WAYNE – After posting single digit wins over the past three straight seasons, the Wayne High girls basketball team will be looking for change and will be under the leadership of a new head coach.
Tuesday late afternoon into the evening marked the second official practice for the Blue Devil girls.
Aaron Carlson will lead Wayne High as he comes over from David City Public after coaching the boys varsity team for two years. He also helped with Wayne Junior High and was an assistant for four years prior to heading to David City.
Coach Carlson said he’s excited to be back and working in the district.
“This has kind of been a dream job for me especially knowing some of the girls,” said Carlson. “My last group of freshmen I coached when I was at Wayne they’re all seniors now so awesome opportunity to come back and just reconnect with the girls. I know all their families and parents.
Joining coach Carlson will be Matt Schaub as the JV coach and Brendan Dorcey as the freshman coach while volunteer assistants will be Payton Andel and Amber Schwarte.
Coach Carlson added the team is working on a lot of fundamentals.
“Our big focus is intensity this year,” Carlson added. “We got to be able to play intense defense, take care of the ball and then hopefully install some offense and get ready to go for week one.”
The Wayne High girls went 7-19 last year as the team was able to put only one winning streak of two together. WHS went 3-12 in the months of January and February. The Blue Devils also went 5-18 two years ago and 6-14 three seasons ago. The last winning season came in 2017-18 when Wayne finished 17-9.
A total of 17 girls will make up the Blue Devil girls basketball program.
“Big thing is team chemistry,” Carlson mentioned. “We got to be able to work well together on the floor, taking care of the ball, building each other up is going to be huge. If these girls are playing well together, they can be something special.”
Wayne High will join their boys program and open their 2021-22 campaign hosting Battle Creek on Friday, December 3 before visiting Ponca on Saturday, December 4. Game times for Friday will be JV games at 4:30 p.m. (boys at elementary), girls varsity at 6:15 p.m. and boys to follow while Saturday game times will be JV games at 4 p.m., varsity girls at 5:15 p.m. and boys varsity around 7 p.m.
Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will cover the Wayne at Ponca varsity doubleheader.