At White Auditorium, Emporia
3 p.m.: Baldwin vs. Girard
No. 8 Baldwin (7-15) – Baldwin’s boys are returning to state for the first time since a third-place finish in 2000. The Bulldogs’ only returning starters, senior guards Jackson Barth (6-1) and Austin Ward (5-10), scored 18 points each in a 68-50 sub-state final victory over Osawatomie. Sophomore 6-4 center Kyle Norris, who joined the varsity late in the season, is Baldwin’s only player taller than 6-1.
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No. 1 Girard (22-0) – The undefeated Trojans are heavy on experience, with a lineup that features six seniors and two juniors. Senior Drew Davied, an honorable-mention All-Class 4A-II selection last year, led Girard to a sub-state final victory over Baxter Springs, scoring 32 points in a 69-60 triumph. The Trojans went undefeated in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League for the third straight season.
4:45 p.m.: Pratt vs. Collegiate
No. 5 Pratt (15-7) – The Greenbacks made their way through a tough league race and won the Kingman sub-state with a 55-46 victory over Haven. Pratt coach David Swank said his team relies on balance, as five players have led the team in scoring this season. The Greenbacks were without 6-3 Samson Kohman, a second-team All-Class 4A-II selection the past two years, because of a knee injury.
No. 4 Collegiate (19-3) – Senior forward Cameron Christian – the Spartans’ leading scorer – suffered a broken bone in his right hand in late February and is out for the season. Others have stepped up, notably sophomore Cody McNerney, who had 23 points in the sub-state final victory over Trinity Academy. Collegiate prides itself on its defense, forcing 20 turnovers a game, and loves to press.
6:30 p.m.: Hugoton vs. Garnett-Anderson County
No. 7 Anderson County (10-12) – The Bulldogs used a buzzer-beating three-pointer by 5-10 senior guard D’Anthony Fredericks to slip past Burlington 61-59 and earn the state berth. Their last trip to state was in 2013. Anderson County likes the perimeter game, with five players shooting better than 30 percent beyond the arc.
No. 2 Hugoton (21-1) – The Eagles use height to get the bulk of their points. Junior 6-4 forward Zack Leininger leads with 13.2 points a game and 8.8 rebounds. Senior 6-3 guard Parker Titus averages 12.5 points, and 6-4 junior guard Colby Korf leads in assists, averaging 3.8. Hugoton also has a 6-8 junior center, Tony Kinser, who averages six points and 1.7 blocks in a reserve role.
8:15 p.m.: Smoky Valley vs. Rock Creek
No. 6 Smoky Valley (10-12) – The Vikings enter the state tournament on a 9-4 run and are led by 5-11 sophomore guard Nick Reinert, who averaged 16.8 points during the regular season and 22 points and three assists in sub-state victories over Chapman and Concordia. Senior 6-2 guard Trey Schneider averaged 14 points and five rebounds in sub-state play, nearly doubling his regular-season points average.
No. 3 Rock Creek (20-2) – The Mustangs made it all the way to the final before falling to Holcomb in 2015. They are led by 6-5 senior Carson Becker, who scored 28 points in the sub-state clincher over Hayden. Rock Creek’s core of six seniors includes 6-0 guard Bailey Vetter, who played for Beloit last season. He averaged 15 points this season. The two led Rock Creek in scoring in all but one game this season.
Girard-Baldwin winner vs. Collegiate-Pratt winner, 4:45 p.m.
Hugoton-Garnett winner vs. Smoky Valley-Rock Creek winner, 8:15 p.m.
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
Tony Adame’s pick
Rock Creek over Girard