Griffins Scorch Mead

FALL GUY--Diller-Odell’s Bladen Ahl (No. 24) dives into the end zone for a touchdown while Josh Quinn of Mead (No. 34) tries to stop him during varsity action last Friday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/
Taking control, that’s what Diller-Odell did in the second half of Friday’s homecoming game versus Mead played at Diller.
The Griffins dominated the second half outscoring Mead, 22-0 to earn a come-from-behind, 34-16 win.
Despite two first half rushing touchdowns by senior running back Bladen Ahl, Diller-Odell trailed Mead, 16-12 at halftime.
Diller-Odell’s rushing game took over in the second half with Ahl scoring the lone touchdown of the third quarter off a six-yard run. Christian McCown ran in the two-point conversion giving the Griffins a 20-16 lead.
Sparked by a pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns the Griffins put the game out of reach.
Ahl scored his fourth rushing touchdown on a 12-yard run followed up by a successful two-point conversion run from McCown.
Tybor Smith capped off Diller-Odell’s scoring with a six-yard run later in the quarter.

Mustangs Shift Offense Into High Gear Friday

BACK TO PASS--Baxter Beals of Meridian (No. 10) throws a pass over Jacob Meybrunn of Lewiston (No. 22). (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/
Meridian made the most of their scoring opportunities coasting to a 60-29 homecoming win over Lewiston Friday evening.
The victory by the Mustangs was the team's first win of the season.
Meridian tallied nine touchdowns in the game, including seven rushing scores.
It just took 50 seconds and two plays for Meridian to score its initial touchdown on a 61-yard pass from Baxter Beals to Jakub VanWesten.
Following a rushing touchdown by Lewiston, Meridian struck for back-to-back touchdowns on a seven-yard run by Beals and a 34-yard run from Corey Taylor.
With a five-point lead, 18-13 heading to the second quarter, Meridian expanded its margin to 13 points scoring with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half off a seven-yard pass from Beals to Cesar Nunez. The two-point conversion pass from Beals to Nunez was successful giving the Mustangs a 26-13 halftime lead.

Sparks of Improvement Shown by FHS

MAKING THE PLAY--Fairbury senior Paige Eden (No. 5) sets up a play during the opening game against David City at the Fairbury Volleyball Invite on Sept. 19. Watching the play unfold is Bailey Klaumann (No. 2). (Photo by Tim Linscott/
Playing host to their own six-team volleyball invite held Saturday, Fairbury showed some signs of improvement despite going winless in its three matches.
Fairbury opened pool play Saturday morning dropping a two-set match by scores of 9-25, 13-25 to David City.
In the first set, the Lady Jeffs could not overcome service and hitting errors, which put the team in a double-digit hole they could not fight back from.
David City raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and never let the Lady Jeffs get closer than 12-6 off a Lady Scouts’ hitting error.
Fairbury squared off against Auburn in its second pool match of the invite.
Auburn came away with a straight sets, 25-11, 25-19 win.
The Lady Jeffs cut the deficit to 21-10 off a tip from Paige Eden, but Auburn closed out the set on a 4-1 run.

Lady Mustang Squad Faces Freeman, BDS

It was a tough two days for the Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team at last week’s MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament held at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
The seventh seed Lady Mustangs dropped a three set match in the loser’s bracket play last Tuesday evening to sixth seed BDS in the A Division of the MUDECAS Tournament.
BDS won by scores of 24-26, 25-15, 25-22.
Meridian was up by seven points in the opening match, but after that point everything came apart for the squad.
BDS rallied to pull out the two-point first set win, and the Lady Eagles kept up their inspired play in the following two sets, while Meridian could not prolong a consistent counter attack to match the Lady Eagles efforts.
Allison Klipp paced Meridian behind the service line connecting on 13-13 serves, MaKehna Bartels was 12-12 serving, and Sylvia Danieli had two aces on 10-10 serving.

FHS Finishes Third At Geneva

Last Thursday's cross country meet at Fillmore Central, which Fairbury took part in, was large to say the least.
The Fillmore Central Invite run on the Geneva golf course was immense with 20 schools represented.
On the girls side, the Lady Jeffs turned in a solid third-place team finish with a score of 86 points. Gothenburg was the team champion posting a score of 30 points.
There were 15 full teams which recorded scores in the girls race.
Fairbury had two medalists place in the top 20 led by Emily Burkley finishing 13th at 22:23.4, and Lilibeth Estrada was 15th in a time of 22:29.4.
Other runners for Fairbury included Halle Knigge, 26th, 23:20.3, Anna Schouboe, 32nd, 23:44.9, Autumn Branson, 43rd, 24:35.2, and Josey Zabokrtsky, 54th out of 89 runners in 25:48.4.
For the boys, Fairbury did not have any top 20 medalists and finished 11th in the final team standings with a score of 169 points.

Lady Griffins Beat The Streak

CHAMPIONS--The Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team won the school’s first-ever MUDECAS Volleyball Championship last Thursday evening. The Lady Griffins defeated Freeman in three sets to win the A Division championship. Team members include kneeling (l-r) Paige Vitosh, Madison Jurgens, Theresa Zarybnicky, Katie Schultis, and Madison Hajek. Standing (l-r) Head coach Kandice Jurgens, Camryn Gydesen, Sarah Stanosheck, Hayley Denner, Kirsten Bures, Morgan Phillips, Paige Arnold, Bailey Schroeder, Katie Zarybnicky, and assistant coach Corinna Vrbka. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
It was a battle of volleyball powers in last Thursday's MUDECAS A Division championship between Class C-2 top ranked Freeman (12-0) and Class D-1 top rated Diller-Odell (7-1).
The evening turned out historic for Diller-Odell, as the Lady Griffins topped the Lady Falcons in three sets, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21 to win their first-ever MUDECAS volleyball championship played in front of a full house at the Truman Center on the campus of Southeast Community College in Beatrice.
Diller-Odell's win snapped a 45-match winning streak by Freeman, the defending Class C-2 state volleyball champion.
In the first set, Diller-Odell scored the first three points to open its largest lead of the set.
Overall in the first set there were 12 ties between the two squads.
Freeman responded to the opening set loss surging back to win the second set by four points.

Coming Down with a Fever

By Trevor Gill
Football Fever in the air
Fairbury is abuzz about football!  When was the last time you heard that? 
With two wins in their final five games, the Jeffs can secure the first winning season since the 2008 campaign which saw them finish 5-3. That’s a long drought. Much of the focus has been on the offense, and rightfully so. Jacob Johnson is putting up numbers Fairbury hasn’t seen since the days when Mark Rogge wore the Jeffs colors.  
The line play has been outstanding as well, opening up holes and keeping opponents out of the backfield.  
This week they start District play, will someone be able to quiet the Johnson storm? I am pleased to see the football program getting back on track.  

Wow! Seven Touchdowns

FOOTBALL PHENOM--Fairbury sophomore running back Jacob Johnson, No. 22, breaks through the line on a second-half touchdown run Friday night against Johnson County Central. Johnson racked up 335 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns in the Jeffs’ 53-24 homecoming win. (Photo by Jim Phelps/
Fairbury sophomore running back Jacob Johnson had a career night against Johnson County Central scoring seven rushing touchdowns, as the Jeffs smashed the Thunderbirds, 53-24 in the Jeffs’ homecoming game Friday evening.
Johnson rushed for 335 yards on 19 carries scoring on runs of five, eight, one, 35, 47, 53, and 37 yards.
The seven touchdowns in a game by Johnson ties the Class C-1 record for touchdowns in a game done previously by two other players.
Johnson’s total of 335 yards rushing is believed to be a Fairbury school record.
Fairbury opened the scoring in the game with 9:44 on the clock, as Johnson scored his first touchdown. Justin Peterson added the PAT kick for a 7-0 lead.
Scoring picked up in the second quarter with the two teams combining for 32 points.

Wise Beyond His Years

Kane turned five years old a few weeks ago. Far too often, though, he is wise beyond his years.
He is now in pre-school, but he hates writing. He has never been the child to draw all over the furniture. That honor goes to Reid. Reid is always taking pens and drawing all over Michael’s farm books or the walls or the couch.
Kane has a quick and simple homework worksheet each week where he gets to trace a letter a few times and then make his own. The actual homework takes three minutes. The homework process takes 15. Kane doesn’t want to write his name, although he is pretty good at it when he actually picks up the pencil. Kane also finds the tracing of the letters tedious. He wants to skip that step and go straight to writing the letters himself, which he does very well.
But last week, after whining for five minutes about not wanting to trace the “L”s he said, “Mommy, can’t you just do it?” Lord knows it would have been much easier.

Senator Laura Ebke

Now that we have officially hit autumn--with the promise of more high school football, crisp autumn days, and winter sneaking up on us--I plan to revive my regular reports to the district, since there are (and will be) more things to report as we move through the fall, leading up to the session beginning on Jan. 6.
In the next few weeks, I’ll provide a bit of an overview of what we did over the summer, and tell you about some of the Interim Studies hearings that I’ve been a part of. Today, I want to fill you in on some information about getting in contact with me.