Varsity Kansas

Class 1A-II boys tournament preview

At United Wireless Arena, Dodge City

Wednesday’s quarterfinals

4:45: Hartford vs. Central Christian

No. 5 Hartford (18-5) – The Jaguars are headed back to the state tournament for the third consecutive year (played in 1A-I both years). Hartford had three players score in double-figures in the sub-state championship win over Colony-Crest.

No. 4 Central Christian (19-4) – The Cougars are headed back to the state tournament for the fourth straight season, a surprise after graduating top three scorers from a year ago. Sophomore Nate Heneha is coming off of a 28-point, 14-rebound game in sub-state finals against Chase.

6:30: Dighton vs. Attica

No. 7 Dighton (17-6) – The Hornets come into the state tournament with a lot of momentum, thanks to junior Lake Lewis’ buzzer beater to knock off Wallace County in the sub-state final. They’re led by senior Tyler Lingg (13.8 points, 9.1 rebounds) and sophomore Jordan Horn (10.5 points, 2.7 assists).

No. 2 Attica (21-2) – The Bulldogs are back in the state tournament after missing out last year, they’ve been one of the top teams in 1A-II all season. The senior duo of Devon Newberry (19.5 points) and Jacob Norris (15.6 points) lead the way.

Wednesday’s other games

3 p.m.: Sylvan-Lucas (11-12) vs. Beloit St. John’s-Tipton (23-0)

8:15: Deerfield (17-6) vs. Logan (20-3)

Friday’s semifinals

Sylvan-Lucas-Beloit St. John’s-Tipton winner vs. Hartford-Central Christian winner, 4:45 p.m.

Dighton-Attica winner vs. Deerfield-Logan winner, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday’s finals

Third-place game, 2 p.m.

Championship, 6:15

Tony Adame’s pick

Beloit St. John’s-Tipton over Attica