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Three thoughts on state softball

By Brad HallierExpanded days the best change yetFor reasons nobody can really explain, state softball, at most locations, has been a blink-and-it's-over affair. Quarterfinals start at 5 p.m., the day finishes by 9 p.m., semifinals at 10 a.m. the next day, everything finished by... Read More.

Three thoughts on state baseball

By Brad HallierAll three Division 1 stadiums are being used, which is awesome, but ...While KSHSAA gets a lot of misplaced blame for the problems within Kansas high school athletics, let's face it, KSHSAA does get a lot right too.Kansas has three NCAA Division... Read More.

Three thoughts on boys state tennis

By Brad HallierIt wouldn't be spring sports in Kansas without constantly checking the upcoming weather forecasts. Fans and school administrators are probably are getting a little nervous looking at next week's forecast across the state, as many days could have rain.But state tennis should... Read More.

Three thoughts on Class 6A, 5A and 4A substate basketball

By Brad HallierNow, every basketball team in Kansas knows its postseason draw.Saturday morning, KSHSAA released brackets for Class 6A, 5A and 4A. Those classifications are, of course, set up a little differently than the others. Instead of eight substates with a preset location and... Read More.

Three Thoughts on Class 3A, 2A Substate Basketball

By Brad Hallier For some bizarre reason, KSHSAA classifications 3A and lower continue to adhere to the antiquated regionalized substate system. While 4A, 5A and 6A divide the state in half for substate, the smaller classifications maintain strict geography to decide the eight state-tournament qualifiers.That's... Read More.

Three Thoughts on 1A Substate Basketball Substates

By Brad Hallier The madness has officially arrived in Kansas for 2024.Saturday morning, KSHSAA released the substate brackets for Class 1A Division and Division 2. While some 1A schools still have regular season games on the schedule, postseason play will get going Thursday at the... Read More.

Five Thoughts on Area Softball Regionals

By Brad Hallier HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Maybe one of these years, Haven won't be doomed due to geography.It doesn't seem to matter the sport. Haven could start a tiddlywinks team, be ranked in the top 10, andstill manage to have two or three or four... Read More.

Five Thoughts on Regional Baseball

By Brad Hallier HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Ah, Kansas in May. The weather can be glorious or rude. And based on the forecast for early this upcoming week, it could be a rude week.Monday, when Kansas State High School Activities Association schools start baseball regionals, there... Read More.

Five Thoughts on Regional Soccer

By Brad Hallier HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Girls soccer continues to grow in Kansas.Chanute now has girls soccer. Western Kansas had a great season, with Garden City and Dodge City being two of the top three seeds in Class 6A West, and Hays having a strong... Read More.

Five Thoughts on 5A and 4A Substate Basketball

By Brad Hallier HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Now, the madness can begin for everyone.While Class 1A’s two divisions began postseason play Thursday and Friday, 6A, 5A and 4A were still finishing the regular season.Now, substate brackets have been... Read More.

Five Thoughts on Area 3A and 2A Substates

By Brad Hallier HUTCHINSON, Kan. - One of the most coveted state-tournament berths usually goes to area Class 3A schools. Why? Their proximity to Hutchinson’s Sports Arena, home of the 3A state tournament.Need proof? Look at the crowd size... Read More.