Congratulations to Manhattan High School’s girls basketball team and the boys teams from Rock Creek and Frankfort high schools. All won sub-state championships over the weekend and open play in their respective state tournaments on Wednesday.
For Manhattan, the experience is rare indeed. The last time the MHS girls competed at state was in 1991, well before any of this year’s team members were born. In addition to a particularly sweet victory over Washburn Rural in the sub-state title game, the MHS girls, 20-2, were clearly the class of the Centennial League this season, going undefeated in league play.
They begin play at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Koch Arena in Wichita as the No. 4 seed, playing an Olathe South team that also is 20-2. Should MHS prevail, the Indians would likely play the top-seed and defending 6A state champs, undefeated Wichita Heights. Heights will take its 22-0 record against eighth-seeded Shawnee Mission South, 13-9.
At the same time MHS is playing in Wichita, Rock Creek’s boys team will begin its quest for the 3A state title at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Rock Creek, the No. 5 seed with a 19-4 record, will play Moundridge, 20-3. If Rock Creek wins, it will play top-seeded Scott City, 22-1.
Rock Creek, too, will savor its experience at state. The Mustangs, who haven’t competed at state since 1994, knocked off rival Riley County in the sub-state title game for the honor.
Frankfort, the No. 3 seed in the 1A Division II tournament, had to struggle for the honor of playing Wednesday at Cross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. The Wildcats, 19-5, needed overtime to defeat Baileyville B&B in the sub-state championship game. Now they’ll take the court at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday against sixth-seeded Colony Crest, 15-8. If Frankfort beats Colony Crest, the Wildcats will play the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Fowler, 19-4, and seventh-seeded Cunningham, 12-11.
These are exciting days for players and fans of the three local high schools. Hopes are high, and they should be. It isn’t difficult to imagine championship trophies on display in their respective schools.
We wish the Manhattan High girls and the boys teams from Rock Creek and Frankfort the very best in the games to come. We’re confident that win or lose, they’ll represent their schools and communities well.
About all that’s left to say is have a great time. You earned it.