Mid-season prep basketball tournament pairings announced
Mid-season prep basketball tournament pairings announced
By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School's boys basketball team has earned the No. 2 seed in the Jan. 17 to 19 Valley Center January Jam tournament.
Scott City's No. 1-ranked Class 3A Beavers boys' team has drawn No. 2-ranked Class 6A Derby in the opening round of the prestigious Dodge City Tournament of Champions, also scheduled for Jan. 17 to 19.
Holcomb's girls, despite being 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, drew the No. 4 seed at the Hillsboro Trojan Classic, which will tipoff on Monday when both the Lady Longhorns take on unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Class 4A Hesston (8-0) at 4:45 p.m. The Longhorn boys (6-2) are seeded third and will open against TMP-Marian (2-6) in a 3 p.m. Monday game.
Those are among the many highlights of next week's mid-season basketball tournament schedule that also includes the Hi-Plains League tournament, which begins Monday at Southwestern Heights High School, continues there on Tuesday and then moves to the campus of Garden City Community College on Jan. 17 to 19.
Meade's boys, the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A, earned the No. 1 seed for the HPL event while Cimarron's girls, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, is the top seed. Ulysses' boys and girls team will be headed to southeast Kansas to participate in the Coffeyville Interstate Tournament, set for Jan. 17 to 19.
Wichita County will be playing host to the Northwest Kansas League tournament as one of three are schools to now be members of the NWKL. Wichita County previously was a member of the Hi-Plains League while Dighton and Greeley County left the Western Kansas Liberty League to become members of the NWKL.
The NWKL tourney begins Monday with play-in games at home sites while the remaining games are all slated to be played in Leoti.
Dighton's boys, unbeaten at 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 1A-II, drew the No. 1 seed while Dighton and Greeley County's girls are seeded No. 3 and No. 6 and will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Valley Center January Jam
The Buffaloes, 7-2 overall, will face Junction City (2-5) in the 5 p.m. Thursday first-round game. They will face either Topeka Seaman or Olathe Northwest, regardless of winning or losing, at either 3:15 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 18.
On Tuesday night, the Buffs went to overtime before defeating Liberal, 63-60, in a Western Athletic Conference contest. They are on the road Friday for a 7:45 p.m. game against Hays High in their final outing before the Jam.
Dodge City TOC
The TOC is loaded with some of the top teams, and outstanding players, in the state of Kansas.
The 70th edition will not disappoint this time, either.
Scott City, the two-time defending Class 3A state champs are 6-0 and coming off an impressive 59-37 victory over Holcomb on Tuesday night. The No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A will face a talented Derby Panther team that is 8-1 and ranked No. 6 in Class 6A. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. Thursday tip-off at United Wireless Arena.
Also in the field is Shawnee Mission South (7-0), the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A, and Wichita North (8-0), the No. 3-ranked Class 6A team that features University of Kansas signee Connor Frankamp.
Scott City is on the same side of the bracket as Wichita North, and a Beaver victory along with a North triumph would set up a semifinal showdown between two of the state's best teams. Host Dodge City, ranked No. 10 in Class 6A, faces Newton in its opener while Shawnee Mission South takes on Wichita South in the other first-round game.
Two years ago, the Beavers reached the championship game before falling to Dodge City, suffering its lone loss en route to the 2011 state championship.
Hillsboro Trojan Classic
The Holcomb Longhorns boys will tangle with TMP-Marian at 3 p.m. on Monday. The other half of their bracket includes Hesston (7-1) vs. Riley County (2-6). The other side of the bracket has Wamego (6-1) facing Goodland (2-6) and Republic County (6-2) meeting host Hillsboro (5-4).
On the girls side, the 8-team field is loaded. It includes host Hillsboro (No. 1 in 3A), Holcomb (No. 2 in 3A), Hesston (No. 4 in 4A), Republic County (No. 2 in 2A) and Wamego (No. 1 in 4A). Also in the field is perennial 3A power Riley County (5-3). The Lady Longhorns will play either Hillsboro or TMP in a Thursday contest, again placed in the same side of the bracket as those schools. They will either play at 4:45 or 8 p.m.
Play-in games are set to start on Monday at Southwestern Heights High School's gym. Only two games are scheduled, with the Syracuse girls facing Satanta at 5:30 p.m. and the Syracuse boys meeting Lakin at 7 o'clock.
A full slate of quarterfinal games will be played on Tuesday, with eight games being contested at both SWH high school gym and at the middle school gym.
On the boys side, it will be Meade facing the Syracuse-Lakin winner at 5 p.m.; Sublette going against Elkhart, also at 5 p.m.; and in the 8 p.m. games, it will be Southwestern Heights and Cimarron in one game and Stanton County and Satanta in the other.
The Tuesday slate of girls games begins at 3:30 p.m. with Cimarron playing the Syracuse-Satanta winner and Meade meeting Lakin.
The 6:30 p.m. games will have Elkhart and Sublette battling and Southwestern Heights facing Stanton County.
Semifinal and consolation games will then move to Garden City at the Perryman Athletic Complex at Garden City Community College, starting on Thursday. Girls semifinal games are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m. while the boys semis will be played at the same times on Friday. Championship games will be on Jan. 19 at 6 and 8 p.m.
Northwest Kansas League
Dighton's top-seeded boys will play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Monday's St. Francis-Rawlins County contest. Greeley County and Wichita County's boys have a quarterfinal matchup at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
In the girls bracket, Hoxie drew the top seed and will face the Sharon Springs-Wichita County winner (a 6:30 p.m. Monday game) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Dighton-Greeley County girls matchup is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday. All consolation and semifinal championship games are set for Jan. 18, with championship and consolation finals to be played on Jan. 19.
Orange and Black Classic
Colby will be hosting the 28th annual Paul Wintz/Tom Bowen Orange and Black Classic on Jan. 17 to 19.
Hugoton's Eagles will be the lone area team competing this season, and the Eagles' boys will face Palmer Ridge, Colo., at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in their opener. Liberal is also competing in the Classic.
On the girls side, the Lady Eagles will meet Palmer Ridge at 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 17 in their opening contest. Semifinals and consolation games will be played on Jan. 18, with the championship and consolation finals to be played on Jan. 19.