Wrestlers State Bound!

Last Saturday the Boys wrestling team competed in the Class B District Wrestling tournament. All of our boys wrestled well and 3 of our wrestlers punched their ticket to the State Wrestling Tournament! Congratulations to Dalton VanLaningham, Konrad Kuzelka, and Riley Arner for qualifying for the state tournament. These 3 will represent Fairbury on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Omaha’s CHI Center!

For the lady Jeffs, congratulations to Addison Marschman!  Addison placed 3rd at districts and qualified for state! Go Jeffs!


Greater Nebraska Champions

The Beatrice, Norris and Fairbury swimming and diving team finished their last meet of the regular season with the Greater Nebraska Championship at Hastings. This was our third year competing at this meet.

For the third year, BNF Girls came out as Greater Nebraska Champions. BNF boys finished in 5th place. Our swimmers and divers came to compete, make some points for the team and achieve their goals of personal best times, new state cuts and records broken. We are always telling our team that every swim and finish contributes to our point total, even if you don’t finish in the top 6.

Coming into this meet I was a bit concerned on how everyone will swim. We have had many out sick this week. But they did not let that stop them. They left it all in the water. We are very proud of this team and how they performed.

This was the last regular high school meet for one of our seniors, Ava Bolli from Beatrice High School. Ava is always willing to help coaches when needed. She was a good squad and lane leader. You would find her cheering on her teammates at every meet. Four seniors and thirteen underclassmen will continue practicing for the state swimming and diving meet that is held the end of this month.

Women team scores:

BNFF 363, Hastings 272, North Platte 202, Scottsbluff/Gering 162, McCook 110, Lincoln Northwest 101 and Standing Bear 41

Men team scores:

Hastings 274, Scottsbluff/Gering 213, McCook 202, North Platte 199, BNFF 143, Lincoln Northwest 128 and Standing Bear 76.

The Girls 200 Freestyle Relay bettered their State Automatic Qualifying Time. Members of that relay was Junior Jaedyn Baxa, Freshman Izzy Scheele, Senior Elise Van Cleave and Junior Avery Baumann. They are only .67 seconds away from breaking the team record. The goal is to do just that at the state meet in a couple of weeks.

The Boys 400 Freestyle Relay received a Secondary State Qualifying Time. Members of that relay was Freshman Dru Breeden, Junior Noah Jacobsen, Sophomore Isaac Barber and Junior Sean Carrera.

Junior Avery Baumann had a remarkable day. She not only swam a new automatic state qualifying time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.48 and she bettered her 100 Freestyle automatic state time of 53.09, But, she also broke the team record in both of those events.

Junior Jaedyn Baxa also had a great day by bettering her secondary state qualifying times in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Junior Sean Carrera has been working all season to reach his goal of qualifying for state in anC individual event and today was his day. He received a secondary qualifying time in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

Freshman Dru Breeden added to his other three events and received a new qualifying time in the 200 Individual Medley.

Medals were given to the top 3 finishes in the relays and to the top 6 in each individual event. Beatrice, Norris and Fairbury teams came away with 47 medals.

First place finishes: Ava Snyder in diving; Jaedyn Baxa in 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke; and Tabitha Crawford in 500 Freestyle. The Girls 200 Medley Relay of Jaedyn Baxa, Addi Baxa, Izzy Scheele and Sophia Meints.

Second Place finishes: Lily Davis in diving; Tabitha Crawford in 200 Freestyle; Dru Breeden in 200 Individual Medley; Avery Baumann in the 50 and 100 Freestyle; Sean Carrera in the 50 freestyle; The girls 200 Freestyle Relay of Jaedyn Baxa, Izzy Scheele, Elise Van Cleave and Avery Baumann; The girls 400 Freestyle Relay of Avery Buamann, Brooke Given, Tabitha Crawford and Elise Van Cleave; and the Boys 400 Freestyle Relay of Dru Breeden, Noah Jacobsen, Isaac Barber and Sean Carrera.

Third Place Finishes: Brooke Given in the 100 butterfly and the boys 200 Medley relay of Sean Carrera, Noah Jacobsen, Dru Breeden and Isaac Barber.

Fourth Place Finishes: Petra Van Cleave in the 200 Individual Medley; Izzy Scheele in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke; and Noah Jacobsen in the 100 Butterfly

Fifth Place Finishes: Brooke Given in the 200 Freestyle; Savannah Bolli in 100 Butterly; and Addi Baxa in 100 Breastroke.

Sixth Place Finishes: Paikea Olmer in Diving; Carter Mertz in diving; Nash Baker in 200 freestyle; Sophia Meints in 200 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle; Petra Van Cleave in 100 Butterfly; Kennedey Biesecker 500 Freestyle; Elise Van Cleave in 100 Backstroke and Braylon Fults in the 100 backstoke.

BNF had 32 Personal Best Times: Jaedyn Baxa in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Brooke Given in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly; Nash Baker in 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke; Petra Van Cleave 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly; Sophia Meints in 200 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle; Savannah Bolli in 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly; Kennedey Biesecker in 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle; Dru Breeden in the 200 Individual Medley; Avery Baumann in the 50 and 100 Freestyle; Ava Bolli in the 50 and 100 Freestyle; Sean Carrera in the 50 and 100 Freestyle; Jarett Guenther in 50 Freestyle and 100 Breastroke; Izzy Scheele in the 100 Butterfly; Noah Jacobsen in the 100 Butterfly; Audrey Blaser in the 100 Freestyle; Bethany Jurgena in the 500 Freestyle; Braylon Fults in the 100 Backstroke; Addi Baxa in the 100 Breastroke; Khilyn Cullison in the 100 Breastroke; and Karley Seggerman in the 100 Breastroke.

BNF Swimming and Diving

Senior Spotlight – Jayleigh Swartz

Each week, Fairbury Public Schools wants to dedicate some time to celebrate seniors. These will be shared as they are submitted by the graduating class. Our twentieth Senior Spotlight for 2023-24 is Jayleigh Swartz. Congratulations Jayleigh!

January Students of the Month

Congratulations to our January students of the Month!
7th graders Brylee Eyer and Elijah Firmanik, 8th graders Ariel Floyd and Memphis Brown

HS Students Cody Berkenmeier and Libby Bault. Great work all!

Phone Free Zone

Phone Free Friday is a challenge placed by the National Honor Society for students to be device free (phones, tablets, computers, etc.) at lunch every Friday and to converse with their peers. This is a completely voluntary challenge, participation is not required. Students who are able to do this for a whole lunch period are able to earn a raffle ticket where a drawing will be held at the end of the month for a prize. 164 students participated the first Friday!

Kindergarten Students Celebrate 100 Days of School

The 100th Day of School AND Groundhog Day are on the same day this year?! Ms. Hall’s class did lots of celebrating! In Skills, they wrote what will happen when they are 100 (with an aged photo of themselves). Lots of laughs were had with this one 😂
To celebrate Groundhog Day, the class made their own groundhogs.
The class kept the celebration of the 100th day going by making Fruit Loop necklaces in math class!
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