Wayne Trace’s Dalton Sinn slams home a dunk in a game earlier this season at Wayne Trace. The Raiders host Ayersville Thursday. (TB file photo)
BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND - After running its winning streak to nine games, the Wayne Trace boys basketball team returns to action with two games in three days.
The Raiders host their first Green Meadows Conference schedule Thursday as Ayersville visits the 'Palace.'
Wayne Trace, which enters action tonight with a record of 9-1, posted road wins over Holgate and Delphos Jefferson last weekend. The red-white-and-blue are currently 2-0 in the league and tied for first with Edgerton.
The Raiders have scored at least 60 points in six of their last seven games and averaged nearly 65 points in that stretch. On the year, the red-white-and-blue posts 62 markers a game while allowing 46.
Sophomore Corbin Linder leads Wayne Trace in scoring with a dozen markers a night while senior Ryan Kortokrax adds 11 points per game. The senior guard duo of Grady Gudakunst and Dalton Sinn also chip in nine markers each a contest and junior Colby Speice posts eight points per game.
On the boards, Sinn, Devin Wenzlick and Kortokrax post five, four and four caroms a night, respectively. Senior Nick McClain adds six markers and four boards per game as well.
The Pilots come into the contest with a record of 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the league but are coming off of a 48-43 loss to Continental on Saturday.
Ayersville has recorded victories over Fort Jennings (52-45), Hilltop (43-29), McComb (51-41), Patrick Henry (57-30), North Central (62-50), Montpelier (58-26) and Fairview (73-52).
Losses for the Pilots have come to Miller City (64-43), Evergreen (70-55), Leipsic (71-55) and Edgerton (50-33).
Top players for the Defiance County squad include junior guard Luke Lawson (6-0), sophomore guard Brayton Martin (6-0) and senior forward Jacob Smith (6-3). Lawson has dished out 55 assists this season while connecting on 11 of 26 treys while Smith tops the Pilots at 7.5 rebounds a night and has connected on 48 of 88 shots. Martin has added 37 assists this year for Ayersville.
On Saturday, Wayne Trace hosts a Lima Shawnee team that has struggled this year but remains dangerous.
The Indians enter action this weekend with a record of 1-10 overall while standing 0-3 in the Western Buckeye League.
Lima Shawnee's lone victory came in a 66-55 win over Marion Harding back on December 8. Since that point, the Indians have dropped consecutive games to Van Wert, Fort Recovery, Ottoville, Marion Local, Ottawa Glandorf, Coldwater, Kenton and Delphos St. John's.
The Indians have four losses by eight points or less and are 0-6 away from home. Lima Shawnee hosts Elida Friday night in WBL play.
The feature game of GMC play this evening takes place at Edgerton as the Bulldogs (12-1, 2-0) host Tinora (9-3, 1-1). Antwerp (6-5, 1-1) welcomes in Holgate (6-7, 1-1) while Hicksville (4-7, 0-2) travels to Fairview (1-12, 0-2).