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In the 2018-19 season, Coach Sautter brought the Saints to the National Tournament and came in ranked 7th in the Nation. The Saints went 28-6 in the regular season with a school-record of the most wins versus Conference opponents (21). The Saints won the Region IV by beating rival Hutchinson Community College 81–76 to punch their ticket to the National Tournament. Coach Sautter was named District VI coach of the year, and Jayhawk West Conference coach of the year.
Having 3 players became All-Region, and All-Conference and another player being named Defensive Player of the year provided great versatility throughout the season. With Isiah Small being named Honorable Mention All American team. Small averaged 15 pts/g, 62% FG %, and averaged 6 rebounds a game. Isiah Small moved on to Texas State to continue his basketball career.
In his first season in Liberal, Sautter took over a program that finished last (14th place) in the Jayhawk West in 2017 and pushed them to an 8th place finish with a completely new squad of 11 freshmen and just two sophomores.. The Saints earned their first home playoff game in four years, defeating Butler 63-61 to advance to the Region VI Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. Seward finished 18-14 on the season, a nine-win improvement from the previous year while finishing .500 in conference play for the first time since 2014. Sautter's signature defense came in to play quickly in his first year on the job as the Saints led the Jayhawk West in points against, allowing just 66.1 points per game.