It’s hoops season once again, and if you’re looking for some good games to take in, you don’t have to venture too far from the Capital City. The Washburn Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams look like top contenders in the Division II rankings once again, as the men currently have a record of 7-1, and are ranked 8th in the latest Men’s Basketball poll, while the women have a record of 6-1 and are ranked 6th. Both teams are coming off their first losses of the season, but they look like they will be strong once again in the MAIAA.
On the prep scene, there are several teams making their presence known early on in the season. On the boys’ side, Highland Park and Washburn Rural have played well, and will look to continue their winning ways as they enter league play. For the girls, Seaman at 5-0 has been impressive so far as they look to build on a 17-8 2011-12 record.
But if you want to see possibly the most special girls prep player in the state of Kansas, you’ll have to travel north and west on Highway 24 to Wamego where you’ll find Kaylee Page. The 6-2 junior, who is averaging almost 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 3 assists per game has college scouts licking their chops, including those from KU, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma State, as well as undefeated and number 1 ranked Stanford. And Kaylee’s younger sister, Lanie, has been almost as impressive. As a sophomore she is averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists. Wamego is looking to defend their league crown from a year ago, and with the Page sisters leading the way, that looks like a very good possibility.
If you get a chance to see Wamego and the Page sisters play, I would highly recommend you do so. It’s always fun to see younger players with a bright athletic future ahead of them play in their prep years.
I’ll never forget having the opportunity to see future NBA player “Big Dog” Glenn Robinson play my high school alma mater in South Bend, IN back in the early 90s. I was only in 8th grade, so I wasn’t actually a student at that point in time, but I still made it to the game when he and the future state champion Gary Roosevelt Panthers came to town. We had a really good player on our team as well – not Glenn Robinson good, but still pretty good – and he had the assignment to guard Robinson on that night. Robinson must have dunked on our guy about 8 times, but I’ll never forget the one time our guy got his revenge and stuffed it in Robinson’s face. It was a play and a game that have stuck with me through the years. So get out there and enjoy the hoops season, as you never know what performances you might see that will stick with you.