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Lady Chieftains Knocked Out of State by New Champions



Just one cold shooting quarter. That’s all it took to dash the hopes of a state championship for the South Barber Lady Chieftains. South Barber dropped a tough 55-38 decision to Centralia on Thursday, March 10, at the Class 1A, Div. I State Tournament held at the Dodge City Civic Center.

The 6th seeded Lady Chiefs played 3rd seed Centralia dead even for three quarters in last week’s game, but were outscored 16-3 in a crucial second period that gave the Lady Panthers the margin they needed to win. Coach Steve Roberts and his squad end the season with an outstanding 18-6 record.

South Barber shouldn’t feel too bad, however. Centralia went on to defeat defending state champion Hoxie by 15 points in the semi-finals and clobbered Waverly by 18 points in the championship game to win the title.

The loss at State was the final game for senior point guard Nicole Blick. South Barber will return all its other players for what they anticipate will be another run through the tough Heart of the Plains League and chance for a third straight trip to State.

Stay Close Early

The Lady Chieftains got off to a slow start in Thursday’s opener at State, but a couple of buckets inside by sophomore center Idallis Shaffer and another basket by junior Madison Polson got the girls right back in the game. Junior guard Anna Perez then nailed a 3-pointer and senior Nicole Blick followed with another score to give South Barber an 11-10 lead with 20 seconds left in the opening quarter. But Centralia got a basket and foul shot to go ahead 13-10, and continued on a 16-3 run in the second eight minutes to take command 29-14 at halftime. The Lady Chiefs had good shots, but they just wouldn’t fall, while Centralia’s size helped bottle up any easy shots inside.

n the second half, both teams battled neck-and-neck, but South Barber just couldn’t whittle down the big Panther lead.

Idallis Shaffer scored 14 points and pulled down 5 rebounds to lead the Lady Chieftain attack with junior Sabrina Hughbanks adding 9 points as she was 3 of 4 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Bailey Roberts added 5 points, Anna Perez 4 points and 3 assists, Madison Polson 4 points, and Nicole Blick 2 points and 3 rebounds. Also getting playing time were Morgan Polson, Kaleigh Velasquez, Bryn Rathgeber and Savannah Hughbanks.

Centralia was led by Katie Glatczak with 18 points and Chelsea Huerter with 12 points.

HOPL Well Represented

The Heart of the Plains League sent five teams to state tournaments this season. In 1A Div. I, both the Lady Chieftains and Pretty Prairie boys lost in the opening round. In the 1A Div. II tournament, also played in Dodge City, the Hutch-Central Christian boys lost in the opening round, while in a big surprise the top-seeded Norwich girls also were defeated in their tourney opener.

The Attica boys, however, rolled through their bracket to bring home a State Championship by defeating Hartford 54-52.

Lady Chieftains Head to State!

Junior Anna Perez is pressured by a South Haven defender in sub-state action Saturday.

Junior Anna Perez is pressured by a South Haven defender in sub-state action Saturday.


South Barber’s Lady Chieftains rolled over South Haven 75-45 Saturday night to win the 1A Div. I Sub-state Tournament at Dexter and earn a trip to State for the second straight year and third time in the past 8 years.

Sixth seeded South Barber (18-5) will travel to the Dodge City Civic Center on Thursday, March 10, at 4:45 p.m. against 3rd seeded Centralia (22-1). A win would put them in the semifinals on Friday.

Several other HOPL members will join South Barber at Dodge City in both the 1A Div. I and Div. II tournaments. Pretty Prairie won the boy’s bracket at Dexter and will join the Lady Chiefs in the Div. I action at the Civic Center. The 1A Div. II State Tournament is being held again at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. Representing the HOPL will be Attica and Central Christian in the boy’s bracket and Norwich on the girl’s side.

Offense From Everywhere

Four Lady Chieftains scored in double figures as they rolled to a big lead and held off a third quarter rally to top South Haven by 30 points in Saturday night’s championship game.

The Lady Chiefs used their full court pressure defense and quickness on offense to jump off to a 21-9 lead after one quarter of play. It got even tougher for the Lady Cardinals in the second period as South Barber went on a 24-10 run for a commanding 45-19 lead at halftime.

South Haven’s knew their only chance to get close was to shoot a lot of long shots – and when they hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored a quick 8 points to open the third quarter, Coach Steve Roberts challenged his squad to stop the rally and take control. The Lady Cards got within 13 points midway through the third, but a 3-pointer by junior Bailey Roberts and outstanding defense by senior Nicole Blick and junior Anna Perez got things turned around and South Barber ended the game on a 15-6 run to win going away.

Madison Polson proved to be just too much for South Haven to handle as she scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to go with 5 steals and 4 assists. Idallis Shaffer was also strong inside as she knocked in 12 points and also had 8 rebounds. Nicole Blick was a leader out front with 11 points and 4 steals while dishing out 8 assists. Anna Perez rounded out the double figure scores with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bailey Roberts was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc for 9 points along with 4 rebounds. Junior Sabrina Hughbanks scored 7 points and pulled down 4 rebounds, freshman Morgan Polson added 4 points and 4 rebounds, and freshman ReAnna Dunlap scored 2 points. Also getting playing time were Savannah Hughbanks, Kaleigh Velasquez, Bryn Rathgeber and Taylor Pollock.

Easy Opening Win

South Barber opened Sub-state action Friday, March 4, with a 55-27 semifinal win over Pretty Prairie. The Lady Chieftains battled to a 15-8 lead after one quarter, then went on an 18-4 roll to finish the half with a 33-12 lead. South Barber had a 29 point lead heading into the final eight minutes and cruised to the win.

Madison Polson ripped the nets for 18 points and had 5 rebounds with Idallis Shaffer right behind with 14 points. Anna Perez scored 8 points and had 5 steals and Morgan Polson added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bailey Roberts hit for 6 points along with 5 assists. Sabrina Hughbanks had 2 points and Bryn Rathgeber 1 points to round out the scoring. Although she did not score, Nicole Blick was still very busy with 6 steals, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Chieftain Lead Gets Away

The Chieftain boys saw an early double-digit lead slip away in the second half as they lost a tough 61-51 battle with the home team Dexter-Cedar Vale Spartans.

Coach Jeff Lantz saw his squad get off to a good start with junior Spencer Kimmell scoring 6 first quarter points to lead his team to an 18-9 advantage after the opening period of play. South Barber had an 11 point lead early in the second period, but the Spartans fought for a 27-22 Chieftain lead at the half.

Dexter-Cedar Vale suddenly got hot from the outside and took a 38-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In a wild finishing stanza, the Spartans pulled away late for the 10 point win.

Grant Cantrell led the Chieftains with 21 points – 10 in that wild fourth quarter – with Spencer Kimmell also in double figures with 11 points. In his final game as a Chieftain, senior Trenton Jahay knocked in 5 points with junior Gavin Doherty also getting 5 points. Freshman Cole Coggins added 3 points while scoring 2 points each were junior Dale Hoch, sophomore Trae Rathgeber and freshman Neal Gugelmeyer. Also playing were Brian Farney, Kadin Banks and Brent Grismer.

Arrests Made After House Search in Hardtner

On March 4, 2016, Deputies from the Barber County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Alva Police Deparment, executed search warrants at a residence in Hardtner, Kansas.  As a result of these search warrants, James Griffin, 22 years old, and Talon Cruse, 22 years old, were taken in custody by the Barber County Sheriff’s Office for the following:


Unlawful possession of controlled substances
Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
Unlawful cultivation of controlled substances
Unlawful distribution of controlled substances


All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Kansas to Caucus


Republicans and Democrats in Barber County and throughout Kansas will head to their own Presidential preference caucuses on Saturday, March 5.

The Kansas Republican Party has announced that Barber County will cast ballots in Medicine Lodge in the Sunflower Room at The Peoples Bank, 121 S. Main. Voters will indicate their Presidential preferences and take care of other party business.

Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and voting is free and open to all registered Republicans. A photo ID must be presented and voting will be by secret ballot.

The Kansas Democratic Party will also caucus on Saturday and for Senate District 32, which includes Barber County, the caucus will be held in Winfield at the First Christian Church, 904 Alexander Street.

Registration for Democrats will begin at 1:00 p.m. and participants must be in line by 3 p.m. to register and participate in the caucus. Voters must be a registered Democrat but a person is allowed to either register for the first time or change party affiliation on that day.

Everyone interested is urged to attend a caucus on Saturday.