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SC’s Backes Earns Player of Year, Highlighting AVCTL-I Honors

Pat StrathmanMarch 12, 2018

After a thrilling 2017-18 basketball season, the AVCTL Division One has released its postseason honors as voted on by the coaches. Salina Central senior Elisa Backes was tabbed as player of the year. The future Nebraska-Kearney Loper averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Mustangs, who advanced to the Class 5A state tournament for the third consecutive year. Backes also set single-seas...

Magical Mustangs Fall Short in 5A Title Match

Pat StrathmanMarch 10, 2018

Salina Central was looking for its first state championship since the "Miracle Mustangs" of 1983. The magical Mustangs of 2018 fell a tad bit short. SC's hot-shooting charge late in the game wasn't enough as the No. 6 Mustangs lost to the No. 4 Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles, 43-41 in overtime. The 43 points on the scoreboard ended up being the lowest winning score in Class 5A state tournament...

Knights Boys Finish Third in 2A State

Jeremy BohnMarch 10, 2018

The Sacred Heart boys' basketball team put Friday night's disappointment behind them, after the Knights saw their bid for a second-straight state championship come to an end at the hands of Central Plains. Sacred Heart knocked of No. 2-seed Howard-West Elk in the 2A boys' third-place game, 53-44 on Saturday. Sacred Heart appeared to have no ill effects from their semifinal loss in the first ...

2018 State Basketball Tournament & Results

Pat StrathmanMarch 10, 2018

Boys Class 6A - Koch Arena 1. Blue Valley Northwest vs 8. Lawrence - 1. Blue Valley Northwest 65-37 4. Derby vs 5. Olathe North - 4. Derby 84-81 2. Free State vs 7. Wichita South - 2. Free State 42-41 3. Topeka High vs 6. Olathe East - 3. Topeka High 73-72 1. Blue Valley Northwest vs 4. Derby - 1. Blue Valley Northwest 82-61 2. Free State vs 3. Topeka High - 2. Free State 68-57 Third ...

Jayhawks Fly Past West Virginia to Claim Big 12 Championship Title

KU Athletics ReleaseMarch 10, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Five Jayhawks in double figures, including a team-high 20 points from redshirt-sophomore and the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Malik Newman, lifted the No. 9/9 Kansas Jayhawks to the Big 12 Championship title with an 81-70 victory over No. 18/18 West Virginia Saturday night inside Sprint Center. The Jayhawks, who shot a blistering 72 percent from the field in the second ...

Central Outlasts Pittsburg to Advance to Class 5A State Title Game

Pat StrathmanMarch 9, 2018

For the first time since 2001, the Salina Central boys basketball team is back in the state championship game. Junior Harper Williams and senior Sam Shaffer combined for 29 points, the defense outrebounded the taller and more athletic Pittsburg squad, and the Mustangs are in the Class 5A state title contest following a 51-46 takedown of the second-seeded Purple Dragons at the Kansas Expocentre....

24-0 Central Plains Run Dooms Sacred Heart; Knights Play for 3rd Saturday

Jeremy BohnMarch 9, 2018

The Sacred Heart boys' basketball team saw its defense of its 2A state title come up short Friday night in the semifinals to Central Plains. In what has been a tough week for the Sacred Heart basketball program, the unbeaten Oilers were too much for Sacred Heart, winning 58-36. No. 5 seed Sacred Heart was without its head coach, Pat Martin, once again due to a suspension. Sacred Heart was al...

Jayhawks Outlast Wildcats, Advance to Big 12 final

KU Athletics ReleaseMarch 9, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Another impressive shooting night from redshirt-sophomore Malik Newman helped No. 9/9 Kansas withstand a second-half Kansas State rally and outduel the Wildcats, 83-67, Friday night in the Big 12 Championship semifinal inside Sprint Center. For the second-straight night, Newman led the Jayhawks in scoring with 22 points as Kansas advanced to the Big 12 final for the 13th time in...

AUDIO: Central Kansas Outdoors with Bob Roberts 3/10

Pat StrathmanMarch 9, 2018

Join outdoor expert Bob Roberts on Saturday mornings on 1150 KSAL for the latest edition of Central Kansas Outdoors. Its ‘eye’ time in Kansas....that’s Walleyes and Saugeyes. Bob  Roberts visits with  Craig Johnson, KDWPT  fisheries biologist for Marion reservoir and how the various species are doing at that lake. Marion has always been a good lake for Walleyes but stockings the ...

Rural Vista Falls in Thriller

Morgan LillichMarch 9, 2018

The Rural Vista Heat made a second-consecutive trip to the Girls' Class 1A D-1 State Basketball Tournament in Hays, squaring off with the Thunder Ridge Longhorns in an action-packed matchup that proved to be a thrilling nightcap to Thursday's quarterfinal round festivities. Early on, strong guardplay from the Longhorn backcourt tandem of sophomore Brennen Kirchhoff and junior Layne Pettijohn he...

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