Basketball Sub-State, Regional assignments announced
The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced on Wednesday the assignments and host locations for postseason play for the 2019-20 season, which begins on Friday in Southwestern Kansas.
The Classes 4A-6A Sub-States will be conducted in a different manner than in Volleyball, where the top four seeds hosted four or five-team tournaments based on seeding to determine who advances to state. In the basketball format, the host schools will be the higher seeded teams in each matchup, beginning with the play-in games on Monday, March 2.
In the upper three classes, semifinal games will be played at the higher seeded team's gym, with the 4A Girls, 5A Boys and 6A Girls playing on Tuesday, March 3. The winners would meet at the home of the higher seed for the Sub-State Championships in those classes on Friday, March 6
The 4A Boys, 5A Girls and 6A Boys will play their semifinals on Wednesday, March 4, and the Sub-State Championship games on Saturday, March 7.
Garden City, Dodge City and Liberal are in the 6A West Sub-State, with Derby, Haysville-Campus, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lawrence, Lawrence-Free State, Manhattan, Topeka, Topeka-Washburn Rural, Wichita-East, Wichita-Heights, Wichita-North, Wichita-South, Wichita-Southeast and Wichita-West.
In Class 4A, Ulysses is joined by Abilene, Andale, Augusta, Buhler, Chapman, Clay Center Community, Clearwater, El Dorado, Holton, Mulvane, Nickerson, Pratt, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, Wamego, Wellington and Winfield.
The Classes 2A and 3A Sub-State Tournaments will be held at eight different sites, which will host the semifinals and championship games. Sub-State play will be at home sites on Monday (3A Girls, 2A Boys) and Tuesday (3A Boys, 2A Girls), with the semifinals and Sub-State Championships on Thursday and Saturday for the 3A Girls and 2A Boys, and Friday and Saturday for the 3A Boys and 2A Girls.
Area teams will head to Cimarron for the 3A Sub-State postseason. Also in the Sub-State in Cimarron are Colby, Goodland, Holcomb, Hugoton, Southwestern Heights, Lakin and Scott Community.
In Class 2A, Elkhart will serve as the Sub-State host. Also in that Sub-State are Stanton County, Wichita County, Medicine Lodge, Pratt-Skyline, Spearville, Sublette and Syracuse.
Class 1A's postseason structure is different than the other classes, but similar in scheduling. Higher seeds will host opening-round games, with four pre-determined schools in each region then hosting the semifinals and regional championship games. four schools will host regional tournament, with the top two teams advancing onto Sub-State play.
Each regional feeds into different Sub-State locations. The Greeley County Regional will feed teams into the Sub-State Tournaments in Russell and at Wakeeney-Trego Community. The Kinsley and Rolla Regional Tournaments will feed into Sub-State tourneys at Dodge City Community College and Pratt Community College.
In the Greeley County Regional are the hosts from Tribune, as well as Cheylin, Brewster/Winona-Triplains, Wallace County, St. Francis and Weskan.
Deerfield ends up in the Kinsley Regional, which includes Kinsley, Dighton, Ingalls, Hodgeman County, Ness City and Pawnee Heights.
Rolla will host a regional which will include Meade, South Gray, Moscow and Satanta.
The Class 1A Tournament also has another uniqueness to it - it's the only KSHSAA postseason basketball tournament which is seeded three times - at the Regional, Sub-State and State levels. All other classes, since they do not have regional tournaments, are only seeded twice.