BY KEVIN PRICE
ELLINWOOD - Kale Clawson put together five points and Kyle Blakeslee hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but the Sterling High School boys' basketball team was already too far ahead for Ellinwood to catch up.
DODGE CITY - Great Bend High School came away with a dual victory over host Dodge City on Thursday evening at the Dodge City Fieldhouse.
Down the stretch in the second of two cliffhangers Friday night, Great Bend High School boys' basketball coach Chris Battin was beside himself.
Struggling for a better portion of three quarters, the Great Bend High School Lady Panthers made a furious comeback bid against visiting Pratt Friday night.
The Great Bend High School basketball teams have their home openers tonight, playing host to the Pratt Greenbacks at GBHS Panther Fieldhouse.
LARNED - The Pawnee Heights High School girls' basketball team could not fight their way back after a scoreless first quarter that saw Kinsley go up by 16 points on Thursday at the Larned Keady Basketball Classic.
LARNED - It looked as though the size advantage that the Hoisington High School girls' basketball team brought to the Larned Keady Basketball Classic was going to be a non-factor in the matchup with Macksville Thursday night.
Larned Keady Basketball Classic
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School enters its 2010-2011 season with five state qualifiers from last season, including sophomore Chance Demel, who finished in sixth place in the 135-pound weight class at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament last season.
When the Great Bend High School boys' basketball team entertains Pratt in the Panthers home opener Friday night, the Greenbacks will be missing some of their swagger.
The Great Bend High School boys' swimming team took first place at its swim meet held Tuesday at the Kirkman Athletic Center on the Barton Community College campus.
ELLINWOOD - Lauren Thill scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter, leading Ellinwood High School to a 47-32 win over Wichita Northfield Tuesday night in the opening round of the Ellinwood preseason tournament.
LARNED - Despite pulling to within two points to end the first half, the Pawnee Heights High School girls' basketball team fell to Hoisington 51-29 on Tuesday after being outscored 28-8 in the second half.
VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
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.
The No. 1 ranked Class 2A Central Plains girls beat league rival St. John 49-36 Thursday to qualify for Friday's championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic.
EMPORIA -- Topeka Seaman avenged last year's Class 5A state tournament loss with a 63-42 victory over Great Bend's girls in the Glacier's Edge Tournament at Emporia.
CENTRAL PLAINS 70,
HIGH SCHOOL SCORES
ELLINWOOD GIRLS 44, RUSSELL 29
By Jim Misunas
DODGE CITY – Class 2A Central Plains stunned Class 6A Shawnee Mission South 54-38 to advance to Saturday's championship game of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions. The Oilers (10-1) outscored South 30-16 in the second half.
HIGH SCHOOL SCORES
CENTRAL PLAINS 51,
DODGE CITY - Dodge City's girls handed Great Bend its first Western Athletic League loss 55-35 and Dodge City's boys completed a sweep with a 50-36 victory over the Panther boys.
Hesston 60, Larned 32
Defending Mid-Winter Classic champion St. John (9-0) drew the top seed, but innovative scheduling gives the unbeaten Tigers three games next week. St. John will open against the Pratt-Macksville loser at 4:45 p.m. But the Tigers will still play in Friday's second semifinal game at 8:15 p.m. against the Pratt-Macksville winner, which is scheduled Tuesday. The other bracket matches Ness City against Nickerson and Larned versus winless Wichita West (0-8) in Thursday's games.