Wayne's Cade Christian hit this three-point shot against Mormon Trail with less than a minute to play and the scored tied. Photo by Jason Selby
WITH UNDER A MINUTE TO PLAY, ONLY SENIOR ON WAYNE SQUAD BREAKS TIE WITH BIGGEST THREE-POINTER OF HIS CAREER
Cade Christian faded into the right corner as the clock wound down, the score tied at 56. With under a minute to go, the Falcons could have waited until the last shot, played it safe and at the worst preserved a chance at overtime. Instead, Christian found himself with an open three-point opportunity he couldn’t pass up, and hit nothing but net. Christian then got a big steal, before Trent Moore sealed the game by hitting two free throws, as Wayne beat the Saints 61-56 Monday night.
The Falcons came back from trailing by 6 points at the break. Christian led the team in scoring for the second game in a row with 14 points and 4 three-pointers. Jan 22, 2015, 11:40
Blayde Baker pins Van Buren’s Hunter Coffman. Photo by Scott Schick
On Thurs., Jan. 8, the Wayne wrestlers defeated Centerville 36-35 at home to win their first dual meet of the season. It was a satisfying moment for head coach Joe Nekvinda, who has watched his team steadily improve since day one.
“It was a great team effort, with a lot of little things each kid did to make it happen,” Nekvinda said. “We only fill nine weights, so we always have to overcome a lot of forfeit points. The kids are working so hard, and the improvement is obvious to anyone who has seen them.”
Junior Blayde Baker has been the Falcons most outstanding wrestler this season. After Thursday night, now wrestling at 152 pounds, Baker stood at 12-4, with all his losses coming to ranked opponents in the 160-pound weight class. He placed third in a 12-team tournament at Leon, and fourth in the Pride of Iowa tournament. Jan 12, 2015, 08:44
Keyton Nickell glides to the basket for a layup against East Union, as his parents, David and Jenny Nickell, top right, watch from the stands. Nickell hit two free throws to win the game for the Falcons. Photo by Jason Selby
JUNIOR RECEIVES WHAT MANY PLAYERS NEVER GET: SECOND CHANCE TO KNOCK DOWN WINNING FREE THROWS
In the closing seconds of the first game of the season against Twin Cedars, Keyton Nickell stepped to the line with the Falcons down by one point. A good free throw shooter, Nickell proceeded to miss both shots. It’s the sort of moment that can shake a player’s confidence. Think of Orlando’s Nick Anderson in the 1995 NBA playoffs—he missed several crucial free throws in a big game, and for the rest of his career sunk into mediocrity. Dec 29, 2014, 09:25
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