A look at the Class 1A-Division I boys tournament
At White Auditorium, Emporia
3 p.m.: Minneola vs. South Haven
No. 7 Minneola (15-6)— Minneola will be making its first trip to the state tournament in 25 years. The Wildcats are currently riding a seven-game winning streak and are led by the senior trio of Matt McClaren, Brandy Shumate and Gary Stewart. Stewart leads the team with 7.3 rebounds while McClaren and Shumate are averaging 14 and 13.6 points.
No. 2 South Haven (21-2) — South Haven, winners of 10 straight, will be making its first state appearance since 2011, when it was second. Senior Austin Showman leads the Cardinals with 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds while fellow seniors Lane Cully and Andrew Lowe each average 6 rebounds. They are on a nine-game winning streak and are holding opponents to 19.8% shooting from beyond the 3-point line.
4:45: Stockton vs. Hoxie
No. 6 Stockton (17-6) — Thirty years have passed since the Tigers were last in the state tournament. Stockton is led by a balanced starting five in which each player is averaging at least 8.0 points. At the top of the group is senior guard Kobe Beougher (13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds). The Tigers are led inside by 6-5 center Jaden Williams (11.5 points, 8.1 rebounds) and 6-4 forward Justin Wiltfong (12.9 points, 8.6 rebounds).
No. 3 Hoxie (20-3) — Hoxie will be looking to improve upon its third-place finish from last season. The Indians have showed a competitive nature by finishing games late and winning 12 of their 20 games by eight points or less. They have won 16 in a row. The Indians are led by the guard combination of juniors Kade Spresser and Chase Kennedy. Spresser is averaging 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Kennedy follows with an average of 16.3 points.
6:30: Burrton vs. St. John
No. 8 Burrton (10-13) -- The Chargers will be making back-to-back state appearances. Burrton lost last year in the semifinals to Udall, 34-32. They have won five games in a row as well eight of their last 10. Senior guard Trae Lane leads the way for the Chargers, averaging 22.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
No. 1 St. John (22-1) — The trip to Emporia will mark the first state tournament appearance for the Tigers since 2008, when it lost in the Class 2A championship. St. John has been handling opponents and averaging a final score of 65-39. Sophomore forward Dean Wade (16 points, 8 rebounds) and senior guard Spencer Nusser (16 points, 7 rebounds) lead the way.
8:15: Centralia vs. Olpe
No. 5 Centralia (18-5) — Centralia is no stranger to postseason play. Through 22 seasons under coach Larry Glatczak, the Panthers have made the state tournament 12 times. After losing in the first round last season to Udall, they’ll look to the junior duo of Sam Steinlage and Brett Burdiek to send them deeper into the tournament. Steinlage leads the team in scoring with 14 points and Burdiek averages 12.
No. 4 Olpe (19-4) — The Eagles enter the tournament having won eight of their last 10 games. Olpe possesses a team that has six players averaging at least five points. The depth and the balance of the Eagles has allowed them to return to the state tournament after a two-year hiatus. Offensively they’re led by Brandon Baumgardner (13.0 points). Chance Stout is their leader in the paint and averages 7 rebounds.
Minneola-South Haven winner vs. Stockton-Hoxie winner, 4:45 p.m.
Burrton-St. John winner vs. Centralia-Olpe winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
Joanna Chadwick’s pick
St. John over Hoxie