As always, the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville produced some pretty telling storylines for the rest of the season, including possible favorites as the Region VI Tournament begins to loom.
Here's a look at some of the winners and losers from last weekend's three-day tournament:
Winner: The Butler men's team and coach Mike Bargen went 2-0 and had probably the best weekend of any team in Coffeyville, defeating the host Red Ravens and then No. 14 Johnson County, the defending NJCAA Division II national champion.
Loser: Both the Coffeyville and Independence men's teams went 0-2... not good for two teams playing just minutes away from home and that brought 2-0 league marks into the weekend.
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Winner: The top tier of the Western Division women's teams — No. 13 Cloud, No. 16 Seward and No. 23 Hutchinson — went 6-0, picking up all but two wins for the West, which went 8-10 against Eastern Division foes.
Loser: The rest of the women's teams in the West went an anemic 2-10 when facing the East.
Winner: Hutchinson forward and Maize product Heather Robben showed why she might be the most complete player in the Jayhawk with her two performances — 23 points and nine rebounds in a win over Neosho followed by 23 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in a win over Independence.
Loser: Hutchinson point guard Adonis Gantt continues to be absent from the Blue Dragons' lineup for personal reasons and hasn't played in the six games since a loss at Seward on Dec. 2. Gantt's absence hurts both the Blue Dragons, who lose one of their top playmakers, and Gantt, who may find four-year schools shying away from him if the end result of his absence is either him quitting or being dismissed from the team.
Showdown at Friends _ Both McPherson and Friends have risen to the top in the race for the KCAC men's basketball title, with both teams off to 6-0 starts in league play.
Thursday, the Bulldogs travel to Wichita to take on the Falcons, winners of four straight, with first place in league play on the line.
Friends is led by 6-foot-3 junior Chris Jackson, who is second in the KCAC in scoring at 18.9 points per game. McPherson takes its lead from 6-3 senior Mike Reece, who averages 14.8 points and came to the Bulldogs from Hesston College last season along with second-year coach Tim Swartzendruber.