Class 4A (Coffeyville)



Baxter Springs (3-17) at Parsons (18-2)



The defending substate champion and co-Southeast Kansas League champion Parsons Vikings have barely skipped a beat without senior post Steve Jones in the lineup. Big-time senior guards James Jackson and Wes Krull, for example, have kicked their games into an extra gear.

Class 4A (Coffeyville)

Baxter Springs (3-17) at Parsons (18-2)

The defending substate champion and co-Southeast Kansas League champion Parsons Vikings have barely skipped a beat without senior post Steve Jones in the lineup. Big-time senior guards James Jackson and Wes Krull, for example, have kicked their games into an extra gear.

Parsons won its first nine games of the season, lost to Blue Springs (Mo.), won four straight, lost to Fort Scott and finished its regular season with five straight wins, including big league games against Pittsburg, Independence and Coffeyville. The Vikings have more state tournament appearances than any team in this distinguished bracket featuring several programs with rich basketball traditions.

Meanwhile, it’s been a long season for Baxter Springs, including seven consecutive losses since a 38-27 win over Southeast.

Parsons defeated Baxter Springs 65-43 on Dec. 6.

Labette County (9-11) at Pittsburg (12-8)

Key for this substate game between the Grizzlies and the Purple Dragons will be the first quarter.

Pittsburg stopped a three-game losing streak to Labette County with a 16-7 first quarter advantage helping Pittsburg to a 58-49 win. In the opening game of the season, Labette County won 54-50 on the strength of a 19-11 score after one quarter.

The Purple Dragons play their best when attacking the basket — seniors Dillon O’Dell, Jornell Fondren, Jalen King and Joe Wimmer all can drive and finish strong at the rim and big men FeDor Lomax and Stefon Rich can be very tough inside. However, Pittsburg seems to go through at least one lull every game due to empty possessions and defensive lapses, where an opponent either catches up or regains the lead or extends the lead to force Pittsburg into scramble mode.

The Grizzlies mix seniors Jonny Krewson and Cole Traxson with junior newcomer Dontae Johnson, sophomore Lee Reliford, sophomore Chase Dodsworth, sophomore Tucker Thompson and freshman Zack Stewart.

Columbus (6-14) at Independence (14-6)

SEK co-champion Independence hosts a Columbus squad that finished winless in eight league games during its final season as member of the SEK League.

The Bulldogs have four players averaging at least 8.9 points per game — junior forward Heath Hoffmeister 12.4, senior forward Easton Julian 10.8, senior guard T.J. Reed 9.6 and senior guard Dalton Shaffer 8.9.

Independence won its second consecutive Wilson County Classic title, defeated Pittsburg twice and lost its only league game to Parsons, 49-45.

The Titans are led by senior Colten Stanley, sophomore Aaron Bigando and freshman Nathan Bole.

Last year, Columbus nearly punched its ticket to state with upset victories over No. 3 seed Chanute and No. 2 Coffeyville, before a loss to No. 1 Parsons in the substate final.

Girard (8-12) at Coffeyville (13-7)

The Trojans will have their hands full with a Golden Tornado squad which has as much raw athletic ability and basketball skill as any team in the bracket.

Coffeyville sophomore guard James Newton plays a lot bigger than 5-foot-10 with his tremendous jumping ability; his quickness, speed and overall basketball skills make him a player capable of 20- or 30-point nights every game. Nash Nelson (6-5), Devin Knight (6-5) and Josh Mitchell (6-7) give Coffeyville plenty of height and length inside.

Girard will have to handle the swarming pressure defense of the Golden Tornado for any chance to win a difficult road challenge. Cody Grilz, Devin Alters and other ballhandlers will have a major role in the game because opponents can score on Coffeyville in waves.

State tournament appearances: Baxter Springs 5 (1949, 82, 87, 98, 2000), Coffeyville 27 (1922, 38, 39, 41, 42, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 65, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 81, 83, 88, 89, 94, 98, 99, 2001, 02, 10), Columbus 10 (1938, 42, 45, 46, 47, 50, 54, 66, 78, 95), Girard 11 (1919, 20, 53, 57, 67, 84, 85, 89, 2007, 08, 09), Independence 12 (1914, 25, 38, 49, 50, 58, 67, 78, 79, 85, 92, 95), Labette County 4 (1991, 2000, 04, 06), Parsons 49 (1916, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 48, 49, 51, 52, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96, 98, 2011), Pittsburg 29 (1921, 22, 23, 24, 30, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 65, 66, 68, 69, 75, 76, 79, 80, 81, 85, 86, 97).

Class 3A (Erie)

Southeast (5-15) at Riverton (17-2)

Despite finishing third in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League behind substate rivals Colgan and Galena, Riverton won all its other 17 games and claimed the No. 1 seed in a substate blessed with six winning teams.

The Rams won their first 14 games being a team especially tough in the fourth quarter and qualified for state last season. Greyson Spriggs, Chandler Underhill and freshman Landon North have been consistent scoring threats and Dylan Weaver, Jacob Qualls and Hunter Deckard each fill key roles.

Southeast lost all seven CNC League games but closed out its regular season with a win Monday night against St. Paul. Senior post Cade Ulery and junior forward Josh Thompson can be effective inside but must avoid foul trouble and senior point guard Aaron Lake can score in bunches.

Frontenac (12-8) at St. Mary’s Colgan (15-4)
How fitting that Colgan plays its first-ever game in a Class 3A substate against Crawford County rival Frontenac and how fitting that Colgan and Frontenac play only a couple weeks after Colgan gave longtime head coach Wayne Cichon his 500th coaching victory . . . on Frontenac’s homecourt.

Colgan had made 10 straight appearances in the Class 2A state tournament (2002-2011) before its classification shift to 3A and this gives Colgan players like Christian Smith, Zach Smith, Sam Gilbert, Austin Barone and Dyson Dechant more big-game experience than other players in this substate. Dechant has come into his own during his junior season and the Smiths have both played some outstanding games their senior years.

Frontenac always plays Colgan tough and expect nothing different Monday night at the Fieldhouse. The Raiders can match and even exceed Colgan’s depth — Keith Lollar, Devon Keith, Blake Barto, Avery Coronado, Matt Standlee and Brett Macary each average at least 5.4 points per game and Frontenac head coach Doug Barto shuffles players sometimes five at a time with his 15-deep roster.

How Frontenac handles Colgan’s pressure defense will be one key.

Erie (6-14) at Caney Valley (17-3)

The Bullpups of head coach Criss Davis could make noise in this substate and should not be overshadowed by all the CNC heavyweights.

Phillip Nelson and Tanner McIntosh both have explosive scoring capabilities. For example, in the last game of the regular season against Sedan, Nelson and McIntosh combined for 50 points (Nelson 28, McIntosh 22) in a 68-57 win.

The Red Devils are led by seniors Keaton Page, Brad Dozier, Keith Marquardt and Kyle Spielbusch.

Cherryvale (11-9) at Galena (15-4)

The Bulldogs avenged losses earlier in the season to Colgan and Riverton, finishing a perfect run through CNC League games (7-0).

Galena uses a very deep rotation — Tylor Albright, Ty Albright, Levi Sturgis, Ray Slimp, Zach Gougler, Chad Shepherd, J.J. Helton and Devon Newman.

Trenton Loganbill earned a spot on the All-Wilson County Classic team for the Chargers of Cherryvale.

State tournament appearances: Caney Valley 7 (1922, 23, 28, 42, 60, 65), Cherryvale 5 (1932, 50, 52, 75, 99), Colgan 21 (1961, 62, 70, 85, 86, 88, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11), Erie 15 (1932, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 42, 64, 76, 77, 78, 82, 86, 89, 93), Frontenac 19 (1923, 24, 26, 27, 28, 37, 38, 42, 52, 59, 66, 72, 79, 80, 82, 94, 95, 2001, 04), Galena 5 (1951, 2006, 08, 09, 10), Riverton 10 (1948, 81, 88, 89, 91, 95, 96, 97, 2007, 11), Southeast 3 (1988, 2003, 05).

Class 2A (Uniontown)

Yates Center (1-19) at Madison/Hamilton (17-3)

Madison/Hamilton, ranked No. 8 in the latest poll released by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, hosts a Yates Center team with one win.

The Bulldogs include senior guard-forward Kole Schankie, the first recipient of the Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Player of the Year Award.

Oswego (9-11) at Sedan (14-6)

The Blue Devils of Sedan have three scorers in double figures — senior Trae Smith 17.0 points, senior Luke Adcock 16.4 and Austin Filtingberger 12.4. Sedan likes to get the ball out quickly and score the points, averaging over 60 points per game. Smith and Adcock both average over nine boards per game.

Oswego won five of its last seven games with its only losses to league champions — Northeast of the Three Rivers League and Galena of the CNC.

Sophomore guard Tag Oldham leads the Indians with 10.2 points per game, as well as 17 3-pointers and 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.5 assists per game.

West Elk (8-13) at Uniontown (15-5)

The Eagles host both teams of the West Elk Patriots — both 3-6 matchups and both Patriots teams with matching 8-13 records.

Uniontown, runner-up of the Three Rivers League, hosts a first round game Tuesday and will host semifinal and final rounds.

State tournament appearances: Madison/Hamilton 6 (1933, 53, 74, 76, 85, 96), Marmaton Valley 1 (2001), Northeast 2 (1973, 74), Oswego 6 (1956, 62, 81, 83, 84, 93), Sedan 7 (1918, 48, 54, 79, 80, 81, 82), Uniontown 3 (1920, 87, 90), West Elk 0, Yates Center 6 (1960, 71, 72, 82, 91, 2007).