Track earns top honors at Superior Invite

On March 16 the Fairbury Track teams began their season as they traveled to compete at the Superior Invite. The invite had only three other teams consisting of Superior, Thayer Central, and Franklin. Both the girls and the boys teams had several athletes earn gold medals on the day. The boys team took the team title and the girls took the runner up honors.

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Hobie Gray ’17 and Colton Starck ’19 compete in the 300 Intermediate hurdles. 

The next action for Fairbury is Saturday March 25, as they host the Fairbury Invite with field events starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Emily Burkley ’18 tries to stay ahead of a Thayer Central runner during the girls 4×800 meter relay.  

 

Grapplers compete at state duals

On Saturday Feb. 25 the Fairbury wrestling team traveled to Kearney to compete at the NSAA State Duals. This was the first time in Jeff history that a Fairbury team has qualified for the state dual tournament.

The Jeffs went into the dual tournament as the eighth seed in the bracket and took on the first seeded, and eventual champions, Gretna Dragons. Fairbury had a tough time scoring points against Gretna and lost by a final score of 57-12. In the second dual of the day the Jeffs squared off against the Grand Island Northwest Vikings. The Vikings got off to a hot start and the Jeffs couldn’t recover as they lost 51-26.

The Jeff wrestlers finished their season with many impressive accomplishments and records. They qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament, which was a school record. Over the course of the season five wrestlers earned their 100th wins. The Jeffs graduate four seniors from this year’s team.

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

Girls basketball earns subdistrict victory

The Fairbury Lady Jeffs basketball team traveled to Seward on Feb. 13 to take on the Wilber/Clatonia Wolverines in subdistricts. The teams had already met twice in the regular season with the Lady Jeffs winning both games.

Fairbury got off to a hot start offensively and led by a score of 17-13 after the first quarter. Wilber was able to stay in the game and tied the game at 48-48 to end regulation. During overtime the Lady Jeffs outscored the Wolverines to squeak out a 55-53 victory.

The Lady Jeffs again travel to Seward to compete in subdistricts on Feb. 14. They will face off against Malcolm.

Lady Jeffs pound the Warriors

On Friday Feb. 10th the Lady Jeffs played the Schuyler Warriors at home. The Jeffs started off the

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Sydney Miller ’18 dribbles down the court on her way to shoot a 3-pointer

game very well with a score of 15-7 after the first quarter.  They continued finishing the first half  27-14.  The Lady Jeffs lead the whole game finishing it off 49-16

The Lady Jeffs travel to Seward on  Monday Feb. 13th to play Wiber-Clatonia in the first game of subdistrics.

Warriors knock off Jeffs in overtime

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Fairbury coach Travis Steinhoff watches as his team takes on Schuyler during overtime. 

On Friday, Feb. 10 the Fairbury Boys Basketball team played host to the Schuyler Warriors. The Jeffs jumped out to an early lead and led by a score of 26-23 at halftime. Schuyler fought their way back into the game and tied the score at 49-49 to end regulation.

The Warriors outscored the Jeffs in overtime to knock off the Jeffs by a final of 57-53. Adam Wasserman ’18 led the Jeffs as he had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Blake Bauer ’17 also had a solid night as he contributed 13 points.

The next competition for the Jeffs is Feb. 17 as they host the Falls City Tigers.

Lady Jeffs fall to Seward

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Sara Huss ’20 looks to pass the ball against Seward. The Jeffs lost the game by a final score of 50-30.

On Tuesday Feb. 7 the Fairbury girls basketball team traveled to Seward to take on the Lady Jays.  After one quarter of action the Lady Jeffs led by a score of 8-7. However Seward outscored Fairbury in the second quarter to take a 20-11 lead into halftime.

Seward also outscored the Lady Jeffs in the second half to win the game by a final score of 50-30. The next competition for the Lady Jeffs is Feb. 10 as they host Schuyler.

 

Lady Jeffs fall to 4th ranked D-2 Heartland

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.

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Macy Ohlde ’18 lunges to pass to Sydney Miller ’18 in the second round of Conference. Photo By Joy Ondrak

“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.

Boys Basketball competes in conference tournament

The Fairbury Boys Basketball team took part in the Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament this week. On Jan. 30 the Jeffs hosted Wilber/Clatonia in the first round of the tournament.

The Jeffs dominated the game from the beginning as they led by a score of 18-8 after the first quarter and won the game by a final score of 55-37. Tanner Novotny ’17 led the Jeffs in scoring as he finished with 19 points.

On Jan. 31 the Jeffs headed to Sutton to take on the Mustangs for the second round of the conference tournament. Sutton led by a score of 31-23 at the half. The Jeffs couldn’t overcome the deficit and lost by a final of 62-40.

The next action for the Jeffs is Tuesday, Feb. 7 as they travel to Seward to take on the Bluejays.