Green’s record breaking career

Damian Green ’17 prepares his next move against his opponent from Seward. Photo by: R. Achtemeier

With back breaking work comes record breaking results. Not every year does a record get broken, but this year is a different story.

Recently Damian Green ’17 broke the high school record of 118 wins. The record was previously held by Joshua Moody ’13. The wrestlers traveled to Nebraska City Jan. 14 for a tournament. Green was sitting at 114 wins going into the tournament. He went 5-0 ending with a record breaking total of wins at 119.

“Damian is 100% self motivated. That’s why he’s had the success he’s had,” Head Wrestling coach Derek Garfield said.

With his determination Damian reached his 100th career win early on in the season, pushing him to break the record.

“When I got to 100 [wins] coach told me I was close [to the record] so I worked to surpass it…” Green said.

Not a lot of athletes can say they had a record breaking career in high school.

“I train everyday, weights in the morning… traveling across the country in the off season for tournaments.” Green said.

Mach upsets top ranked wrestler

On Jan. 10 the Fairbury Jeffs wrestling team traveled to Wilber to compete in the Blue River Riot. The Blue River Riot consisted of Fairbury, Seward, West-Point Beemer and Wilber/Clatonia.

Despite having only four teams present, the tournament hosted  big matches, featuring some of the state’s best wrestlers. The biggest match on the night for the Jeffs was Paul Mach ‘17 facing off against Riley Homolka of Wilber/Clatonia in the 285 pound weight class.

Homolka entered the match as the top ranked heavyweight in Class C. Mach earned the upset as he beat Homolka by a final score of 3-2.

Going into the match head Fairbury wrestling coach Derek Garfield saw the match as an opportunity.

“My first thought was that it was a huge opportunity to wrestle one of the best in the state…in the past Paul and Riley have gone 1-1,” coach Garfield said. “Two years ago Paul beat Riley and last year Riley was able to repay him.” Coach Garfield said.”

Being able to beat one of the best wrestlers boosted Mach’s confidence, who currently sits at 24-2 on the season.

“It makes me feel good,” Mach said. “It makes me feel confident in my abilities.”

Even after knocking off the top ranked wrestler in Class C, both Coach Garfield and Mach plan to continue improving as the season progresses.

“It means we are doing the right things in practice . . . we expect to get better everyday and we have to keep improving,” Coach Garfield said.

The win didn’t change Mach’s approach or the team’s as they head into the latter part of January with the goal of wresting their best in February.

Paul Mach ’17 upset the top ranked wrestler in Class C at the 285 pound weight class. Mach is currently 24-2 on the season. 

“Just keep wrestling the way I wrestle and hopefully good things will happen,” Mach said.


Lady Jeffs battle back from early deficit

The Lady Jeffs secured a win over the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines on their
home court on Tuesday with a final score 50-41.

The girls’ junior varsity team also out-scored the Wolverines in JV action with a fine score of preceding the Varsity games

After trailing the Wolverines in the first quarter and matching their score at the end of the half, the Lady Jeffs battled back and finished with a victory.

Emily Burkley ’18 and Regan Schmidt ’18 play tough defense on Wilber-Clatonia’s point guard. Photo by: D. Stewart 

Leading scorers were Regan Schmidt ’18 with 16 points, followed by Sara Huss ’20 with 11 points and Macy Ohlde ’18 with 9 points.

While the two teams are very similar on paper, the Wolverines being ranked slightly higher and having a record of 4-7 compared to the Lady Jeffs’ 3-8 record, the Jeffs proved that on paper isn’t the same as on the court.

“We played very poorly in the first half. I was happy just to be tied at half time,” head coach Amy Engle-Evans said. “…But I was really happy with the girls. They really made our halftime adjustments, listened to what we talked to them about…We had some great bench play from Cora and Emily and Sara which really helped propel us to a win I thought.”

The Wilber-Clatonia game was the second of four games that the Jeffs will play this week. The reserve teams were in action on Monday night on their home court against Superior.  Coming up, both JV and Varsity teams will play at Auburn on Friday and at home against Lakeview on Saturday.



Girls’ basketball split over Tri-County, Aurora

After winter break the girls’ basketball team traveled to Aurora and Tri-County for their games. At Tri-County the girls beat the Tri-County Trojans 47-39 after coming back from a 9-0 deficit. Sara Huss ‘20 and Sydney Miller ‘18 lead the scoring with 10 points each. Sara Huss lead the team in total rebounds with 14.

“We started off really slow with a 9-0 deficit, said Engle-Evans “We had some different kids step up at different times, so we definitely needed everybody there to help us get to the victory that we needed”joy-gbb20170105_7987

On Jan. 6 the Lady Jeffs lost to Aurora 61-27. According to MaxPreps, Jaelle Johnson lead the scoring with 6 points. Sara Huss lead rebounds with a total of 7.

“Aurora was rough, they’re very good very athletic class B school, and I think we were a little tired from the night before,” said Engle- Evans, “We got down 19-0 before we scored and when you dig yourself that big of a hole against that good of a team it’s kind of hard to come back from that.”


Boys basketball triumphs over Wilber


Scoring two points for the Jeffs Tanner Novotny ’17 drives to the hoop. Photo by: K. Troxel

Tuesday, Jan. 10 The Jeffs faced the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines at home.

The night kicked off with the girls and boys junior varsity. The boys’ JV put up a tough battle, but coming up a little short falling to the Wolverines 49-31.

Following the girls varsity game was the boys varsity. The boys showed up to the court with a solid mindset, and keeping it throughout the nail biter of a game. The final score was 68-50.

The leading scorers for the boys were Tanner Novotny ’17 with 21 points. Then Adam Wasserman ’18 with 14 points. Followed by Zach Holes ’18 with 13 points.



Boys basketball plays well after Christmas break

The Fairbury boys basketball team traveled to Tri-County on Jan. 5 to take on the Trojans. The game was a close one throughout the game as at the end of the third quarter the score was 34-33 in favor of Tri-County. The Jeffs came on strong in the fourth quarter and outscored the Trojans, to earn the victory by a final score of 50-45. Cayman DeBoer ‘18 was the leading scorer for the Jeffs as he finished the game with 16 points.

On Friday Jan. 6 the Jeffs hit the road again, as they traveled to Aurora to take on a tough Aurora Huskies team. Aurora led the Jeffs by a score of 39-23 at the half. The Huskies outscored the Jeffs in the second half and got the victory by a score of 75-51.  

Head basketball coach Travis Steinhoff  thought his team did well in the two games. “We couldn’t hit shots against Tri-County, so the score didn’t show how well we played. Honestly, I thought we played well against Aurora…” head coach Travis Steinhoff said.

Dawson DeBoer ’18 dribbles past a Tri-County defender during their Jan. 5 game. The Jeffs won the game by a score of 50-45.

The next action for the Jeffs is Jan. 10 as they take on the Wilber/Clatonia Wolverines at home. The varsity tip-off is at 7:30.  

Lady Jeffs fall short to Lady Mustangs

On Dec. 29 the Fairbury Lady Jeffs traveled to Raymond Central to take on the Lady Mustangs. Raymond Central took an early lead over the Lady Jeffs as they led by a score of 28-10. Fairbury couldn’t overcome Raymond Central in the second half as they lost by a score of 51-31.

Macy Ohlde ’18 led Fairbury in scoring as she had nine points on the night. Emily Burkely ’18 and Sara Huss ’20 both grabbed five rebounds during the contest. The next action for the girls basketball team is Thursday Jan. 5 as they go to Tri-County.


Wrestlers place third at Bennington

The Fairbury wrestling team headed to Bennington on New Year’s  Eve to compete in the Badger duals. Fairbury placed third out of six teams behind the Bellevue East Chieftains and the Bennington Badgers.

Damian Green, Paul Mach, Jacob Johnson, and Austin Barnts all went undefeated winning all five of their matches. It was the first competition after winter break.

“I thought that we’d be in the hunt for a team title…Bennington was rated fifth in the state for class B and Bellevue is rated 8th in class A so we knew that both those would be tough duals,” said Coach Derek Garfield.

Boys basketball defeats Mustangs over Christmas break

On Dec. 29 the Fairbury boys basketball team traveled to Raymond Central to take on the Mustangs. The Jeffs showed no sign of rust after the Christmas break as they outscored Raymond Central 27-21 in the first half . They never looked back as they went on to win the game 70-51.

Coach Travis Steinhoff thought that the game helped his team gain some confidence. “I thought it gave us some confidence . . . we’re shooting the ball better,” Coach Steinhoff said.

The Jeffs got a boost from Chancellor Amundson ’20 who scored 18 points. Cayman DeBoer ’18 and Blake Bauer ’17 both had big games as well, as DeBoer had 16 points on the night and Bauer finished with 15 points. Both Bauer and DeBoer finished the night with nine rebounds.

The next action for the Jeffs is Tuesday, January 5 as they travel to Tri-County to take on the Tri-County Trojans.

Wrestlers go undefeated at triple dual

On Thursday Dec. 8 the Fairbury wrestling team traveled to Fillmore Central to compete in a triple dual with Tri-County, Waverly and Fillmore Central. The Jeffs won each of their duals on the night and finished first in the team standings.

The Jeffs defeated Fillmore Central 66-12 and picked up pins by Ace York ’19, Anthony Moyer ’17, and Paul Mach ’17. Fairbury also picked up a victory against Waverly by a score against 59-24. The Jeffs won their final dual against Tri-County by a score of 60-18 and had six wrestlers earn pins in the dual. Fairbury head wrestling coach Derek Garfield was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We expected to go out and win all three duals… and we got the wins that we needed to get,” Coach Garfield said.

The next competition for the Fairbury wrestlers is Dec. 10 as they travel to Crete to wrestle in the Crete Invitational.

Logan Slater ’18 earns a pin over his opponent from Waverly. Slater won all three of his matches at the triple dual. Picture taken by: Rielee Achtemeier