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Jeffs bring home some hardware from the State meet

The 2016-2017 wrestling season broke a lot of records. One of the many was sending eight wrestlers to the state meet breaking the record of seven tied last year and set in 2013. 

The Jeffs medaled three wrestlers. Damian Green ‘17 became the first Jeff wrestler to to wrestle in the finals since 2002. Green placed 2nd in 160.

Jacob Johnson earned 5th in 170, and Logan Slater earned 6th in 132.

Wrestlers who also qualified for the state meet include Austin Barnts ‘18 (126), Anthony Moyer ‘17 (152), Patrick Ondrak ‘17 (182), Zach Reikofski ‘18 (195), and Paul Mach ‘17 (285).

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Austin Barnts ’18 shoots the leg looking for control at the York invite. Barnts finished second in districts and was one of eight record-setting Jeff wrestlers to qualify for State.

Wrestling makes its mark in Jeff history

The Jeffs are sending a record breaking eight state qualifiers to Omaha. The state meet is taking place Thursday, Feb. 15-Saturday Sat, Feb. 17 taking place at the CenturyLink Center.

There’s no doubt about it, the 2016-17  wrestling season has been quite the memorable season. Five boys earned their spot onto the 100 win club this year, doubling the count since the 1960s, as well as Damian Green ’17 breaking the overall career win record. 

The achievements don’t just stop there. This year eight Jeffs broke the previous record of seven state qualifiers which was set in 2015-16. This record tied the previously set record in the 2012-13 season.

Wrapping up the wrestling season, The Jeffs will head to Kearney next weekend, and participate in the state duals for the first time in Jeff history.

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Patrick Ondrak ’17 wrestling 182
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Paul Mach ’17 wrestling 285
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Damian Green ’17 wrestling 160
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Anthony Moyer ’17 wrestling 152
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Jacob Johnson ’18 wresting 170
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Austin Barnts ’18 wrestling 126
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Logan Slater ’18 wrestling 132
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Zach Reikofski wrestling 195
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Green’s record breaking career

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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.

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Boys basketball triumphs over Wilber

 

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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 Earns First Win

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Adam Wasserman ’18 drives through the lane, putting up a layup scoring two points for the Jeffs. 

Tuesday, Dec. 6 was the grey out basketball game to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. The boys played the Superior Wildcats, who also joined the cause.

Fairbury boys pulled ahead early on in the game. Battling back and forth, the boys sealed their first win of the season against Superior with a final score 55-31 Jeffs. The boys will soon head to Milford this Friday, Dec. 9.

JV Promises a Bright Future Ahead

Tuesday Dec. 5, The Fairbury Jeffs played at home against the Superior Wildcats. The Junior

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Dalton Buxton ’19 steals the ball driving down the court to make a 2 point layup to put the Jeffs ahead.

Varsity teams kicked off the night starting at 4:30. The boys took the lead early on in the game and propelled to a 19 point lead. The boys pushed through and kept the hurt on with a final score of 51-33 Jeffs.

The JV team will travel to Milford Friday, Dec. 9 going into the game 3-0.

Basketball compete against tough competition

On Friday, Dec. 2 the Fairbury Jeffs basketball teams traveled to Lincoln Christian. The girls put on a tough battle against the #1 rated C-1 girls basketball. The tough fought game ended 81-21 Lincoln Christian. The boys game followed the girls. The nail biter of a game ended 50-44 Lincoln Christian.

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Cayman DeBoer ’18 takes a shot at the Lincoln Christian game scoring two points.

Dec. 3 The team traveled to Fillmore Central/ Exeter Milligan. The girls game ended  66-32 FCEM, followed by the boys game ending 67-27 FCEM.

Tonight is the Grey out game to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. The Jeffs compete against Superior at home. JV starts at 4:30. Girls varsity starts at 6:00, followed by boys.

Burkley and Stall compete at the state meet

On Thursday Oct. 13 the cross country runners competed in the C-1 district meet. Shaye Stall ‘17 place 4th and Emily Burkely ‘18 placed 7th, qualifying for another season ending at the state meet in Kearney. The state meet was hosted in Kearney on Friday Oct. 21. Burkley placed 34th out of 93 total runners. Stall PR’d her time by three seconds in the state meet clenching the 12th place title. IMG_9091.JPG

Cross Country places 2nd

On Thursday September 22nd the cross country team traveled into Titan territory at Thayer Central. All of the girls placed in the top 15. Shaye Stall ‘17 leading the pack placing 2nd. Emily Burkley ‘18 placing 4th. Lili Estrada ‘18 placing 8th. Autumn Branson ‘19 closing the pack placing 14th. The girls placed 2nd out of 11 teams. The boys team placed 3rd out of 11 teams. With Garret Ragland ‘18 placing 10. Jon Engelman ‘17 placing 12. Dalton Buxton ‘19 placing 15. Jared Engelman ‘19 placing 17. Isaac Robertson ‘19 placing 19. Devin Holliday ‘19 placing 20. Samuel monterroso ‘20 placing 29. Braden Graham ‘19 placing 38. RJ Suey ‘19 placed 42. Damian Vculek ‘19 placed 45, followed by Dillon Weichel placing 58.