Top-ranked Hayden boys to open season at Basehor-Linwood

Junior Zach Harvey returns for Hayden after averaging a city-high 22.2 points last season. (Rex Wolf/Special to The Capital-Journal)

New Hayden boys basketball coach Torrey Head doesn’t know exactly what to expect in Friday’s season-opener, but nevertheless he’s eager to get started.

 

Hayden, the final team in the city to open the 2017-18 season, will open with a 7:15 p.m. non-league game at Basehor-Linwood, a battle between traditional Class 4A state powers.

“Coaches are never comfortable for the first game, wondering it you should have put this in or that, but it’s certainly time that we toss it up and play against somebody,” said Head, a former Washburn assistant. “Obviously the guys are ready to compete against somebody other than themselves.”

Hayden, which went 18-7 last season and finished third in 4A-II, begins the season top-ranked in the state with four starters returning.

Junior Zach Harvey returns to lead the Wildcats after averaging 22.2 points while senior Jett Canfield averaged 13.8 points and senior DeShawn Hanika 12.5 points. Harvey was a first-team All-City pick last season while Canfield and Hanika were second-team selections.

Canfield, starting his fourth season as Hayden’s point guard, has been fighting through an injury (upper leg) since summer but is expected to start Friday.

“We have no excuses whatsoever but we have not let him have a full practice because wear and tear is something we’re going to watch,” Head said. “We’re going to monitor his minutes to a certain degree, especially because we have four games in nine days. We have a college schedule coming up.”

Hayden will be facing a Basehor-Linwood team that is coming off a 15-6 season. Junior Jacob Coleman is the Bobcats’ top returner, averaging 9.9 points last season.

“I think it’s a good measuring stick because year-in and year-out they have good teams and I think (coach Mike McBride) does a great job coaching from a fundamentals standpoint; they’re always fundamentally sound,” Head said. “They play extremely hard and when you go up there you better be ready to go because you’re going to get a heck of a contest one way or another.”

Friday’s boys game will follow a 5:45 girls game between the 0-1 Wildcats and the 1-1 Bobcats.

Hayden dropped a 61-49 decision to 6A Lawrence Tuesday night in its first game under Luke Noll while Basehor-Linwood is coming off a 51-47 loss to 6A SM North Monday.

Hayden got 18 points from junior Brooklyn Hunter against Lawrence while sophomore Haley Karolevitz added 13 points and hit three 3-pointers.

FRIDAY’S OTHER CITY REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

GIRLS

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (0-2) at TOPEKA WEST (0-1)

Shawnee Heights is coming off a 50-38 loss at Lansing while Topeka West opened its season with a 64-18 loss at Washburn Rural. Senior Lydia Ostenson scored a game-high 18 points for the T-Birds against Lansing while junior Gabby Rivera had nine points and seven rebounds for Topeka West against Rural. Game time: 6 p.m.

LANSING (2-0) at SEAMAN (1-1)

Seaman notched its first win under new coach Matt Tinsley Tuesday night, taking a 47-34 victory at Topeka High. Junior Megan Skoch led the Vikings with a game-high 15 points. Lansing improved to 2-0 with a 50-38 win over Shawnee Heights, with Gerenda Smith leading the Lions with 17 points. Game time: 6 p.m.

BOYS

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (2-0) at TOPEKA WEST (1-0)

Shawnee Heights improved to 2-0 with a 73-62 win at Lansing while Topeka West opened its season with a 57-48 victory at Washburn Rural. Junior Tyce Brown led Heights with 16 points while Chris Glenn and Tyler White scored 13 points and Brandon Walker-Ladish 12. Seniors Koriyon Carr and Elijah Griffin scored 18 and 15 points in Topeka West’s win over Rural. Game time: 7:30 p.m.

LANSING (0-2) at SEAMAN (1-0)

Seaman was off Tuesday after posting a 53-38 season-opening win at Leavenworth last Friday. Senior Nathan Heinen scored 17 points in the Vikings’ win while senior Kaden Henley added 10 points. Lansing fell to 0-2 Tuesday with a 73-62 loss to Shawnee Heights. Junior Jaden Remington led Lansing with 19 points against Heights. Game time: 7:30 p.m.

WASHBURN RURAL (0-2) at SM NORTHWEST (1-0)

Washburn Rural is coming off a 57-48 loss to Topeka West Tuesday night, while SM Northwest opened its season with a 60-46 win over Mill Valley last Friday. Senior Raymond Swopes scored 16 points for Rural against West while junior Jordan White added 11 points. Game time: 7 p.m.

Note: Highland Park and Topeka High’s boys teams will continue tournament play on Friday, with the Scots finishing out their three games in the Blue Valley tournament and Topeka High playing its second game in the Leavenworth tournament.

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