As the North Central Kansas League heads into the second half of the 2012-2013 basketball season the Wamego Red Raiders and Lady Raiders seem to have a grasp on the NCKL, at this time.
Both Wamego teams are still the lone basketball teams in the NCKL that are undefeated in NCKL play.
This week Wamego will venture into Abilene looking to keep those unblemished records still alive. Both Abilene teams are currently sitting still within striking distance of the Raiders and Lady Raiders as the Cowboys are currently sitting in second place with a 4-1 NCKL record while the Cowgirls are currently third with a 3-2 record.
This past week Marysville’s Lady Bulldog basketball team competed in its mid-season tournament as the Lady Bulldogs competed at the Hiawatha Tournament and went 2-1 in the tournament to finish in third place.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers traveled to Abilene on Friday where they got swept by the Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Concordia girls opened the evening falling to Abilene 47-45 and the Panther boys couldn’t do much better in the nightcap as they fell 62-54.
The Panther wrestling team hosted a dual tournament on Friday and Saturday but results from that tournament were not available.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams played host to Concordia on Friday and came away with an NCKL doubleheader sweep as the Cowgirls opened with a 47-45 victory and the Cowboys followed with a 62-54 victory to pick up some revenge over the Panthers who handed Abilene its only NCKL loss of this season.
The Cowboy wrestling team traveled to Marysville for an NCKL dual on Thursday and fell to the Bulldogs, who clinched the NCKL title, 51-18. The Cowboy grapplers then traveled to Baldwin on Saturday where they finished in fifth place with 144 points.
The Clay Center basketball teams traveled to Lindsborg on Friday for a non-conference showdown with Smoky Valley High School and the Tigers and Lady Tigers went back to Clay Center after a split. The Lady Tigers opened the night with a 45-34 victory but the Tiger boys fell to the Vikings, 46-33.
The Clay Center wrestling team had the week off and will return to action this Thursday night when they play host to Abilene for an NCKL doubleheader.
The Lady Bulldogs were the final NCKL team to play in its mid-season tournament as the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Hiawatha for their tournament. The Lady Bulldogs went 2-1 in the tournament to place third as they opened with a 61-21 win over Jackson Heights, but fell 55-37 to Nemaha Valley in the semifinals before bouncing back to top Rock Creek 58-55 in overtime in the consolation finals. The Bulldog boys played host to Hiawatha on Friday and earned a 46-37 victory.
The Bulldog wrestling team wrapped up the 2012-2013 NCKL championship this past week as they traveled to Chapman on Tuesday and earned a 57-18 victory and then played host to Abilene on Thursday and came out on top by the same 51-18 score. The Bulldogs still have an NCKL dual against Wamego but the Bulldogs, even if they lose to the Red Raiders, still control all the tie-breaker scenarios to win the NCKL title.
The Wamego basketball teams earned a pair of sweeps this past week as they started on Tuesday by sweeping Council Grove as the Raider boys won 54-45 and the Lady Raiders picked up a 65-48 victory. Friday night Wamego swept two games from Sabetha as the Lady Raiders won 55-29 and the Raider boys followed with a 49-37 victory.
The Wamego wrestling team placed 12th in the Baldwin tournament on Saturday with 78.5 points.
The Chapman basketball teams played at Herington on Friday night where the Fighting Irish boys picked up a 38-35 win but a score was not available for the girls’ game.
The Chapman wrestling team hosted Marysville in an NCKL dual on Tuesday and suffered a 57-18 loss. The Fighting Irish wrestlers also competed in the Concordia Dual Tournament on Friday and Saturday, but results from that tournament were not immediately available.