Wichita Southeast advanced to the 6A state tournament for the first time since 2016 with a 78-56 win over the Campus Colts. The last time the Buffaloes won the title was in 2008, Head Coach Joe Mitchell was a junior on the team.
When asked about the success of his team, Mitchell, a first year coach described it as a parent seeing their child succeed. Mitchell doesn't have any kids of his own but says the relationship with his team is a close second.
"We’ve been going through like three months of practice and hard work preaching the same thing and to see us get to one of our goals we set to accomplish in the beginning it feels good."
The Buffaloes were led by Sophomore Jackie Johnson who scored a game high 30 points. Johnson, who transferred to Southeast this season said playing for Mitchell has been a great experience. He hopes to hold the trophy like his coach did.
"It’s really special," said Johnson. "He had a special group when he won it then and we have a special group now. He always tells us he believes in us and we just try to go out and execute."
Micah Jacques followed Johnson on the scoreboard, scoring 9 of his 22 points in the first quarter. He finished the game 4-6 from behind the three point line. He says playing for a coach like Mitchell gives them a boost.
" He brings a lot of experience and that’s what you need when you have a young group like we have and he brings discipline too. He teaches us the things he had to learn when he was in our spot."
The Golden Buffaloes will be back in action this Wednesday at Koch Arena.