EARL WATT • Leader & Times
Seward County Lady Saints fans will have to go back 30 years to find a losing record, and while the season is not over and the Lady Saints could still end up with a winning record, they will have to pull off some upsets to make that happen.
The Lady Saints finished the regular season on a four-game losing streak to fall to 14-16 overall and 12-12 in the Jayhawk Conference.
The Lady Saints last losing season ended in 1992 with a 14-16 record and was the first season for legendary coach Jim Littell.
Since then, Seward has never had more than 11 losses in any season.
But this year’s team has already suffered 16 losses.
The Lady Saints have completed the regular season, but the rest of the conference still has one game to play, and that could change the final positions for several teams.
Until those games are completed Wednesday, the Lady Saints don’t know who they will play in the first round of the Region 6 Tournament, but the Lady Saints will host a game Saturday.
Seward is currently sixth in the Jayhawk Conference but could fall to seventh or eighth.
Seward would need to win that game and at least two more to avoid a losing season.
Like the Lady Saints, the Saints have also suffered a four-game losing streak to end the regular season. The Saints sit a 13-17 overall and 9-15 in the Jayhawk Conference.
The Saints are currently 10th out of the 12 teams in the Region 6 Tournament.
The Saints will travel for their first playoff game, but the opponent has yet to be determined until Wednesday’s league games are completed.
The most likely scenario has the Saints traveling to Hutchinson or Pratt, whichever ends up being the No. 7 seed.
The first round game will be played Saturday.