The boys’ basketball teams in the Topeka area and a few girls’ teams were in action for their mid-season tournaments last week, and the rest of the girls’ tournaments came the following week.
Here’s an overview of the action and how they did it.
Lake:Topeka West wins 61st Topeka Invitational Tournament for the first time since 2004
The boys and girls from Cair Paravel played at the McLouth tournament with the boys seeded first while the girls were seeded fifth.
The boys’ team was set to win their first game against host McLouth on Tuesday. They won 71-32 led by senior Zack Clark by 25 points and moved on to Horton on Friday.
After a 69-56 win over Horton, they claimed the tournament title with a 73-31 win over second-seeded Pleasant Ridge.
The girls would advance to the title match with wins over Maur Hill, 39-31, and Marantha, 46-32, before falling in the title match against Riverside, 51-21.
Hayden’s boys’ basketball team competed in the 61st Topeka Invitational Tournament, finishing seventh in a difficult field.
First they fell on Thursday in Wichita Northwest, 63-46, before facing off against Shawnee Mission North on Friday.
They dropped that game, 63-49, but ended the tournament on a positive note with a 43-41 win over Topeka High on Saturday.
Highland Park went 2-1 at the Topeka Invitational Tournament.
First there was a win over Shawnee Mission North, 65-57, on Thursday, followed by a loss to Wichita Northwest, 66-60, the next day.
On Saturday, they came back with a win over St. Mary’s, 77-50, to claim third place.
Rossville’s boys and girls basketball teams played in the Oskaloosa Mid-Season Tournament, with the boys going 1-2.
The boys won their first game against Atchison County, 48-40, but then lost to Valley Falls, 62-46, and Jefferson County North, 45-33, in their next two games.
The Seaman Boys competed in the 58th Annual McPherson Invitational, finishing fourth.
First, they defeated Blue Valley, 63-55, on Thursday, followed by a loss to St. James, 70-63, on Friday.
In Saturday’s third-place match against McPherson, they fell 72-68 with a comeback that came just short.
The Shawnee Heights boys had a strong performance at the Viking Classic, progressing to the championship game before falling.
First, they defeated Wyandotte, 51-45, to open the tournament. That was followed by Lansing’s 73-54 blowout to advance to the title game where they fell 71-34 against Shawnee Mission Northwest.
The Silver Lake boys and girls basketball teams played in the Burlington Tournament last week, with the boys going 0-3 and the girls 2-1.
The boys dropped their first game on Tuesday against Labette County, 43-40. Against Rock Creek, a loss of 54-43. In their last game against Independence, they left a close game, 50-44.
On the girls side, they won their first match over Sabetha, 52-40, to advance to Independence, winning 48-18. They lost 60-55 in the championship game against Rock Creek.
Topeka High finished eighth at the Topeka Invitational Tournament after dropping games against St. Marys, Lawrence and Hayden.
First they played St. Marys and fell into a nail biter, 51-50. That was followed by a 73-62 loss to Lawrence, which was competitive the entire game, before closing the tournament with another 43-41 loss to Hayden on Saturday.
Topeka West won the Topeka Invitational Tournament, their first since 2004, 3-0 with a win over Lawrence, 59-57, in the first game.
They blew out St. Marys, 77-50, advanced to the final against Wichita Northwest and pulled out late to win 64-56.
The Washburn Rural boys traveled to participate in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational and finished fourth in a difficult field.
First, they defeated Piper in their opening game, 55-47, before falling to fellow Centennial League foe Junction City, in a stellar overtime game, 61-57.
Washburn Rural closed the Raytown South tournament and got into another close game 54-51.