WAYNE – Saturday evening’s Class C1 boys District Final featured a rematch from the 2017 meeting between Wayne and O’Neill as the two Mid State Conference opponents went back to work.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High gymnasium, the C1-6 District Championship game marked the third meeting of the season that #6 Wayne High has hosted #11 O’Neill.
After trailing by two points in the first quarter, Wayne High took control of the final three quarters to win 54-38. The Blue Devils improved to 24-3 winning their fourth straight game this season as O’Neill ended the year at 20-6 seeing their five-game streak snapped.
Wayne High will make their third consecutive trip to state following a fourth place C1 finish last year as WHS won their sixth straight game over O’Neill improving to 16-8 in the past 24 meetings with the Eagles.
O’Neill led after the first quarter, 12-10 before Wayne High answered with a 10-6 second quarter. WHS led 20-18 at the break. The Blue Devils then outscored the Eagles 16-9 in the third quarter and 18-11 in the final eight minutes. Final favored Wayne, 54-38.
Wayne High was led in scoring by senior Tanner Walling with 13 points (two, three’s/3-6 FT), junior Daniel Judd added 11 points and senior Brandon Bartos scored 10 points (6-7 FT). Other scoring came from sophomore Carter Junck (two, three’s), junior Sedjro Agoumba finished with six points, junior Alex Phelps poured in four points as senior Camron Weaselhead had three points.
The Blue Devils shot 14-19 from the foul line all in the second half and for the second straight game went 12-17 in the fourth quarter.
O’Neill leaders were junior Landon Classen with 21 points (two, three’s/3-6 FT) as senior Keaton Wattier tacked on seven points. Senior Brady Sidak and junior Kyler Dean both had four points as sophomore Drew Morrow scored two points.
The Eagles finished 5-8 at the charity stripe.
The 2022 NSAA Boys State Championships will go on during the same week as the Girls State Championships of Monday, March 7 – Saturday, March 12.
Class C1 boys games will open on Tuesday, March 8 at 9 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. from the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Semifinal games would be on Thursday, March 10 at 9/10:45 a.m. from the Pinnacle Bank Arena; the consolation game would be on Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. form Lincoln East and the Class C1 championship game on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. from the PBA.
Class C1 District Finals:
*At Wahoo: #1 Wahoo defeated #16 Clarkson/Leigh, 77-50
*At Ashland-Greenwood: #2 Ashland-Greenwood defeated #15 Minden (wild), 71-32
At Ogallala (Prairie View School): #3 Kearney Catholic vs. #14 Chadron (wild) at 6 p.m. MT on Monday
At Omaha Concordia: #4 Omaha Concordia vs. #13 Wood River at 7 p.m. on Monday
At Auburn: #5 Auburn vs. #12 Central City at 6:30 p.m. on Monday
*At Wayne: #6 Wayne defeated #11 O’Neill, 54-38
*At Lexington: #7 Ogallala defeated #10 Milford, 70-60
At Broken Bow: #8 Gordon-Rushville (wild) vs. #9 Fort Calhoun (wild) at 6 p.m. on Monday
Class C2 District Finals:
*At Broken Bow: #1 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (wild) defeated #16 Maxwell. 81-33
*At Freeman: #2 Freeman defeated #15 Oakland-Craig, 54-32
At HCC: #3 Hartington Cedar Catholic vs. #14 North Central at 6 p.m. on Tuesday
At GICC: #4 Grand Island Central Catholic vs. #13 Heartland at 7 p.m. on Monday
*At North Platte St. Patrick’s: #5 Doniphan-Trumbull (wild) defeated #12 Bridgeport, 60-41
*At Norfolk Catholic: #6 Norfolk Catholic defeated #11 Palmyra, 56-46
At Howells-Dodge: #7 Howells-Dodge vs. #10 Cross County (wild) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday
At Amherst: #8 Amherst (wild) vs. #9 Hastings St. Cecilia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
Class D1 District Finals:
At Cozad: #1 North Platte St. Patrick’s vs. #16 Ansley-Litchfield at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday
At Kearney HS: #2 Dundy County Stratton vs. #15 Johnson-Brock (wild) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday
At Norfolk HS: #3 Ainsworth (wild) vs. #24 Lourdes Central Catholic at 6 p.m. on Monday
*At Kearney HS: #4 Elgin Public/Pope John defeated #13 Maywood-Hayes Center (wild), 55-36
*At Kearney Catholic HS: #5 Loomis defeated #12 Kenesaw (wild), 57-54
At St. Paul: #6 Burwell vs. #11 Blue Hill at 7 p.m. on Monday
At Madison: #7 Walthill vs. #10 Riverside at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday
At Cozad: #8 Leyton vs. #9 Mead at 5 p.m. on Tuesday
D2 District Finals:
*At Wheeler Central: #1 St. Mary’s defeated #16 Spalding Academy, 74-33
At Diller-Odell: #2 Falls City Sacred Heart vs. #15 Lawrence-Nelson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
At Alliance: #3 Hyannis (wild) vs. #14 Hay Springs at 7 p.m. MT on Tuesday
At Grand Island Central Catholic: #4 Wynot vs. #13 Paxton at 6 p.m. on Tuesday
At Lexington: #5 Medicine Valley (wild) vs. #12 Shelton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
At Centennial: #6 Osceola (wild) vs. #11 BDS at 7 p.m. on Monday
At York College: #7 Parkview Christian vs. #10 Humphrey St. Francis (wild) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday
At Hershey: #8 Potter-Dix vs. #9 Mullen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday