HAYS—How can you not be excited for the Inman Teutons?
They have the No.1 seed at 20-2 and are seeking their first state title in 25 years. The Teutons have won four championships ('47, '56, '67, '94) and are attempting to get their fifth state title in school history, starting on Wednesday when they take on No.8 seed Plainville High School in the opening round.
It has been nothing but an exciting atmosphere for the Teutons. Inman Head Coach Brett Froese sees the excitement for his players during practice as they are looking forward to their trip to Hays.
"Practice has been great this week," Froese said. "Just preparing for Plainville. Kids are super excited to be in Hays this week. They have one goal in mind, and that is to make it to the last game on Saturday night. Absolutely zero pressure on State title. It is so hard anymore to make it that once you do I think all pressure is gone."
The Plaineville Cardinals are 17-6 with a 7-1 record on the road. Froese breaks down in what to expect from the Cardinals team and how they can beat them.
"Plainville team can really score," Froese said. " (Jared) Casey kid averages over 20 and (Tanner) Copeland averages close to 18. I really like to shoot the three, so we have to guard the line."
With the win, the Teutons will take on the winner of the Ness City-Bishop Seabury game in the semifinals on Friday.
Inman may hold the top seed in the bracket, but it won't be an easy walkthrough for the Teutons. Hutchinson-Trinity High School (20-3) contains the second seed in Class 2A, and St.Mary's-Colgan High School in Pittsburg has third seed at 19-3. Being that it's Class 1A, any team in the bracket are capable of making it to the finals and Froese is taking them each seriously.
"Once you get there all teams are tough that’s why they are there," Froese said. "Gotta take one game at a time and then adapt to who we are playing. "Our kids are tough-minded. They play super hard. They won’t back down from anyone."
Tipoff for the Teutons will be at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Hays State University.
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