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Open House-Frances J. Pracheil

The family of Frances J. Pracheil would like to honor her with an open house for her 80th birthday.

Family and friends are invited to attend the open house on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Evening With Friends Restaurant in Milligan.

Cards may be sent to PO Box 112, Exeter, NE 68351.

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People

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that Tony Hinz joined The Doyle Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Hinz joined Wells Fargo Advisors in September 2010. He previously worked 16 years as Vice President of First National Bank and Trust/Security First Bank in Beatrice. He resides in Beatrice with his wife, Ginger, and son, Nick. Their oldest son, Jesse, attends college at North Dakota State University. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC office is located at 110 South Sixth St., Beatrice.

Tue
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Cold Shooting, Half-Court Trap Hurts Meridian In Friday Loss To Osceola

By Jim Phelps

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Sports Editor

Meridian couldn't get out of the gate in Friday's home game against Crossroads Conference foe Osceola.

Osceola applied a half-court trap on Meridian right from the start and raced out to a 14-0 lead enroute to a 49-28 victory on the Mustangs' home court.

One of two free throws by the Mustangs' Cody Nolte with 2:52 on the clock put Meridian on the scoreboard trailing, 14-1.

A long range three-point basket by Meridian's Drew Endorf sliced the deficit to 14-4 after one quarter.

Meridian got on the board first in the second quarter on a two-point field goal from Endorf.

Osceola stretched its margin to 14 points in quarter two, before Meridian battled back to close the deficit to 27-17 at half.

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Defensive Intensity Sparks Griffins To First Round Conference Win

Despite a slow start offensively, Diller-Odell's defensive intensity kept Lewiston's offense limited to single digits for three quarters.

As a result the Griffins pulled away with a strong fourth quarter of offense to earn a 41-28 victory against Lewiston Jan. 30th in first round play in the Pioneer Conference Basketball Tournament held at Johnson-Brock High School.

In a low-scoring first quarter, Lewiston held a 5-4 advantage, before Diller-Odell went ahead, 13-11 at half.

Nine third quarter points by Diller-Odell allowed the Griffins to increase their margin to 22-15 heading to the fourth quarter.

Diller-Odell put the game in the win column erupting for 19 fourth quarter points stretching its winning margin to 13 points.

"This was a very nice win for us against a good Lewiston team," Diller-Odell Griffins coach Eric McMurray replied.

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Silver Medalist Arena Paces Girls Co-op Swim Team

Friday's Elkhorn Invitational was highlighted for the Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris co-op swimming and diving team by Beatrice junior Alexa Arena's second place finish in the girls 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.59.

In the final girls team standings, Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris finished seventh out of 11 teams, scoring 132 points.

Elkhorn won its own invite, amassing 549.50 points.

Friday's invite was originally scheduled as a two-day meet with diving on day one, and swimming slated for Saturday.

The meet was changed to a one-day invite due to the winter storm that arrived on Saturday.

For the invite, the top 16 placers earned team points.

Individual event results for Fairbury competitors were Shianne Thompson, diving, 14th scoring 195.60 points, and Jenna Christiansen finished 16th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:38.67.

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Fast Start Carries Meridian Past BDS

Meridian wasted no time in taking charge in last Tuesday's road contest at Bruning against BDS.

The Lady Mustangs behind the scoring of five players led by Ashley Hansel with five points and Melanie Baxa with four points shot out to a 14-8 lead.

Meridian kept up its strong offensive output in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Eagles, 14-2.

Miranda Johnson led the way for the Lady Mustangs scoring seven second quarter points.

Bruning-Davenport-Shickley paced by five points each by Tara Pavelka and Cynthia Mick, the Lady Eagles outscored Meridian, 14-11 in the third quarter.

Despite BDS outscoring Meridian, 17-11 in the fourth quarter, the Lady Mustangs came away with the win by hitting 7-9 free throws in crunch time to seal the win.

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Centennial Eliminates Tri County From Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament

A 20-point third quarter by Centennial broke open a close game in last Tuesday's quarterfinal contest of the Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament played at Centennial High School in Utica.

Centennial trailed at half by three points to Tri County, but regrouped in the second half to rally for a 49-38 win.

The fourth seeded Trojans worked to build a halftime lead of 23-20 on the fifth seeded Broncos.

Centennial's offense awoke in the third quarter scorching Tri County's defense with 20 points to vault ahead, 40-30.

The fourth quarter was a hard-fought low scoring affair with the two teams combining for 17 points with the Broncos outscoring the Trojans, 9-8.

Tue
07
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Cold Shooting, Half-Court Trap Hurts Meridian In Friday Loss To Osceola

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Meridian couldn't get out of the gate in Friday's home game against Crossroads Conference foe Osceola.

Osceola applied a half-court trap on Meridian right from the start and raced out to a 14-0 lead enroute to a 49-28 victory on the Mustangs' home court.

One of two free throws by the Mustangs' Cody Nolte with 2:52 on the clock put Meridian on the scoreboard trailing, 14-1.

A long range three-point basket by Meridian's Drew Endorf sliced the deficit to 14-4 after one quarter.

Meridian got on the board first in the second quarter on a two-point field goal from Endorf.

Osceola stretched its margin to 14 points in quarter two, before Meridian battled back to close the deficit to 27-17 at half.

Tue
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Mustangs Claim Medals At ECNC Tournament

In its final tune-up prior to this weekend's district wrestling tournament, Meridian's wrestlers earned six medals at last Friday's ECNC Tournament held at Louisville High School.

Meridian placed eighth in the 13-team meet, scoring 80.50 points.

Conestoga won the team championship outscoring East Butler, 182-140.50 points.

Senior Brant Stewart went undefeated (5-0) to win first place in the 182-pound weight class.

Stewart won his final match by technical fall, 16-0 over Louisville's John Leversee.

Sophomore Riley Noel claimed runner-up honors in the 152-pound weight class with a record of 4-1.

In the finals, Noel lost by pin in 2:47 to Freeman's Chandler Brandert.

Third place medalists for Meridian were Liam Noel, 106 pounds, and Lupe Dimas, 113 pounds.

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Hahn Signs With North Dakota State

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