EMPORIA - Gimmick defenses sometimes are the great neutralizer.
HAYS - It was a rematch of the Class 1A Division-II state semifinal game from last year that left the Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team in the third-place game.
EMPORIA - Once St. John High School started hitting on all cylinders, Waverly's girls couldn't stop the Lady Tigers' momentum.
EMPORIA - Bottling up Caldwell High School throughout Thursday night, the No. 2-ranked St. John Lady Tigers stormed into tonight's Class 1A Division-I state tournament semifinals after cruising to a 44-17 win Thursday night at White Auditorium.
HAYS - The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team went into Wednesday night's game as the No, 5 seed.
MANHATTAN - A smothering defense put the Central Plains High School girls' basketball team in the driver's seat against Oakley on Wednesday night.
St. John, a small farming community of nearly 1,300, is located south of Great Bend, a 30-minute drive down U.S. Highway 281.
At the beginning of this school year, two traditions collided.
The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team have a knack for playing up to the postseason.
High school scores
PRATT - The Central Plains High School girls' basketball team will be heading to the Class 2A state tournament in Manhattan on Wednesday after Saturday night's 55-53 victory over Sterling.
HOISINGTON - The Chase High School girls' basketball team traded baskets with Otis-Bison for a little while in the Class 1A Division-II sub-state semifinal game.
LYONS - Derrick Kaiser's brilliant performance wasn't enough to rescue the Hoisington Cardinals Saturday in the Class 3A Lyons basketball substate.
HOISINGTON - The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team is making its second trip to the Class 1A Division-II state tournament in two years.
In four seasons, Grant Harris is undefeated at the annual Great Bend Invitational tennis tournament following Saturday's competition. The Panther senior improved his season record to 7-1 on Saturday and recorded his fourth straight victory at the annual meet.
By Jim Misunas
JUNCTION CITY- Battling against a six-team lineup including schools from the Topeka and Kansas City areas, Great Bend boys track and field saddled a first place finish at Friday's Junction City Invitational. Meanwhile the Great Bend girls team wrapped up competition with a fourth slot in the final standings with 80, one seed above Shawnee Heights at 78.
CIMARRON- Ellinwood girls track combined for 109 team points and a second place finish out of nine teams at Thursday's Cimarron Invitational. Ellinwood boys took the eighth slot with 20 points. Meade won the championship in the girls division while South Gray posted the top spot in the boys meet.
KINSLEY- St. John's boys wrapped up competition with 47 team point and a third place team finish while the girls team placed fourth with 41 points at Thursday's Kinsley Invitational. A total of nine school competed in both boys and girls meets.
Great Bend registered six first place performances and five state-qualifying times out of 12 events to take the gold at Thursday's quadrangular at the BCCC natatorium.
HAVEN- The Hoisington Cardinal baseball team outlasted the Haven Wildcats on Tuesday picking up a doubleheader sweep by scores of 9-6 and 8-1.
Hoisington will be the site of a Class 4A-Division 2 baseball regional May 19. Teams competing will be Hoisington-Central Plains, Hays-Thomas More Prep, Larned and Russell/Victoria. Russell defeated Larned 5-2 in last year's regional final at Larned.