MHS could possibly play Abilene in opener

By Steve Sell
October 21, 2020

Wednesday’s ramblings…

MHS’ FIRST-ROUND OPPONENT MAY BE ABILENE – I reported earlier this week if the Class 4A football playoffs started today, McPherson High would most likely play Great Bend.

But that may not be the case.

Even though Great Bend is listed as the No. 16 team at this point on the KSHSAA list and the Bullpups are No. 1, MHS Athletic Director Shane Backhus pointed out Tuesday that the Bullpups could possibly play Abilene. While Great Bend has more losses, both teams are winless, so the next tiebreaker would be point differential and Great Bend at this point has a better point differential than Abilene.

Abilene is scheduled to play Wamego on Friday and is a decided underdog. Great Bend is matched with Garden City.

Myself personally, I would much rather see the Bullpups play Abilene than Great Bend since they already have played the Panthers this year. Great Bend gave MHS a good game for a half in Week 3 before the Bullpups pulled away in the second half.

Everything will be sorted out on Saturday after all games are completed.

KEY WIN FOR CHIEFS – Kansas City’s 26-17 victory over Buffalo on Monday was the victory it had to have.

The Chiefs’ first six games of the season were a difficult stretch, but the strength of schedule is easier in the next few games.

The Chiefs appeared much more dominant than the final 9-point margin indicated. They had 466 yards of offense to just 206 for Buffalo and ran 73 plays to 50 for the Bills. The Kansas City defense did have trouble in the first half getting off the field, primarily due to defensive penalties – 5 in the game total that resulted in first downs.

It’s not often Big Red Andy Reid shows so much offensive restraint. The Bills’ defense has been porous against the run and the Chiefs went against their tendency to throw the ball by pounding away with 46 rushing attempts. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, perhaps inspired now that he has competition from Le’Veon Bell, ran for 161 yards on 26 carries, but he seemed to go into a shell once he nearly fumbled the ball away, only to be ruled down. Darrel Williams also again proved to be serviceable and Darwin Thompson, probably the odd man out in the rotation with Bell’s arrival, flashed some wiggle.

Patrick Mahomes threw it only 26 times, but completed 21 for 221 yards and 2 scores, well below his norm and not the numbers I need for my Fantasy Football League. Again, operating behind a cobbled-together offensive line that has been ravaged by injuries, Mahomes very seldom set his feet in the pocket, opting to take off. Fortunately, he has the ability to be pinpoint on the run, but you hate to see him exposed time and again. He’s smart, however, and doesn’t take too may direct hits.

It seemed like Buffalo put up more yards than it did, but Josh Allen was wayward in the passing game and his best attribute was when he tucked it and ran.

The Chiefs now have four straight games they’ll be considered a solid favorite in. They head to Denver on Sunday, which even though it’s down is always a tough place to play, then are home against the Jets and Panthers and next is the rematch at Las Vegas. You don’t think the Chiefs will be motivated to avenge that loss? If the Chiefs do indeed run that four-game table, they’ll be 9-1 at the 10-game mark.

NO MORE “POOKA MAGIC” – There really hasn’t been any “Pooka Magic” this year for KU star running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams, who earlier this week announced he was opting out of the rest of the season to return to Louisiana to be with his ailing mother.

Pooka will still have two years of eligibility and has maintained his love for KU. But his talent is well known to NFL scouts, so would he really return in the fall to what is a dumpster fire?  Pooka rates basically as a return specialist in the NFL and maybe a third-down back given he’s on the light side.

Pooka operates behind easily the worst offensive line of any Power 5 school and the quarterback situation is dire. Miles Kendrick is the only healthy quarterback with any experience and he has little chance for success when he has no time to throw and the running game has been bottled up.

Saturday’s game at Manhattan against Kansas State will show just how much disparity there is between the programs, which has been the case for the past 10 years.

MHS spikers reach 30-win milestone

By Steve Sell
October 21, 2020

You can’t blame the McPherson High volleyball team if it had one eye on Tuesday’s triangular and the other on Saturday’s sub-state at Towanda.

The Bullpups closed out their regular season on Tuesday with a Senior Night sweep of Wellington and Mulvane to reach the magical 30-win plateau as they are now 30-3 on the year.

MHS defeated Wellington (25-15, 25-16) and Mulvane (25-16, 25-16) in a pair of matches where the Bullpups were just trying to get the night over with as fast as possible so they can concentrate on Saturday, which dictates the future of their season.

“It was good to get to 30 wins and get Megan (Lulloff) back,” MHS coach Christy Doile said as the senior had been sidelined recently. “We kept track of how they lost their points. They have some running to do tomorrow for out of position and lack of effort, because those things right there are going to kill you on Saturday. And I know they wouldn’t have no effort on Saturday. If they’re out of position now, is that because they don’t know what position they’re supposed to be in or is that because they’re not locked in?”

In Set 1 against Wellington, MHS went on a 16-2 run to tear a hole in that set and was up 20-6 when the Crusaders showed some spirit to whittle the margin down somewhat. Set 2 was tied at 8-all when the Bullpups again focused to take control.

Set 1 of Mulvane was more of the same as the Bullpups sprinted to an 11-2 lead before the Wildcats pulled as close as 14-9 before MHS sped away. The second set was as close as 16-14, but MHS was sharp the rest of the way with a 9-2 run.

“We’ve got to get it going and get locked in at practice tomorrow,” Doile said. “We’ve got to be ready for Saturday.”

MHS plays in a sub-state where it has defeated all four teams already this year.

“We will be ready to go,” Doile said.

MHS gets a first-round bye, then has to win a pair of matches to move on.

Rhian Swanson and Katie Berg pounded 23 and 22 kills, respectively. Brette Doile took care of most of the assists with 40, and Taylor Casebeer had a nice night with 16 digs and 4 aces. Doile also had 10 digs.

The MHS JVs took care of Wellington (25-8, 25-20) and Mulvane (25-19) to end the season on a good note.

“There were specific things we wanted to focus on coming into our last two games that helped us close out our regular season with two wins,” MHS coach Katelyn Loecker said. “Kelcy Bergstrom did a great job in the back row for us all night long and all of our hitters stepped up and finished plays.”

Bergstrom had team highs of 17 digs and 7 aces. Alex Romero and Aimee Leblanc added 4 and 3 aces, respectively. Leblanc and Emma Stein were tops in kills with 9, one more than Kelci Kynaston. Emma Vogts added 7. Kynaston also came up with 13 digs.

Starlie Lanes bowling scores reported

By Steve Sell
October 21, 2020

Here are the most recent bowling scores as reported by Starlite Lanes.

• FRIDAY FRIENDS AND FUN •

Del Ray, 23-4

Dilly Dilly, 17-10

Viega, 13-14

3G, 10-17

IDFK, 11-16

Limu Emu and Slim, 7-20

• High Games •

1. Duke Fattig, 222

2. Josh Gesaman, 215

3. Justin Hull, 213

• High Series •

1. Chris Phillips, 605

2. Justin Hull, 589

3. Duke Fattig, 586

•Monday Nite Ladies•

McPherson Coop Credit Union, 16-8

Andi’s Accounting, 15-9

Hit and Miss, 14-10

Spare Us, 14-10

Serendipity Strikes, 11-13

•High Games•

1. Andi Willems, 243

2. Sonya Morse, 200

3. Margaret Hucksoll, 167

•High Series•

1. Andi Willems, 571

2. Sonya Morse, 554

3. Deb Rott, 477

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