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Media day notebook

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

* -- There was a clear dividing line in the CNC girls' poll as the top four teams picked are the league's Class 4A schools and the bottom four are the Class 3A schools. Frontenac received six first-place votes while Girard got the other two. Baxter Springs was picked third and newcomer Columbus fourth followed by Colgan, Southeast, Riverton and Galena....

* -- Riverton was picked to win the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League on the boys' side with six first-place votes. The Rams were followed by Colgan and Frontenac, each of which had a first-place vote, then Girard fourth, Columbus and Galena tied for fifth, Southeast seventh and Baxter Springs eighth....

* -- Erie is not included in the CNC poll because that school switched over to the Tri-Valley League. That decision was made after football districts were determined for this year and next, so the school won't move its football program until the 2014-15 school year....

* -- The Three Rivers League was dropped from the pre-season conference this season....

* -- Fort Scott's boys and girls will be taking part in a new mid-season tournament at Frontenac this season. Raider head boys coach Doug Barto said that the school decided to start its own tournament because the one its been playing in at Southeast was filled with schools Frontenac plays during the regular season, including other CNC teams. With the possibility of also being assigned to a Sub-State with some of those teams, the Raiders' programs were occasionally playing some opponents four times in one season.

This year's inaugural tournament will include Baxter Springs and Riverton of the CNC, Nevada and McDonald County from Missouri, Winfield of the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League and one other to be named.

Fort Scott's teams had played in the Basehor-Linwood Tournament from 2001-07 and again in 2011 and 2012....

* -- With the league down to seven schools, a double round-robin schedule will be in effect once again. This makes a 12-game league schedule that leaves room for two in-season tournaments for those schools that want to schedule two. Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, the then nine-team league played a 16-game double round-robin that left room for only one tournament (which was why there was a hiatus in the Tigers' visits to Basehor-Linwood; they had chosen to continue going to Willard)....

* -- The last season the SEK had fewer than nine schools was 1967-68, the season before Labette County joined. The SEK had eight schools at its founding in 1927. Iola dropped out early in the 1930s but was back by the end of that decade.

For four years between 1987-88 and 1990-91, the SEK had 10 schools as Ottawa was assigned to the league by the KSHSAA. Ottawa left after 1990-91 to become a member of the Huron League, which no longer exists....



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