Michael Alexander glides inside against Seymour. Photo by Jason Selby
With four freshmen dressing varsity, third-year head basketball coach Jason Allen must be patient. Growth is sometimes slow. Last year, Bronson Carpenter and Michael Alexander were playing for the junior high team. For the first high school varsity game against Twin Cedars, both freshmen were starters. Thrown into the fire, the Falcons came back from down 11 after three quarters, but fell to the Sabers 65-63.
Junior guard-forward Trent Moore led the way with 31 points and 14 rebounds. For Wayne, it will be a matter of cohesion, and finding a way to complement their few upperclassmen. Dec 8, 2014, 08:58
Dylan Johnson, 95, of the Ankeny Hawks takes down a rival quarterback. Johnson is the son of Wayne Community High School graduates Bob Johnson and Kyla (Dawdy) Cairns. Photo courtesy of Jackie Frisk
SON OF TWO WAYNE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES STAYS HARD AT WORK TO EXCEED HIS OWN EXPECTATIONS
Bob Johnson, of Bob the Builder Construction in Corydon, describes his 18-year-old son Dylan as hardworking and modest. The hard work is apparent. Dylan maintains a 3.9 GPA as a senior at Ankeny High School. When he scored a 29 on his ACT, he was not satisfied, so he retook the examination, notching a 30.
Both his father and his mother, Kyla (Dawdy) Cairns, are graduates of Wayne Community High School. His grandparents are Phil and Wilma Johnson of Corydon. Father Bob graduated in 1982, and played football with both Tork Hook and Wade Harman. Dec 2, 2014, 09:46
Wayne wrestling to build on last year’s late-season success In the morning hallways at Wayne Community High School, Joe Nekvinda does not run alone. Most often, junior Blayde Baker, the most experienced returning wrestler, prepares for next season with his eyes on state. He finished 28-15 as a sophomore, and was a district qualifier, but he expects more in 2014-2015.
“Each of his losses was to a state qualifier,” Nekvinda said. “He was at a tough weight and his losses were to tough kids. I think he’s going to explode out this year, because most of those kids were seniors. He won or lost a lot of matches last year in the last 30 seconds, just from going hard. He had two or three losses early in the year, and came back and beat the same kid later." Dec 2, 2014, 09:41
The Wayne Falcons’ Clayton Kiefer. Photo courtesy of Schick Photography
On Sat., Nov. 22, 'The Des Moines Register' announced its annual all-state football team, and the Wayne Falcons’ Clayton Kiefer made Iowa’s first team at running back. All selections can be seen in the Nov. 23 edition of the newspaper, or on 'The Des Moines Register' website by clicking on the sports tab. In addition, 'Sports Spotlight' magazine named Kiefer first team on their all-state football list, according to editor Tork Mason.
Kiefer set the national record for touchdowns in an eight-man football game with 11 against Twin Cedars, and his 68 points that night placed him second all-time for a single game, for which he was featured in the Oct. 1 edition of 'The Des Moines Register.' Nov 24, 2014, 08:55