Mill Valley takes fourth at Topeka
The Kaw Valley League's top two boys basketball teams fell short in their quests for state titles last week.
Playing in the Class 4A state tournament in Salina, Piper lost, 59-57, last week in the quarterfinals to Belle Plaine. Piper, the second-place KVL team, ended its season at 19-5.
Mill Valley, making its first boys state appearance in school history, advanced to the semifinals before losing to Topeka's Highland Park, 58-44.
The Jaguars then lost to McPherson, 60-55, in the 5A consolation game.
The KVL champs ended the season with a 22-3 record.
In 4A girls action, Sumner couldn't get past the first round. Sumner, which ousted Tonganoxie the previous week, 53-52, in the substate finals.
The Sabres fell to Kingman, 60-56, in the quarterfinals.
Sumner finished its season at 20-4.
The Delaware Valley League advanced two teams to state tournaments, but both went one and done. The Jackson Heights boys lost to WaKeeney, 65-43, in 2A quarterfinal action, while the Kansas City Christian girls lost to Salina's Sacred Heart in the 3A quarterfinals. Jackson Heights ended its season at 17-6; KC Christian finished at 22-2.
This year's state tournament fields had eight teams entering with undefeated records, but only three finished the season undefeated with state titles.
Wichita Collegiate, which defeated Tonganoxie in last year's 4A state girls consolation game, won 3A with a 26-0 record after defeating previously unbeaten Burlington.
In 2A, Belleville won the girls state title with a 26-0 record and a victory against Hoxie in the finals.
And in 1A, Macksville finished at 28-0 with a win against Claflin in the boys title game.
The 1A boys had three teams enter state with undefeated records -- Macksville, Lebo and South Gray.