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.


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.

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

Varsity girls drop game to Superior

On the night of the gray out the Fairbury Girls Basketball team took on the Superior Wildcats. The gray out was done to support the research of Type 1 Diabetes. The Lady Jeffs were looking for their first victory of the season.

The Wildcats led after the first quarter by a score of 15-6 and they never looked back as they won by a score of 55-34. The next action for the Lady Jeffs is Friday Dec. 9 as they travel to Milford to take on the Milford/Dorchester Eagles.

The games between the Lady Jeffs and Wildcats was a “gray out” in support of Type 1 Diabetes. 


Wrestlers Win York Invite

On Saturday Dec. 3 the Fairbury wrestling team traveled to York to compete in their first competition of the year. The Jeffs had high hopes going into the tournament as the Jeffs return six state qualifiers to this years team.

The Jeffs came away from the tournament with nine individual medalists. Jacob Johnson ’18 led the charge and was the lone champion for Fairbury, while both Damian Green ’17 and Patrick Ondrak ’17 placed second in their weight classes.

Fairbury earned the team title in the twelve team field as they scored 135.5 points. The runner up was David City with 130.5 points. The next competition for the Jeffs is Dec. 8 as they travel to Fillmore Central for a triple dual.

Jacob Johnson ’18 works while on top of his opponent from Crete. Johnson went on to win the match by pin.

Boys Basketball Season Preview

On Monday Nov. 14 the Fairbury Boys Basketball team began practices and started their season. For second straight year the boys team will have a new head coach at the helm. Travis Steinhoff has taken the head coach position.

Each coach has their own philosophy and way of coaching a team. So with the new coach comes new drills and different practices that players have to get adjusted to.

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Tanner Novotny ’17 drives past Adam Wasserman ’18 during a practice earlier this week. The Jeffs have five seniors on this years team

“It’s (practice) more fast paced and all the drills seem like game time and help with conditioning,” Blake Bauer ‘17 said.

Even though having a new coach brings different plays and defense to the team, this year’s team feels that they are picking up the new procedures quickly.

“Our offensive and defensive sets are starting to come together. We are starting to look like a team,” Tanner Novotny ‘17 said.

“Our senior and junior leadership is very evident.  We are picking up on things quickly and getting better every day.” head basketball coach Travis Steinhoff said.

Despite all the changes a new coach brings, having a new coach doesn’t mean that the team’s expectations are any lower. This year’s boy’s basketball team has high aspirations after finishing last season with a 11-13 record.

“We are looking to build on our record from last year where we fell one game short of the district title game.  We are also looking to build on the momentum created by the success we had in fall sports,” coach Steinhoff said.

“We’ve talked about playing in Bob Devaney and making it past district finals,” Bauer ‘17 said.

The Jeffs some leaders returning as they have five seniors and many returning varsity contributors on the team. Their first action is Dec. 2 as they travel to Lincoln Christian to take on the Crusaders.

Football Wins Thriller in Milford

On Friday Oct. 21 the Fairbury Jeffs played their last regular season game of the year when they traveled to Milford to take on the Milford/Dorchester Eagles. The Jeffs had already clinched a spot in the state playoffs.

After the first quarter the score was tied at 7-7. In the second quarter the teams exchanged scores but Fairbury took the lead after Milford missed a PAT, which made the score 14-13 going into halftime. The Jeffs scored a touchdown early in the third quarter to make the score 21-13.

A late rally by the Eagles tied the score at 21-21. The Jeffs made a last minute drive which set up a 27 yard Justin Peterson ’17 field goal. The final score was 24-21. The Jeffs take on the Omaha Boystown Cowboys in Omaha on Oct. 28 at 7 pm.