CNC League well represented in State Tournaments

MANHATTAN - The CNC League will be well represented in the state tournaments in both baseball and softball. The Riverton Lady Rams are undefeated with a 23-0 record, and are the Class 3A defending champions. They return for their fourth straight state tournament. The seniors know nothing else.

Riverton as the top seed will face #8 Richmond-Central Heights (15-8) on Thursday, with a first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. in Manhattan. The top five seeds in Class 3A have a combined record of 104-4. What a tough class! All 64 teams in the class have similar enrollment size. Rossville is #2 with a 20-1 record. Cheney (20-1) is seeded #3, Gypsum-SE of Saline (20-1) is #4, and Perry-Lecompton (21-2) is seeded at 5.

The Lady Trojans of Girard advanced in the Class 4A Division II after defeating Frontenac. Girard (16-4) was given a #5 seed and are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Thursday against #4 Clay Center also with a record of 16-4. The top seed in the tournament is Pratt (19-1).

With a tough CNC League, St. Mary’s-Colgan of Pittsburg finished 4-19, but they qualified in the smaller Class 2A-1A. As a #8 seed, the Lady Panthers will be challenged to play #1 Sedan (20-1) at 5 p.m. in Pratt on Thursday.

In the state baseball tournament, four CNC League teams qualified. In addition to Class 4A Division II defending state champions #5 Baxter Springs (16-4); Galena, Cherokee Southeast, and St. Mary's-Colgan all qualified.

Galena with a 12-11 record drew a tough #8 seed to face private school Wichita-Independent (22-1), and are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, in Emporia. Also in class 3A are #2 Marion (21-1), and #3 Elkridge-Mission Valley (19-2).

In addition to playing in the tough CNC League, Colgan's schedule included several much larger Missouri schools, and they still finished with a respectable 16-6 record. As a #6 seed, the Panthers are scheduled to face #3 Oxford in the Class 2A-1A tournament at 11 a.m. on Thursday, in Great Bend. The #1 seed in this class is Ellis, with a 18-0 record. Troy (17-0) is #2, and Cottonwood Falls (20-3) is #4.

Cherokee-Southeast, in nine innings and with a long lightning delay, held off the #1 seed Humboldt 10-9 in their regional. The Lancers (13-8) advanced to a baseball state tournament for the first time in state history.