Columns Winter sports teams still finding their identities
By Jason W. Selby
Dec 30, 2013, 09:00
Blayde Baker gets a Mt. Ayr opponent in a headlock and wins by fall. Photo by Scott Schick
Wayne wrestling, while struggling through attrition at the team level, has found a few individual bright spots. Tate Van Dyne is off to a 13-4 start, Blayde Baker has been on the cusp of dominance, and Erica Halferty became the first Falcon high school girls wrestler to win a match. Freshman Brian Boggs also notched his first high school victory. The young Falcons have wrestled with as few as 5 varsity student-athletes—they have lost a meet while winning more individual matches due to forfeiture of weight classes.
The Lady Falcons basketball team, at 4-4, are still searching for consistency. Veteran Head Coach Stacy Snyder, in her first year at Wayne, looks to switch her girls into a higher gear using team speed and quickness. Mandie Gassman getting healthy again will be a major boost, but the X-factor this year is shooting. Wayne is a defensive team, recording over 30 steals against Seymour, but their shooting average must rise above 33 percent from the field and 47 percent from the free throw line for the Lady Falcons to get running again.
Brennan Banks scores against Twin Cedars. Photo by Heidi Bellon
The men’s basketball team has had the most success at 5-1. Many wondered who would step up to compliment Dillon Lain, and the team has more than answered that question. At times, Lain—who hit a game winning 3-pointer to beat I-35 and averages 20.5 points—has been the compliment to Tyler Jamieson, who averages almost 12 rebounds per game. Trent Moore and Levi Overstreet have stepped up their games as well, and Trent Carpenter and Lorenzo Baker-Martinez also play important roles. With a short bench, each member of the team has played a part in Wayne’s early-season success.
Dillon Lain makes a 3-point play the old-fashioned way, as 15 for the Warhawks claims he didn’t touch him. Also pictured are starters Tyler Jamieson, 24, Levi Overstreet, 32, Trent Moore and Trent Carpenter. Photo by Jason Selby