The 2016 Wayne Falcons snap footballs to their quarterbacks to start their 50th year. Photo by Jason Selby
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first autumn, 1966, when student-athletes donned Wayne uniforms and marched onto the Corydon gridiron as Falcons. War was raging in Vietnam and Paul Epperly was an assistant coach.
Wayne won its first game at Russell on Sept. 9 of that year. Senior Mark Nessen led the team in tackles that night. Raymond Harvey, senior Alan Klinger, Louis Lash and senior Ken Lacey each scored touchdowns in the 33-0 win.
In the first Wayne home game at George Saling Field the next week, the Falcons beat Lamoni 7-0 behind a Grady Peck touchdown. Senior Ron Garton led the team with 14 tackles.
Head coach that first season was Dick Reeves, with Dick Shockey as the other assistant. Aug 22, 2016, 09:29
After hitting an RBI double in Wayne’s 8-3 win against Murray, Kyle Andrews rounds 3rd base to score on a hit by Hunter Clark. Photo by Jason Selby
WAYNE MOVES TO 6-6 BEHIND BALANCED OFFENSE
Wayne started a long stretch where they are scheduled to play 7 games in 6 days by beating Murray at home 8-3. They improved to 6-6 on the year.
Blake Moore got his 2nd win of the season, going 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 5 Mustangs.
Junior Trevor Wilson led a balanced offensive attack with 2 hits including a triple, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.
Down the lineup, Keyton Nickel had 1 hit and 1 run. Brooks Jacobsen had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run, 1 stolen base and 1 walk. Trent Moore had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 runs and 2 walks. Nick Mattly had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run and 1 stolen base. Logan Kellis drove in 1 run. Kyle Andrews hit an RBI double and scored 1 run. Freshman catcher Hunter Clark led the team with 2 stolen bases, hitting an RBI double and drawing 1 walk. Jun 14, 2016, 12:31
Wayne's Tori Freeman gets 1 of her 2 hits against Murray on Monday night. Freeman drove in the winning run in the 6th inning. Photo by Jason Selby
LADY FALCONS BEAT 15TH RANKED MUSTANGS MONDAY NIGHT
On Monday night at home, the Wayne softball team rallied to score 4 runs in the 6th inning to beat the 15th ranked Mustangs 4-1. The loss dropped Murray to 13-4, while the Lady Falcons improved to 11-3. It was a promising beginning to a week where the girls are scheduled to play 7 games in 6 days.
Haylee Fortune pitched her best game of the season, allowing only 3 baserunners while striking out 12. After falling behind 1-0, she helped the offense take the lead with 1 hit and 1 run scored, and then shut down Murray in the 7th to close it out.
Demi Austin hit 2 doubles and stole 1 base while scoring the tying run after Murray had taken the lead in the 5th inning. Bailey Andrews had 1 hit and scored 1 run. Tori Freeman had 2 hits and drove in Andrews for the winning run. Sarah Norris hit an RBI double. Macey Goretska hit an RBI single. Jun 14, 2016, 12:04
Wayne softball dominates Twin Cedars Wayne used Monday night’s game against rebuilding Twin Cedars as a warm-up match going into their Tuesday night game at home against Interstate 35. Haylee Fortune threw a 1-hitter and Demi Austin homered again as the Lady Falcons won in 5 innings 10-0. They also stole 7 bases and lead the Pride of Iowa Conference in that category with 27 steals out of 28 attempts. Jun 7, 2016, 09:09
Wayne’s Cassandra Darrah, right, watches the opposing pitcher windup in her first game as a high school softball coach. Photo by Jason Selby
WISCONSIN BADGERS STAR AND HER FORMER HEAD COACH HEATHER FORTUNE LEAD YOUNG TEAM ONTO CARPENTER FIELD IN 2016, AGAIN WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Two years ago, Cassandra Darrah was putting the finishing touches on her pitching career for the Wisconsin Badgers softball team. This year, Darrah will be sitting in a high school dugout with players who just finished eighth grade at Wayne. At that age, she was already the Lady Falcons starting pitcher.
When last year’s assistant coaches Randy Downs and Greg Fortune stepped away, a new opportunity presented itself to Darrah.
“We had talked about Cassandra subbing a little bit between pitching lessons,” Wayne head softball coach Heather Fortune said. “When I realized she might actually be serious, I mentioned it to her again in front of [Wayne secondary principal] Stacy Snyder at the lunch table. I said, ‘Cassandra said yes, she’ll be my assistant this year.’ Jun 6, 2016, 10:17