Journalism brings home nine medals from state competition

On April 24th eleven journalism students competed in Norfolk against other Class B schools.

Patrick Onrak ’17 earned 6th in Newspaper Layout and 5th in Sports News Writing. Shaye Stall ’17 brought home the 5th place medal in Newspaper Layout. Kelsea Swartz ’17 placed 3rd in Advertising. Mary Lawrence ’17 earned the 5th place title in Infographic design. Delainey Stewart ’18 earned 4th place in Advertising, and Evie Schwab ’18 place 5th in Entertainment Writing and 4th in News Writing.

The yearbook editors Paige Livingston ’18, Emily Burkley ’18, and Mary Lawrence ’17 placed 6th in Yearbook Theme Development.

Delainey Stewart ’18 (left) and Kelsea Swartz ’18 (right) showcases their friendship formed in journalism by holding hands on the podium while accepting their 3th and 4th place medals in Advertising.  Photo by: Joy Ondrak
Mary Lawrence ’17 eats her Gushers on stage accepting her 5th place medal in Infographic Design. Photo by: Joy Ondrak

Boys golf tees-off the season

Monday, March 20th the boys golf team traveled to Beatrice for a dual. This was the first meet of the season.

Anthony Moyer ’17 follows through a put and watches it sink in the hole.

Robby Meyer ’17 had the lowest score out of the entire dual.

“I scored a 42… I think I had the lowest score out of everyone.” Meyer said.

Fairbury ended with a score of 200 and Beatrice with 183.

Justin Peterson ’17 scored a 50, Meyer ’17 42, Blaker Bauer ’17 56, Anthony Moyer ’17 65, and Tanner Novotny ’17 64.


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).

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.

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

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.

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 Earns First Win

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

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.

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