Lady Jeffs battle back from early deficit

The Lady Jeffs secured a win over the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines on their
home court on Tuesday with a final score 50-41.

The girls’ junior varsity team also out-scored the Wolverines in JV action with a fine score of preceding the Varsity games

After trailing the Wolverines in the first quarter and matching their score at the end of the half, the Lady Jeffs battled back and finished with a victory.

Emily Burkley ’18 and Regan Schmidt ’18 play tough defense on Wilber-Clatonia’s point guard. Photo by: D. Stewart 

Leading scorers were Regan Schmidt ’18 with 16 points, followed by Sara Huss ’20 with 11 points and Macy Ohlde ’18 with 9 points.

While the two teams are very similar on paper, the Wolverines being ranked slightly higher and having a record of 4-7 compared to the Lady Jeffs’ 3-8 record, the Jeffs proved that on paper isn’t the same as on the court.

“We played very poorly in the first half. I was happy just to be tied at half time,” head coach Amy Engle-Evans said. “…But I was really happy with the girls. They really made our halftime adjustments, listened to what we talked to them about…We had some great bench play from Cora and Emily and Sara which really helped propel us to a win I thought.”

The Wilber-Clatonia game was the second of four games that the Jeffs will play this week. The reserve teams were in action on Monday night on their home court against Superior.  Coming up, both JV and Varsity teams will play at Auburn on Friday and at home against Lakeview on Saturday.



Girls’ basketball split over Tri-County, Aurora

After winter break the girls’ basketball team traveled to Aurora and Tri-County for their games. At Tri-County the girls beat the Tri-County Trojans 47-39 after coming back from a 9-0 deficit. Sara Huss ‘20 and Sydney Miller ‘18 lead the scoring with 10 points each. Sara Huss lead the team in total rebounds with 14.

“We started off really slow with a 9-0 deficit, said Engle-Evans “We had some different kids step up at different times, so we definitely needed everybody there to help us get to the victory that we needed”joy-gbb20170105_7987

On Jan. 6 the Lady Jeffs lost to Aurora 61-27. According to MaxPreps, Jaelle Johnson lead the scoring with 6 points. Sara Huss lead rebounds with a total of 7.

“Aurora was rough, they’re very good very athletic class B school, and I think we were a little tired from the night before,” said Engle- Evans, “We got down 19-0 before we scored and when you dig yourself that big of a hole against that good of a team it’s kind of hard to come back from that.”


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 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.

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.

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. 


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.