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Taylor Summers Earns Silver Medal For Tri County, Four Of Six Fairbury Wrestlers Win Matches At State

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

After a long three days of competition, Tri County junior Taylor Summers battled his way to the silver medal in the Class C 112-pound final Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships held at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

Summers was the first Tri County wrestler to compete in the finals since 2003.

In the final at 112-pounds, Summers lost to Wood River's Christian Nielsen (44-0) by major decision, 14-2.

For Summers this was his first-ever medal earned at the state wrestling meet.

Taylor began his quest for the finals on Thursday defeating Loomis/Bertrand's Teak Edwards by pin in 1:55.

In his quarterfinal match Thursday afternoon, Summers won over Boone Central's Robert Stopak by technical fall, 15-0.

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Taylor Summers Earns Silver Medal For Tri County, Four Of Six Fairbury Wrestlers Win Matches At State

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

After a long three days of competition, Tri County junior Taylor Summers battled his way to the silver medal in the Class C 112-pound final Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships held at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

Summers was the first Tri County wrestler to compete in the finals since 2003.

In the final at 112-pounds, Summers lost to Wood River's Christian Nielsen (44-0) by major decision, 14-2.

For Summers this was his first-ever medal earned at the state wrestling meet.

Taylor began his quest for the finals on Thursday defeating Loomis/Bertrand's Teak Edwards by pin in 1:55.

In his quarterfinal match Thursday afternoon, Summers won over Boone Central's Robert Stopak by technical fall, 15-0.

Wed
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Palmyra Claims Victory Over Diller-Odell In Overtime

In a close game, from the start, Palmyra outscored Diller-Odell, 8-6 in overtime for a 48-46 win played on the Panthers' home floor Feb. 18.

Each team matched one another point for point in the first quarter going to sidelines tied at 9-all.

Diller-Odell's offense outscored Palmyra, 11-10 in the second quarter to take a 20-19 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Griffins continued to remain hot from the field, outscoring the Panthers, 13-9 extending their lead to 33-28.

The fourth quarter belonged to Diller-Odell, as the Griffins prevailed over Palmyra, 12-7 tying the game at 40-all forcing overtime.

Palmyra did just enough offensively against the Griffins in overtime to earn the two-point win.

"We battled back from a five-point deficit in the last minute of regulation to force overtime," Griffins coach Eric McMurray said.

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Co-op Swim Teams Place Fourth, Fifth At River Cities Conference Meet

Competing in their final tune-up before the state swimming and diving meet, the Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris co-op swim teams finished fourth and fifth in their respective divisions at the River Cities Conference Meet held Feb. 11-12 at Ralston.

In the boys conference team standings, Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris scored 209 points to place fourth out of five teams.

Ralston was the conference champion, amassing 369 points.

On the girls side, Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris tallied 139 points to place fifth out of six teams.

Ralston took top honors for the girls with 302 points.

"While we would have liked to finish higher in the team standings, we were very pleased with our efforts in the conference meet," Beatrice co-op swimming and diving coach Sandi Hoffman said.

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Poor Start Costly For Lady Griffins

A single point first quarter put the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins in a hole they could never crawl out of.

As a result, the Lady Griffins dropped their final regular season game on the road Feb. 11 at Friend, 56-42.

Diller-Odell trailed, 10-1 after one quarter of play and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game.

"The girls had a bad start being outscored, 10-1 in the first quarter. After that we had to try and play catch-up the whole way," Lady Griffins coach John Mohr said.

"Friend's pressure defense led to 33 turnovers on our part. Defensively for the Lady Griffins, we were not able to force Friend into many turnovers," Mohr replied.

"The girls kept fighting until the end, however, and made a few runs at Friend in the second half. However, the Lady Griffs could not overcome their poor first quarter," Mohr remarked.

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Defensive Adjustment Fuels Lady Griffins Win Over Lady Mustangs

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Diller-Odell's Lady Griffins basketball team overcame a slow start to eliminate the Meridian Lady Mustangs, 59-50 in semi-final play last Tuesday evening in the D1-1 Sub-District Girls Basketball Tournament played at Tri County High School.

Midway through the first quarter, Meridian had control holding a 12-6 lead.

A trey by Diller-Odell's Morgan Vitosh tied the game at 12-all with 1:20 left on the clock.

Sparked by a three-point field goal by Ashley Hansel, Meridian maintained a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was a back-and-forth game in the second quarter, as the two teams combined to score 38 points leaving the game tied at 33-all at half.

At halftime, Diller-Odell made a defensive adjustment for the second half of play.

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Lady Jeffs Stun Sandy Creek, Fall To Milford In Sub-District Final

Unable to convert their shots that the Lady Jeffs had made in the past few games, Fairbury had its season come to a close last Thursday night at Wilber-Clatonia High School in the C1-2 Subdistrict Final losing to Class C-1 state-rated Milford (19-3), 50-38.

"We just couldn't get our shots to fall as well as they had been the past few games. The girls got some pretty good looks both inside and out, however we just didn't convert," Lady Jeffs coach Amy Engle remarked.

"In the fourth quarter we cut the deficit to five points in the last two minutes, but we couldn't get any closer, and then had to foul and Milford made its free throws," Engle said.

"I feel bad for the girls for they played good defense, but tonight the shots just wouldn't fall for us," Engle replied.

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Lady Trojans Eliminated With Sub-District Opening Loss

By Jim Phelps

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Sports Editor

Tri County's Lady Trojans basketball team concluded a tough season with a first-round, 54-31 loss to Thayer Central last Tuesday night in the C2-3 Sub-District Basketball Tournament held at Fillmore Central High School.

The Lady Trojans entered the contest on a four-game losing streak, and fell behind by double digits, 15-4 after one quarter of play.

Thayer Central maintained control outscoring Tri County, 11-6 in the second quarter to increase its lead to 26-10 at half.

The number two seed Lady Titans didn't let up in the third quarter doubling the score on Tri County, 38-19.

Momentum stayed on the Lady Titans' side in the fourth quarter, as Thayer Central expanded their final margin to 23 points, by outscoring the Lady Trojans, 16-12.

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Meridian Drops Regular Season Finale To High Plains

For three quarters, last Friday night Meridian hung right with High Plains on the Storms' home court.

After three quarters of play, the Mustangs held the upperhand, 48-45.

However a 22-point scoring explosion by the Storm in the crucial fourth quarter lifted High Plains to a come-from-behind, 67-58 win.

Both squads were knotted at 14 after one quarter, and the home team built a 35-29 lead at half.

In the third quarter, Meridian's offense got the hot hand led by the one-two scoring punch of Eric Bartels with six points, and Shane Roesler scoring four points to open a 48-45 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

High Plains' offense accounted for 22 fourth quarter points, led by Derek DeMers with seven points, and Jordan Gustafson chipped in six points.

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Meridian Wins Sub-District Opener

Meridian's Lady Mustangs outlasted Pawnee City, 51-49 in the bunny bracket game Feb. 14 in the D1-1 Sub-District Girls Basketball Tournament held at Tri County High School.

The Lady Mustangs opened a 13-7 lead on the Lady Indians spearheaded by five points scored by Ashley Hansel.

Six Lady Mustangs scored in the second quarter to account for 11 points, leaving Meridian with a 24-17 advantage at half.

In the third quarter, Meridian's defense fell apart allowing Pawnee City to tally 14 points which cut the deficit to 37-31.

Sierra Friedly had the hot hand for Pawnee City scoring six points in the fourth quarter which gave the Lady Indians a two-point lead late in the game.

A steal by the Lady Mustangs' Melanie Baxa resulting in a layup with :30 seconds to play tied the contest at 49-all.

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