Girls Golf Competes in Beatrice Invite

On Tuesday Aug. 23 the Fairbury Girls Golf team kicked off their season at the Beatrice Invite. The team finished in seventh place in the eight team field. Leading the Lady Jeffs was Sara Mitchell ’19 who shot a 123.

Papillion La-Vista won the team title while Omaha Skutt Catholic finished runner up. The next competition for Lady Jeffs comes on Aug. 25 when they dual Beatrice. On Aug. 26 they travel to Seward to compete in the Seward Invitational.

Volleyball Team Shows Great Season Ahead

The Volleyball team started 2-a-days Aug. 15th. Their numbers decrease by one going from a team of 20 to a team of 19. The scrimmage that took place last Friday, the 19th, shows a great season ahead of the team. “We have a really positive work ethic at practice and in the weight room, Players are really coming together to be the best version of ourselves,” volleyball coach Hannah Rundle.


Softball Team Sets High Expectations

The Lady Jeffs Softball team started the grind on Aug. 1st. All of last season’s girls returned. They also gained five Freshmen. The numbers increased from 12 to 17, the season is expected to be a good one starting off with a record of 1-1. “The girls are working hard to reach their goal of making it to the state tournament this year,” softball coach Taylor Biehl said.

Cross Country Takes Off Into Season

The Fairbury Cross Country team began conditioning on Aug. 8. The cross country team returns quite a bit of experience for both the girls and boys team. On the boys side they return five varsity runners from last year’s team. Leading that group will be Garret Ragland ’17. Ragland  was a state qualifier for the Jeffs last year.

The girls team looks to continue its dominance as they have qualified for state as a team each of the last three years. From last year’s state qualifying team they return Shaye Stall ’17, Lilibeth Estrada ’17, Emily Burkely ’18 and Autumn Branson ’19. The first competition for the cross country team will be Sept. 1 at the Superior Invite.

Jeffs Qualify Three for State Track

On Thursday May 12, the Fairbury Track teams headed to Crete to compete in the districts. There were 10 teams competing at the meet. The Jeffs qualified three athletes for the state meet.

Mikasa Lierman ’19 was the lone qualifier for the girls team, as she got third in the 800 meter run. On the boys side both Brent Hirsch ’17 and Patrick Ondrak ’17 punched their tickets to Omaha. Hirsch qualified in both the 800 meter run and triple jump, while Ondrak qualified in the 3200 meter run.

Head Boys Track Coach Derek Garfield has high expectations for the state qualifiers.

“We expect them to compete as hard as they have all year long, and if they do that, we should bring home some hardware,” Garfield said. The state track meet is held May 20 and 21, in Omaha at the Omaha Burke Stadium.




Blazer, Trail staffs win state medals; Novotny earns gold

Five journalism students brought home medals from the NSAA State Journalism Competition Monday, April 25.

The competition provides an avenue for journalism students across the state to compete in timed competitions to determine top finishers in 21 events.

The publications department had nine students qualify to compete in the competition with five bringing home medals in four different categories including a State Champion and State Runner-up.

Tanner Novotny brought home the gold in Sports News Writing and Mary Lawrence finished runner-up in Photo Illustration.  In addition to these top two performances, Paige Patton placed third in Yearbook Feature Writing; Shaye Stall placed fourth in Newspaper Layout; and Partrick Ondrak finished fifth in Sports News Writing.

Along with the five medalists, seniors Michaela Bartels, Brooke Eisenhauer and Halle Knigge qualified for the State Competition helping the school finish seventh in the team sweepstakes.

Capturing the essence of the staff’s individual personalities, NSAA State Journalism qualifiers prepare for the group photo.

Jeffs win Beatrice dual

On March 22, the Fairbury boys golf team traveled to Beatrice to compete in a dual with the Beatrice boys golf team. The team score was 183-189 in favor of the Jeffs. Nick Christiansen ’16 was the runner-up medalist of the dual shooting a 39. Zach Reikofski ’18 shot a 46. Robby Meyer ’17 also shot a 46. Justin Peterson ’17 hit a 52. Dylan Au ’16 shot a 56, and Blake Bauer ’17 rounded up the varsity team with a score of 59.

Robby Meyer ’17 attempts to chip the ball close or into the hole. He finished the round tying for second on the Fairbury boys golf team.

For JV the Jeffs won by a final score of 117-126. Anthony Moyer ’17 shot the best on the JV team with a score of 55. Ace York ’19 shot a 62. Tanner Novotny ’17 shot a 63, and Keyten Pfingsten ’18 rounded up the JV team with a score of 65.

State Journalism Qualifiers

The nine following journalism students for qualified for the State Journalism Competition in Norfolk on Monday, April 25.

“I am very proud to have that many going,” journalism adviser Jed Martin said.

These students have been very resolute in their work and hope to bring home some hardware.

NEWSPAPER IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: Paul Lawrence, Halle Knigge, Paige Patton, Mary Lawrence, Patrick Ondrak, and Tanner Novotny

COLUMN WRITING: Patrick Ondrak and Brooke Eisenhauer

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION: Paige Patton and Mary Lawrence


NEWS/FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Michaela Bartels and Shaye Stall

YEARBOOK THEME: Halle Knigge and Mary Lawrence


Paige Eden Signs with Doane

On Wednesday March 23 Paige Eden ’16 signed with Doane College to play volleyball. Doane’s assistant volleyball coach Ryan Gray was present at the signing. Eden will attend Doane in the fall of 2016.

Nicole and Darin Grummert smile after Paige Eden ’16 signs to play volleyball at Doane College. Also present for the signing was Fairbury head volleyball coach  Hannah Rundle and Doane assistant coach Ryan Gray.

Boys Track Team Springs into Action


The Fairbury Jeffs Boys Track team started practices on February 29. The team returns three seniors which includes Justyn Franklin ’16, Greg Borsch ’16 and Trevin Likens ’16.

The team also returns most of the state qualifying 4×800 relay from last year. Members include Brent Hirsch 17, Jacob Johnson ’18, Patrick Ondrak ’17 and alternate Damian Green ’17.

The Fairbury Boys Track team’s first competition of the year is March 17 at the Superior Invite.