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Stewart To Represent Meridian At State

Meridian will be represented by one wrestler at this week's Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament.

Junior Brant Stewart, placed fourth in his 189-pound weight class at last weekend's D-1 District Wrestling Tournament held at Cross County High School in Stromsburg.

Stewart went 2-1 in the two-day district meet.

In the first round, Brant received a bye, and then won by pin in the quarterfinals over Brandon Kreutzer of Sutton in 1:24.

Brant lost by pin in the semi-finals to Thayer Central's Trevor Hartley in 3:21.

Stewart was victorious in the consolation semis by pin in :59 seconds over Harvard's Derek Tobler.

In the consolation final at 189 pounds, Stewart didn't wrestle due to an injury default against Cross County's Mitch Walkup.

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Jeffs Send Six Wrestlers To State Wrestling Tournament

Fairbury's wrestling team came ready to go last weekend at the B-3 District Wrestling Tournament held at Aurora High School's Sports Complex.

The Jeffs tied the school record for the most individuals qualifying for the state wrestling meet with six.

State qualifiers for the Jeffs include freshman Jonathan Fletcher, fourth, 103 pounds, junior Trevor Schroeder, second, 112 pounds, sophomore Joshua Moody, fourth, 119 pounds, sophomore Tyler Fisbeck, second, 130 pounds, sophomore Seth James, fourth, 160 pounds, and junior JB Barnett, third, 285 pounds.

Non-qualifiers for Fairbury were Joe Horky, 125 pounds, 0-2, John Reyes, 135 pounds, 1-2, Jake Corbin, 140 pounds, 0-2, Eddie Grummert, 145 pounds, 0-2, Dylan Knigge, 152 pounds, 2-2, and Adam D'Angelo, 171 pounds, 1-2.

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Lady Jeffs Advance In Sub-District Play

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Two words describe Monday's first-round C1-2 Sub-District basketball game played at Wilber-Clatonia High School between Fairbury and Fillmore Central.

Intense and physical.

Fairbury overcame physical play by Fillmore Central to come away with a 49-42 win.

"This was very intense and physical game. No one wanted to lose and have their season end," Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle said.

Fillmore Central the fifth seed in the tourney, rode the scoring of Maggie Malone with seven points, and Audrey Malone contributing four points to open an 11-8 lead after one quarter.

The momentum swung in Fairbury's favor in the second quarter, as the fourth seed Lady Jeffs got in to a better offensive flow.

Wed
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Feb
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Lady Jeffs Advance In Sub-District Play

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Two words describe Monday's first-round C1-2 Sub-District basketball game played at Wilber-Clatonia High School between Fairbury and Fillmore Central.

Intense and physical.

Fairbury overcame physical play by Fillmore Central to come away with a 49-42 win.

"This was very intense and physical game. No one wanted to lose and have their season end," Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle said.

Fillmore Central the fifth seed in the tourney, rode the scoring of Maggie Malone with seven points, and Audrey Malone contributing four points to open an 11-8 lead after one quarter.

The momentum swung in Fairbury's favor in the second quarter, as the fourth seed Lady Jeffs got in to a better offensive flow.

Wed
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Feb
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Lady Jeffs Bounce Lady Warriors In Home Finale

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

After losing to Lincoln Lutheran in the title game, 46-37 of the Lady Warriors' Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 29, Fairbury turned the tables on the Lady Warriors with a disrupting pressure defense to record a 47-24 home win Feb. 11.

Lincoln Lutheran got out to a 6-4 lead two minutes in to the first quarter, paced by the scoring of Rachel Royuk, Kelly Sanchez, and Emily Metschke.

Following a three-point hoop by Kalee Cromer, which put the Lady Jeffs on top, 7-6, Fairbury closed out the quarter on a 10-2 scoring spree.

The Lady Jeffs didn't let up on either side of the ball in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Warriors, 12-3 to increase their margin at half to 29-11.

Points were hard to come by for both teams in the third quarter.

Wed
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Feb
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Quick Start Propels Sutton Over Tri County

For the second straight game, Sutton had all the momentum which led to a easy 80-33 home win last Tuesday against the Tri County Lady Trojans.

The Lady Fillies used a 25-4 first quarter scoring advantage to take control and never look back.

Sutton state-rated in Class C-2 did not let up in the second and third quarters outscoring the Lady Trojans, 47-16.

Scoring for the Lady Trojans were Annie Bock with 10 points, Brooke Knapp and Halie Meints, seven points apiece, Sydney Holtmeier, five points, while Maci Hicks and Amber Staroscik racked up two points each.

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Feb
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Number One Seward Shoots Lights-Out Against Lady Jeffs

Fairbury ran into a buzzsaw last Tuesday evening falling to Class B number one rated Seward, 69-30 on the Lady Bluejays' home floor.

The (18-0) Lady Bluejays took the suspense out of the game right from the start forging a 28-0 lead after one quarter.

Fairbury got on the scoreboard in the second quarter led by Mandy Osborne, scoring five points, as Seward left the court at half ahead, 43-12.

The Lady Jeffs outplayed Seward in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Bluejays, 9-6.

Seward dominated play in the fourth quarter with a 20-9 scoring advantage.

For the game, Seward connected on 10 three-point baskets, and were 16-20 at the free throw line.

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Feb
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Fairbury Wins Overtime Thriller Against Lincoln Lutheran On Chad Medina's Shot At The Buzzer

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Fans at Friday's home game between Fairbury and Lincoln Lutheran got their money's worth.

After four quarters of hard-fought action, Fairbury and Lincoln Lutheran were tied at 47-all.

In the four-minute overtime, the Jeffs and Warriors traded leads none larger than two points.

A two-point hoop by Lincoln Lutheran's Eric Beckman tied the contest at 54-all with :23 seconds on the clock.

Fairbury took possession and advanced the ball over half court and called timeout with 17.1 seconds.

After the timeout, Fairbury's offense ran a curl cut, and Chad Medina brought the Jeffs' fans to their feet by connecting on a six-foot shot from a challenging angle behind the the backboard as the buzzer sounded giving Fairbury a thrilling, 56-54 win.

Wed
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Feb
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Co-op Swim Teams Tie Dual With Omaha Roncalli

Last Tuesday's swimming dual at Omaha Roncalli High School resulted in a tie.

The total team score for the dual ended in a tie. The boys won the their dual by nine points, which was the same score the girls team lost their dual.

"The total team score for this dual meet was a tie. The boys won the meet by about the same score, as the girls lost their dual," Beatrice swimming and diving coach Sandi Hoffman remarked.

"This rarely happens but indicates an evenness in the competition," Hoffman said.

"Once again we had numbers of team members set personal best performances," Hoffman replied.

"We were able to send in a time improvement for the state meet for the boys 200 relay team of Trenton McCown, Josh Johnson, Josh Karel, and Trevor Williams," Hoffman stated.

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Feb
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Jeffs Struggle Against Seward

A superb man-to-man defense by Seward stifled Fairbury's offense which made for a long night on the court for the Jeffs.

As a result, the Bluejays had their way Saturday night earning a 54-31 home win over Fairbury.

Seward's defense limited Fairbury's offense to just 16 points through three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Fairbury's offense began to show some life breaking through for 15 points, led by Clay Medina scoring six points.

"Seward played really good man-to-man defense. It may have been the best man-to-man defense we have seen the entire season," Jeffs coach Erik Kohl commented.

"Seward wouldn't let us get into anything. They made us uncomfortable the entire game," Kohl said.

"We never really got anything going on offense. The team was able to score in the fourth quarter, but by then it was definitely too late," Kohl remarked.

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