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No. 7 KC Christian (17-6)
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Of the three teams coached by Adam Donyes, this group — his first to make it this far — carried the fewest expectations. In a way to emphasize the team this season, Donyes didn't keep individual statistics. The Panthers, who are led by 6-foot-7 Blake Spencer, have to continue to play team ball to avoid an early exit.
No. 2 Galena (21-2)
This is the third straight year Galena has qualified for state, but the Bulldogs have yet to win an opening game. This year's group is the most experienced, with seniors Cody Clark, Troy Albright, Jacoby Martin and Colton Leet. Scoring points is a strength, so Galena must control the tempo to advance.
No. 6 Minneapolis (19-4)
Most of the Lions' offense is centered around 6-1 guard Grayson George, who is averaging 15.5 points. Logan Wedel and Keegan McCullick add scoring options, but the Lions depend mostly on their suffocating defense. This is the fourth state tournament appearance by Minneapolis in eight years.
No. 3 Southwestern Heights (20-3)
Often overshadowed by its girls program, the Mustangs are in the tournament for the first time since 1992. Behind the strength of six seniors, Heights has gelled this season. Key seniors are Jacob Flores (6-4), Cory Ryan (6-6) and Cody Eakes (6-3).
No. 8 Council Grove (13-10)
After knocking off the top two seeds in its sub-state, the Braves ride in a wave of momentum from its team atmosphere. Guards Tyler Sisson and Derek Ziegenhirt lead the team in scoring, but Council Grove depends on its depth. Brock Frye (6-5) provides height down low.
No. 1 Wichita Collegiate (22-1)
Wins over state tournament teams Nickerson (4A), Dodge City (6A) and Andover Central (5A) have tested this team. Substitutions will come in waves, but Blake Jablonski leads the team in scoring at 15 points. This is the first time Collegiate has qualified for the state tournament in back-to-back seasons since 1994.
No. 5 Halstead (19-4)
The only team without a player over 6-1, the Dragons will try to draw opponents out and use their guards to their advantage (they average six three-pointers a game). Chris Santoya, at 5-10, is the team's leading scorer and rebounder. Jared Regehr and Cody Ratcliffe provide other scoring options. All four losses came in Mid-Central league play.
No. 4 Rossville (19-4)
Defense has continued to be the team's rallying point, as Rossville has kept opponents to 43 points. Brothers Matt and Mitch Buhler average a combined 33 points and Tanner Cady chips in with 12. Three of the Bulldogs' losses were by a total of six points.
Minneapolis-SW Heights winner vs. KC Christian-Galena winner, 4:45 p.m.
Halstead-Rossville winner vs. Council Grove-Collegiate winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
The Eagle's Picks
Joanna Chadwick: Wichita Collegiate over Southwestern Heights
Jeffrey Lutz: Wichita Collegiate over Southwestern Heights