Basketball, indoor track hit spotlight

Basketball is winding down at the high school and junior college level. Two spring sports — Allen County Community College baseball and softball — are revving up.
Next week, area high school basketball teams open substate tournament play. It’s win and advance or lose and done for teams.
Wrapping up Class 1A regional tournament play this weekend are teams from Crest High and Southern Coffey County High. The regional, hosted by Southern Coffey County, is in Iola at Allen County Community College.
Saturday is a full day of basketball at ACCC.
First, the championship games of the 1A regional will be played at 1 and 2:30 p.m. The girls’ title game is set with Southern Coffey County playing St. Paul. Tonight top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Crest High’s boys play St. Paul and second-seeded Southern Coffey County takes on Chetopa. Winners meet in the title game Saturday.
After the 1A crowd vacates the ACCC gym, Allen County’s Red Devil teams are in for their regular season and home finales. Cowley County Community College’s Tiger teams come to town.
Cowley County’s men are ranked 17th in NJCAA Division I and battling for the Jayhawk Eastern Division title. Allen County’s men are jostling for playoff position. Cowley County’s women are 22-7 and standing third in the Jayhawk East. Allen County’s women are working for pride at 5-24.
Speaking of ACCC, there are NJCAA Region VI indoor track champions wearing the black and red. Cameron Parker is the men’s triple jump champ and stands No. 1 in the nation at 51 feet, 7 1/4 inches. Isiah Young is the 60-meter dash at 6.72 seconds, moving to No. 2 in the nation.
Angelica Larrier was the women’s 60-meter champion in Jayhawk Eastern Division. Keythra Richards was the Jayhawk East champion in triple jump and long jump.
More on the ACCC indoor track teams early next week as they prepare for the national meet, March 6-8.