WAYNE – Following a day of rest and preparation for their District Final on Saturday, the Wayne High boys basketball team will be in search for their third straight trip to state.
The C1-6 District Final will feature #6 Wayne vs. #11 O’Neill at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 in Wayne. Pregame show coverage is set for 5:40 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.
Boys District Finals.
Wayne High is 23-3 on the season following a 53-32 victory over West Point-Beemer on Thursday while O’Neill improved to 20-5 after defeating Pierce, 56-52 also on Thursday.
WHS has won three straight while the Eagles are also on a five-game winning streak.
This will be the third meeting of the year with the previous two games also played in Wayne.
Wayne High has won five straight over O’Neill including a 53-42 Mid State Conference semifinal game on February 4 as well as a 47-35 victory for WHS on December 18.
The last O’Neill wins came in 2018 of 68-45 in Wayne while both teams split their meetings in 2017 with Wayne winning in O’Neill, 55-53 but O’Neill advanced to state with a 50-49 victory in the District Final. Since 2004, Wayne is 15-8 against O’Neill.
Wayne is competing in their fourth straight district final (2-1 previous three) and their ninth since 2010. WHS is 4-4 in District Championship games since 2010 and have made back-to-back appearances at the state tournament the past two years. The Blue Devils placed fourth at state last season.
O’Neill will compete in the District Final for the second time in the past three years. O’Neill is taking part in their sixth District Final since 2008 (2-3 in previous five). The Eagles are looking to get back to state for the first time since qualifying back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017.