Wayne Eighth Grade Boys Win Home Tourney, Seventh Graders Place Runner-up

Wayne Eighth Grade Boys Win Home Tourney, Seventh Graders Place Runner-up
Wayne Junior High eight graders. Courtesy of coach Andi Diediker.

WAYNE – With a pair regular season games and a season-ending tourney on the home court next weekend, the Wayne Junior High boys basketball teams recently hosted their first tourney.

From Wayne Community Schools, the Blue Devils hosted Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic and Pierce last Saturday.

The Blue Devil seventh graders went 1-1 in weekend games finishing runner-up while the Wayne eighth graders won their division.

During the seventh grade games, Wayne edged Battle Creek, 21-18 before falling to Norfolk Catholic, 39-19.

Parker Patefield’s eight points paced the Wayne seventh graders in their win over the Braves followed by Jace Jorgensen with five points. Other scoring for Wayne came from Drew Reinhardt and Drew Miller with three points each along with Carter Wiese scoring two points.

From the Norfolk Catholic game, the Wayne seventh graders were led in scoring by Gavin Anderson with six points followed closely by Brodey Munter with five points. Drew Miller had four points while Payton Junck and Mason Karsky also scored two points each.

In the opener for the eighth-grade division, Wayne defeated Battle Creek 51-32. Colson Nelsen posted a team-high 23 points in the win.

From the championships game, Wayne used a strong third quarter to pull away from Norfolk Catholic in the 47-31 victory. The Blue Devil eighth graders outscored the Knights 20-5 in the third quarter.

Nelsen, who gave the team a 20-18 lead at the buzzer going into the locker room, led the team with 13 points while Alex Rodriguez added 10 points. Also scoring for Wayne were Gavin Redden (nine points), Kaden Keller (seven), Mar’Keidron King (five) and Jake Barber (three).

The Wayne Junior High boys basketball teams were next scheduled to host Clarkson-Leigh on Thursday, February 4 but the games have since been postponed.