WAYNE – Throughout the day and into the evening Saturday the Mid State Conference Tournament came to an end with six games.
From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College, the third-seeded Wayne boys took on #5 Pierce during the championship contest.
Pierce took the early lead of 15-13 in the opening quarter before Wayne High answered with a 15-7 second. WHS led 28-22 at the break. The Blue Devils then outscored the Bluejays 13-11 in the third and 13-8 in the fourth to win 54-41. The Blue Devil boys won their seventh straight game (11-1 in 2020) to improve to 16-6 while Pierce fell to 12-7 snapping a four-game winning streak.
Four Blue Devils scored double figures with Tyrus Eischeid and Shea Sweetland both finishing 14 points. Tanner Walling added 11 points as Cody Rogers poured in 10 points. Brandon Bartos (three points) and Josh Lutt (two points) rounded out the scoring.
Dawson Watts recorded 16 points followed by Dalton Freeman with 15 points were Pierce leaders. Carter Rohrich grabbed a team-high seven boards.
The Wayne High boys will next host Arlington on Friday, February 14 before ending their regular season entertaining Pierce on Friday, February 21.
Girls championship: #2 Crofton defeated #5 Norfolk Catholic, 45-30.
Girls third place: #1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic defeated #3 Battle Creek, 54-42.
Boys third place: #2 Hartington Cedar Catholic defeated #1 Battle Creek, 61-56 OT.
Girls fifth place: #4 O’Neill defeated #7 Hartington Cedar Catholic, 48-46.
Boys fifth place: #6 Norfolk Catholic defeated #4 GACC (no score reported).