State Tournament Predictions

By: JB Bauersfeld
By: JB Bauersfeld

It's State Basketball season, and as is the case every year, a whole bunch of local teams are in the field.  I'm going to play analyst for a minute.  Here's how I break down the brackets

Starting with last years 5A state champion Highland Park, the Scots are 21-and-1 this season, not far from their unbeaten record of last year; but this year's version could have a little more trouble, no Lamont Austin and Kyle Weems.  Lucky for the Scots though, Bishop Miege lost to St. Thomas Aquinas in the Sub State finals, if HP can get past the Saints in the Semi's they'll be celebrating back to back titles come Saturday.

In 6A, Manhattan is the number 1 seed, but Wichita has the best chance to take home the title. Three schools from the city league are in the bracket, but if Jackie Carmichael plays like the beast child he can be, and Sam Kenney finds his stroke, the Indians will sweep through Emporia.

The area team with the best chance for a title is without a doubt the Hayden Wildcats in 4A.  First year coach Ted Schuler has admitted to me that he lucked into a great position.  That's for sure, thanks to great inside play and the city's best player, Jeff Reid landing in his lap as a transfer.  If all three teams pull their weight, the Centennial League will be celebrating 3 titles on the boys side.

As for the most intriguing bracket, that would have to be the 4A girls in Salina.  Three teams: Colby, Abilene, and Andover Central are unbeaten at 23-0, not to mention the 22-1 Holton Wildcats.

Who do you think has a good chance at winning their respective bracket?


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