Montezuma-South Gray

Head coach: Mark Applegate (26th season).

Record: 22-1.

Starters: Jackson Miller, sr.; Luke Skinner, sr.; Gilbert Peters, jr.; Brock Davis, jr.; Clifton Miller, soph.

Top reserves: Tyler Askew, jr.; David Enns, sr.; Craig Griebel, jr.; Austin Jantz, soph.

Stat leaders: J. Miller, 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks; Peters, 12.8 points, 2.3 steals, 3.6 assists, 7.6 rebounds; Skinner, 10.2 points, 5.3 assists, 2.6 steals; C. Miller, 8.7 points.

Team notes: The Rebels are back at state under the veteran coaching leadership of Mark Applegate, who has a 624-213 career record in 36 total years of coaching. South Gray has been to state 13 times in the past, winning titles three times, finishing second three more times and taking third once. The Rebelsí titles came in 1997, 2007 and 2008. Applegateís crew has won 16 in a row, itís only loss coming to Class 2A Spearville by six points. The Rebels are not only talented, but have height to match. Four starters are 6 foot or taller, including two 6-6 guys in Jackson Miller and Peters. Miller is listed as a guard and shoots nearly 66 percent from the field. South Gray is averaging just shy of 69 points per game while limiting opponents to only 38.


Head coach: Kim Lohse (22nd year).

Record: 21-2.

Starters: Will Bruna, sr.; Adam Fritschi, sr.; Adam Zarybnicky, sr.; Michael Jueneman, sr.; Carter Bruna, soph.

Top reserves: Daiken Stallbaumer, soph.; Thomas Atkins, soph.; Pete Peters, soph.

Stat leaders: Jueneman, 17.9 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 steals, 3.4 rebounds; Will Bruna, 15.5 points, 6.1 assists, 3.7 steals, 3.1 rebounds; Carter Bruna, 8.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 3.4 rebounds; Fritschi, 6.1 rebounds.

Team notes: The Wildcats know a thing or two about state appearances, having qualified 13 times in the last 20 years. That includes five titles, two runner-up finishes, two third-places and one fourth-place finish. Hanoverís two losses have come to 2A schools this season, and the team started the year 1-2. That makes 20 wins in a row for Kim Lohseís group. Lohse classifies this yearís team as the best defensive team heís ever coached. The Wildcats have held opponents to 12 or fewer points in 59 quarters, and only 16 or more points in 10 quarters. The team averages 67 points per game while allowing only 45. Hanover has 14 total state appearances in school history.

St. Francis

Head coach: Cory Busse.

Record: 21-2.

Starters: Taylor Rogers, sr.; Tate Busse, jr.; Quinton Cravens, sr.; Brock Waters, sr.; Jeremiah Neitzel, sr.

Top reserves: Brady Dinkel, fresh.; Dalton Straub, jr.

Stat leaders: Not available.

Team notes: The Indians are making their first state appearance since 1997, which was the only time the boysí basketball team qualified for state in school history. That year. St. Francis lost to Pittsburg-Colgan in the first round of the 2A tourney. Colgan went on to finish third that year. The teamís two losses came to Dighton by three points and Hoxie by 12. The team has won seven in a row, including a lop-sided victory over Winona-Triplains/Brewster in the sub-state title game. Tate Busse is the teamís point guard, and he is the teamís leader offensively. He has quickness that can create problems defensively, leading to steals and dunks at the other end. And heís not afraid to pull up and hit from long range. The team knows a thing or two about winning as well. Most of the players were on the schoolís football team that finished second to Osborne in Eight-Man Division I.


Head coach: Creighton Winters (12th season).

Record: 21-2.

Starters: Montana Giffin, soph.; Seth Greenwood, soph.; Colton Noonan, jr.; Danny Quaney, sr.; Jake Thompson, jr.

Top reserves: Tristan Lee, jr.; Zach Herrick, jr.

Stat leaders: Thompson, 12 points, 8.5 rebounds; Noonan, 10 points, 2 steals; Quaney, 9 points, 6.5 rebounds; Giffin, 7 points, 3 assists; Greenwood, 5 points, 2 assists.

Team notes: Burlingame doesnít have a spectacular state history, qualifying only twice in the past (1995 and 1950). The team features a balanced attack, with no player averaging more than 12 points a game. This yearís 21-2 record is the most wins since 1996. The Bearcats have beat Lebo three times this year, including in the sub-state finals. Theyíve allowed more than 50 points only once this year ó a 59-56 loss to Hartford. The teamís other loss was to Lebo by two points. The Bearcats tied for the Lyon County League regular season title with Lebo and Hartford. The team will be without one of its top players, junior Dalton Sporing, who recently suffered a season-ending injury.


Head coach: Jamie Wolters (5th year).

Record: 19-4.

Starters: Pierce Wolters, sr.; Justin Burch, sr.; Denton Schurr, jr.; Cullen Grabast, sr.; Darnell Holloway, soph.

Top reserves: Tanner Conway, sr.; Steele Wolters, fresh.; Darrien Holloway, fresh.; Kade Miller, soph.

Stat leaders: Grabast, 15 points, 6 rebounds; Burch, 10 points, 5 rebounds; Darnell Holloway, 9 points, 5 rebounds; Pierce Wolters, 8 points, 2 rebounds.

Team notes: Osborne had to work to get back to the state tourney. The Bulldogs were runner-up in 2016 but had to get by powerful St. Johnís-Tipton in the sub-state title game. Osborne was 1-3 against St. Johnís-Tipton this year. Jamie Woltersí team averages 57 points per game while allowing 38 and is riding a four-game winning streak. Most of the players were instrumental in the teamís Eight-Man Division I state football championship this fall. The teamís other loss this year was to Sylvan-Lucas.

Kiowa-South Barber

Head coach: Tim Carey (1st year).

Record: 19-4.

Starters: Not available.

Top reserves: Not available.

Stat leaders: Not available.

Team notes: The team has won 14 in a row and went 12-10 last year. Tim Carey said his squadís best victory this season was a 24-point win against 1ADII qualifier Central Christian. The Chieftains last qualified in 2001. They also have a state appearance in 2002. Carey says senior Grant Cantrell is one of the best athletes in the Heart of the Plains League.

Rural Vista

Head coach: Joe Ross (9th year).

Record: 17-6.

Starters: Dawson Worrell, jr.; Cade Stilwell, sr.; Jaryth Barten, sr.; Mason Hinkle, sr.; Seppe VanHulten, sr.

Top reserves: Trace Hostetter, sr.; Kade Elliott, sr.; Eli Fleming, jr.; Josh Sandow, soph.

Stat leaders: VanHulten, 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds; Stilwell, 9 points, 4.1 rebounds; Worrell, 7.4 points, 3 rebounds; Barten, 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.6 steals; Hostetter, 7.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists.

Team notes: The Heat are making their first state appearance as a cooperative of Hope and White City. Separately, Hope made the 2011 title game. Joe Rossí team has a balanced attack, with only one player averaging in double figures. The team averages 51.4 points while allowing 42.8. Four seniors dot the starting lineup, and Ross said guard Jaryth Barten is the team leader on the floor from his guard spot. He said the strength of this yearís team is its defense, and six different players have led the team in scoring this season.


Head coach: Luke Baxter (8th year).

Record: 17-6.

Starters: Ben Kufahl, sr.; Logan Marten, sr.; Tyler Herrman, sr.; Brendan Melvin, sr.; Luke Marten, sr.

Top reserves: Tanner Marten, jr.; Jaiden Kolterman, jr.; Blake Wesley, sr.

Stat leaders: Tanner Marten, 11.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.6 blocks; Kufahl, 11.1 points, 2.9 assists; Logan Marten, 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists; Herrman, 8.7 points, 8.1 rebounds. Melvin, 7.1 points.

Team notes: Onaga has qualified for state nine times in school history, but not since 1990. The teamís best finish was third in 1959. The Buffaloes finished third in the always-difficult Twin Valley League regular season race and the league tourney. The teamís only two losses to 1A competition came against Hanover. The Buffaloes had to beat Doniphan West for the fourth time this year to reach state.

The team is senior-laden, with all five starters being seniors. The teamís top scorer comes off the bench, junior Tanner Marten.