On Monday Jan. 30, the Lady Jeffs traveled to Wilber to take on the Wolverines in the first round of SNC tournament. The Jeffs won in a barn burner of a game 55-54. The leading scorers for the Jeffs were Jessa Eden ’19 scoring 18 points and close behind was Jaelle Johnson ’20 with 15 points.
“I knew we could win at Wilber and I think we could’ve beat Heartland, but we tried our hardest,” Johnson said.
Heading into the Second round of conference play the Jeffs took on the Heartland huskies on Tuesday, Jan 31. The Jeffs had a nice first quarter scoring 14, but fell short in the next three to lose 40-46. The Jeffs go on the road again on Tuesday Feb. 7 to take on the Seward Bluejays.
On Monday, Nov. 14, the girls basketball team started the season with high intensity and focus.
The potential for the team comes from a returning group from last year and incoming freshmen to help contribute on all levels of play. Many of the athletes are excited and have high hopes for this season.
“I’m really excited because I think that we are going to have a pretty good season and we have a lot of talent,” Haylee Gray ‘17 said.
This year head coach Amy Engle is stressing fundamentals to the team. Fundamentals are a big part of athletics. Athletes need to be able to do the little things to accomplish big things.
“We want to get better every day, work on the little things and focus on the fundamentals,” Engle said. “We want to be playing our best by February.”
Practices are preparing the team for long and tiring games with a lot of conditioning and drills.
“They are definitely conditioning us so we can run during games,” Toriann LIkens ‘19 said.
As a team, the girls came up with some goals for the upcoming season.
“Win games we should, win the 50/50 games, games that can go either way and surprise some top teams,” Engle said.
The Lady Jeffs season starts Friday, Dec. 2. They will travel to Lincoln Christian to take on the Crusaders last year’s state runner-up in Class C-1.
On Monday Oct. 17, the Lady Jeffs volleyball team traveled to Henderson for the first round of conference play. In the first game of the night, the Jeffs took on the David City Scouts and won in two sets. Jessa Eden ’19 had a good offensive game with seven kills and one block. On the defensive side, Althea Esteller ’17 had eight digs and Izze Schwab ’20 had seven.
On Monday Oct. 10 and Tuesday Oct. 11, Evie Schwab ’18 played in the state golf meet in North Platte, NE. Schwab shot a 71 on the front and back nine to finish day one with a 142. She improved her day one score by 21 strokes on day two with a 59 on the front nine and 62 on the back nine.
“The first day was bad. It was my worst score. The second day I improved a a lot,” Schwab said. “Like I said I did alright at state.”
Being a first time state qualifier, Schwab had a mix of emotion after qualifying and while playing.
“It was an interesting experience. There was a lot of people and it was a brand new thing for me. I was nervous going in,” Schwab said.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Fairbury cross country team traveled to Filmore Central to compete in their conference meet. The girls team came back as conference champions. The boys team came back with a fourth place finish.
Leading the girls team was Shaye Stall ’17 finishing 2nd,finishing next was Emily Burkley ’18 placing 4th, close behind Burkley was Lili Estrada ’17 placing 5th, Autumn Branson ’19 finished 17th, and Darby Paulsen ’20 placing 37th.
The boys team had one medalist Garret Ragland ’17. Other finishers were Jon Engelman ’17 placing 21st, Isaac Robertson ’19 placed 24th, Jared Engelman ’19 finished 25th, Dalton Buxton ’19 placed 33rd, and Devin Holliday ’19 finished 39th.
The cross country team competed at Filmore Central last Thursday, September 15. The girls finished well placing fourth as a team. The boys team finished eighth as a team.
Leading the girls team was Shaye Stall who finished fourth followed by Lili Estrada who placed 15th, Emily Burkley who placed 27th, and Autumn Branson who placed 41st.
Leading the boys team was Garret Ragland who placed 27th, close behind was Dalton Buxton who finished 28th, Isaac Robertson who placed 42nd, Jared Engelman who placed 50th, and Devin Holliday who placed 65th.
The Lady Jeffs Golf team placed fourth in their home invite yesterday with an 18 hole team score of 503. Fairbury’s top golfer was Sara Mitchell who scored a 92 in 18 holes. This score eared Mitchell a third place finish and was a career high.
Other golf finishers were Ashley Griffee who placed 22nd with an 18 hole score of 132, Shavara Kroeker who placed 25th with a score of 138, Evie Schwab who placed 26th with a score of 141, and Kenna Troxel who placed 30th with a score of 151.
Girls Golf will be in action this Friday, September 16th at Crete starting at 9 a.m.
The Lady Jeffs Volleyball team played in their season opener at Auburn last night. The Jeffs lost 3-1 but had a strong showing winning the first set with high energy and positivity.
“We won the first set and took that momentum with us throughout the match. Ultimately, unforced errors lead to the first loss of the season but many improvements and positive results were seen,” said Head Coach Hannah Rundle.
The team showed great potential with strong team chemistry. Serve receive passing was a big plus for the Jeffs and helped set up many good plays at the net.
“As the players gain more confidence and team chemistry I believe the Lady Jeffs will be a team to watch in upcoming matches and weeks. We look forward to the support of the FHS student body and the Fairbury community and hope to see you at our home opener on September 13th vs. Columbus Lakeview. Go J E F F S,” said Coach Rundle.