Lady Falcon Karna Hampton clears a hurdle at last year’s district meet at Martensdale. Hampton will be one of three seniors returning who scored points in last year’s state track meet. Photo by Jason Selby
PRIDE OF IOWA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT AND DISTRICT MEET TO BE HELD AT SALING ATHLETIC COMPLEX
The promise of the new Saling Athletic Complex came true this year, as Wayne was awarded the Pride of Iowa Conference and the district track meets, which are both coed. Boys head coach Joe Nekvinda and girls head coach Bart Elliott hope to capitalize on that home field advantage.
“Usually we’re an hour to two hours away,” Elliott said.
“It’s a big year for us and the new facility,” Nekvinda said of the second spring of McClymonds Track. “It rotates among 12 schools. With our track being in disrepair last time, we delayed it. We ended up getting it this year, which is exciting." Mar 21, 2016, 07:59
As the Falcon cheerleaders root him on, Wayne’s Blayde Baker grapples with Pleasantville’s Sawyer Phillips on Feb. 18 at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. Photo by Meranda Crewse
WAYNE WRESTLER ENDS CAREER 2ND ALL-TIME IN WINS
After the first round of the 1A 152-pound division at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament, Wayne’s Blayde Baker was an exhausted young man who could only admit to giving it his all.
As a senior, the Falcon wrestler was seeing his first action at Wells Fargo Arena. Having wrestled at 160 pounds during much of the season, Baker at 34-9 came into Thursday’s action evenly matched with Pleasantville junior Sawyer Phillips, 33-8. Their clash demonstrated the level of competition, as Baker and Phillips battled through 4 overtimes to decide the victor.
“Total match time was about 8 and a half minutes,” Wayne head wrestling coach Joe Nekvinda said, who along with assistant coach Joel Petty has led a wrestling resurgance in the past 3 seasons. “We’ve not had that happen in our 3 years of high school coaching.” Feb 23, 2016, 11:19
Wayne's Bronson Carpenter scored this bucket and was fouled with less than a minute to play in the Falcons' 74-69 1st round playoff win against Moravia. Photo by Jason Selby
A Wayne squad battling illness started sluggish in the 1st round of the playoffs, but in the end got the big plays they needed to stave off Moravia’s upset bid, 74-69. The game was played at Seymour.
The Falcons led 31-29 at halftime, before Moravia came back late in the 3rd quarter to take a 44-43 lead. Wayne led by as many as 9 points in the 4th quarter, but the Mohawks kept clawing back.
Up by only 3 points with around a minute to play, Wayne’s Bronson Carpenter got a big steal. Instead of pulling the ball back out, Carpenter saw an opportunity and drove to the basket, scoring the hoop and getting fouled for a 3-point play. Feb 23, 2016, 11:01
After winning the 152-pound division at districts to move on to the 2016 Iowa State Tournament, wrestler Blayde Baker stands with Wayne cheerleaders, left to right: Naja Jones, Sara Sibert, Cerah Clark, Caitlyn Pruiett, Karna Hampton and Madison Darrah.
FALCON WRESTLER WINS 152-POUND WEIGHT DIVISION AT TRURO, WHILE CONNOR RUNYON AND DAVIN VEACH JUST MISS THE CUT IN SECTIONALS AT SOUTHEAST WARREN
On Feb. 13 at Interstate 35, Wayne senior wrestler Blayde Baker finally broke through. In both his sophomore and junior years, Baker had been one match from making the state wrestling tournament. He lost both times. In his final year, Baker was determined to decide his own fate.
In the first round of the 152-pound division, Baker cruised past West Central Valley’s Steven Ward in a 12-6 decision. Then Baker finished off the championship match in decisive fashion, winning by fall against Panorama’s Gunnar Grunsted in 5:03. Feb 15, 2016, 10:11
On Feb. 12, Demi Austin clenched the Lady Falcons’ first round 51-43 playoff win against Seymour with this steal and easy layup. Photo by Jason Selby
On Feb. 11, the Lady Falcons notched a win against Seymour in the 1st round of the playoffs, 51-43. After Wayne built a 4 point lead at halftime, the Warriorettes stormed back to tie it at 30-30 in the 3rd quarter.
But in the 4th quarter, Wayne got clutch plays from Sarah Norris—who hit 4 of 4 free throws to hold off Seymour’s comeback—and from Demi Austin, whose steal and layup sealed the victory.
Austin led the team with 17 points and 4 steals. Norris led Wayne with 13 rebounds and 3 assists, adding 8 points and 3 steals. Macey Goretska scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Haylee Fortune added 11 points. Bailey Andrews had 3 points and 3 steals.
Seymour was led by freshman Nadia Howell, who scored 13 points. They finished a fine season at 12-10. Feb 15, 2016, 09:58