WAYNE CITY
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Don Kueper stepped into a coaching job last season at Wayne City and proceeded to turn things around in a hurry.
Inheriting a club that was on a three-year run of 28-53 under two different coaches.
Kueper, a native of Carlyle, quickly got things back on track as the Indiana improved throughout the campaign and finished the season at 19-11.
They felt some heartbreak along the way, which included an OT loss to Webber Township at the 1A Christopher Regional semifinals.
Some of the highlights were the importance of holding serve in their own holiday event as the captured the title of the Conrad Allen Holiday Tournament.
They also held there own again good teams, including eventual fourth-place finisher in the state Woodlawn.
The Indians beat Patoka on the road earlier in the season before the Warriors got on a roll late.
But there will be no resting on previous achievements as 2016-17 is a new year.
A new year with a brand new school and gymnasium for the Wayne City kids should help the overall mood of the school and program.
Losing just a pair of the starters from that club, Coach Kueper is rightfully ready to get started in November.
Returning their top three scorers is a good sign of things to come.
Eric Green is back for the Tribe as the 6-foot senior guard looks to continue his fine play.
A 3-point bomber, Green led the way from his backcourt spot and appears ready for a exceptional senior season.
The other two starters back are also veterans of the Wayne City basketball program.
Six-foot-four senior Chad Dickey brings the lunch pail to work each day and takes care of his part of the bargain each day.
Scoring and rebounding near the basket is forte and he has done this well for three seasons in an Indians' uniform.
Clayten Tubbs is the third starter back for Coach K.
A 6-foot-3 senior forward, Tubbs helps out in the paint as he an Dickey will be factors on both ends of the floor this season.
The other two to get their names called early in the season are 5-foot-11 senior Jordan Greenwalt and 6-foot-1 junior Jaxon King.
Reserves include 5-foot-9 senior Landon Willett, 5-foot-11 senior Nathaniel Caudle and 6-foot-3 junior Remington Henson.
“Eric Green and Clayten Tubbs will be important players to keep on the floor and out of foul trouble,” said Coach Kueper. “Eric Green shot 47 percent from 3-point line last year and Clayten Tubbs shot 66 percent from the floor. Landon Willett and Jordan Greenwalt both showed abilities to score last year and will have bigger roles this year.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Christopher Thanksgiving Tournament J26 Albion Edwards County

N28

Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran J27 @ Johnston City
D1 @ Grayville J30 @ Fairfield
D5 @ Cisne F2 @ Odin
D9-16 Wayne City Holiday Tournament F3 Flora
D19 @ Norris City-Omaha-Enfield F6 Woodlawn
J5 @ Patoka F9 Sandoval
J9 Junction Gallatin County F13 Louisville North Clay
J15-20 MTC Tournament @ Woodlawn F16 Waltonville
J23 Webber Township F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD