Wayne’s Caitlyn Pruiett dives for a tough dig as fellow junior Raeshel Andrews backs her up. Photo by Jason Selby
BEATS MORAVIA 3-2, WILL NEXT FACE 18-5 SEYMOUR
It was not always easy for the Lady Falcons volleyball team, but in the 1st round of the playoffs last Tuesday night, Wayne finally pulled to .500 on the season. The girls fought off Moravia to move their record to 12-12. In doing so, they reached the 2nd round of the playoffs, a matchup at 18-5 Seymour on Mon., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Coming into Tuesday, Wayne had defeated Moravia twice, but the Mohawks clawed out the 1st set 25-20, led by lanky standout senior Payton Rogers, who finished with 20 kills.
In a must-win situation, the Lady Falcons came back to avoid a 2-0 deficit, eaking out a 25-23 set to even the match. Things were looking up when Wayne pulled away 25-14 in the 3rd set, but Moravia kept fighting. The Mohawks pushed it to a 5th set by the narrowest of margins, 25-23. Oct 24, 2016, 14:42
Wayne senior Megan Birkland bends like an acrobat in midair for the spike. Also pictured are fellow Lady Falcons Haylee Fortune, 7, and Tori Freeman, 12. Wayne ended the regular season on an 8-4 run. Photo by Jason Selby
After a rough 2-7 record to start the 2016 season, the Wayne volleyball team has rallied around its seniors to go on a 9-5 run in their final 14 games. On Mon., Oct. 10, the Lady Falcons traveled to Truro for the Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament.
In their first match against the home Interstate 35 Roadrunners, Wayne lost a heartbreaker in 2 sets, 25-27 and 24-26.
Haylee Fortune and senior Megan Birkland led the team with 5 kills each. Fortune added 10 assists, 4 digs, 1 block and 1 ace. Birkland had 1 assist, 2 digs and 2 blocks.
Tori Freeman had 3 kills, 8 digs, 1 assist and 1 block. Senior Demi Austin had 2 kills and 2 digs. Senior Sarah Norris had 2 kills. Senior Katie Gassman had 1 kill and 1 ace.
Libero Raeshel Andrews led Wayne with 10 digs and 2 aces, adding 2 assists. Caitlyn Pruiett had 2 assists and 2 digs. Oct 17, 2016, 10:38
Trevor Wilson makes a wicked cut as Brooks Jacobsen, 1, Alex Chapman, 21, and Connor Runyon, 50, block for him. Wilson rushed for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns in Wayne’s 78-14 win at Murray. Photo by Schick Photography
After not getting a chance to play Mormon Trail at home on Oct. 7 due to a forfeit, Wayne made up for it on the road with their most decisive win of the season, 78-14. The Falcons rolled up 403 yards of offense, while holding the Mustangs to just 119 yards and forcing 4 turnovers.
Wayne is now 5-3 on the year, and has come together to make a good football team despite a spate of injuries reminiscent of 2014.
“We played very well for 4 quarters in all phases of the game,” head coach Bart Elliott said. “This is the most complete game we’ve played all season. Our offensive and defensive lines took control of the line of scrimmage from the beginning and kept their intensity all game." Oct 17, 2016, 10:28
Wayne senior Alex Chapman returns a punt 22 yards at Lenox last Friday evening. Photo by Schick Photography
FACING 2ND STRAIGHT DISTRICT CHAMP FROM 2016 ON THE ROAD, WAYNE FALLS 50-14
For the 3rd straight week, Wayne’s football game was delayed, this time due to lightning. After an hour and a half, district champion Lenox got back to business, pushing the Falcons around and winning 50-14.
Wayne played without starting quarterback Blake Moore, out with a shoulder injury, forcing freshman Chasen Kiefer to make his first start. Kiefer completed 1 pass for 7 yards with 2 interceptions, but also added another dimension with a 54-yard run for a touchdown, rushing for 56 yards on 14 carries. He completed a 2-point conversion pass to Troy Arnold, as well.
There was both good and bad news on defense, where previous week’s star Ryan McConahay broke his leg and will most likely be out for the remainder of the season. But senior Mitch Sinclair was back for the 1st time on the defensive line.
The Falcons will be playing for McConahay the rest of the year. Sep 16, 2016, 14:31
Wayne defensive end Ryan McConahay grabs hold of Moravia quarterback Hunter Arbogast's jersey during the Falcons' 40-22 win on Sept. 2. Photo courtesy of Schick Photography
SCORING STREAKS BY BOTH TEAMS, POWER OUTAGE IN 2ND HALF MAKE WAYNE’S 40-22 VICTORY ONE TO REMEMBER
For the 2nd straight week, the officials stopped Wayne’s football game. This time, it was not lightning, but a power outage on Moravia’s field that halted play in the 2nd half.
The Falcons scored the first 3 touchdowns of the game on Fri., Sept. 2 on the road. But thanks to turnovers, penalties, early struggles on offense and a few big plays by the Mohawks, Moravia stormed back to take a 22-18 lead by halftime. Sep 8, 2016, 09:56