(all games in Manhattan - Bramlage Coliseum)
#1 St. John (23-0)
The defending 1A-I state champions, led by head coach Clint Kinnamon, have been the talk of this classification all season. Kinnamon is the brother of McPherson coach, Kurt Kinnamon, so both brothers going for titles in their respective classes. They are led by all-state junior Dean Wade (23 ppg) leads the Tigers and is being recruited at the division one level. Kade Kinnamon and Zuriel Reyes are also all-2A caliber players for the Tigers.
#8 Washington County (14-8)
Washington County is on a seven game winning streak, since dropping three straight in early February. The Tigers are led in scoring by Kyle McGaitlin with 13.7 ppg.
#4 Olpe (20-3)
Chance Stout and Bo Krueger combine for nearly 30 points a game for the Eagles. Last season they lost to Centralia, now 1A-I, in the opening round game at state. Olpe is on a six game winning streak since losing to Osage City back on February 14th.
#5 Hillsboro (20-3)
Hillsboro is undefeated against 2A competition on the season and is used to being a 3A school in the past. Christian Ratzlaff and Brett Weinbrenner combine for 32 points per game for the Trojans.
#2 Valley Falls
Valley Falls is in the state tournament for the first time in 13 years. Point guard Luke Burns (17 ppg) is one of the top overall players in this classification. The Dragons haven’t lost since before holiday break, losing to Wellsville (71-66) on December 13th. Since then, Valley Falls has been on a 19 game winning streak.
#7 Colgan (18-4)
After spending two years in 3A, the Panthers are back down to the level they have dominated for many years. Throw out Colgan’s losses on the year as they lost to three larger Missouri opponents and a 3A final four team (Riverton). The Panthers are led in scoring by Austin Commons (16 ppg). Don’t ever count out a Wayne Cichon coached team for another state title. Panthers last won 2A state in 2008 and took second in 2009 & 2010.
#3 Plainville (21-2)
Hadley GIllum has been one of the top players in 2A over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-5 senior averages a double-double on the year (22 points, 14 boards). The Cardinals have won six straight since losing to 1A-I qualifier, Hoxie, on February 11th. Plainville’s only other loss came to Central Plains (49-43) before holiday break, a team who lost all four of their games this season to #1 St. John.
#6 Meade (20-3)
The Buffaloes are led by 2A all-stater, Morgan Davis (6-4 senior), who averages 21 points per game. Jett Little is also one of the better guards in this classification and averages around 14 points per contest. Look for this first round game to be a good one with Plainville.
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