WICHITA – Regional medalist Kerby Depenbusch (16:13.0) led Great Bend to third-place and a spot in the Class 5A state cross country championship at Lawrence's Rim Rock Farms. Erik Vazquez placed third (16:36.0).
CLAFLIN – Central Plains scored three defensive touchdowns to clinch an Eight-Man I playoff berth with a 58-0 football victory over St. John. Central Plains (8-0, 4-0 District) will play South Central (7-1) or Argonia-Attica (7-1) in the Eight-Man 1 playoffs.
MEADE – St. John's boys qualified for the Class 2A state cross country championship with a runner-up finish (64 points) behind Stanton County (56) at Meade Golf Course. St. John's A.J. Miller placed ninth (18:25.69). Also counting were Remington Walker, 11th, 18:32.03; Quincy Smith, 12th, 18:46.35 ; Wrangler Walker, 15th, 18:49.88; and Triston Long, 16th, 18:53.21
ST. JOHN – No. 1 ranked Central Plains cruised past Ellinwood 25-16, 25-16 to capture the Class 2A St. John substate volleyball championship. The Oilers (36-2) captured last year's Class 2A state title with a 43-0 record. Ellinwood upset No. 2 seed Inman in the semifinals.
Great Bend has qualified for the state football championship one time in 2006 when the Panthers lost 34-3 to Stilwell-Blue Valley in the Class 5A finals. Coach Bo Black coached the Panthers to seven playoff trips from 2002 to 2010.
ST. JOHN - Defending Class 2A state champion Central Plains (33-2) will play Skyline (3-26) at 1 p.m. in Saturday's Class 2A volleyball substate. The substate champion qualifies for the Class 2A state tournament at Emporia's White Auditorium.
HAYS -- Great Bend's volleyball team (3-1) lost a three-way tiebreaker for first place after tying with champion Garden City (3-1) and runner-up Liberal (3-1) in Saturday's Western Athletic Conference Tournament.