When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often circumstances fit in with them.
It may have been a last-minute idea, but it sure turned out to be a good one.
Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium:
CENTRAL PLAINS 61, MOUNDRIDGE 59
HAYS - Three-time state champion Brandon Ball of Hoisington High led the Cardinals to first place in the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic with a first-place finish. Brandon Ball (25-0) placed first at 138 pounds with a 13-0 victory over Dalton Henbsley of Ellis High School.
GREAT BEND - State-ranked Class 6A Manhattan High was rolling along, on target to repeat an easy 16-point victory over the Great Bend Panthers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the throes of a sometimes-contentious negotiation on a contract extension with the Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio sat down at a table and started to recount the reasons he wanted to stay in Minnesota.
PHOENIX (AP) - When Junior Seau's name is mentioned as a first-time Hall of Fame candidate, people nod in recognition of his career achievements. Then they shake their heads with sadness. Seau spent 20 seasons in the NFL as a dominant linebacker, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors for San Diego in 1992, making six All-Pro teams, and the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. His reckless abandon defined his career. Seau committed suicide in 2012 and was found to have developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a brain disease). "He was a phenomenal player, teammate, friend," Tom Brady said ...
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - No. 18 Northern Iowa let No. 12 Wichita State know the Shockers are no longer the only dominant team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Getting off to a sensational start is only half the battle. Bill Self hopes No. 9 Kansas learned that lesson while beating Kansas State 68-57 on Saturday and holding the Wildcats to one of their most miserable halfs ever.
PHOENIX (AP) - As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.
Touched by Cancer support group will have a sharing meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland Ave.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Knights of Columbus is offering a prime rib dinner for Valentine's Day.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Washington St., Great Bend, will hold a pot luck supper at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, followed by a meeting at 7, for all VFW members, as well as VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss upcoming events and awareness for the post.
Great Bend Police
A Great Bend man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita late Monday morning after a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Great Bend. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 11:57 a.m.