With the regular season in the books and the postseason starting next week, some teams have a tougher road than others, with several teams finishing strong to earn a top seed, while others faltered down the stretch and will have to work that much harder to get to the state tournaments. Here’s to hoping more snow (and ice) in the forecast doesn’t derail the schedule this week.
MANHATTAN — AT HIGH SEED
The Indians both earned high enough seeds to host their first game of sub-state, despite losing tiebreakers.
The Indian girls (14-6) will host sixth-seeded Derby (8-11) in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m. Should they advance, they’ll likely travel to Wichita for a matchup with second-seeded Wichita Heights (14-6) with a trip to state on the line.
The Manhattan boys (11-9) earned the No. 4 seed and will host Washburn Rural (10-9) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Should they advance, they’d likely travel to top-seeded Derby (16-3) in a rematch from the season opener, a 78-67 loss that Derby led the whole way.
RILEY COUNTY — AT RILEY COUNTY
The Falcon girls (14-5) ended in a tie with Silver Lake (14-5), but got the No. 2 seed. They will open with seventh-seeded Osage City (8-12) on Monday at 7 p.m. They would play the winner of third-seeded Council Grove (11-9) and sixth-seeded Mission Valley (5-15) in the semifinals on Thursday. As sub-state hosts, they will not play another away game this year.
The Falcon boys (5-14) ended up earning the No. 5 seed, with a trip to Marysville (9-11) in the opening round at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Should they advance, they’ll host the rest of the way, and would likely face top-seeded Silver Lake (17-2) in the semis.
WAMEGO — AT TOPEKA HAYDEN
Both Red Raiders’ teams are in good shape going into sub-state, but they’ll have their hands full in a stacked regional.
The Wamego girls (19-1) earned the top seed and will be rewarded with a game at home against eighth-seeded Highland Park (3-16) on Tuesday. From there, it gets tougher, with the Red Raiders facing the winner of No. 4 Hayden/No. 5 Jefferson West, at Hayden. They’ll likely see either No. 2 Holton (19-1) or No. 3 Santa Fe Trail (16-4) in the final, should they advance that far.
For the Wamego boys (16-4), earning the No. 3 seed sets them up well, but the road clearly goes through top-seeded Highland Park (19-0). Wamego opens up against sixth-seeded Jefferson West (11-9) and could potentially face second-seeded Rock Creek (16-3) in the semis.
ROCK CREEK — AT HAYDEN
With the recent move to 4A, life gets tougher for the Mustangs, who were immediately put into a stacked sub-state bracket.
The Mustang boys (16-3) face No. 7 Royal Valley (6-14) and could get a matchup with neighboring Wamego in the semis. Their road to state also goes through Highland Park.
The Rock Creek girls (7-12) earned the No. 6 seed, with a road trip to third-seeded Santa Fe Trail (16-4) in the first round. Should they advance, they’d likely face Holton in the semis.
VALLEY HEIGHTS — AT CENTRALIA
For the Mustangs, all games will be played at Centralia, with no teams (other than Centralia) hosting even first round games.
For the Valley Heights boys (13-7), earning the three seed means a matchup with Blue Valley (2-18) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Should they advance, the Mustangs will get second-seeded Hanover (13-6) on Friday with the championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
For the Valley Heights girls (16-4), earning the top seed gets the Mustangs a bye in the first round, with the winner of No. 5 Centralia (6-14)/No. 4 Clifton-Clyde (7-13) in the semis on Friday. The championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m.
BLUE VALLEY — AT CENTRALIA
Both Rams teams earned the No. 6 seeds in their respective sub-state brackets, which means the road will be tough.
For the Blue Valley boys (2-18), that means a date with Valley Heights in the first round on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Valley Heights won the two teams’ only meeting this year 54-42.
The Blue Valley girls (3-17) will start with third-seeded Linn (9-10) at 6 p.m. Linn managed to beat the Rams 32-20 in the team’s only meeting.
FRANKFORT — AT BAILEYVILLE B&B
For the Wildcats, being in Class 1A Div. II means just a four-team sub-state bracket with both teams earning the No. 2 seed. Both roads go through host team and top-seeded Baileyville B&B, however.
The Frankfort boys (13-7) play third-seeded Axtell (13-8) in the first round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Wildcats beat Axtell 54-44 in the team’s only meeting this season. Should they advance, they’d likely get top-seeded B&B, who beat the Wildcats 41-27. The championship game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
For the Frankfort girls (12-7), it’s third-seeded Wetmore (12-8) in the first round at 6 p.m. Thursday. Should they advance, they’d likely see top-seeded B&B (17-3) in the final at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Frankfort girls are 0-2 in two meetings with B&B this season.