City League, AV-CTL renew basketball series — with a twist
The City League and the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League met in a basketball challenge for bragging rights in January with 18 boys and girls games at Koch Arena and Hartman Arena.
While the challenge was well-received, there was some frustration that few of the games offered top-notch matchups.
Consider that fixed.
The basketball challenge will be Jan. 2-4 at Koch Arena only, and the matchups will not be determined until at least late December, City League athletic director J Means said Tuesday.
“We’re trying to look at matchups and trying to create some matchups, whether two teams are 5-0 or two teams are 0-5,” Means said. “We should have some good games.”
Means said boys games and girls games will be matched up independent of each other. One school’s teams won’t have to face both teams from another school.
“I think it’s a great, great idea,” Heights girls coach Kip Pulliam said. “I think it will give everyone a chance to play a postseason game early, to get you ready and see where you are right after Christmas.
“I like that the boys and girls games aren’t related anymore, that they’re going to match everybody up and play at feature times.”
The AV-CTL will have the same nine teams that played in January — Andover, Andover Central, Arkansas City, Derby, Goddard, Hutchinson, Maize, Maize South and Salina South.