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Basketball in Kansas: The 2022-23 SIK Potential Breakout Teams – boys and girls, at least one squad from each class

Maize South and Avery Lowe (UNK commit; with rebound) picked up a big season-opening win against Andover Central. Maize South is one of SIK’s Potential Breakout Teams. (Photo by Kristen Anthony).

By CONOR NICHOLL

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Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas Team of the Week: Colgan girls among five longest current regular season winning streaks

Colgan girls are among Kansas’ five longest current girls’ basketball regular season win streaks.

By CONOR NICHOLL

Eight girls’ basketball teams didn’t lose in the 2021-22 regular season.

That group was Class 6A Olathe North, Read Story

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American Implement Western Kansas Teams of the Week: “I am just happy he is alive” – Experienced Hugoton basketball overcoming challenges, start strong

Both Hugoton teams had strong starts against larger schools at the season-opening Hays City Shoot-Out

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Hugoton teams return bulk of starters; girls encounter significant obstacles

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Football in Kansas: Family connections and state records link state championship Saturday

The Schartz family celebrates the Class 6A state championship for Manhattan (Photo by Bethany Bowman)

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ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY BETHANY BOWMAN

Axtell father/son dynamic encapsulated state title theme

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Football in Kansas: Navigating a high-expectation season through early losses, injuries and staying grateful en route to a title game

Coach Joel Applebee, 5-0 in title games, has strove to keep his teams grateful for each day, rather than solely focus on the big picture of state. (Photo by Todd and Lori Habiger)

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Labette Bank Southeast Kansas Athlete of the Month: Columbus’ Landin Midgett earns all-league unanimous at two positions

By CONOR NICHOLL

Columbus had a one-win improvement and made a surprising run after a slow start to the season to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. The Titans finished 5-6. Senior Landin Midgett, who missed Read Story

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Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas Team of the Week: Colony-Crest enjoys significant fall sports success

Colony-Crest had great seasons in girls’ cross country, volleyball and football.

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Colony-Crest completed a terrific fall sports season in volleyball, football and girls’ cross country. Crest volleyball went 27-8 and set a Read Story

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Football in Kansas: “It’s just incredible” – Land Sharks, Energizer Bunny, flutes and HAVOC: behind line play for the state title qualifiers

Little River’s Grant Stephens leads Kansas in sacks and tackles for loss. (Photo by Little River’s Erin Wohletz).

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Sports In Kansas looks at offensive and defensive lines for state championship-qualifying teams. Some Read Story

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Nex-Tech Wireless Central Kansas Athletes of the Month: Six-Man No. 1 Cunningham enjoying “remarkable” historic defense en route to perfect season

Undefeated and No . 1-ranked Cunningham has statistically the best scoring defense in six-man since the classification restarted in 2016.

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2022 marked the first year of KSHSAA sanctioned six-man football. Twelve of Read Story

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American Implement Western Kansas Team of the Week: Leoti-Wichita County rides improved defense, looks to set all-time scoring offense record

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HILL CITY – Two plays in Friday’s semifinal illustrated Leoti-Wichita County’s explosive offense that could break the eight-man single season scoring record.

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Football in Kansas: State trends, rematches, turnarounds, big performances and impressions from state semifinals

St. Marys quarterback Keller Hurla had a huge semifinal performance Friday and has propelled the Bears to the 1A state championship game.

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Football in Kansas: Canton-Galva’s Ryder Norstrom playing entire year on torn ACL for 11-0 Eagles; big QB stat lines; semifinal state notes

Kingman is back in the state semifinals with an experienced group, including QB Nolan Freund.

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Canton-Galva has been ranked No. 2 all year in Eight-Man, Division II, a spot behind defending state Read Story

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