WAYNE – After completing an 11-game December schedule, the Wayne High boys began an eight-game schedule leading up the Mid State Conference Tournament later this month with a conference opponent.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School, the Blue Devil boys hosted Norfolk Catholic Thursday evening during parent’s night.
Wayne High held Norfolk Catholic to a season low in scoring and won 55-43. The Blue Devils are now 10-2 while the Knights saw their five-game winning streak come to an end falling to 7-3.
Wayne High took the first quarter 11-10 before pulling away early from Norfolk Catholic with a 17-10 second. WHS led 28-20 at the break. Norfolk Catholic stayed close with a 17-14 third before Wayne High closed out the game outscoring the Knights 13-6 to win 55-43.
Junior Tanner Walling paced Wayne in scoring with 19 points followed by fellow junior Brandon Bartos with 13 points. Sophomore Andrew Jones and senior Jacob Kneifl both scored seven points, sophomores Alex Phelps and Daniel Judd poured in four points as sophomore Sedjro Agoumba tallied a point.
Wayne High shot 10-17 from the foul line.
Senior Christian Mickelson led all scorers with 23 points while junior Preston Burbach added 10 points. Freshman Nolan Fennessy and junior Ben Hammond both finished with four points as junior Brennen Kelley tacked on two points.
The Knights finished 10-17 from the foul line, Mickelson (8-10).
Wayne vs. Norfolk Catholic:
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
10 10 20 17 6 43 – Norfolk Catholic
11 17 28 14 13 55 – Wayne
The Blue Devil girls will take to the court on back-to-back home games this weekend. WHS will host Pierce on Friday, January 8 and join the boys team during a home doubleheader with Boone Central on Saturday, January 9.
The Wayne vs. Pierce girls varsity game will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage set for around 7:15 p.m. The JV game will only play two quarters starting now at 6:30 p.m. followed by parent’s night. Wayne High is 4-8 and have dropped three straight following a 70-32 road loss at BRLD Monday while Pierce is 6-3 (host Aquinas Catholic Thursday).
Wayne Community Schools will follow the 50% home attendance as each varsity player will still get eight tickets for their family members (four for JV). The student section will be for high school students only and there’ll be general admission walk-up seats for the general public. Masks are required and social distancing is recommended.
Wakefield 64, Lutheran High Northeast 59
Wisner-Pilger 69, Madison 19
Hartington Cedar Catholic 53, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 32
Pierce 50, Aquinas Catholic 31
Hartington Cedar Catholic 75, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 40
@ Pierce: Aquinas Catholic VS Pierce
@ GACC vs. Pender
Friday area schedule:
@ Pender: North Bend Central VS Pender
@ Wayne: Pierce VS Wayne
Tyson Event Center: Clarkson/Leigh VS Pierce
@ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge: Winnebago VS Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
@ Ponca: Woodbury Central, IA VS Ponca
@ Randolph: Creighton VS Randolph
@ Walthill: Wakefield VS Walthill
@ Wisner-Pilger: West Point-Beemer VS Wisner-Pilger
Saturday area schedule:
@ Tri County Northeast: Hartington Cedar Catholic VS Tri County Northeast
@ Wayne: Boone Central VS Wayne