Wayne’s Dakota Lovett contests a shot by Mormon Trail’s Kale Horton during the Falcons’ 61-56 victory in Corydon. Also pictured for Wayne are Blake Housley, 40, and Alex Chapman in the foreground. Photo by Jason Selby
FOUR FRESHMEN, ONLY ONE DEPARTING SENIOR MAKE PICTURE ROSY FOR WAYNE BASKETBALL
A season that saw four different freshmen start for the Falcon basketball team ended on Feb. 19 against Sigourney, 85-56. Wayne finished 5-18 on the season, but with the young talent on the team, fans could see that record reverse itself over the next few years.
Wayne might be able to find the blueprint for success by looking just west to Leon. Three seasons ago, Central Decatur finished 1-21. This year, the veteran Cardinals went unbeaten in the Pride of Iowa conference, 20-3 overall. Mar 16, 2015, 08:33
Wayne's Bailey Andrews drives the lane for a layup against Seymour. Andrews will be the lone senior on next year's team. Photo by Jason Selby
HEADING INTO NEXT SEASON, WAYNE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL SAYS GOODBYE TO DEPARTING SENIORS GABRIELLA BUBAN, AMANDA COLLYAR, SARAH KELLY AND DALLY VEACH
On Feb. 12, an up-and-down season for the Lady Falcons basketball squad ended on the road in the first round of the playoffs, 55-40 against Murray. Wayne finished the year at 8-14.
Senior Dally Veach led the team with 21 points to go with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Three other seniors depart for the Lady Falcons, defensive stopper Amanda Collyar, post player Gabriella Buban and Sarah Kelly. Collyar had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Buban had 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Mar 3, 2015, 15:26
After winning one of the most exciting matches of the season, sophomore Connor Runyon gets some well-earned congratulations and a low 10 from Wayne head wrestling coach Joe Nekvinda, right. Photo by Jason Selby
HEAD COACH JOE NEKVINDA SEES MORE SUCCESS AS NUMBERS INCREASE, BUILDING THE FOUNDATION ON YOUNG ATHLETES SUCH AS BROTHERS BLAYDE AND STETSON BAKER
Normally, recruiting is a function reserved for college coaches. Not so for Wayne wrestling head coach Joe Nekvinda and assistant coach Joel Petty, who must convince student-athletes milling in the hallways that wrestling is the sport for them.
“You’ve got to be a recruiter, especially when it was a program that was really down,” Nekvinda said. “When you inherit a program that has very few kids and doesn’t have a lot of success, the first order of business is to get bodies. Then you can worry about improvement.
“The guys are going in the right direction—to go from having four kids out a few years ago, winning one dual for four years in a row, to winning five duals [this year] and several that we lost by only five or six points." Mar 2, 2015, 09:09
Bronson Carpenter, right, covers his face after being poked in the eye, while Blake Housley pulls down the board before going back up for two points. The Falcons beat the Mohawks 79-66. Photo by Jason Selby
DOWN BY SIX POINTS AT THE BREAK, FALCONS EXPLODE FOR 46 POINTS IN SECOND HALF
Receiving an opportunity to host a first-round playoff matchup against Moravia, the Falcon boys came out of the locker room lethargic, falling behind the Mohawks by 8 points in the first half, before trailing 39-33 at the break.
Wayne used a full-court press for most of the game, which Moravia broke during the first half. Ramping up the defensive intensity after halftime, the Falcons racked up 19 steals, pulling away in the end 79-66.
Every starter recorded 3 steals, with Dakota Lovett and Blake Moore both getting 2 steals off of the bench. Wayne also outrebounded Moravia 40-32. Feb 23, 2015, 09:40
Tanner Bennett takes it strong to the bucket against Moravia before hitting a tough shot. Against Melcher-Dallas, Bennett scored a career-high 11 points for Wayne. Photo by Jason Selby
SHOOT 60 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD TO DOWN THE SAINTS 100-68
Despite 43 points on 20 field goals from Melcher-Dallas athlete Chase Wetterling, the Wayne boys beat the Saints 100-68 on Fri., Feb. 13.
It was a two-man show for Melcher-Dallas, with senior Brock Breese also scoring 12 points with 24 rebounds.
The Falcons were an outstanding 60 percent from the field, hitting 41 of 68 shots, including 11 of 26 from downtown, while making it to the century mark.
Four of those three-pointers came from sophomore reserve Alex Chapman, who score a career-high 14 points with 4 steals and 2 rebounds.
Trent Moore recorded another outstanding game, hitting 11 of 13 shots from the field, including 3 of 4 from three-point range for a team-high 26 points. He also pulled down 6 rebounds with 4 steals and 2 assists. Feb 23, 2015, 09:31