DAWSON SCHOOL MUSTANGS
Playoff path: Beat Lyons and Resurrection Christian in districts; Beat Rocky Ford and Dayspring Christian Academy in first two rounds of state tournament.
Season studs: Seth Clemente (.578 batting average, 31 runs scored); Tanner Fulkerson (two home runs, 29 RBI); Luke Feigal (five wins, 0.82 earned run average).
Nice to know: The Mustangs have had quite a turnaround in the past two years, going for more wins (27) than the previous seven years combined. This year they've outscored teams by nearly a 3-to-1 clip (173-63). ... Dawson beat ranked Dayspring twice in three weeks, further legitimizing their candidacy as a state contender. Beating Resurrection Christian two times put Dawson in new territory in program history, as well. ... In addition to his two home runs, Fulkerson has 13 other extra base hits and also has 15 stolen bases.
Playoff path: Beat Denver Christian and Front Range Christian in districts; Beat County Line and Hotchkiss in first two rounds of state.
Season studs: Joe Stephen (.470 avg., 26 runs); Tristen Cesko (25 RBI); Hauk Hubbard (three wins, 2.36 ERA).
Nice to know: Limon is a school that has churned out good athletics for decades. The Badgers are known for a 50-game football win streak in the mid-2000's. ... Baseball-wise, they've won two state titles including in 2010. ... Stephen is also the team's pitching ace, going 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA. ... The team has reported 107 stolen bases on MaxPreps.
Playoff path: Beat Meeker and Hotchkiss in districts; Beat Sargent and Akron in first two state rounds.
Season studs: Trevor Smith (.641 avg., 48 RBI); Kayden Seriani (13 home runs); Slater Podgorny (47 runs scored).
Nice to know: Paonia is very much a baseball powerhouse in the small school ranks with six state titles, but the Eagles have come up empty since 2003. ... The team scored 293 runs, scoring 19 or more five times. Even in playoffs they've notched 35 runs. ... Another mind-blowing stat? Paonia has three players with at least seven bombs and 32 as a team — seven more than any other team in the state.
SEDGWICK COUNTY COUGARS
Playoff path: Trudged through three district wins to earn their place in the state tournament, then beat Rye and Resurrection Christian in the first two rounds of state.
Season studs: Tyler Woodhams (.506 avg., 45 runs); Cordell Hensley (32 RBI); Tyce Marquez (three home runs); Chance Dunker (10-0, 2.10 ERA).
Nice to know: The Cougars reside in the northeastern corner of Colorado and are looking for their first baseball state title. ... The team has scored 290 runs so far this year with a 4-3 loss to Haxtun as their only setback. They exacted revenge on Haxtun with an 11-4 districts win. ... While Dunker has the most wins on the team, Woodhams and Dunker both have sub-2.00 ERA's in 68 combined innings pitched. ... The Cougars have three straight 20-win seasons.