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VK Top 25: Ranking Wichita’s top teams with only a few regular-season games to go

Southeast, Heights fight to one of the premier games of the City League

The Wichita Southeast High School boys basketball team beat Heights 72-64 on Tuesday.
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The Wichita Southeast High School boys basketball team beat Heights 72-64 on Tuesday.

These rankings consider all boys and girls high school basketball teams in the City League, AVCTL, Central Plains League, three Wichita-area teams in the Central Kansas League (Halstead, Haven and Hesston) and select teams from the Heart of America and Tri-Valley leagues.

Rank is based on record, head-to-head matchups, strength of schedule and the personal evaluation of preps reporter Hayden Barber.

Boys

1. Maize (-)

Maize has five wins over the top 11 teams in the VK Top 25. The Eagles are the best closers in the area and perhaps the state.

Record: 18-0

Streak: W18

Standing: 1st AVCTL I, 1st 5A West

2. Wichita Southeast (-)

Southeast is on a tear, coming off a home win over Heights. The Golden Buffaloes are a win away from their first outright City League title since 2008.

Record: 16-2

Streak: W7

Standing: 1st City League, 2nd 6A West

3. Maize South (+2)

Maize South is 12-1 since Dec. 14. The Mavericks’ only loss in that span came to undefeated rival Maize and they have three top 10 wins.

Record: 13-4

Streak: W3

Standing: T-2nd AVCTL II, 7th 5A West

4. Andover Central (-1)

Andover Central proved beatable at home against Maize South on senior night., but it takes three outstanding defensive guards to do it.

Record: 15-2

Streak: L1

Standing: 1st AVCTL II, 2nd 5A West

5. Campus Colts (-1)

The AVCTL I title is likely gone after a home loss to Maize, but the Colts gave the undefeated Eagles a one-point game.

Record: 13-4

Streak: W1

Standing: 2nd AVCTL I, 5th 6A West

6. Trinity Academy (+1)

The Class 4A West leaders’ only loss was to Campus at a neutral site. The Knights have the skill of a big-school team.

Record: 17-1

Streak: W6

Standing: 1st CPL, 1st 4A West

7. Wichita Heights (-1)

Coincidence? Heights’ three City League losses have come on Tuesday nights. That has likely cost the Falcons the City League title.

Record: 14-4

Streak: L1

Standing: 2nd City League, 3rd 5A West

8. McPherson (-)

The Bullpups are 12-1 since Dec. 7, with wins at Augusta and Andale and at home against Collegiate and Shawnee Heights.

Record: 13-4

Streak: W5

Standing: 1st AVCTL III, 6th 5A West

9. Andale (+1)

Andale’s second loss came to McPherson at home. The Indians didn’t hit a three-pointer. They hit nine in the following game.

Record: 15-2

Streak: W3

Standing: 1st AVCTL IV, 3rd 4A West

10. Bishop Carroll (+2)

Carroll hasn’t put together a storybook ending like last year, but the Golden Eagles are playing better basketball than two weeks ago.

Record: 12-5

Streak: W4

Standing: 3rd City League, 8th 5A West

11. Salina Central (-)

Record: 13-4

Streak: W3

Standing: 4th AVCTL I, 5th 5A West

12. Eisenhower (+1)

Record: 10-7

Streak: L1

Standing: T-4th AVCTL II, 9th 5A West

13. Wichita East (+1)

Record: 11-7

Streak: W3

Standing: 4th City League, 10th 6A West

14. Arkansas City (-5)

Record: 12-5

Streak: L2

Standing: 2nd AVCTL II, 4th 5A West

15. Augusta (+2)

Record: 13-4

Streak: W6

Standing: 3rd AVCTL III, 5th 4A West

16. Andover (-1)

Record: 10-7

Streak: W1

Standing: T-4th AVCTL II, 11th 5A West

17. Newton (-1)

Record: 10-7

Streak: L1

Standing: 3rd AVCTL I, 10th 5A West

18. Cheney (+2)

Record: 14-4

Streak: W2

Standing: 4th CPL, 2nd Sub-State

19. Inman (-)

Record: 16-2

Streak: W1

Standing: 1st Heart of America, 1st Sub-State

20. Kapaun Mt. Carmel (-2)

Record: 8-11

Streak: L2

Standing: 5th City League, 13th 5A West

21. Wichita South (-)

Record: 7-11

Streak: W1

Standing: 6th City League, 14th 6A West

22. Belle Plaine (+3)

Record: 14-4

Streak: W4

Standing: T-2nd CPL, 3rd Sub-State

23. Haven (-)

Record: 12-6

Streak: W1

Standing: 1st CKL, 4th Sub-State

24. Collegiate (NR)

Record: 9-8

Streak: L1

Standing: 2nd AVCTL IV, 7th Sub-State

25. Valley Center (-3)

Record: 6-11

Streak: L5

Standing: 6th AVCTL II, 14th 5A West

Dropped out

  • Kingman (24)

Highest risers

  • Belle Plaine (+3)
  • Maize South, Bishop Carroll, Augusta, Cheney (+2)

Farthest fallers

  • Arkansas City (-5)
  • Valley Center (-3)
  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel (-2)

Girls

1. Derby (-)

Derby is a win away from clinching the AVCTL I title outright. The Panthers’ closest game was decided by nine points against Newton.

Record: 17-0

Streak: W39

Standing: 1st AVCTL I, 1st 6A West

2. Maize South (-)

The Mavericks are one of nine Kansas girls basketball teams unbeaten with three games to go, and one of two in the Wichita area.

Record: 17-0

Streak: W17

Standing: 1st AVCTL II, 1st 5A West

3. Wichita Heights (-)

Heights is the only team, boys or girls, to have clinched its league title outright, and the Falcons did it almost a week ago.

Record: 17-1

Streak: W9

Standing: 1st City League, 2nd 5A West

4. McPherson (-)

The Bullpups don’t play the toughest schedule, but their only loss came to Derby in the third game of the season.

Record: 16-1

Streak: W14

Standing: 1st AVCTL III, 4th 5A West

5. Goddard (-)

Goddard has six wins over teams in the VK Top 25 but is 0-1 against teams in the top 10.

Record: 16-1

Streak: W4

Standing: 2nd AVCTL II, 3rd 5A West

6. Maize (-)

Maize’s three losses should have an asterisk. Each of the Eagles’ defeats have come to undefeated teams, twice on the road.

Record: 15-3

Streak: W3

Standing: 2nd AVCTL I, 5th 5A West

7. Circle (+1)

Circle has a chance to make a statement Friday at home against McPherson. The Thunderbirds’ best win came Dec. 11 at Augusta.

Record: 14-3

Streak: W5

Standing: 2nd AVCTL III, 3rd 4A West

8. Wichita South (-1)

South was on a tear before hitting Heights on the road. The Titans must regain that form ahead of postseason play.

Record: 12-6

Streak: W1

Standing: 2nd City League, 6th 6A West

9. Bishop Carroll (+2)

Since losing five of six games toward the middle of the season, Carroll has won seven of its past eight.

Record: 13-6

Streak: W6

Standing: 3rd City League, 8th 5A West

10. Cheney (-1)

A road defeat at defending Class 3A champion Garden Plain, Cheney’s biggest rival, isn’t a bad loss. Don’t read too much into it.

Record: 16-2

Streak: W1

Standing: 1st CPL, 1st Sub-State

11. Hesston (+3)

Record: 15-3

Streak: W8

Standing: 5th CKL, 2nd Sub-State

12. Andover Central (-2)

Record: 10-7

Streak: L2

Standing: 3rd AVCTL II, 7th 5A West

13. Salina Central (-1)

Record: 10-7

Streak: L2

Standing: 3rd AVCTL I, 9th 5A West

14. Haven (+2)

Record: 15-3

Streak: W4

Standing: 2nd CKL, 3rd Sub-State

15. Garden Plain (+3)

Record: 15-3

Streak: W7

Standing: 2nd CPL, 2nd Sub-State

16. Halstead (-3)

Record: 14-4

Streak: L1

Standing: 2nd CKL, 3rd Sub-State

17. Rose Hill (-)

Record: 11-6

Streak: W1

Standing: 1st AVCTL IV, 7th 4A West

18. Kapaun (-3)

Record: 10-9

Streak: L1

Standing: 4th City Leauge, 9th 5A West

19. Eisenhower (+1)

Record: 8-9

Streak: W2

Standing: T-4th AVCTL II, 11th 5A West

20. Wellington (+1)

Record: 12-5

Streak: W5

Standing: 3rd AVCTL IV, 6th 4A West

21. Newton (-2)

Record: 8-9

Streak: W1

Standing: 4th AVCTL I, 10th 5A West

22. Trinity Academy (-)

Record: 11-6

Streak: W2

Standing: 4th CPL, 9th 4A West

23. Augusta (-)

Record: 10-7

Streak: L1

Standing: 3rd AVCTL III, 8th 4A West

24. Wichita Northwest (NR)

Record: 8-10

Streak: W2

Standing: 2nd AVCTL IV, 10th 4A West

25. Inman (-1)

Record: 15-3

Streak: L1

Standing: 1st Sub-State

Dropped out

  • Andale (25)

Biggest risers

  • Garden Plain (+3)
  • Hesston (+3)
  • Bishop Carroll (+2)
  • Haven (+2)

Farthest fallers

  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel (-3)
  • Halstead (-3)
  • Andover Central (-2)
  • Newton (-2)
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