WAYNE – Wayne State College fans were able to attend the kickoff event for the Wildcat Fan Luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
From the back room of the Max in downtown Wayne, around 50 people were in attendance featuring coaches, WSC administration, WSC athletic department and of course the fans of Wayne State College.
Wildcat head coaches for women’s and men’s cross country, volleyball, women’s soccer and football updated the fans on their season as each sport has competed in at least one event following the Labor Day weekend.
Wayne State College Director of Athletics, Mike Powicki gave the short version of the updates.
Wildcat cross county began their season last Friday during the Augustana Twilight Invite. Junior Isaias Solorio paced the men with a 114th place finish (21:27 – four-mile course) while true freshman Molly McCartney crossed the line in 92nd place for the women (19:43 – 5,000-meter course). The cross country team is off for another week until the UNL Woody Greeno Invite in Lincoln at 10 a.m. for the women with the men following at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 16.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some kids develop,” said Powicki. “But, I think coach Brink did a great job with recruiting some local kids, some Nebraska kids and some state champion kids to participate in those two teams.”
The #13 Wayne State College volleyball team went 3-1 to open the season in Golden, Colorado. They went 11-5 in sets won with their only loss coming in five-sets to #15 Cal State – San Bernardino. WSC is back in Colorado for the CSU Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs Tournaments this Friday and Saturday, September 8-9.
“We’re really young,” Powicki added. “Just when you turnover players the last couple years that we had with Katie Hughes (Morris), Mestl and Frauendorfer and having to reset and rebuild, that’s a lot. I think coach Kneifl (has) a talented group.”
Wayne State women’s soccer is 1-1-1 to open the season with three games in five days. WSC forced a 1-1 draw with preseason #2 Augustana, lost 4-2 to Colorado Christian and blanked Black Hills State 5-0. The ‘Cats conclude their non-conference schedule at St. Ambrose University on Friday, September 8.
“To bounce back the next day and get a 5-0 win against Black Hills (State), another RMAC team and keep a clean sheet I thought that was great,” Powicki mentioned. “Again, some goals scored by our freshmen kids, really promising, I think we’re going to pick up right where we left off last year.”
The Wildcat football team suffered a 23-16 setback at Northern State last Thursday. WSC was outscored 14-6 in the second half after leading 10-9 entering the locker room. Wayne State College will host University of Mary for Family Day at 6 p.m. from Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College with fireworks following the game Saturday, September 9.
“An opportunity for us to bounce back this week on Saturday,” said Powicki. “6 o’clock, night game, fireworks, we’ll have a huge crowd against a team that’s definitely beatable in University of Mary. Someone we’ve matched up with well the last couple of years.”
The next Wildcat Fan Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, October 10. Each luncheon is held in the back room of the Max starting at Noon as other Tuesday include November 14; January 16; February 20 and April 3.