WAYNE – As the 2021 Wayne State College CatBacker Golf Tournament returns to its normal one-day format throughout the day of Friday, June 4, Director of Athletics Mike Powicki looks back at this past sports season.
A record setting number of entries quickly filled in the spots for the scholarship fundraiser golf outing which will feature over 200 golfers at the Wayne Country Club. Powicki said they did expect it to be a full event.
“I don’t think we excepted it to fill up as fast as it did,” said Powicki. “But yeah, a full slate of 56 teams. We actually had to cap it just because you literally run out of room on the golf course with carts and all the other things that go with it. But yeah, we’re super excited; it’s going to be a great day.”
For those who didn’t get on a team this year or if you want to golf more in support of Wayne State College, several other special events are being scheduled. Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development, Megan Finn has been working with coaches as the Omaha Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 19. Also, an all-women’s tournament will be held in Wayne with a date to be determined along with the baseball team hosting their second annual tournament in early July in Omaha while new this year the football team will be hosting a golf outing in late July in Wayne.
Powicki then added after hosting their debriefing meeting at the end of the school year, the athletic department was disappointed for the teams who didn’t get to play but looked back at everyone coming together.
“From a facility management standpoint, from a game-op standpoint, from an athletic training standpoint and all the different things that we were doing here at Wayne State,” Powicki added. “The leadership that we had on our campus from our president and our system office allowing us to compete and be in that position to say ‘hey yes we vote yes; Wayne State wants to play games’.”
In the fall, the football season was canceled but the team took part in a pair of scrimmages by hosting Nebraska-Kearney and visiting Chadron State College in the spring. Women’s soccer also had their fall season canceled but played nine of their 10 scheduled scrimmages in the spring.
Another fall sport that was canceled was volleyball. The indoor team did play at Iowa State and Kansas State among a handful of spring scrimmages while the beach volleyball team placed runner-up in the Silver Division (eighth place overall) during the AVCA Small College Beach Championships with a 5-5 record.
For winter sports teams across the country, it was mainly the tournaments which saw cancelations at the end of 2020. A shortened schedule was then created for the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams in the winter of 2021. The Wildcat women went 6-10 (5-9 NSIC) playing eight opponents twice while the WSC men won the NSIC South regular season title with a 10-4 record but lost in the Central Region Tournament ending their year at 11-7.
Women’s golf made their return and after having their fall season canceled, competed in six invites along with placing ninth in the NSIC Championships.
After having their seasons shortened last spring, baseball, softball as well as track & field (indoor began with the WSC Indoor Classic on January 16/cross country canceled in the fall) were all back in action this past spring. The baseball team went 12-22 (11-19 NSIC) while the Wildcat softball team finished 7-31 (4-22 NSIC). A trio of throwers competed in the NCAA DII Outdoor Nationals as well.
Powicki mentioned the athletic department will be working on a lot of smaller projects but more information will be coming for another big project.
“We’re kind of getting our ducks in a row and some needs analysis done on some bigger facility projects here on the north half of campus,” Powicki mentioned. “Not just for athletics, but potentially for student wellness and recreation. So, some of that stuff is in the works right now.”
Schedules should be released within the next month as the 2019-20/2020-21 cycle will just transition into the 2021-22/2022-23 schedules with a few changes in the non-conference games.
The Athletic Department would like to thank everyone for their patience and support as Wayne State College is looking forward to be at full capacity and having events as normal come next school year.
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