Inside look at the 2A Boys State Tournament

Clint Kinnamon has led St. John to back-to-back state titles. (photo: Joey Bahr)
By: Sean Boston - Sports in Kansas
Mar 10, 2015

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2A State Tournament Schedule from Manhattan

Wednesday

#1 Olpe vs. #8 Colgan - 3pm

#4 Jackson Heights vs. #5 Central Plains - 445 pm

#2 St. John vs. #7 Ellis - 630 pm

#3 South Gray vs. #6 Washington County - 815 pm

Friday semifinals

1/8 vs. 4/5 - 445 pm

2/7 vs. 3/6 - 8:15 pm

Saturday

Third Place - 2pm

Championship - 615 pm

Looking at the 2A Boys Tournament Field

Olpe (23-0)

The Eagles are one of five undefeated teams left in boys in the state of Kansas.  Two of those unbeatens, them and St. John-Hudson, will both compete in the class 2A tournament.  Olpe has had a great tradition over the last decade as they’ve piled up a winning season in each of those years.  They’ll look to claim the school’s first State Championship in boys basketball and what a year it would be to do so as they won the 2-1A state football championship this past fall. Look for Bo Kreuger, Joe Redeker and Brady Scheidegger to lead the way for the Eagles.

Pittsburg-St. Mary's Colgan (14-7)

The Panthers, led by head coach Wayne Cichon, have been a very good team in the 2000’s, as they’ve won three State Championships and three runner-ups.  They’ll have their hands full with the #1 Olpe Eagles on Wednesday night.  St. Mary’s Colgan will look to win the school’s fifth State Title on Saturday night. Keep in mind that Colgan does play in a 3A/4A league and has faced much larger Missouri competition. Throw their record out. Colgan has made 14 conseuctive trips to a state basketball tournament, 12 of those in 2A and two in 3A.

Holton-Jackson Heights (21-2)

The Cobras come in as the #4 seed with only 2 losses, which shows how tough this class is.  Holton-Jackson Heights will go for their second State Title in school history.  They’re led by junior Zane Richter who averages nearly 30 points per game, one of the best in the state.  He’ll have to play his best to get by in this State Tournament taking place at Hartman Arena.

Claflin-Central Plains (20-3)

The Oilers will take on Jackson Heights in a very key #4 vs #5 seed.  They’re led by senior Layne Bieberle, a lock down defender, who can and will make clutch shots as Central Plains looks for the schools first state title in boys basketball on Saturday.  Also look out for guard Michael Ryan, who is one of the better players in all of 2A. Don't be suprised if you see a rematch #7 between St. John and Central Plains over the last two basketball seasons, where SJ holds a 6-to-0 advantage over the Oilers. Central Plains has three wins against 6A's this season, and their only three losses came to 6A Derby and two to 2A power St. John.

St. John-Hudson (23-0)

The Tigers, led by head coach Clint Kinnamon, have been one of the most dominant teams in all classes as they’ve won the last two State Championships (last year in 2A and the year before in 1A-I), and look to send senior Dean Wade out on a high note.  Wade has signed to play basketball next winter at Kansas State University, and is one of the best players in the state, averaging 25.2 points per game this year, despite playing around just 20 minutes per game. Cole Kinnamon, a sophomore guard, is also a player to watch for averaging 13 points per game.

Ellis (18-5)

The Ellis Railroaders will have an extremely tough first round matchup as they play the undefeated Tigers of St. John-Hudson.  They’re led by junior Brendon Benner, who is averaging just over 20 points per game.  They’ll go for the schools first State Title in boys basketball.

Montezuma-South Gray (22-1)

The Rebels are another team with only one loss.  They’re one of the top teams in the past decade as they’ve won three State Titles, the schools only state titles in boys basketball.  They’ll look to go all the way this year and make it four State Championships.

Washington County (20-3)

The Tigers of Washington County have lost all three games to Hanover, a state qualifier in class 1A-I.  They’re coming into the State Tournament on a 10 game win streak, and look to make it 13 to end the season as State Champions.  They’re led by junior Kyle Mcgatlin who is averaging 15.5 points per game.