Sumner County basketball preview: South Haven, Argonia girls; Oxford boys will be tough

first_imgOxfordFairfield, away St. Paul High School – South Haven participating. Burden-Central, Chetopa, Dexter/Cedar Vale, Moran-Marmaton Valley, St. Paul, South Haven Belle PlaineBluetem, home CaldwellSouth Barber, away 2. So mark your calendar for Feb. 10… Why? Argonia girls are traveling to South Haven. That could decide this year’s South-Central Border League championship. Oh, those two teams might meet before in the SCBL Tournament in January, but the February contest is likely to determine the regular season championship which a lot of SCBL basketball coaches will secretly admit is the bigger accomplishment. 9. Meanwhile, in Belle Plaine…New Belle Plaine head coach K.C. Simmons will have his work cut out for him for the boys. The Dragons were 2-19 in 2013-14 and 0-9 in the CPL. The boys program has been a cumulative 19-65 over a four-year period.But Belle Plaine is bringing back five returning starters.The Dragons have four established seniors including: Tanner Balsters at 6-1; Tyler Balsters, at 6-0; Jack Detrick, at 5-9; and Brett Gooch at 6-0. Brandon Happy, a 6-3, jr., returns as Belle Plaine’s only double digit scorer from last season. He averaged 13.2 a game in 2013-14.No information was available on the Belle Plaine girls. Conway SpringsChaparral, away South HavenUdall, home 7.  Other things to know in the SCBL… Argonia boys will return four starters including Kolten Koerner, Jerry Swart, Garrett Wells and Seth Hemberger. “We will once again have a small team,” said Bob Almanza, Argonia head boys basketball coach. “But will also take pride in our defense, keeping teams under 40 points a game… Oxford girls have a new head coach in Rick Totten. The Lady Wildcats were 9-11 overall and 4-6 in the SCBL in 2013-14… Cory Ward will be the head coach again at Caldwell. The Lady Jays were 8-2 in the SCBL last season but lost a plethora of seniors from the year before… 3. Reigning SCBL champions are picked to do it again…Argonia is picked No. 5 in the preseason Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll for Class 1A Div. II. The Red Raiders were 18-5 in 2013-14 and 10-0 in the SCBL. But ninth year head coach Dixie Brewster is nervous.“We have two seniors and eight freshman on our roster – so we will be short on experience,” Brewster said. “But we have three returning starters with great shooting capabilities, so that will help.”Look for Faith Gaddie, a 5-7, senior; and Rebekah Fitch, a 5-5, sr. to anchor this team. Gaddie averaged 10 points and four rebounds a game while Fitch had 8 points and three rebounds a game. Jesse Tracy, a 5-5, sophomore, averaged four points and two rebounds a game. 4. But then there are the South Haven girls …Second year South Haven head girls basketball coach Mike Heater is coaching a team that is getting some preseason accolades. The Lady Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the preseason Class 1A Div. 1 poll and are predicted to be Argonia’s top challenger in the SCBL.The Cardinals return nine players with significant varsity experience.“We will rely on pressure defense to create turnovers and easy scoring opportunities,” Heater said.All SCBL second team selection Paige Turek leads a talented group of guards. She averaged 10 ppg and had a cumulative 118 deflections and 112 steals last season. Senior Monica Harris, the team’s second leading scorer also returns. South Haven brings back nine lettermen from a 13-9 ball team that finished as a sub-state runner-up. ArgoniaAttica, awaycenter_img 6. Heartbreaking news of the year…Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Caldwell lost Darin Ward for the season who is out with an ACL tear for the second consecutive season. Ward was an all-leaguer his freshman and sophomore year for the Bluejays, but won’t play on the hardwood for either his junior and senior year because of a football injury.Fifth year head coach Daniel Jantz still looks to be return a solid group. Returning starters include: Kaden Halling- a 6-0 guard/forward, senior; Sam Wencel, a 6-0 senior forward; and Kyler Bruey, a 5-10 junior guard/forward.Look for the Caldwell boys to be one of four teams in the SCBL that could snag the regular season title. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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That is almost like an intra-squad scrimmage since both schools shared the same football team that just finished playing in a state championship game.The full slate for tonight is: SUMNER SPORTS TEAMFri. Dec. 5 8. Two new basketball coach at Conway Springs…Conway Springs will be seeing the debut of two new varsity coaches tonight on its trip to Chaparral.Pat Carl will debut as the Lady Cardinal coach replacing Ryan Rusco and Bernie Pearson is the new coach for the boys replacing James O’Brien.Carl will have four returning starters from the previous season from a team that finished 13-9 last season.Those girls include:•Sara Echelberry- 6-0, sr. 15.6 ppg.•Alicia Carter – 5-9, jr. 6.6 ppg.•Erica Ebenkamp – 5-4, so. 3.6 ppg.•Kalie Jones – 5-3, so. 4.3 ppg.No information was made available for the Conway Springs boys team. Douglass High School — Conway Springs, Belle Plaine participating. Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Douglass, Leon-Bluestem, Sedgwick, Whitewater-Remington, Wichita-Collegiate, Wichita-The Independent 10. Sub-states…Yes, it is not until the end of February but here are the regionals for Sumner County teams excluding Wellington… 5. Oxford boys should look real good in 2014-15…Kyle Green is in his ninth season and there are some high expectations for a team that went on a tear in the latter part of last season.Oxford was 17-6 and finished second with a 9-1 record in the SCBL.Green has some great seniors to work with. Derek Williams is a 6-6 post player who averaged 13.4 ppg and 9.5 rpg as a 2013-14 all SCBL player. He will be joined by Timmie Catlin, a 6-3 wing player; and Colter Silhan, a 6-1 wing player, both averaging 7.1 and 6.1 ppg respectively.Other key returners include: Oggie Shimkus, 6-3, senior at the post; Daelyn Haskins, 5-8 senior point guard; Kyson Perrin, a 6-6 post junior, and Grant Smith, a 6-0 wing sophomore.“This is an experience bunch with our three returning starters being the top three scorers and rebounders last season,” Green said. “Our depth is the main concern. We have lots of inexperience after the senior class.”last_img read more