Basketball

Cobra Lane Holliday (shown above, middle) corrals a rebound between teammates Braden Dohl (left) and Brady Holliday (right) at a recent practice. All three of those players, among several others, are fighting for playing time early on this season as part of a very competitive team, according to coach Chris Brown.
  For a team featuring a lot of first-year starters last season, the Jackson Heights boys basketball team sure didn’t look like an inexperienced and tentative bunch in 2014-2015. Given that the Cobras (21-3) went on to claim a share of the Northeast Kansas League title and make it to the Class 2A...
Holton's Sarah Sweet (shown above, at left) attempts to put a shot up on the post while teammate Quinn Holaday defends during a scrimmage at a recent practice.
  In some ways, the past couple of seasons have been like a prolonged period of growing pains for the Holton girls basketball team. With several upperclassmen back to lead the team in 2015-2016, though, HHS coach Jon Holliday is hoping that pays off for a veteran group of Wildcats this winter. “It’...
  Northeast Kansas League basketball competition is set to pick up again this Friday, as the nine NEKL squads open the 2015-2016 campaign. On the girls side, the league teams will be chasing Valley Falls for the NEKL title once again as the defending champion returns four All-League players (Ali...
Panther Jarrett Roy (shown above, front left) tries to corral a loose ball for a rebound in a summer league game held at Rossville recently.
  Like people and snowflakes, no two high school classes are quite alike. There may be some classes loaded with singular talents; others will be full of role players, and if this summer is any indication, the senior class on the Royal Valley High School boys basketball team will be loaded with...
Jackson Heights' Mason Thomas (second from back left) skies up and tries to corral a rebound in summer basketball action at the season-ending tournament, which JH would go on to win, in Sabetha recently.
  While the Jackson Heights boys basketball team entered the summer with a few holes to fill after the graduation of a small but crucial senior class, it was nothing compared to the rebuilding job that needed to be done prior to last season. In addition, the Cobras were afforded the stability of...
Panther Lexi Baker (shown above, with ball) passes off to teammate Levanna Biggoose on the baseline during summer league action at the RVES gym.
  It may be too early to tell for sure, but if the start of summer league play is any indication, then the Royal Valley girls basketball team should be in good shape heading into the 2015-2016 season, according to coach Corey Katzer. After getting through team camp at the end of May, the Panthers...
Holton's Sam King (shown above, middle) slashes to the basket during a scrimmage at team camp earlier this summer. King is one of 14 players competing for HHS in the Kaw Valley summer league and that level of participation has pleased coach Ryan Noel.
  Every summer, coaches at high schools around the country start the rebuilding process with their teams. It’s no different for Ryan Noel and the Holton boys basketball team. Gone to graduation are a number of key players from last season, including two prolific scorers (Garett Beecher and Trey...
  This past weekend, the first of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, was nuts, but for an entirely different reason than usual. The lack of major upsets meant the second and third round of the tourney was like a Mounds candy bar. Some teams can make you feel like a nut. This year, very few...
Jackson Heights' Lane Slocum (shown above, at right) goes up for a put back in a Class 2A state quarterfinal game against Central Plains, but it wasn't quite enough as the Cobras fell to the Oilers 67-42.
  MANHATTAN—Experience can be so crucial in state tournament competition, no matter the sport. So, while the Jackson Heights and Central Plains boys basketball teams entered their Class 2A state quarterfinal game on nearly equal footing as far as tournament experience was concerned, individual...
  DODGE CITY— Going into Class 1A-DII state basketball action, Wetmore girls coach Perry Smith noted his team was ready to embrace its underdog role, especially after surviving the tough Twin Valley League schedule this season. The Cardinals proved how much bite they had in quarterfinal action on...

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