Tournament week begins


Boys tournament week is under way, and it’s boys AND girls week in the South Central Border League.

Some tournaments are starting on Monday and Tuesday, one begins on Thursday, and a couple have altered formats this year. Here’s a look at what is on tap.

Adolph Rupp – Cheney and Garden Plain

Cheney and Garden Plain take part this week in the 51st annual Adolph Rupp Tournament. The top five teams have winning records, which is actually fewer than most recent years.

Cheney (6-1) is seeded third and begins play at 7:45 p.m. Monday against No. 6 Andale (2-5). The teams faced off in the championship in both 2018 and 2019. Cheney faced Haven in last year’s championship, but has finished second for three straight seasons.

The winner will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday against either No. 2 Minneapolis (6-1) or No. 7 Winfield (1-7). The losting teams play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No. 4 Garden Plain (6-2) plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against No. 5 Rose Hill. The winner will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against either No. 1 Haven (7-1) or No. 8 Halstead (0-7). The losing teams play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Final round games will be Saturday in Halstead, starting at 1 p.m. The championship tips off at 8 p.m.

Ralph Miller Classic – Campus

The Campus Colts are debuting in another new tournament this season, taking part in the Ralph Miller Classic. The Colts, after years at El Dorado, are now alternating between the Ralph Miller Classic and Dodge City’s Tournament of Champions, which the Colts won last year.

The Colts open the tournament against Coffeyville with a 3 p.m. game Thursday. With a win, Campus would play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against either Carthage, Mo., or Emporia. The losing teams will play at 3 p.m. Friday. The other teams in the field include Shawnee Mission South vs. Andover Central, and Life Prep Academy vs. Chanute. Final-round games are on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. The championship will be at 3:45 p.m.

Tournament of Champions – Eisenhower

The Eisenhower Tigers are part of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions this year, after a long run at the Spring Hill Invitational, which was cancelled. This year’s TOC is taking place with a modified format and just six team rather than eight.

The Tigers will host Newton on Tuesday, while Hutchinson plays at Bishop Carroll. The winners of those two games will play at 5 p.m. Thursday in Dodge City, while the Eisenhower-Newton loser hosts the other loser at 7 p.m. Thursday. Dodge City and Junction City have first-round byes and will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Dodge City.

A third-place game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the championship tips off at 3 p.m. All games in Dodge City will be at Dodge City High School.

SCBL – Argonia boys and girls

The Argonia girls are playing in the South Center Border League tournament this week. The No. 3 Raiders open against No. 6 Udall at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. That game will be at Argonia. With a win, the Raiders would face the winner of No. 2 South Haven vs. No. 7 Central at 7 p.m. Friday. The losing teams also will play at 7 p.m. Friday. All winner’s bracket games will be at South Haven, and consolation bracket games will be held at Udall.

Final-round games will be Saturday at both sights, starting at 10 a.m. The girls championship will be at 6 p.m.

The Argonia boys lost Saturday’s play-in game, falling 59-36 to Oxford. That leaves them out of the SCBL bracket.

Roadrunner Classic – Clearwater and Conway Springs

Clearwater and Conway Springs both will play Tuesday and Wednesday in the Chaparral’s Roadrunner Classic. There are six teams in this year’s field, forcing a change to the normal bracket.

Conway Springs is in Pool A. The Cardinals will face Mulvane at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and take on Circle at 4 p.m. Wednesay.

Clearwater is in Pool B. The Indians will take on Arkansas City at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and will go against Chaparral at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The other teams in each pool also play Friday.

Saturday will match up teams from each pool against each other. The fifth-place game will be at 10 a.m., with the third-place game at 1 p.m. The championship will tip off at 4 p.m.

Wildcat Classic

Goddard will play in a modified bracket as part of El Dorado’s Wildcat Classic. The Lions are part of a four-team pod playing games at Kapaun-Mt. Carmel.

Goddard opens play at 6 p.m. Monday against Great Bend. On Thursday, the Lions take on Trinity Academy at 6 p.m. And on Saturday, Goddard and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel face off at 6:15 p.m. The other four teams are play at El Dorado.