To quote former Montana Tech football coach Bob Green, “The season’s a lot like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”
With one week to go after this, teams are jockeying for position with sub-state tournaments on the horizon. Catch how your team did in the second-to-last regular season Friday Boys Basketball Catch-All.
Conner Frankamp scored 26 points for Wichita North, but unfortunately for the Redskins, Gavin Thurman scored 25 for Wichita Southeast, and had help in a 71-60 win for the Golden Buffaloes. Southeast had four players in double figures, three to help Thurman with Hayden Harris adding 16, Reggie Williams with 14, and Troy Brooks with 12. Frankamp was the only Redskin to score in double digits.
With the Wichita Heights win, the Falcons clinched at least a share of the City League championship with East.
AVCTL Div. I
Salina Central’s defense stifled Newton in a 55-28 win for the Mustangs. The Railers were held to 8 points in the first half, 4 in each of the first two quarters. Shay Wooten led Central with 13 points while Kyle McQuaige and Haush Norwood added 11
Maize ran away with a 63-45 win over Campus, and Hutchinson slipped by Derby 59-53.
AVCTL Div. II
Valley Center outscored Arkansas City 30-13 in the second and third quarters combined on the way to a 48-31 win for the Hornets. Dylan McCullough scored 16 points for Valley Center with Robby Mayber chipping in 11 and Nathan Williams had 10. Cody Hollister led the Bulldogs with 9 points.
Andover Central dominated the Backyard Brawl with a 67-42 win over Andover, and McPherson escaped Goddard with a 63-59 win over the Lions.
AVCTL Div. III
Wichita Collegiate got a big night out of Markus Phox who scored 13 points in a 55-36 win over Andale. The Spartans held Andale to 7 points in each of the first two quarters, and 3 in the fourth. Daniel Kihle had 14 points for the Indians.
Clearwater took advantage of a 17-point night from Johnny Becker to beat Maize South 50-39. Lakin Sommer added 14 points to the Indians’ effort. Brett Barney scored 12 points for the Mavericks.
Circle found a way to defend its home court with a 46-41 win over Wellington.
Smoky Valley needed overtime to take a narrow 46-45 win over Sterling. The score was tied at the conclusion of every quarter in the game except the overtime, which Smoky won 5-4. Seth Nelson led the Vikings with 14 points and Nick Deterding tallied 12.
Hesston got contributions out of multiple players in a 71-52 drubbing of Pratt. Taylor Redding led the way for the Swathers with 22 points. Jesse Voth-Gaeddert was close behind with 19. Matt Swank did most of the damage for the Greenbacks, scoring 21 points for Pratt.
Simon McKee lit up the scoreboard with 23 points for Halstead in a 53-44 win over Haven. The Wildcats held a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Dragons got stronger as the game went along. Kipp Childs led Haven with 7 points.
Hillsboro scored consistently in the second half to get a 49-41 win over Kingman. The Trojans scored 15 points in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Eagles. Jesse Allen led Hillsboro with 15 points and Brett Weinbrenner added 12. Mikabe Erdman tied Allen for the game’s high scorer with 15 points for Kingman.
Lyons beat Nickerson 46-36.
Wichita Independent did just enough to come away with a 59-54 win over Bluestem. Brice Dean and Matt Kaufman combined for 30 points with 15 each, and Christian Packebush had 10 for the Panthers. Cade Minnick had a nice night for Bluestem with 16 points, while Dakota Bevan added 12 and Sean McCormick had 10 for the Lions.
Scotty McCartney exploded with 31 points for the Roadrunners, but Garden Plain spread it out just enough to get a 49-43 win over Chaparral. Chris Sponsel led the Owls with 16 points, Kendrae Arnold had 12 and Chris Kerschen added 10. The next highest scorer for Chaparral behind McCartney was Justin Wilcox with 4.
Regan Billings and Morgan Burns teamed up to help Wichita Trinity to a 52-35 win over Belle Plaine. Billings and Burns scored 10 points each for the Knights, who played solid defense as well. Trinity held the Dragons to single digit scoring in each of the first three quarters. Dakota Richardson led Belle Plaine with 11 points.
After a 24-24 halftime tie, Cheney did just enough in the second half to get a 45-40 win over Conway Springs. Hunter Bolinger led Cheney with 14 points. Michael Harris had 11 points for Conway Springs.
Douglass got a ton of scoring out of four players in a 68-58 win over Medicine Lodge. Jared Holthaus had the hot hand with 29 points for the Bulldogs, while Payton Fraley had 12, Ronnie Sobanek had 11, and Jason Piha scored 10. Bryan Hellman had a big night for the Indians with 21 points.
Berean held Remington scoreless in the fourth quarter to defend its No. 2 ranking by the slimmest of margins in a 40-39 win over the Broncos. Karlin Wiebe led all scorers with 15 points for the Warriors and Jake Green led Remington with 14 points. Remington went into the fourth quarter with a 39-34 lead and an upset brewing. But Berean outscored the Broncos 6-0 in the final quarter to get the 1-point win.
Inman used a 19-point performance out of Luke Ropp to pick up a 66-54 win over Little River. Bryce Case added 15 points for the Teutons, Bryce Wenthe had 12, and Jason Friesen had 10. Skylar Hill led the Redskins with 14 points and Tevin Renken chipped in 11.
Marion beat Bennington 46-33.
Hays shellacked Garden City in a 65-38 win for the Indians. The Buffaloes were held to just 16 points through the first three quarters. Zach Gaughan scored 27 for the Indians with Trey Herman adding 11. Cody Bernbeck gave Garden City 15 points.
Dodge City took care of Great Bend 55-43.
Ellinwood poured it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring Ell-Saline 11-4 to pick up a 37-31 win. Kyle Blakeslee was the game’s high scorer with 12 points for the Eagles, and Kyle Corbett had 11. Both Cade Hays and Ryan Sprinkle scored 10 points for the Cardinals.