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Posted on March 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM by Michael Goens
Hoop it up, 2A fans!
Welcome to Manhattan, 2A teams, players and hoops fans! Enjoy your stay in The Little Apple and be sure to enjoy our unique dining venues where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and exquisite food. Visit Manhattan is incredibly pleased to serve as host for another 2A state tournament, the 28th year in a row in Manhattan. We’re excited for 2017; we couldn’t accomplish such a big task without the help of more than 200 skilled volunteers and the dedicated hosts for each of the 16 state tournament teams.
As for basketball, Central Plains girls are again the big story as 2A state ramps up this week at Bramlage. The Oilers own a 55-game win streak and have lost only once in the last 101 games. Once in four years! Central Plains is simply the UConn of Kansas girls’ hoops as the top-seeded Oilers won three sub-state contests by an average margin of 45 points, and will drill to strike it rich for the fourth consecutive year in Manhattan.
Moundridge won four straight (1996-99) titles, and Sue Hetzke’s team was 97-7 in that span. Pat Stiles’ Claflin girls are 120-4 in his five-year tenure, and defeated Olpe 62-51 for the 2016 title. Second-seeded Wabaunsee (21-2), Meade (21-2) and Valley Falls (20-3) appear to be the biggest possible cappers on Central Plains’ plans for a potential quadruple-title-oil-rush. Central tips at 3 p.m. Wednesday, as it meets 15-win Cottonwood Falls (Chase County HS).
On the boys’ side, a pair of one-loss teams appear on a collision course with No. 1-seed Salina-Sacred Heart and St. John-Hudson. Both recorded 22-win seasons, and Ness City and Sedan also notched 20-win campaigns. There will not be a repeat 2A boys champion as Jackson Heights was knocked off in a sub-state final by Bishop Seabury Academy, which makes its second consecutive tournament appearance.
St. John will attempt to make it three-out-of-four titles in 2A, and four-of-five overall (2013 1A champ) as the Tigers enter on an 11-game win streak since a Jan. 21 loss to Ness City. A potential semifinal clash looms with Ness City on Friday. St. John opens the tournament at 3 p.m. Wednesday against St. Mary’s Colgan; Ness City’s first-round game pits it against Bishop Seabury (Lawrence) immediately following (4:45 approximate tip time).
Sacred Heart has won eight titles, but none since 1981. St. John (six), Colgan (five) and Hillsboro (three) have also won multiple state titles.
Have a great time this week in The Little Apple!
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