Sixty-three straight wins " yes, that's what it took for the St. John-Hudson Tigers to set a new state record in Kansas boys' basketball by defeating the Larned Indians 55-43 in the Championship game at Larned's Keady Classic last Saturday. This breaks Wichita Height's old record of 62 wins. This also makes four years in a row for claiming the Keady Championship Title.

Starting out Saturday's game, after St. John's Jacob Milton's basket underneath, Cole Kinnamon and Jorge Calleros each made a three. And what possibly could have been run-a-way wasn't as the Tigers outside shooting suddenly turned stone cold. Add to that four missed free throws - both very uncharacteristic of the Tigers. Others scoring were Calleros with a basket and a free throw. Chase Fisher also had a free throw. However on the upside, the rough play inside resulted in a number of Larned fouls committed which later on would have them paying dearly. Going into the second quarter and leading 13-11, St. John's long range woes continued with Calleros making the only three, his second in the game. Others scoring were Tristan Long with two baskets, Chase Fisher with one along with a free throw. Quincy Smith also made a free throw. The Tigers lead going into the half 24-17. Four Tigers did all the scoring in the third as Milton made his second and third basket. Alexis Valenzuela also made a basket. Calleros and Fisher both went 2/2 from the line. The end of three had the Tigers leading 34-28. Valenzuela made a three starting the fourth which made it a 37-28 lead at 7:05. Valenzuela scored again with a basket and Calleros going 2/2 from the line, St. John's lead 41-35 at 5:25. The timeouts continued as Kinnamon went 6/6 from the line. Fisher went 2/2 and Calleros went 2/2, the Tigers take the title 55-43. Calleros scored 16 points for the game. "It felt like that old Alkaselzer Ad 'oh what a relief it is' said St. John's head coach Clint Kinnamon. 'I'm happy for our guys that it's over, meaning that they broke it. I know they had to be feeling a little bit of pressure in not wanting to let previous players down if they didn't break it. After the game we talked about it and they are pretty relieved. "I thought we really competed hard against Spearville and Larned. Both have good teams with good athletes. We shot the ball quite a better on Friday than we did Saturday, which didn't allow us to get much of a margin. Larned played well and their kids played really hard. Our defense won the game on a night our offense wasn't very good.' In earlier games the Tigers defeated 7th ranked in 2A Spearville 59-36 and Kinsley 80-38.Awards given after the game had Cole Kinnamon getting the 'Most Valuable Player' award along with placing first in free throw competition. Jacob Milton placed third in the three point competition and Jorge Calleros also made the all-tournament team. "Central Plains will be here Tuesday and it should be a super competitive game" said Kinnamon.

Sixty-three straight wins " yes, that's what it took for the St. John-Hudson Tigers to set a new state record in Kansas boys' basketball by defeating the Larned Indians 55-43 in the Championship game at Larned's Keady Classic last Saturday. This breaks Wichita Height's old record of 62 wins. This also makes four years in a row for claiming the Keady Championship Title.

Starting out Saturday's game, after St. John's Jacob Milton's basket underneath, Cole Kinnamon and Jorge Calleros each made a three. And what possibly could have been run-a-way wasn't as the Tigers outside shooting suddenly turned stone cold. Add to that four missed free throws - both very uncharacteristic of the Tigers. Others scoring were Calleros with a basket and a free throw. Chase Fisher also had a free throw. However on the upside, the rough play inside resulted in a number of Larned fouls committed which later on would have them paying dearly. Going into the second quarter and leading 13-11, St. John's long range woes continued with Calleros making the only three, his second in the game. Others scoring were Tristan Long with two baskets, Chase Fisher with one along with a free throw. Quincy Smith also made a free throw. The Tigers lead going into the half 24-17. Four Tigers did all the scoring in the third as Milton made his second and third basket. Alexis Valenzuela also made a basket. Calleros and Fisher both went 2/2 from the line. The end of three had the Tigers leading 34-28. Valenzuela made a three starting the fourth which made it a 37-28 lead at 7:05. Valenzuela scored again with a basket and Calleros going 2/2 from the line, St. John's lead 41-35 at 5:25. The timeouts continued as Kinnamon went 6/6 from the line. Fisher went 2/2 and Calleros went 2/2, the Tigers take the title 55-43. Calleros scored 16 points for the game. "It felt like that old Alkaselzer Ad 'oh what a relief it is' said St. John's head coach Clint Kinnamon. 'I'm happy for our guys that it's over, meaning that they broke it. I know they had to be feeling a little bit of pressure in not wanting to let previous players down if they didn't break it. After the game we talked about it and they are pretty relieved. "I thought we really competed hard against Spearville and Larned. Both have good teams with good athletes. We shot the ball quite a better on Friday than we did Saturday, which didn't allow us to get much of a margin. Larned played well and their kids played really hard. Our defense won the game on a night our offense wasn't very good.' In earlier games the Tigers defeated 7th ranked in 2A Spearville 59-36 and Kinsley 80-38.Awards given after the game had Cole Kinnamon getting the 'Most Valuable Player' award along with placing first in free throw competition. Jacob Milton placed third in the three point competition and Jorge Calleros also made the all-tournament team. "Central Plains will be here Tuesday and it should be a super competitive game" said Kinnamon.