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Plenty for sports fans, too

For sports fans, there's plenty to look forward to in 2011, including a chance that all three NCAA Division I basketball teams in Kansas could make the NCAA playoffs.

* Chiefs in the playoffs

The Chiefs, winners of the Western Division of the American Football Conference, return to the NFL postseason for the first time since 2006. Kansas City will host a first-round game Jan. 8 or 9.

* The 100th season of high school basketball tournaments The Class 6A boys and girls tournaments (March 9-12) return to Koch Arena for the first time in 16 years, and the Heights boys will go for the rare third consecutive title. After winning football in November, Heights could become the first Wichita school district program to win state football and basketball in the same school year.

* The NCAA men's basketball tournament

Kansas and Kansas State have already spent time in college basketball's top 10 this season, and Wichita State is the favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference. It could give Kansas its first three-bid NCAA Tournament since 1988.

* The NCAA women's basketball tournament

Intrust Bank Arena will mark its first anniversary Jan. 16. and will get its first taste of March Madness this spring. Four of the nation's top women's basketball teams will play first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games at Intrust Bank Arena in mid-March. One of the teams figures to be from the Big 12 Conference.

* Junior Olympics track and field at Cessna Stadium

From July 26-31, about 6,500 people are expected to be at Cessna Stadium to participate in USA Track and Field's premier event for youth athletes. The event is expected to have an economic impact of $11 million to $13 million, according to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

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