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Neighbors Growing Together | Mar 22, 2018

Fairfield has strong winter sports season

By Justin Webster | Mar 07, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo The Fairfield boys’ basketball team won 10 games in a row after starting the season 4-8, including their first playoff win in a decade.

Lots of excitement surrounded the Fairfield winter sports programs this season with four of the five programs sending someone to the state competition and the other winning their first postseason contest in a decade.

Two swimmers who compete for the Ottumwa Bulldogs, junior Jackson Weaton and freshman Kevin Kretz, made the state meet in Iowa City last month.

Brayden Fishel earned one of only five at-large spots in the individual state bowling competition at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo after finishing third in his district with a score of 474 (245-229).

Brendon Lunsford finished fifth at the 2018 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships with a 4-2 record in the Class 2A 285 pound bracket with his two losses coming to the second and third place finishers.

The senior started the tournament with a loss by fall before rebounding with a 6-4 decision to keep his tournament alive and continue on to Day 2 Friday.

Lunsford’s third match was a victory by pin, and bout No. 4 was his third consecutive elimination match which pitted the Trojan versus Webster City senior Cooper Lawson who entered the contest with only two losses against 45 victories. None of that fazed the seasoned senior from Fairfield who pinned Lawson in just 1:21 to set up a rematch with 38-1 Solon senior Tyler Linderbaum who will attend the University of Iowa in the fall on a football scholarship.

Linderbaum stopped Lunsford’s winning streak at three with a 4-0 decision, and although Lunsford had suffered his second loss, he had wrestled his way into the fifth place match where he defeated 43-9 sophomore Kobe Clayborne from Bishop Heelan Catholic in Sioux City in a 3-2 decision.

The girls’ basketball team started 6-0 overall and was 7-1 in SEC play on their way to a 19-5 finish and an appearance in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1990 when they qualified in the Class 4A bracket as district champions by beating defending state champion North Scott who was also ranked No. 4 at the time.

Nicole Buch also got her ceremonial moment with her team, family and the Fairfield community who showered her with love when she broke the school scoring record on senior night.

The boys’ basketball team was taken over by former girls’ leader Mick Flattery who redirected the Trojan horse midseason back towards daylight and the team finished with a 14-9 record, a second-place finish in the SEC and a playoff victory over Washington, the first for Fairfield over any boys’ postseason opponent in a decade.

The best part is that not only are most of these teams young and return much of their cores, but most of these kids play multiple sports and will carry their winter successes into the spring and summer seasons which is great for Fairfield’s future.

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