The St. John-Hudson Tigers are Sub-State Champions and will take on Southern Coffey County in the first round of state competition.

The St. John-Hudson Tigers heading to State after defeating the Caldwell Bluejays 58-29 at the Norwich 1A div. 1 Sub-State last Saturday night

Earlier on Thursday, they defeated the Burrton Chargers 68-51.

Starting out against the Bluejays, the Tigers have played better, having difficulties making baskets, then turned things around and finally took the lead at the end of the first, 11-8.

Scoring for the Tigers were Chase Fisher with two baskets, Tanner Halling making a basket and a free throw, Mason Osborne and Eddy Calleros, both making baskets.

The Tigers widened their lead less than two minutes into the second 15-8, but the Bluejays kept within range, the score 20-13. Scoring seven straight, Caldwell narrowed St. John’s lead 20-18. Then with the score standing at 24-18 and one tic left on the clock, as the ball was thrown in to Calleros, he quickly put up the shot, nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

St. John leads at the half 27-18. Others scoring was Halling with nine points, most coming from free throws. Fisher made two free throws.

From then on, it was all St. John, the Tigers leading 43-21 going into the fourth. Fisher made four baskets, Halling’s a basket and two free throws, and Quincy Smith and Osborne both made a basket.

The Tigers move on to Hays with a 58-29 victory. Scoring had Braden Witt with two baskets, Halling two baskets and three free throws, Calleros a basket, and Osborne going 2/2 from the line.

On Thursday’s game going up against the Burrton Chargers, the Tigers led 18-13, moved ahead at the half 38-23, Burrton narrowed St. John’s lead, 54-35 after three, and the Tigers then pulled away, winning the game 68-51.

Overall scoring for the Tigers: Fisher 14, Osborne 13, Smith 12, Calleros 11, Halling 10, Witt 7, Eddy Ibarra 3, AJ Miller 1.

"I'm really happy for our guys, especially our seniors said St. John’s head coach Clint Kinnamon. “It's always fun and exciting to have the chance to play in a state tournament. To top it all off, I was so happy for Coach Smith, Coach Wade and our girls team and managers to have the same opportunity. Hopefully it's a really fun week for everyone."

Kinnamon continued saying, "Burrton had a kid that got really hot and made some difficult shots in the semis. We kept rotating defenders on him and pulled away in the second half to get the win. "Caldwell was a pretty undersized team. Their strategy was to try and be physical inside against our bigs. That got us to the line quite a bit. We did a nice job defending them inside the 3 point line, only giving up two made 2 FGs for the game."

With a large turnout of St. John Tiger fans, Kinnamon was more than happy saying, "Our crowd was great."

"Our guys competed really hard and had fun playing the right way. Their hard work has paid off with a chance to play for a state championship."

The St. John Tigers play at State on Wednesday at 4:45 against Southern Coffey County.