1. Saints march on
Craig Ewing has St. Thomas Aquinas poised for its fifth consecutive state title with an 18-1-0 record. The Saints are ranked seventh in the nation by StudentSports.com and their only loss this season came against top-ranked St. Teresa’s Academy in the MO-KAN Challenge. Aquinas will face Kapaun Mount Carmel at 5 p.m. Friday in a Class 5A state semifinal at Emporia High School.
2. Huskies looking to repeat
Blue Valley Northwest won the boys state title in the fall, and now the girls are looking to repeat as Class 6A champions. The Huskies are 16-2-1 and will face Washburn Rural, 17-2-0, at 7 p.m. Friday at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
3. Miege on hot streak
Bishop Miege has won eight consecutive games which includes five straight shutouts and outscored opponents 33-3. The Stags, who are back in the state semifinals for the first time since 2003, are 12-6-1 and will play Trinity Academy at 5 p.m. Friday in the Class 4-1A state tournament at Piper High School.
4. Timberwolves hope to capitalize
Blue Valley Southwest won its fourth straight regional title and shut out Mill Valley earlier this week to advance to the Class 5A state tournament. The Timberwolves, 12-5-2, face Bishop Carroll, 17-2-0, at 7 p.m. Friday at Emporia High School.
5. Vikings still in hunt
Don’t count out Shawnee Mission West. The Vikings went to a penalty kick shootout in the quarterfinals and defeated Olathe East, which was ranked third by the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association. SM West is 14-5-0 and will face top-seeded Maize, 18-1, at 5 p.m. Friday at Hummer Sports Park.
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