Kansas Prep Basketball History Part 6               Revised July 23, 2012             Kansas High School Basketball  History

 Part Six:  Kansas CLASS AA, A & B Tournaments  1941-1951              * = Overtime    ! = Forfeit     by Patrick Macfee


Chapter 1: War Years 1941-1945     Chapter 2: Post-War Boom 1946-1951

                       1941   1942   1943   1944   1945  

1943 Class AA Tournament

 March 25-27
Salina - Memorial Hall

>475 Students
Harold Reade NEKL 1 Shawnee Mission (24-1)

Marion Wools INDEPENDENT 2 KC-Wyandotte (18-7)

Frank Lindley ARK VALLEY SF Newton (21-2)

Jack Randle CKL SF McPherson (16-4)

Shawnee Mission

Final 4 Officials
  Shawnee Mission

McPherson 43-31

Mike Oberhelman


Cliff Ogden

  Shawnee Mission

Darrell Hinkhouse
Wyandotte   34-28


Newton 26-21


No Consolation Game

No All-Star Team

Hutchinson Sectional

Salina Wellington

Wellington 41-26

Newton Newton Newton

Dodge City 53-28 31-21

McPherson McPherson   Newton

Hutchinson 35-30 McPherson 42-20

Winfield Winfield 36-24

Junction City 60-21

Topeka Sectional

Independence Ottawa

Ottawa 43-30 Wyandotte

Wyandotte Wyandotte 32-20 Shawnee Mission

Lawrence 31-25   20-17

Topeka High Chanute Shawnee Mission

Chanute 39-37 36-24

Shawnee Mission Shawnee Mission

Columbus 32-27

 The top 2 finishers in the Sectionals advanced to FINAL 4 in Salina

1943 Class A Tournament

Salina - Memorial Hall

March 25-27
Dave Shirk INDEPENDENT 1 Augusta (19-4)

Wayne Gardner SKL 2 Anthony (20-1)

Oscar Richards ^ NEKL SF KC-Rosedale (9-11)
81 Teams entered in competition Gerald Travis NWKL SF Norton (16-2)
13 Play-Off sites. 

^ Richards inducted into miltary - Art Lawrence coached last 3 games



Final 4 Officials
Norton 40-23


Mike Oberhelman
KC-Rosedale   49-42

Cliff Ogden

Darrell Hinkhouse
Anthony 45-24

No Consolation Game

No All-Star Team

Eureka Sectional

Augusta Augusta

Neodesha 32-20 Augusta

Eureka Eureka 37-17

Altamont 42-28

Russell Sectional

Norton Norton

Hays 31-29 *** Norton

Osborne Osborne 30-22

Salina-Sacred Heart 36-35

Topeka Sectional

Marysville KC-Rosedale

KC-Rosedale 56-27 KC-Rosedale

Turner Turner 25-20

Osage City 31-30 **

Hutchinson Sectional

Anthony Anthony

Hoisington 44-29 Anthony

Garden City Lyons 43-30

Lyons 43-25

1943 Class B Tournament

Salina - Memorial Hall

March 25-26

< 200 Students
Dennis McKee NCKL 1 Mankato (23-1)

Jay Scott N MARION CNTY 2 Tampa ????

Lafayette Haughn INDEPENDENT SF Olivet (28-1)

George Norton MID-KANSAS SF Pretty Prairie (19-8)
Final Four



Pretty Prairie 28-15


Final 4 Officials
Olivet   31-25


Mike Oberhelman
Tampa 51-39

Cliff Ogden

Darrell Hinkhouse
No Consolation Game

No All-Star Team

Russell Sectional

Mankato Mankato

Ransom 38-21 Mankato

Leoti Leoti 23-20

Almena 28-24

Hutchinson Sectional

Pretty Prairie Pretty Prairie

Little River 31-26 Pretty Prairie

Miltonvale Miltonvale 27-19

Chase County 38-36

Topeka Sectional

Olivet Olivet

Riley 34-26 Olivet

Willis Willis 33-31

Edwardsville 18-17

Eureka Sectional

Tampa Tampa

Madison 34-19 Tampa

Welda Welda 34-16

Weir 30-29


    America was in the process of converting everyday life to the realites of a nation at war as the school year began in September of 1942. The KSHSAA was determined to continue with inter-scholastic sports. There were certain areas of the state that struggled to maintain football schedules. The most difficult impediment was the travel expenses involved - especially in the rural areas. Gasoline and other transportation products (tires, oil) were strictly rationed as these items were reserved first for the military effort. The association decided to continue the basketball tournaments with an expansion of the system that would keep elimination rounds closer to the competitor's geographic area and a final four championship event for all classes in one location.

   This is the break down for tourneys in 1943.
Class AA Regionals  - First & Runner-Up advanced. Independence alone advanced from their two team regional - KSHSAA awarded Topeka the invitation on the basis of consolation win over Atchison. Eastern sectional was held at Topeka High and Western sectional was played at Hutchinson Civic Center as detailed above. The winner and runner-up of the two sectionals advanced to the final four competition.

Great Bend - McPherson, Dodge City & Great Bend.  Junction City - Salina, Manhattan, Junction City & Emporia.  Winfield - Winfield, Wichita North, Wellington & Arkansas City.  Newton - Newton,  Wichita East, Hutchinson. El Dorado

Independence - Independence & Coffeyville.  Lawrence - Topeka, Ottawa, Lawrence & Atchison.  Pittsburg - Pittsburg, Columbus, Parsons & Chanute.  KC-Wyandotte - Shawnee Mission, Argentine, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Ward.
Class A Regionals - Only winners of the regionals advanced and three more teams were invited to fill out the sectional tourneys. The winners of the sectionals advanced to the final four tourney in Salina.

BELOIT:  Belleville, Minneapolis, Lincoln, Beloit, Smith Center, Osborne, Concordia
COLBY:  Norton, Oberlin, Hoxie, Colby, St. Francis, Goodland, Atwood.
FREDONIA:  Eureka, Yates Center, Caney, Iola, Neodesha, Cherryvale, Fredonia, Humboldt.
GARDEN CITY:  Liberal, Garden City, Scott City
GREAT BEND:  Lyons, Ellsworth, Sterling, Hoisington, Ellinwood, Larned, LaCrosse.
HAYS:  Russell, Hill City, Phillipsburg, Hays, Ellis, Hays-St. Joseph's, Wakeeney.
HOLTON:  Marysville, Effingham, Holton, Hiawatha, Frankfort, Horton, Sabetha.
JUNCTION CITY:  Salina-Sacred Heart, Clay Center, Herington, Chapman, Abilene, Wamego.
MEDICINE LODGE:  Anthony, Medicine Lodge, Kingman, Pratt, Harper.
NEWTON:  Augusta, Marion, Buhler, Moundridge, Wichita Cathedral, Hillsboro, Valley Center.
OSAGE CITY:  Osage City, Garnett, Topeka-Highland Park, Burlington, Topeka-Capitol Catholic, Topeka-Seaman, Council Grove.
PITTSBURG: Altamont, Riverton, Arma, Galena, Baxter Springs, Cherokee.
KC-TURNER: Turner, Bonner Springs, Olathe, KC-Washington, KC-Rosedale.
Class B Regionals    - 128 B schools survived 57 district tournaments and became eligible for 14 Class B Regionals - Winners and Runner-Ups of each district and 14 invited teams competed in the regionals. The winners of each regional advanced to the sectionals and the KSHSAA invited two other teams to fill the brackets.

BELOIT:  Jamestown, Athol, Lebanon, Courtland, Simpson, Glasco, Mankato, Beverly, Scandia, Narka.
COLBY:  McDonald, Monument, Quinter, Edson, Almena, Oakley, Norcatur.
FREDONIA: St. Francis (St. Paul, Lamont, Welda, Elk Falls, Coyville, Colony, Galesburg, Madison, Peru, Erie.
GARDEN CITY:  Hugoton, Meade, Cimarron, Syracuse, Tribune, Minneola, Sublette, Leoti, Ensign, Johnson.
GREAT BEND:  Chase, Macksville, Bushton, Jetmore, Nickerson, Rozel, Sylvia, Little River.
HAYS:  Wilson, Paradise, Schoenchen, Stockton, Brownell, Ransom, Plainville, Covert, Dorrance, Palco.
HOLTON:   Willis, Circleville, Silver Lake, Hoyt, Centralia, Fairview, Goff, Onaga, Denison, Powhatton, Senca Catholic, Havensville.
JUNCTION CITY: Blue Rapids, White City, Riley, Smolan, Barnes, Alma, Morrowville, Enterprise, Randoplh, Flush.
MEDICINE LODGE:  Hazelton, Cunningham, Pretty Prairie, Protection, Attica, Sun City, Coldwater, Kiowa.
NEWTON:  Halstead, Potwin, Peabody, Galva, Inman, Florence, Mount Hope, Whitewater, Tampa.
OSAGE CITY:  Olivet, Harveyville, Pomona, Appanoose, Melvern, Miller, Lebo, Princeton, Lyndon, Americus.
PITTSBURG:  Oswego, Arcadia, Pittsburg-St. Mary's, McCune, Fulton, West Mineral, Weir, Uniontown.
TURNER:  Perry, DeSoto, Edwardsville, Spring Hill, Parker, Atchison-Maur Hill, Basehor, Louisburg.
WINFIELD:  Miltonvale, Douglass, Oxford, Conway Springs, Clearwater, Latham, Cedar Vale, Argonia.

Class AA

       Ark Valley experts suggested that the KSHSAA could save on travel by making the winner of the Hutchinson Sectional state champion and telling the eastern AA teams to stay home..  The scribes from the Ark Valley had ample support for the confidence they had that Newton, Winfield, Hutchinson from the Ark Valley or Salina and McPherson from the CKL made their sectional of a higher quality than the Kansas City event. Newton played exceptional ball while taking care of Dodge City, Wellington and the upstart McPherson team that defeated Hutchinson and Winfield prior to the sectional final. Coach Lindley was pleased with his team's play led by Seniors Dwight Hefflebower, Art Becher, Tom Quilty, Cliff King and Bobby Unruh. But, Coach Lindley was well aware that the semi-final opponent Wyandotte at Salina would be difficult.