Mascot: Pioneers. Coach: Larry Hogan. 1999-2000 record: 23-2 overall/9-1 league.
Outlook: Leavenworth remains loaded, returning four starters from its Class 6A state championship team that finished 23-2. ... Kansas University signee Wayne Simien, a 6-foot-8 senior center/forward, averaged 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds a game to lead the Pioneers last year. ... Nicholas Sanders, a 6-7 forward who was the first freshman in Leavenworth history to start a varsity game, has signed with Furman. Sanders averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds last year. ... Other starters back are 6-1 senior David Albo, entering his third season as the starting point guard, and 6-1 guard Joey Payton. ... Leavenworth also has two transfers Thomas Holmes, a 6-6 senior from Victory Christian Academy in Dallas, and Robert Smith, a 6-4 senior from McLouth. ... The Pioneers will play in the prestigious KMOX Shootout on Dec. 7 in St. Louis.
Schedule: Dec. 1 at Emporia. 5 KC Wyandotte. 7 KMOX Shootout in St. Louis. 7-9 Citizens National Bank Invitational. 15 at SM Northwest. 19 Olathe East. Jan. 5 Free State. 9 at SM North. 12-14 at Springfield, Mo., tournament. 26 at SM South. 30 Lawrence. Feb. 2 at SM East. 9 SM West. 13 Olathe North. 17 at Atchison. 23 at Olathe South. 24 Manhattan.
Mascot: Hawks. Coach: Jim Super. 1999-2000 record: 10-11 overall/3-7 league.
Outlook: The Hawks return three starters and several players with significant varsity experience and coach Super believes squad could reach the state tournament. ... Key players are senior guard Tim Kaczmarczyk, junior forward Drew Mathews and senior guard Robbie Rundberg. ... Kaczmarczyk is a two-year letter winner. ...
Schedule: Dec. 1 Blue Valley North. 7-9 at Emporia tournament. 15 SM East. 19 at Leavenworth. Jan. 5 at SM West. 9 Olathe North. 13 Free State. 15-20 at Liberty, Mo., tournament. 30 at Olathe South. Feb. 2 KC Harmon. 6 at Overland Park Aquinas. 9 at SM Northwest. 12 at Lawrence. 15 SM North. 20 at Blue Valley Northwest. 23 SM South.
Mascot: Eagles. Coach: Bob Duncan (19th year). 1999-2000 record: 11-11 overall/4-6 league.
Schedule: Dec. 1 at KC Northeast. 7-9 at Blue Valley tournament. Jan. 5 Olathe South. 9 at Olathe East. 12 Shawnee Mission Northwest. 18-20 at Topeka tournament. 23 KC Harmon. 26 at Lawrence. 31 SM North. Feb. 3 at SM West. 6 at Blue Valley North. 9 SM South. 13 at Leavenworth. 15 SM East. 20 Free State. 23 at Blue Valley.
Mascot: Falcons. Coach: John McFall (ninth year). 1999-2000 record: 15-6 overall/7-3 league.
Outlook: Falcons are rebuilding after graduating six players from last year's team, including guard Jeremy McFall, the leading scorer in O-South history.. ... Defense and shot selection will be vital for the Falcons if they want to compete in the Sunflower League. ... Letter winners back are 6-1 senior guard Jon Lewis and 6-5 senior center Mike Grisell. ... Jason Santifer, a 5-9 senior guard and explosive player, is the top newcomer for O-South.
Schedule: Dec. 4-8 at Olathe South tournament. 15 at Blue Valley North. 21 SM East. Jan. 5 at Olathe North. 9 at SM Northwest. 12 Free State. 18-20 at Webb City (Mo.) tournament. 26 at SM North. 30 Olathe East. Feb. 3 Kansas City (Mo.) Southeast. 6 at Blue Valley Northwest. 9 Lawrence. 12 at SM East. 17 SM West. 20 at SM South. 23 Leavenworth.
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Mascot: Lancers. Coach: Shawn Hair (fifth year). 1999-2000 record: 13-9 overall/6-4 league.
Outlook: All-league pick Adam Jones, a 6-3 senior center, is back after averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds as a junior. ... Matt Zeller, a 6-3 senior forward, is also a returning starter. ... Other key returnees are Matt Benge (5-11 junior guard), Whitt Potts (6-1 junior forward) and Andy Jenkins (5-10 senior guard). ... Edward Spencer, a 6-2 senior guard, is one of the Lancers' top newcomers.
Schedule: Dec. 1 Blue Valley Northwest. 12 at SM Northwest. 15 at Olathe East. 21 at Olathe South. Jan. 5 SM Northwest. 6 at Lawrence. 12 SM North. 13 at SM South. 18-20 at McPherson tournament. 26 at SM West. 27 at Rockhurst. 30 SM South. Feb. 2 Leavenworth. 6 SM West. 12 Olathe South. 15 at Olathe North. 20 Blue Valley. 23 at Free State.
Mascot: Indians. Coach: Tony Lake (sixth year). 1999-2000 record:14-9 overall/6-4 league.
Outlook: Nathan Winslow, a standout receiver in football, is back after earning tri-sophomore of the year league honors last season in basketball. ... Winslow, a 6-2 guard, averaged 11.4 points a game. ... Other letter winners back are 6-2 junior John Martin and 6-3 senior Jay Small.
Schedule: Dec. 2 at KC Harmon. 7-9 at Leavenworth tournament. 12 Blue Valley North. 15 SM West. Jan. 5 at SM South. 9 Leavenworth. 12 at SM East. 18-20 at Valley Center. 23 at SM West. 26 Olathe South. 31 at Olathe North. Feb. 3 SM Northwest. 9 at Free State. 13 at Overland Park Aquinas. 15 at Olathe East. 23 Lawrence.
Mascot: Raiders. Coach: Mickey Masterson (fifth year). 1999-2000 record: 6-15 overall/3-7 league.
Outlook: With four starters back, SM South could be one of the most improved teams in the league. ... David Glenn, a 6-5 senior forward, averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 rebounds a game last year. ... Other returning starters are 6-4 senior guard Jason Briley (11.2 ppg), 6-5 junior forward Trey Molina (6.7 ppg) and 5-10 junior guard Vince Rodden (2.3 apg).
Schedule: Dec. 1 at SM West. 4-9 at Olathe South tournament. 16 at Lawrence. Jan. 3 at SM Northwest. 5 SM North. 9 SM West. 13 at SM East. 18-20 at Topeka Seaman tournament. 26 Leavenworth. 30 at SM East. Feb. 6 at Shawnee Miege. 9 at Olathe North. 12 SM Northwest. 16 Free State. 20 Olathe South. 23 at Olathe East.
Mascot: Cougars. Coach: Ben Meseke (fourth year). 1999-2000 record: 11-10 overall/5-5 league.
Outlook: Senior Brian Russell, a 6-3 center/forward, and Josh Doebele, a 6-2 senior guard, are returning starters. ... Meseke regards Russell as one of the best defensive players in the league and Doebele as one of the better point guards that he has coached. ... Northwest has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history.
Schedule: 1 at KC Washington. 8 Topeka Seaman. 12 SM East. 15 Leavenworth. Jan. 3 SM South. 5 at SM East. 9 Olathe South. 12 at Olathe North. 18-20 at Wichita Southeast tournament. 23 Topeka West. 27 Park Hill. 29 at Free State. Feb. 3 at SM North. 9 Olathe East. 12 at SM South. 15 Lawrence. 20 at Topeka Washburn Rural. 23 SM West.
Mascot: Vikings. Coach: Donnie Campbell (ninth year). 1999-2000 record: 16-7 overall/8-2 league.
Outlook: Campbell is set for his ninth and final season at SM West before coming the head coach at Blue Valley West, which opens next year. ... With last year's league player of the year Matt Freije now at Vanderbilt, the Vikings will have to spread their scoring around. ... Guards Mike O'Dell (8.1 ppg, 2.1 apg) and Andy Majors (7.0 ppg, 2.2 apg) are key returnees for the Vikings, state qualifiers a year ago.
Schedule: Dec. 1 SM South. 4-8 at Olathe South tournament. 15 at SM North. Jan. 5 Olathe East. 9 at SM South. 12 Lawrence. 16-19 at Lee's Summit tournament. 23 SM North. 26 SM East. Feb. 3 Olathe North. 6 at SM East. 9 at Leavenworth. 12 Free State. 17 at Olathe South. 20 Blue Valley North. 23 at SM Northwest.