Championship-level high school basketball returns to Manhattan for the 30th time with Class 2A state tournaments’ coming home for the 2020 tournament editions. The “small-town” tournament crowns its champion March 14 at Bramlage Coliseum, which will mark the 30th anniversary dating to when the 2A tournament first started its longstanding relationship with Manhattan and Kansas State University.
Kansas high school hoops tips off on Dec. 5, and 100 days later, midcourt at Bramlage will have focus of eyeballs from small town fans around the state. State basketball dates to 1912 in Kansas, with the initial “2A” designation in 1969. In 2019, a schedule conflict for the K-State Wildcats sent the 2A tournament “on the road” to Hays. Manhattan began our host run in 1990, the second full year of Bramlage Coliseum operations. We’re glad to have our old friends back for the 2020 tournaments.
Garden Plain (girls) and Ness City (boys) took home 2019 titles inherited from Claflin-Central Plains, which won both first-place trophies the last time fans gathered at the Octagon of Doom in Manhattan.
Visit Manhattan is proud host to the state’s smaller communities and fans from around the state who adore another version of “Small Ball.” Here’s to the small-town folks who love hoops and support 2A in Manhattan, your Gateway to the Flint Hills. We’ll be delighted to see y’all back in March 2020!