INTERVIEW: Wayne Boys Head Coach Rob Sweetland

BATTLE CREEK, NE — The Wayne Blue Devils nearly led the entire game and held off the Battle Creek Braves 50-44 to win the season-opener on Friday night.

Wayne’s smothering defense helped the Blue Devils to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter.  They held off several rallies from Battle Creek and never let the Braves get closer than four points.

Kallan Herman hit four three-pointers, the only threes made by Wayne.  Payton Frederick made the only three for the Braves.

Battle Creek head coach Matt Rudloff took the loss in his Braves’ coaching debut.

Wayne: Herman 13, Sweetland 4, Rogers 4, Fertig 8, Eischeid 8, Gilliland 6, Reynolds 2, Lutt 1, Deboer 1

Battle Creek: Stueve 16, Frederick 6, Mettler 4, Bode 2, Kraft 7, Mink 5, Oeltmanns 4

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