Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena has been selected to host the 2019 Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 1A girls and boys basketball tournament.
The tournament, which will be played March 6 through 9, will bring eight girls and eight boys teams in for the four-day state tournament.
Next year will be the first year for Class 1A to again be just one class of schools. Since 2011, the smallest classification had been divided into two classes, with 1A-I being played at Hays’ Gross Memorial Coliseum and for the last three years and 1A-II being played in Dodge City. One year, both classes played in Dodge, with United Wireless serving as one site and the Civic Center serving as the other venue.
Just about a year ago, member schools of KSHSAA voted to return to one division of Classes 1A and 4A, which also had been separated beginning in 2014.
Gross Memorial Coliseum will now become the host site for Class 2A, while Hutchinson’s Sports Arena remains the site for Class 3A and now Salina’s Tony’s Pizza Event Center will be the sole host for Class 4A.
Emporia’s White Auditorium becomes the host venue for Class 5A while Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University retains Class 6A.
All tournaments are March 6 through 9.
Also being announced by KSHSAA was the state bowling tournaments, where Class 6A will compete March 1 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita while Classes 5-1A will compete on Feb. 28.
Boys swimming and diving will be contested Feb. 14 through 16 at the Topeka Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park. That state event is divided into two classes — Classes 5-1A and Class 6A.
State wrestling tournaments remain the same, and they will be held Feb. 22 and 23. Classes 5A and 6A will be at Hartman Arena in Park City, just north of Wichita, Class 4A at Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina and Classes 3-2-1A at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays.
In addition to those three athletic state site announcements, KSHSAA also announced that the state debate tournaments will be held Jan. 11 and 12, with Garden City hosting Classes 5A and 6A while Fort Scott will host Class 4A and 3-2-1A.
Earlier this spring, KSHSAA announced its fall championship venues.
Football championships, will be played on Nov. 24, including 8-Man Division I and II, which in previous years played the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Emporia State will host 6A, Pittsburg State 5A, Hummer Sports Park in Topeka 4A, Hutchinson 3A, Salina District Stadium 2A and Fort Hays State University 1A. The 8-Man I and II games will both be played at Fischer Field in Newton.
Volleyball sites previously announced for the fall include Class 6A and 5A at Salina, Class 3A and 4A at Hutchinson, Class 2A at Hays and Class 1A at Emporia. Those state dates are Oct. 26 and 27.
State gymnastics will be conducted on Oct. 20 at Shawnee Mission South while the second Game Day Spirit Showcase will return to the Kansas Expocentre-Landon Arena in Topeka on Nov. 17.
Cross Country state championships will be held on Oct. 27, with Classes 3-5-6A being run at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence while Classes 1-2-4A will run at Wamego Country Club.
While venues have not been announced for state girls golf and tennis, those dates will be Oct. 15 for state golf and Oct. 12 and 13 for state tennis. Boys soccer state will be played Nov. 2 and 3.