Mustangs Tenth At Fillmore Central Holiday Invite

Battling through tough competition, the Meridian Mustangs wrestling team finished 10th out of 17 teams Dec. 30th at the Fillmore Central Holiday Invitational.

As a team, the Mustangs had five individual medalists.

Senior Brant Stewart competing in the 182-pound weight class placed second.

Stewart posted a 3-1 record losing in the finals by major decision, 10-0 to Ravenna's Ethan Schambach.

Third place medalists were Lupe Dimas, 113 pounds, and Riley Noel, 152 pounds.

Dimas recorded a mark of 3-2 in his five matches, while Noel was 4-1 on the mats winning his final match by decision, 7-5 in overtime against Ravenna's Storm Rathe-Hoffman.

Freshman Brandon Jackson earned fifth place in the 145-pound weight class with a record of 4-1.

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Tri County Drills Weeping Water

Tri County used a stellar defensive effort to grab control early enroute to a 75-38 consolation win over Weeping Water in the Southern Holiday Tournament played at Southern High School on Dec. 30th.

The Trojans opened a 22-5 first quarter lead and never looked back on their way to their fifth victory of the season.

"We played a great defensive first half which enabled us to build a big lead," Tri County Trojans coach Jared Knapp commented.

"We forced Weeping Water to turn the ball over, and we were able to get some easy baskets," Knapp said.

"Our scoring was balanced, but I was pleased with the focus that Garrett Kowalski brought to the game. He scored in many ways including two three-point shots," Knapp replied.

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Meridian Lady Mustangs Win Clarkson Holiday Tournament

Meridian closed out the 2011 portion of its schedule on a high note by winning the Clarkson Holiday Tournament last Friday.

In the title game, the Lady Mustangs defeated Osceola, 46-38.

The Lady Mustangs seized the lead early on building a 10-point lead, 14-4 after one quarter of action.

Each squad tallied six points in the second quarter leaving Meridian with a 20-10 halftime lead.

Meridian expanded its margin to 39-23 through three quarters, by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs, 19-13.

Osceola had the hot hand in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough for a comeback even though the Lady Bulldogs outscored, Meridian, 15-7.

Ashley Hansel paced the (5-5) Lady Mustangs with a game-high 27 points, Stephanie Bartels, nine points, Melanie Baxa and Miranda Johnson, four points each, and Blair Hofstetter contributed two points.

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Big Shots, Key Stops Propels TC Lady Trojans To Southern Holiday Championship

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

In a matchup of two quality Class C-2 basketball teams, Tri County's Lady Trojans were able to make big shots in key moments and came through with a number of timely stops to outlast (6-3) Weeping Water, 48-41 in the title game of the Southern Holiday Basketball Tournament played at the Southern High School gym on Dec. 30th.

Tri County shot out to a 7-1 lead midway through the opening quarter capping off the scoring with a trey from Sydney Holtmeier.

Back-to-back two-point hoops by Heather Hauschild the Lady Indians tied the game at 7.

Tri County bounced back to score the final four points of the quarter to open an 11-7 lead.

Weeping Water grabbed its first lead at 12-11 and stretched the margin to 14-11 on a putback by Hannah Garner.

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Diller-Odell Comes Up Short Against Johnson-Brock

A sluggish first quarter by the Griffins proved the difference in Diller-Odell's 46-36 road loss Dec. 29th versus Johnson-Brock.

Diller-Odell fell behind, 17-4 after the opening quarter, but improved its play the remainder of the game.

"After really struggling the first quarter, we came back and played very well in the last three quarters. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole," Diller-Odell Griffins coach Eric McMurray said.

Conner Pahl and Kolin Scheele topped the (2-5) Griffins with nine points each, Steven Kostal, six points, Brandon Kostal, five points, Derrick Meyer, four points, and Ely Hroch scored three points.

Steven Kostal led the Griffins on the boards with 10 rebounds, and he came up with three steals.

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Jeffs Finish Third At Lincoln Lutheran Tournament

After coming up short in its opening round contest, Fairbury bounced back to finish third at the Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament last Friday.

A 30-6 run late in the first and second quarters spearheaded the Jeffs to a convincing, 77-55 win over Louisville.

With a lead of 19-13 after one quarter, Fairbury broke open the contest by outscoring the Lions, 27-7 in quarter two to secure a 46-20 lead.

"We started really slow down, 9-4, but then we went on a 30-6 run. During moments late in the first quarter and in the second quarter and about four minutes in the fourth quarter we played really good team basketball," Fairbury Jeffs coach Erik Kohl stated.

"It's about playing 32 minutes for four quarters and playing together all the time for us to be successful," Kohl remarked.

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Elks Hoop Shoot Winners

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Elks Hoop Shoot Winners

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Lady Jeffs Split Games At Lincoln Lutheran Tourney

After a five-day layoff for the NSAA moratorium, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs took to the court in last week's Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Fairbury was handed a tough, 60-56 loss by Louisville in its opening game last Thursday.

"In our opening game, we played hard, but just didn't do the little things right to help us win," Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle remarked.

"Louisville hit seven threes in the game, and added 18 points from the free throw line," Engle said.

"The team got out-rebounded in the fourth quarter which really hurt, and we gave up 20 points in the the quarter which was not a good defensive effort," Engle commented.

Fairbury was led in scoring by Paige Husa with a team-high 25 points, Ameila Stone, 17 points, Jordan Johnson, eight points, and Sydnie Schmidt chalked up six points.

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