Picking the Class 4A D-I state qualifiers

By Steve Sell
March 03, 2014

Looking into the crystal ball to see who will move on to the Class 4A Division I State Basketball Tournament next week at the Salina Bicentennial Center...

• BOYS •

• At Baldwin •

Teams — Wamego (10-10), Baldwin (16-3), Hayden (10-9) and Ottawa (13-6).

Pick — Baldwin has been ranked among the top five all year and is home, but don’t be surprised if it gets a real push from traditional power Hayden. Can’t bet against Baldwin though.

• At Basehor •

Teams — Atchison (11-8), Kansas City Piper (14-5), Tonganoxie (9-10) and Basehor-Linwood (16-3).

Pick — A really good sub-state. Basehor-Linwood is tournament-tested and being at home is a big edge. A good Piper team will be left home.

• At Chanute •

Teams — Labette County (13-5), Coffeyville (14-5), Independence (16-3) and Chanute (11-9).

Pick — What a loaded sub-state. Independence has beaten Coffeyville twice already this year and it’s tough to beat a good team three times. Call this a homer pick, but go Indy Bulldogs, my alma mater. But don’t be surprised if athletic Coffeyville gets in.

• At DeSoto •

Teams — Miege (4-15), Sumner (8-10), Bonner Springs (6-13) and DeSoto (8-11). 

Pick — From the feast of the Chanute sub-state to the famine of DeSoto. Whoever gets through will have a non-winning record. I like the tradition of Sumner. By the way, how can Miege, with all its built-in advantages, be 4-15? 

• At El Dorado •

Teams — Andover Central (9-10), Augusta (14-5), Circle (9-10) and El Dorado (11-8).

Pick  — Augusta and El Dorado would appear to be the favorites, but I’m going with Andover Central in an upset special. It plays much-tougher competition during the season.

• At McPherson •

Teams — Ulysses (6-13), Abilene (13-6), Buhler (6-13) and McPherson (18-1).

Pick — If the Bullpups just play, they’ll be fine. They’re on a mission. Abilene should put up quite a fight in the finals though and is one of the better teams that will be left out.

• At Rose Hill •

Teams — Mulvane (6-13), Wellington (9-10), Winfield (12-8) and Rose Hill (3-16).

Pick — How does Winfield always seem to luck into these soft sub-states? The Vikings should be sheepish if they don’t get through.

• At Spring Hill •

Teams — Fort Scott (9-10), Spring Hill (10-9), Louisburg (5-14) and Paola (15-4).

Pick — Should be a cakewalk for Paola, but Fort Scott might just make things a bit interesting.

• GIRLS •

• At Baldwin •

Teams — Ottawa (10-9), Wamego (20-0), Hayden (15-4) and Baldwin (11-8).

Pick — The second-best of the eight sub-states. Hayden will put up a good fight, but the Page sisters won’t let Wamego lose.

• At Basehor

Teams — Tonganoxie (9-10), Kansas City Piper (16-3), Atchison (12-7) and Basehor-Linwood (13-6).

Pick — A lot of good basketball is being played back East. My sources tell me to watch out for Kansas City Piper to perhaps win it all.

• At Chanute •

Teams — Labette County (9-9), Coffeyville (15-4), Independence (12-7) and Chanute (12-8).

Pick — Like the Chanute boys’ sub-state, no teams with losing records. Coffeyville is having a magical year and look for it to advance.

• At DeSoto •

Teams — Sumner (9-8), Bonner Springs (14-5), Miege (16-3) and DeSoto (8-11).

Pick – Rule of thumb in the predicting business — never, ever pick against Terry English and the Miege Stags.

• At El Dorado •

Teams — Circle (11-8), Augusta (5-14), Andover Central (15-4) and El Dorado (3-16).

Pick — Andover Central should breeze.

• At McPherson •

Teams — Ulysses (6-13) Abilene (9-10), Buhler (13-6) and McPherson (15-5).

Pick — The Roundhouse should be packed to the rafters for rivals Buhler and McPherson as the Bullpups complete their hard-earned hat trick over the Crusaders.

• At Rose Hill •

Teams — Winfield (10-10), Wellington (11-8), Mulvane (12-7) and Rose Hill (7-12).

Pick —  I’d really like to see Winfield advance, but Mulvane is going to pick the perfect moment to finally reach its full potential after underachieving all year.

• At Spring Hill •

Teams — Fort Scott (15-4), Paola (16-3), Louisburg (16-3) and Spring Hill (7-12).

Pick —Wow, two really good teams are going to be staying home. I like Paola, but it will earn it.


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