Eisenhower teams head to State
Cheney boys fall at Cimarron

      The Eisenhower girls and boys are headed to the 5A State tournament after winning their substate tournaments.

      The girls won an exciting overtime game at Bishop Carroll, 57-56. Carroll, the No. 2 seed, and Eisenhower, the third seed, had identical records at 15-6, and Carroll was ranked 10th in Class 5A.

      The boys won their championship game on their home court Friday night, beating Maize South 68-54. The berth in the 5A State tournament comes a year after the Tigers lost their substate championship game when they seemed like a sure thing to go to State.

      A late-season loss kept the Tigers (21-1) from being in contention for the top seed in the 5A tournament. Instead, the Tigers are seeded fourth and will face No. 5 Wichita Heights (18-4). That game will be at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Topeka Expocenter. The winner will face either No. 1 Lansing (22-0) or No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (11-11) at 4:45 p.m. Friday. The other side of the bracket has No. 2 Hays (22-0) vs. No. 7 Salina Central (13-9), and No. 3 Highland Park (21-1) vs. No. 6 Kansas City-Washington (17-5).

      Six of the top 10 team in 5A are in the tournament, including the four in the last 5A rankings: No. 1 Lansing, No. 2 Hays, No. 3 Highland Park and No. 4 Eisenhower.

      The girls quarterfinal games will be on Thursday. Eisenhower is seeded eighth and will face No. 1 Leavenworth (21-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play Friday against either No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (20-2) or No. 5 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (20-2). The other games include No. 2 Salina Central (21-1) vs. No. 7 St. James Academy (17-5), and No. 2 Great Bend (20-2) vs. No. 6 Topeka Seaman (19-3).

      All semifinal games are Friday. Saturday’s schedule includes: girls third-place game, 12 p.m.; boys third-place game 2 p.m.; girls championship 4 p.m.; boys championship, 6:15 p.m.

      For more on Eisenhower’s wins including photographs, and a preview of the State tournament, see this Thursday’s Times-Sentinel.


Substate round-up


      The Cheney boys improved all season, but came up three points short in a 53-50 loss to Holcomb in Saturday’s championship at the Cimarron regional. The Cardinals finish the season at 16-6.

      See a round-up off all substate action in this week’s Times-Sentinel.