WAYNE – With the high school basketball season set to begin this week in Nebraska, a Wayne High student-athlete signed her national letter of intent and will now be able to focus on her senior season.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School gymnasium on Monday, Rubie Klausen was joined by her fellow teammates along with a few other classmates and family. The Wayne High senior will next attend Midland University in Fremont and play for Warriors during the 2022-23 season.
Klausen said it has always been a dream to extend her playing time in the college ranks and is very excited for this opportunity along with rejoining her sister, Frankie.
“It just felt like home and I’ve always wanted to play with my sister in college basketball, so that’s why I chose it,” said Klausen. “Some of my sisters’ friends and then another girl in my grade just signed there a couple weeks ago (Sarah Sheppard).”
Klausen will also be pursuing a degree in elementary education as she loves to teach kids new things.
Klausen and her Wayne High teammates will open their 2021-22 schedule this weekend with Battle Creek on Friday, December 3 and at Ponca on Saturday, December 4.
“It’s a new year and we’re all hoping to get more wins and to have fun,” Klausen added. “Just to be able to play again and ready for the games and winning and playing with each other like family.”
Wayne High is coming off a 7-19 season last year and is under new direction of head coach Aaron Carlson. Friday’s home opener with Battle Creek will begin with the JV boys playing a 4:30 p.m. from the elementary school and the JV girls from the Jr/Sr High School followed by the girls varsity game around 6:15 p.m. and boys varsity after.
Saturday’s Wayne at Ponca games will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage set for around 5 p.m. for the girls varsity contest and boys to follow.
As a junior, Klausen recorded a team-high 44 assists and 66 steals while finishing second on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game (Brooklyn Kruse 13 ppg). She also knocked down a team-high 34 three-point baskets and was 80% at the foul line (61-76).
Klausen will participate in track and field at Wayne High in the spring along with attending basketball camps leading up to her time at Midland University.
The Midland University women’s basketball program is off to a 4-4 (1-2 GPAC) start and will next visit Mount Marty University on Wednesday, December 1 at 6 p.m.