Even though they haven’t been there awhile, the Gardner Edgerton boys’ basketball squad looked right at home when they opened state tournament action on March 10.
The Blazers used a hot start to key a 60-47 victory over Great Bend in that first round game at the Topeka Expo Center.
GE coach Jeff Langrehr, who is a native of Great Bend, had coached the Panthers to two state championships, setting up an emotional game for the Blazer coach.
“These last three days I have been just sick to my stomach; I didn’t want to be a part of a game against my former team,” said Langrehr.
His current outfit is clicking on all cylinders as they won for the 19th time in the last 20 games.
The Blazers, using their two big guns-Bubba Starling and Conner Langrehr-got off to a great start in this one, going up 15-9 after one period and 32-19 at half.  Great Bend did cut the lead to 10 at the end of the third quarter but could get no closer as GE wrapped up the big victory.
Starling and 17 and Langrehr had 16 to lead the team in scoring.  Senior guard Jaydan Juenemann was also in double figures with 14.  Dan Mauszycki had eight, Corbin Haas added three and Dex Newsome had two in the victory.
That win sets up a big semifinal contest tonight with Bishop Miege.  The Stags are the state’s top ranked team and are also high in national polls.  The winner of that contest will have a spot in the state championship game on
Tipoff is 4:45 at Topeka.