Lucas Schumann, 77, throws a block that helps spring Keyton Nickell, 5, during a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown. Nickell led Wayne with 2 interceptions against Grand View Christian. Also pictured is Trevor Wilson, 6, who had 2 touchdown catches and intercepted 1 pass. Photo by Scott and Kathy Schick
Once Carson Kiefer got the scoring started with a 42-yard run, Wayne did not look back while forcing 8 turnovers in an opening game 74-26 victory over Grand View Christian. Kiefer rolled up 314 yards rushing and scored 5 touchdowns, while Keyton Nickell led the defense with a sack and 2 interceptions, returning 1 for a 30-yard touchdown. Nickell also caught 2 passes for 34 yards.
“This was a great way to start the season,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “We jumped out to an early 30-0 lead after taking advantage of several turnovers. Our offense was led by Carson Kiefer, who stepped into the tailback position and ran with it. I’m very pleased with our offensive line, which had several guys rotating in.” Aug 31, 2015, 09:29
As the Wayne quarterbacks take the snap at Schroeder Field, the Falcon football team rushes out of the gate for the 2015 season. Photo by Jason Selby
FALCONS EYE FIRST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP AND FIRST HOME PLAYOFF GAME IN DECADES AS IHSAA REDUCES NUMBER OF PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS FROM 32 TEAMS TO 16 TEAMS
Each fall, every football team has an important piece of the puzzle to replace. While the loss of graduated, national record-breaking running back and linebacker Clayton Kiefer might seem insurmountable, the truth is far from it. Barring injury, the Falcons might be even stronger this year. It does not hurt there is another Kiefer waiting in the wings. Like the team, little brother Carson is stronger and faster than last fall as he moves from fullback to tailback.
Wayne made the playoffs for the third straight year in 2014, taking an 18-0 lead at Victor before losing in a road matchup with HLV in the first round. HLV would go on to play in the UNI-Dome at state. Other highlights of the season were soundly beating district champ Lamoni 79-46, and Clayton Kiefer’s national record of 11 touchdowns in a single game in the Falcons’ 86-60, lightning-delayed Monday night victory over Twin Cedars. Aug 24, 2015, 09:30
Number eight for Iowa Wesleyan, Wayne graduate Emily McVey.
NEW LADY FALCONS HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH ENJOYS A CHALLENGE, A TRAIT SHE WILL FIND USEFUL HER FIRST YEAR
After losing her mother Thelma to ovarian cancer in 2011, not much fazes Emily McVey. Nothing else seems quite as difficult. She and father Nick got through it together.
“I didn’t know how strong I was until then,” McVey said.
McVey now works at Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa’s Corydon location as a case manager for people with mental health disabilities, so she understands she is not the only person that has faced a difficulty in her life. There is more than one kind of challenge. Aug 17, 2015, 13:44
The 2015 softball season for Wayne ended with five Lady Falcons being named to the Iowa all-state team in Class 1A, the most since Heather Fortune took over as head coach.
Catcher Dally Veach led the selections by being named to the first team in her senior year. Sophomore shortstop Demi Austin was named second team. Freshman pitcher Haylee Fortune and senior centerfielder Shania Austin were both named to the third team; it was Shania’s second straight year as an all-stater. Senior rightfielder Mary Downs was named honorable mention. Aug 3, 2015, 13:29
Wayne skipper Denver Walker talks it out with ace pitcher Trent Moore during the Falcons' first round playoff win against Moravia. Photo by Jenny Nickell
SEASON ENDS FOR BASEBALL DESPITE VALIANT EFFORT BY YOUNG FALCONS AGAINST A VETERAN TEAM
The Falcons went into last Thursday’s second-round playoff game against Pleasantville ace Zeb Adreon knowing they would be facing steep odds. The Trojans are 31-3 with only one underclassman in their lineup. In contrast, Wayne brought to their final contest only one senior and four upperclassmen total.
But the Falcons hung tough, closing to within 2-1 in the top of the 5th inning after a Keyton Nickell single drove in Blayde Baker. Pleasantville came back with homeruns in the 5th and 6th inning, pulling away to win 5-1. Jul 20, 2015, 09:11