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Basketball in Kansas: Around the State Update (1/4/20)

Osawatomie is a team to keep an eye on in 3A.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Jan 4, 2021

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By CONOR NICHOLL Cnicholl1@gmail.com for Sports in Kansas 

The last week of games before winter break yielded a bevy of news, especially from Class 5A/6A. Andover Central girls beat Salina Central in a pair of ranked 5A squads, and Maize ended Derby girls’ winning streak.

Winning streaks of 15-plus games continued for several squads, including Andover boys, along with Topeka, Spearville, Liberal and Cheney girls. The WAC has delivered impressive play with three undefeated teams: Dodge City girls, Hays High boys and Liberal girls. Plus, plenty of individual standouts and milestones, including Rose Hill’s Adriel Smith and Wichita Southeast’s Jaila Harding, one of the state’s more underrated players. Rock Creek’s Dawson Zenger has averaged 32 points per contest, and Spearville’s Alissa Heskamp has 29.5 per game.

As well, Derby standout Maryn Archer, one of the state’s best players, has suffered a knee injury, which is where we start for 2021:

6A: Derby’s Archer suffers injury; No. 3-ranked Panthers see 17-game winning streak end

Depth-laden Derby features sophomore Mary Archer, an Arkansas commit. She hurt her knee in a Dec. 19 road win against Goddard Eisenhower. The Derby Informer first reported the news. Archer led Derby in scoring last winter and has been an elite player through her high school career and younger ranks. Among Kansans, she is ranked No. 4 in Class of 2023 by Prep Girls Hoops. Derby defeated Eisenhower, 47-34.

Sophomore Addy Brown, also a top-level player, scored in double digits in the team’s first four contests. On Dec. 22, Derby fell to conference foe Maize, 41-29. Derby stands at 4-1 and the loss ended the Panthers’ 17-game winning streak. The Panthers had moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in Class 6A rankings from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15. Derby stayed at No. 3 in the Dec. 22 poll.

Derby is still immensely talented even without Archer. The Panthers went 21-2 and allowed 30.9 points per contest last winter. This season, Derby has permitted 30 points a contest. The Panthers will get Maize South in a key road contest on Jan. 8, the first game back from the winter moratorium.

Overall, the 6-foot-2 Brown has delivered 17.8 points per game in the team’s most recent statistical release, while 6-foot-3 junior Tatum Boettjer delivered 10 points a contest. Archer was at nine points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a team-high three steals a contest. Seniors Derryana Cobbins and 6-foot-3 Jaidyn Schomp (Missouri Western signee) are key players, too. Derby had won seven straight against Maize, a longtime power with coach Jerrod Handy. The Eagles have consistently been ranked fifth in 5A.

6A: Harding off to nice start for Wichita Southeast

Wichita Southeast girls are 4-2 with four close games. SE defeated East, 35-31, and lost to Bishop Carroll, 53-45. Then, the Golden Buffaloes beat Andover, 46-41, and lost to Kapaun, 50-48. KMC is sixth in 5A, and Carroll eighth.

Senior Jaila Harding has averaged 20 points a contest, along with four rebounds and two steals. She has shot 76 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Harding has offers from Division II Henderson State, along with NAIA Tougaloo (Miss.) College. Harding tallied a game-high 30 points in a 67-13 win versus Wichita Northwest. Versus Kapaun, a team that features Wichita State commit Ella Anciaux, Harding tallied 22 points. SE finished 11-12 last winter.

6A: Dodge City girls with three school records; marquee win at McPherson; WAC with three perfect squads

Dodge City, featured in SIK in December, ended the month with a marquee victory. Dodge City went to McPherson and earned a 58-41 win. Dodge City is ranked eighth in 6A, and McPherson dropped from second to fifth in 5A from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22 rankings.

DC led 16-7 after the first quarter and outscored the Bullpups, 18-4, in the fourth. Dodge City has broken three school records and tied three others en route to a 5-0 start. DC is statistically the state’s best offense with 1.17 points per possession, 19.4 assists per contest, 1.42 assist to turnover ratio and nine 3s a contest. The Red Demons have shot 39 percent from 3-point range. Kisa Unruh became Dodge City’s all-time leading scorer with 864 points.

As well, senior Lauren Gleason took six charges against McPherson. The charges represented both a school mark for individual and team in one contest. Gleason delivered five assists in the win.

Becca Unruh tallied 19 points and four assists. Mataya Clark recorded five rebounds, while Amaya Perez and Victoria Gonzalez delivered excellent defense. Perez has committed to Newman for basketball.

McPherson’s Grace Pyle, the reigning 5A Player of the Year, delivered 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting. Overall, Dodge City shot 11 of 21 on 3-pointers and 50 percent from the field. Kisa Unruh delivered 16 points and 6 of 10 from the field.

Hays High boys, unranked in the preseason, are now up to No. 3 in Class 5A. HHS, featured just before Christmas on SIK, are 5-0 and have averaged 68.8 points per game. The Indians have won 13 in a row. Liberal, this week’s American Implement Team of the Week, is 5-0 and has captured 28 straight victories. Liberal has had some unusual classification changes. Liberal was longtime 5A and bumped to 6A last season. The Redskins are now 5A for football and 6A for other sports. Liberal is into the rankings at No. 10 in 6A.

6A: Chapman with big numbers for Campus boys

Sterling Chapman, the reigning Class 6A Player of the Year and Tulsa commit, has averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals a game. Chapman is the only one of Campus’ top-six players back from the undefeated Colts’ squad. Stevie Strong has delivered 19 points, two assists and two steals a contest. Jayden Hall has recorded 15 points, two assists and two steals per game. Aiden Sutter has 10 points, three rebounds and two steals a contest. Campus stands 3-1 and has averaged 68.3 points per contest. The Colts’ only loss has come against undefeated Andover, ranked No. 1 in 5A. Chapman had orginally committed to Wichita State, and then changed his committment to Tulsa.

4A: Abasolo commits to Southwestern College; Mulvane off to best start since the mid-80s

Mulvane has vaulted up the Class 4A rankings. The Wildcats, led by senior Trey Abasolo, are 5-0 and have went from unranked to No. 2 in Class 4A. It marked the first time Mulvane has opened 4-0 since the ’86-87 season.

Abasolo’s father, Mike, is Mulvane’s head coach and a Wildcat alum. Abasolo, statistically one of the best players in Kansas, has averaged 23.2 points, nine rebounds, 5.4 assists, four steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

Ian Comer is at 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Landon Coe has nine points and 4.4 rebounds. Mason Ellis, who has elicited FBS/FCS football interest, has 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. Trey’s brother, Kaiden, is a highly regarded freshman with 5.8 points and 1.8 assists a game.

Abasolo committed to Southwestern College during winter break. Last winter, Southwestern also picked up Steele Chapman, a top player for Campus in ’19-20.

Check out more on Mulvane and the Abasolo family next week on Sports in Kansas.

4A: Adriel Smith with huge performances for Rose Hill

As a sophomore last winter, Adriel Smith tallied 8.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest for Wichita East. Smith transferred to Rose Hill. He has delivered 39 points versus Caney Valley and 30 against Wellington. RH is 2-3, and Smith has 26 points, seven rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game. Smith has shot over 50 percent from the field.

6A: Topeka High girls continue winning streak – Canady close to 1,000 career points

Topeka High, ranked No. 1 in 6A, are 3-0 with wins against Topeka West (81-31), Emporia (61-45) and Highland Park (85-27). The Trojans will have a key away game versus Topeka Seaman on Jan. 8. Topeka has won 26 straight contests. Sophomore Kiki Smith has 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.3 assists a contest. Junior Nijaree Canady missed the first game, though has since returned and continued her impressive career. Canady has 19.5 points and 12 rebounds a contest. Senior Jae’mya Lyons has delivered 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Canady has 987 career points. Lyons has signed with Missouri Western.

6A: Shawnee Mission Northwest undefeated after December

Shawnee Mission Northwest, ranked second in Class 6A, ended 2020 with a 5-0 mark after a 59-26 win versus SM East. Kennedy Taylor, who has committed to Colorado, delivered 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. She is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2021 by Prep Girls Hoops. Saige Grampsas finished with nine assists. Ella Mackiewicz delivered 12 points and nine rebounds. Northwest has won every game by double figures. Northwest was 19-6 last year and fell in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament.

5A: Andover continues longest current winning streak on boys’ side

Andover, No. 1 in 5A boys, has currently the longest boys’ basketball winning streak in Kansas. The Trojans won 23 consecutive contests in ’19-20 and has enjoyed a 6-0 start this winter. Andover has defeated McPherson (73-44), Haysville Campus (85-66) and Wichita Heights (54-52). Then, the Trojans held on to defeat Goddard Eisenhower, 62-54, in overtime and beat Arkansas City, 59-48, on Dec. 18. On Dec. 21, Andover beat winless Goddard, 65-44.

McPherson is fourth in 4A and Campus stands fourth in 6A.

Andover has averaged 66 points per game. The Trojans have seven seniors. Jack Johnson, a Division I Dallas Baptist commit, has 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists a contest. Sophomore Eli Shetlar has 11.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Senior Kaleb Gaddis has 8.5 points, 6.3 assists and three rebounds.

Andover is shooting 50 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. The Trojans have 1.08 points per possession and turned the ball over on just 19 percent of the time. In the previous two years, Andover has 1.01 and 1.10 points per possession – all elite rates.

3A: Amiah Simmons off to big start after transferring to Osawatomie; leads Kansas in steals and assists

As a junior, Amiah Simmons averaged 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game for Blue Valley Southwest. Simmons committed to Division II Biola (Calif.) University on Nov. 7. Simmons has long wanted to play college basketball in California and has been on Biola’s radar for a couple years.

She enjoyed two huge opening games after transferring to Osawatomie. In her first contest, a 58-34 win versus Pleasanton, she delivered 25 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. In the second contest, Simmons had a near triple-double with 29 points, nine steals and eight assists in a 61-22 win versus Jayhawk Linn. She has helped Osawatomie to a 3-1 start with 61 points per contest. After three games, Simmons delivered 27.7 points, seven steals, 6.3 assists and six rebounds a contest. Both the steals and assists pace Kansas, according to MaxPreps. Osawatomie went 9-12 last winter.

3A: Zenger averaging more than 30 points per game for Rock Creek

Rock Creek senior Dawson Zenger, who led with 26 points per game and has cleared 1,000 career points, has enjoyed a huge start. RC is eighth in 3A boys. He has averaged 32 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per contest. Zenger has shot 58 percent from the field and 85 percent from the foul line. RC is 4-1 with a 69-57 loss to St. Marys and a 60-56 win versus Abilene. St. Marys is sixth in 3A and upset RC in sub-state last winter en route to a surprise final four showing. Abilene is ranked third in 4A. SM, coached by former Kansas State player Will Spradling, is 4-1.

5A: St. James girls with back-to-back quality wins against ranked opponents

The unranked Thunder have opened the season with four ranked opponents. SJA lost to Olathe North (52-46) and St. Thomas Aquinas (42-29). Then on Dec. 21, the Thunder beat Olathe West, 52-43, and defeated Eudora, 54-40. SJA will face its fifth straight ranked team with a home game versus rival Bishop Miege on Jan. 8.

Currently, Aquinas is No. 2 in 5A, Eudora is second in 4A, Miege is first in 4A, and Olathe North is sixth in 6A. ON was No. 2 in 6A at the time of the game. Olathe West was seventh in 6A and is now out of the rankings.

Against Olathe West, SJA trailed 12-5 after the first quarter and 25-14 at halftime. In the second half, the Thunder held a 17-8 edge in the third quarter and 21-10 in the fourth. OW features point guard Mackenzie Hart, a UMKC commit, and Bailey Collar, who has committed to Washburn.

SJA finished plus-6 on the glass against Olathe West. Senior Faith Hawthorne, who played her first two seasons at Miege before she and her brother transferred to SJA, had 14 points. Senior Claire Worthington delivered 13 points, and sophomore Riley Bruggeman finished with 12 points.

Against Eudora on Dec. 22, Bruggeman finished with 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting. Worthington finished with 12 points. New coach Justin Snell took over for Samantha Paradise-O’Malley. She went to Aquinas, her alma mater, as an assistant coach.

Overall, Bruggeman stands with 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and two assists. Worthington averages 8.5 points. Hawthorne delivers 6.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, along with 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks a game. Hawthorne, a key player all four years of her high school career, has offers from Ivy League’s Brown, Division II powerhouse Drury (Mo.) and Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State. She is ranked No. 5 in her class by Prep Girls Hoops.

5A: No. 3-ranked K.C. Piper opens with undefeated mark, quality ranked wins versus Olathe North and Blue Valley Northwest; continues win streak

K.C. Piper started with three straight victories: Ottawa (52-22), Olathe North (43-37), and Blue Valley Southwest (57-37). The last two wins came at the Huhtamaki Classic at Mill Valley.

The final game was cancelled. Olathe North is undefeated in its other contests. Piper had won 15 straight to conclude last winter and was part of the Class 4A Forever Four. Senior Evelyn Vazquez has committed to Northwest Missouri State. She has averaged 16.7 points per game this season. Vazquez is 71-4 in her high school career after first team all-state. Vazquez averaged 14 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists a game last year. Against BVSW, Vazquez had 16 points, while Jennifer Guilbeaux and Jessica Thomas each had 13 points. BVSW was ranked No. 9 in Class 5A. Against Olathe North, Vazquez delivered 19 points. Versus Ottawa, Vazquez finished with 15 points.

1A-I: Meade boys continue to put up big offensive numbers; Shewey closing in on 1,000 career points

Meade, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A, Division I, changed coaches when Aaron Dardis switched from the Buff boys’ coach to Scott City’s principal. Former Buff girls’ coach Tyler Flavin took over as Meade boys’ coach. Meade is 5-1 with only a 64-38 loss to South Gray on Dec. 8. Since then, the Buffs have defeated Cimarron (52-39), Ashland (63-50) and Hodgeman County (46-30). Meade has averaged 52 points per game.

Senior Vance Shewey has delivered big numbers with 18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.2 assists and 2.7 blocks per contest. The 6-foot-4 senior is closing in on 1,000 career points and stands at 857. Shewey is an excellent career shooter with 47 and 54 percent from the field in the last two seasons. He has shot 38, 39 and 47 percent in 3-point shooting in the last three years.

3A: Russell boys quietly already exceed last year’s win total with Buhrle and Ulrich

Russell boys finished 2-19 last winter and has not posted a winning season since an 11-10 mark in ’09-10. This winter, the Broncos have opened 3-3 with several solid victories. Russell started the season with a 57-41 win versus Stockton, a Class 1A Final Four participant last winter. Then, the Broncos beat Beloit St. John’s/Tipton, 51-26. BSJT coach Lance Bergmann has recently cleared 200 career victories and has won a state title with the Blujays.

As well, Russell beat Central Plains, 60-28. Russell narrowly lost to Norton, 63-60. Sophomore center Jordan Buhrle has earned several team player of the game honors. Overall, he has delivered 8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. Buhrle was team’s player of the game versus Pratt and BSJT. Buhrle delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds against Pratt. Buhrle was on the roster last season, but never appeared in a contest. Russell graduated its top-two and three of its top-five scorers. Senior Briar Ulrich has 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.3 assists a contest.

2A: Elkhart girls undefeated with strong season from Chevelle Ralstin; huge improvement in steal rate

Elkhart, which finished 18-5 last winter with zero seniors, is off to a 6-0 start. Elkhart, Garden Plain and WaKeeney-Trego are the only 6-0 squads in Class 2A girls. Last winter, the Wildcats averaged a steal on 17 percent of possessions.

This year, Elkhart has 99 steals and is up to steals on 25 percent of possessions. In ’19-20, Elkhart had 64 possessions a game with .76 points per possession, and .62 points allowed per possession. This winter, the Wildcats are at .85 points per possession and .54 points allowed.

Senior Chevelle Ralstin has averaged 12 points, 8.2 rebounds, three steals and 1.8 assists a contest. Senior Carrie Runkle has 9.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Junior Jenni Forbes has 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Junior Maycee Eagan has 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals a contest. Eagan was at 1.3 steals per contest last winter.

Typically, Elkhart goes out of state in December for the bulk of its games. This season, the Wildcats’ first five wins came against Kansas foes, and the Wildcats ended December with a 53-18 victory against Goodwell (Okla.). Elkhart has three wins by 10 or 11 points.

Class 1A, Division I: Quinter girls with strong turnaround

Class 1A, Division I Quinter girls are off to a 4-1 start. Coach Matt Havlas and veteran coach Scott Crist already turned around Quinter once from a winless team in ’13-14 to a state championship in ’17-18. Quinter heavily relied on underclassmen the last two winters and finished a combined 16-28. However, last year, Quinter had zero seniors. Kayler Getz was at 12 points and 10.9 rebounds a game.

In ’19-20, Quinter averaged 37 points per contest and shot 31 percent from the field, including 20 percent from 3-point range.

This season, Quinter is up to 54 points a game, 38 percent shooting and 29 percent from behind the arc. Junior Ava Gillespie has 14.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 steals. Getz, a senior, is at 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. Sophomore Anna Briggs has 11.2 points and 13 rebounds a contest.

Quinter has significantly improved across the board. In ’19-20, the Bulldogs were at .56 points per possession and .73 allowed. Quinter had turnovers on 37 percent of possessions and collected 27 percent of available offensive rebounds. This year, the Bulldogs have .79 points per possession, and .62 points allowed a possession. Quinter has turnovers on 31 percent of possessions and collected 34 percent of available offensive rebounds.

5A: Andover Central beats Salina Central in high-powered matchup to bump winning streak to 25; Elite shooting from top girls’ teams

Andover Central and St. Thomas Aquinas flipped the top-two spots in Class 5A. Cheney is ranked first in 3A, and Salina Central is fourth in 5A. St. Marys is unranked in 3A. They are the only four girls’ squads that average at least six made treys a game. AC is at seven, Cheney with 6.2, and Salina Central and St. Marys both with six.

Salina Central junior Aubrie Kierscht is arguably the state’s best shooter. The Navy commit has made 20 treys and shooting 61 percent from long range. Kierscht is at 21 points a contest. SC is 4-1 with only a 60-52 loss to Andover Central on Dec. 17, the last game before holiday break. In a back-and-forth game, Andover Central forced 20 turnovers and came back in the second half.

In the game, Kierscht delivered 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Junior Hampton Williams, a Division I Abilene Christian signing, delivered 10 points. Andover Central received 17 points from senior Bailey Wilborn, 14 by junior Ellie Stearns and 12 from junior Brittany Harshaw. Sophomore Maddie Amekporfor finished with 12. AC has now defeated Maize South, Wichita Heights, and SC.

Andover Central is 4-0 this season and has captured 25 consecutive victories. Overall, Harshaw leads with 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals a contest. Amekporfor is at 14 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Wilborn averages 12 points and 3.8 rebounds. Stearns delivers 10.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Harshaw has committed to Creighton, and Wilborn to Division I Maize.

Cheney is at 66 points per game and senior Kylie Scheer, the two-time defending 3A Player of the Year and Emporia State signing, is at 24 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 steals and three assists a contest. Junior Brynn McCormick, a first-year transfer from Scott City after a pair of strong years with the Beavers, is 11 of 25 for a team-high 44 percent from 3-point range. Scheer is 11 of 34. Scheer is Cheney’s lone senior who has scored; Halley Jones is a reserve, and point guard Lexi Cline is out with injury. McCormick, who has 33 of her 47 total points from beyond the arc, is tied with junior Brooklyn Wewe for second at 9.4 points per game. Cheney has won 16 in a row.

1A-1: Little River’s Garrison with big season; leading top scorers

Little River is ranked first in Class 1A, Division I boys. Senior Jayden Garrison has averaged 25.4 points per game. Garrison has earned a bevy of awards. He is reigning 1A boys’ basketball player of the year. For football, Garrison was Eight-Man, Division I Offensive Player of the Year and a Shrine Bowl selection. Several other small-school standouts have put up huge numbers.

South Haven senior Cooper Wolf has 28 points a contest. Ellinwood sophomore Brit Dutton has followed up his great freshman year with 24.2 points per game. Pawnee Heights sophomore Alec Carlson has 22.4 points a contest. Ellinwood and PH have been ranked, and South Haven is fifth in Class 1A, Division II.

Other top performances highlighted by Wichita East’s King, Goddard’s James

6A Wichita East boys are 3-1 under new coach Clint Kinnamon, who achieved tremendous success at St. John. Eight seniors appeared in a varsity game. In the team’s most recent statistical release, senior A.J. King was at 22 points and 4.7 steals per contest. Senior Daylan Jones has 11 points, four rebounds and 3.3 steals a game.

Class 5A Goddard girls went through big changes when coach Kevin Hackerott took a job as a Division I assistant at Texas-Rio Grande for Lane Lord, formerly the Pittsburg State women’s coach. His daughter, Kade, enjoyed a huge career for Goddard, including league MVP. She is a freshman for Central Missouri women’s basketball. Goddard, with one senior, is 3-2 under new coach Marcus James. Junior Maycee James has 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 2.4 assists per game – all team bests. James transferred from Wichita Northwest.

Class 5A Maize boys are ranked sixth. The Eagles are shooting 48 percent from 3-point range (45 of 94). Maize has seven players averaging at least five points a contest. Senior Jacob Hanna is at 14.3 points per game. Sophomore Avery Johnson has 14 points, four rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals a contest. Johnson is an elite quarterback with a recent TCU and Iowa State offer. Junior Kyle Grill has 9.8 points and a team-high 4.3 assists. As well, junior Jaden Gustafson leads with 5.5 rebounds. Maize is 5-1 after a 12-9 mark last winter.

Class 3A Phillipsburg has averaged 57 points per contest, and senior Ty Sides has enjoyed another big season. He has 13 points, six rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Sides leads the Panthers in points, rebounds and assists and is second with steals. The 5-foot-8 Sides has very similar numbers to last year with 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.1 steals a contest.

Class 2A Spearville is 4-0 and has won 28 straight contests after a 24-0 season in Class 2A last winter. Senior Alissa Heskamp, highlighted on SIK earlier in the month, is at 29.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 2.5 assists per contest. Spearville continues to rank second in 2A behind Sterling.

Class 2A Ness City stands at 3-3 with multiple high-scoring contests. The Eagles have averaged 61 points per contest. Ness City has 87 percent of its points from non-seniors. Junior Taylor Cable has delivered 19 points and 15.2 rebounds per contest. Junior Jose Guzman has 16.2 points and a team-high 4.3 steals per contest.

Class 1A, Division II Bird City-Cheylin boys won the Sagebrush Shootout tournament in early December. Check out more on Cheylin in an expanded look on SIK. Cheylin beat three higher seeded teams. Colton McCarty was named to the all-tournament team, and his brother, freshman Logan, was the free throw contest runner-up. Cheylin, unranked in the preseason, is up to No. 2 in Class 1A, Division II.

Class 3A Smoky Valley girls were expected to make a strong improvement and has opened 4-1. The Vikings had 11 total wins in the last three winters.

Mia Sarwinski of 3A Galena should open the eyes of many across the state this season. The sophomore is averaging over 20 points per game and is one of the top sophomore guards in Kansas regardless of classification. 

Belle Plaine standout Eli Wiseman recently cleared 1,000 career points. The senior point guard has helped BP rank third in 2A.

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