Summer Camp Time in Wayne, America!
On May 4 through May 6, Breakthrough Basketball held a 3-day Attack & Counter camp at the Wayne Community Activity Center hosted by the WBDA. Over 50 area players attended the camp which was led by Don Kelbick. In the camp players developed footwork, post moves, perimeter moves, guard play, ball handling, fast break skills, shooting and screening/cutting. Throughout the camp, Coach Kelbick focused heavily on footwork and mentality, which are two of the most important aspects of becoming a better player.
Breakthrough Basketball will hold another camp July 17 through July 19 in Wayne aimed at Basketball Essential Skills such as ball handling, shooting, layups, defense, rebounding and passing. This camp is for boys & girls, 4th – 9th grades and is sold out with 60 players planning to attend. The camp will be at the Wayne Community Activity Center.
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The Kyle Straight Memorial Basketball Award is presented to an 8th Grade Wayne Boys Basketball Player who best exemplifies the love of the game and a positive attitude that Kyle displayed.
This year the WBDA Board selected Brandon Bartos as the 2018 recipient.
In the picture from left to right are:
Brett Kramer, Molly Redden, Craig Sharpe, Brandon Bartos, Jeremy Bartos, Jen Bartos, and Kyle Nelsen.
The plaque displaying past recipients is at the Wayne Community Activity Center.
April 27, 2018 – At the Wayne High Honors Night several students were acknowledged for their hard work and dedication. The WBDA Board of Directors planned to award two $500 scholarships to recognize a female and male Wayne High student who had shown dedication in the classroom, to the community and to the sport of basketball. The Board took special consideration to those individuals who played in the Wayne Basketball Development Association (WBDA) and continued to be involved in basketball through High School.
The recipients of this year’s WBDA Scholarship Award were Kylie Hammer and Jack Evetovich.
Congrats Kylie and Jack!
Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th, the 8th Grade WBDA Girls competed in the MIT (Midwest Invitational Tournament) in Lincoln, NE. The tournament consisted of 325 teams in 16 age groups in 60 brackets. Wayne was placed in a 6 team pool play bracket. The red pool consisted of Wayne, Springfield and Diller-Odell. The blue pool consisted Pierce, Falls City and the Lincoln Comets. On Saturday in Wayne’s first game, they played Diller-Odell. Wayne shot the ball at a high percentage and excelled at their transition game to beat Diller-Odell 45-8. On Sunday morning, Wayne faced Springfield. The game was started slow but picked up pace with Wayne’s continued ball pressure which led to turnovers helping Wayne to a 48-25 win. By winning both their pool play games, Wayne was set to play in the Championship game versus Pierce. Both teams played well and the game was close going into half time. In the second half, Wayne pulled away from Pierce winning 33-17 and taking 1st Place. Congrats players and coaches on a great season! #wayneyouthbasketball
Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th, the 7th Grade WBDA Boys White team competed in the MIT (Midwest Invitational Tournament) in Lincoln, NE. The tournament consisted of 325 teams in 16 age groups in 60 brackets. The boys competed in a 5 team division versus Omaha Warriors, Tri County, Raymond Central and Nebraska City. On Saturday in Wayne’s first game, they faced a tough Omaha Warriors team but came out with a 47-44 win. For their second game of the day, Wayne faced Tri County. The Wayne team was too much for Tri County to handle winning 61-28. On Sunday morning, Wayne first played Nebraska City winning 57-25. In Wayne’s final game of the tournament, they faced Raymond Central. Wayne played great fundamental basketball and held off Raymond Central for a 46-22 win. With the final win, Wayne finished the tourney in 1st place finish. Congrats players and coaches on a great tournament! #wayneyouthbasketball
Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th, the 7th Grade WBDA Girls competed in the MIT (Midwest Invitational Tournament) in Lincoln, NE. The tournament consisted of 325 teams in 16 age groups in 60 brackets. Wayne was placed in a 6 team pool play bracket. The blue pool consisted of Wayne, Nebraska City and the Omaha Heat. The red pool consisted of Beatrice, Sutherland and Pender. In Wayne’s first game, they played a tough Omaha Heat team. The game was close throughout, but Wayne finished with the win 23-19. In their second game, they played Nebraska City, which ended with Wayne winning another close game 31-30. By winning both their pool play games, Wayne was set to play in the Championship game versus Beatrice. Wayne competed hard and battled throughout the game, but fell short losing the final game. Congrats on the 2nd place finish players and coaches! #wayneyouthbasketball
Sunday, March 4th, The Wayne 6th grade girls wrapped up their season with a 3rd place finish at the David City tournament. They trailed 11-0 early in the first game against the RC Mustangs, but came all the way back to win 13-12 allowing only 1 point in the second half. Wayne was defeated, by eventual champion, Cross County 34-22 in game 2. Then Wayne finished off the year with a 23-19 victory over Twin River in the 3rd place game. This team closed out their season in usual fashion with their year-end coaches water dump, click here to see the video. Congrats players and coaches on a Great Season! #wayneyouthbasketball
Saturday, March 3rd, the 6th Grade WBDA Boys team competed in the Hop’s Hoops Classic in David City, NE. In their first game, Wayne defeated David City and in the second game, Wayne won a tight contest against Seward by 2 points. In the final game of the day, Wayne played Boone Central. Both teams pushed for a win but Boone Central’s size advantage inside proved too much for Wayne. By going 2-1 in the tournament, Wayne came away with a 2nd place finish. Congrats Players and Coaches! #wayneyouthbasketball
Saturday, April 7th, The Knights of Columbus held the State Free Throw Shooting Championship at Grand Island Central Catholic High School in Grand Island, NE. Communities from all over the state were represented at the event. The contest had 12 divisions consisting of boys and girls from ages 9 through 14. Each division had 8 shooters. Two WBDA players qualified to compete in the state contest. Frantzdie Barner competed in the girl’s 12 year old division and Colson Nelsen competed in the boy’s 11 year old division. Frantzdie shot well making 15 of 25 free throws and finishing in 3rd place. Colson also shot well making 20 of 25 and finishing in 4th place. Congrats Frantzdie and Colson on the outstanding achievement! #wayneyouthbasketball
Sunday, February 25th, several area players participated in the Regional Knight of Columbus Free Throw Contest. To qualify for the regional shoot-off, players had to finish highest in their respective age group at their school after 15 free throws. Six WBDA players qualified to compete in the regional including Frantzdie Barner (12 yrs), Delaney Kruse (11 yrs), Andrew Brunken (14 yrs), Colson Nelsen (11 yrs), Mason Karsky (10 yrs) and Jaxson Kneifl (9 yrs).
In the regional competition, players competed against other shooters in the area and attempted 25 free throws. All the competing WBDA players medaled and finished 1st in their respective age brackets which earned them an opportunity to shoot in the District competition later that day.
At the District competition players competed against shooters as far away as O’Neill and Tekamah. The WBDA had five players medal in the District competition. Both Frantzdie and Colson placed 1st in their age brackets, which qualifies them for the State Competition in Grand Island on April 7th. Congrats players and Good Luck Frantzdie and Colson at State! #wayneyouthbasketball