Wayne Seventh Graders Win Home Tourney, Eighth Grade Team Places Runner-up

Wayne Seventh Graders Win Home Tourney, Eighth Grade Team Places Runner-up
Wayne Junior High Seventh graders won their home tournament on February 13. Courtesy of Casey Brentlinger.

WAYNE – Following Monday’s cancellation of the rescheduled game with Clarkson-Leigh, the Wayne Junior High boys basketball season ended this past weekend with another home tournament and a pair of top two results.

The four-team tournament saw Wayne joined by Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Hartington Cedar Catholic and Howells-Dodge on Saturday.

The Wayne seventh grade boys won their opening round game over LCC, 18-16 and secured a finals victory of 34-33 over Hartington Cedar Catholic. The seventh-grade team closed out their season at 5-5.

For the Blue Devil eighth-graders, Wayne also defeated Laurel-Concord-Coleridge in the opening round, 33-26 but suffered a three-point loss to HCC, 38-35 in the championship game. The Wayne eighth graders ended the year at 6-4.


In the victory over Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Wayne seventh grade leaders came from Brodey Munter and Drew Miller with four points each followed by Payton Junck and Gavin Anderson with three points. Other scorers were Drew Reinhardt and Carter Weise both scoring two points.

In the championship game with HCC, Wayne posted a 16-point fourth quarter after trailing for most of the game. Jace Jorgensen completed a three-point play after making the foul shot with 16 seconds left to give Wayne the one-point victory. Munter paced Wayne in scoring with 11 points while Jorgensen added nine points. Other scorers were Gavin Anderson (five points), Carter Weise (four points), Drew Miller (four points) and Payton Junck (one point).


Leading the Wayne eighth graders in their opening win over LCC were Kaden Keller and Colson Nelsen with 11 points each. Gavin Redden (five points), Mar’Keidron King (four) and Alex Rodriguez (two) also scored.

During the eighth-grade championship loss to HCC, Nelsen led the Blue Devils with 15 points while Mar’Keidron King added 10 points. Also scoring for Wayne were Gavin Redden (six points) and Kaden Keller (four).