The Lansing boys basketball team lost just two games last season, including the Class 5A state championship game. Since then, the Lions have been unstoppable. They finished the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record and a 14-0 mark in the Kaw Valley League.
The Lions have three players averaging double-digits in scoring, led by Air Force signee Joe Schneider, who has 15.8 points per game. He is followed by Zach Jackson and Khalil Bailey, who are averaging 15.2 and 12.8, respectively.
Lansing is the top seed in the Kansas Class 5A sub-state No. 1 and will face Emporia, 4-16, in the first round.
2EKL girls split up
The top three girls basketball teams in the Eastern Kansas League spent the regular season beating up on each other, but now Blue Valley North, St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege split with a chance to win their individual classes.
Blue Valley North, 16-4, is the top seed in the Blue Valley West Class 6A sub-state. Aquinas, which is the defending Class 5A state champion, enters the postseason as the top seed in the Turner sub-state with an 18-2 record. Miege, 16-3, is the top seed in the 4A De Soto sub-state.
3Sunflower teams meet again
The Sunflower League proved to be one of the toughest in the state this season, and now the teams will have to fight again to advance out of their respective sub-state brackets.
Shawnee Mission Northwest, 17-3, and Olathe East, 16-4, enter as the top two seeds in the Olathe North Sub-State, with Lawrence, 16-4, and Olathe North, 12-8, following in third and fourth place.
In the Blue Valley West bracket, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley North hold the top spots, but defending 5A state champion Shawnee Mission South, 16-4, is seeded third and Shawnee Mission East, 14-6, is seeded fourth.
4Huskies look to repeat
The Blue Valley Northwest boys basketball team has lost just two games so far this season and seems poised to repeat as the Class 6A champions. Four of the Huskies’ starting five have already signed letters of intent to play college ball next season, including Clayton Custer, who is headed to Iowa State.
Blue Valley Northwest, 18-2, will face Shawnee Mission North, 6-14, in the first round of Blue Valley West Sub-State No. 1.
5High-powered girls teams
Despite only having one senior on the roster, the Leavenworth girls basketball team has cruised through this season with few exceptions. The biggest barrier was Sunflower League foe Olathe South, 18-2, who handed Leavenworth, 19-1, its only loss of the year. The two split the series, but now that the Eagles are in Class 6A and the Pioneers are in 5A, it opens up possibilities for both to make deep runs. Leavenworth will start by playing host to Topeka West, and Olathe South will play host to Olathe North.