• MONDAY •
6:00 — Sub-varsity football at Andale
• TUESDAY •
6:00 — Soccer vs. Hays (McPherson Stadium)
• THURSDAY •
6:00 — Soccer, opponent TBD
• FRIDAY •
7:00 — Football vs. Independence (McPherson Stadium)
LYONS — For a team that won just one match last year, the Smoky Valley volleyball team came a long way.
The season ended on Saturday with a first-round loss to Lyons in the Class 3A sub-state, taking the Lions to 3 sets. The Vikes won the first set 25-17, but then lost 22-25 and 14-25.
First-year coach Sharlene Ramsey was super proud of her team, which finished 15-23.
“We played so well in the first set that I was so confident our day was going to end differently than it did,” Ramsey said. “We lost momentum in the second set and just couldn't recover. I'm so proud of these girls, though, as it's been a terrific season.
“ After coming off a 1-35 season last year, these girls weren't sure if they deserved to win. They beat last year's state champion TMP this season, were the only team at the Southeast of Saline tourney to take state-ranked Beloit to 3 sets, and were victorious over a state-ranked Nickerson team last week. They have so much to be proud of. We are going to miss our seniors but we are a young team, which means our future is very bright for Smoky Valley volleyball in the upcoming years.”
The unbeaten and No. 9-ranked Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes came into Saturday’s game with McPherson College having allowed only 10.6 points per game, which put them among the national leaders.
All the Bulldogs did, before their huge homecoming crowd, was put up a blistering 38 points and nearly 500 yards on the KCAC’s No. 1-ranked defense.
But it wasn’t nearly enough.
That’s because the Coyotes’ unstoppable offense did its usual thing as the No. 1-ranked point producer in the country exploded for 76 as they doubled the Bulldogs, 76-38.
It was the fourth time KW has scored at least 70 points in a game this year, including 83 against Friends, so it was hardly an embarrassment for a Bulldog defense that is beat up physically and shy on depth.
Still, McPherson coach Paul Mierkiewicz had to be pleased, especially when his Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions of the second half and the 38 points allowed by KW was by far the most any opposing team has been able accomplish.
“I’m proud of our football team,” said Mierkiewicz, whose Bulldogs were down 41-10 at the half after it was just 28-10 midway through the second quarter. “They could have quit. Our defense wasn’t quitting, it was going hard. They (KW) are just really good (offensively).”
The 114-point game produced an amazing 1,106 total yards — 628 by the Coyotes and 478 by the Bulldogs.
Mac’s Ed Crouch was amazing in defeat. He ran for 114 yards and a couple of scores, while completing 12 of 20 for 252 yards and a couple of more scores. He had a weaving 76-yard run in which he made several Coyotes miss before being hauled down just before the end zone. He also had an 87-yard pass to Cullen Grabast, who had 3 catches for 156 yards. Corey Davis rushed for 72 yards and had a 23-yard TD. Reliable Brandt Wolters had a TD catch and Gabe Reed made his only field goal attempt along with 5 straight PATs.
For KW, it has a galaxy of stars, but none shined brighter than Johnny Feauto, who was 21 of 24 for 295 yards and 4 TDs. Right there with him was bell cow Demarco Prewitt, who carried the ball 18 times in the first quarter alone and finished with 39 carries for 202 yards and 3 scores. The Coyotes also blocked a punt that was returned for TD and had a kickoff return for a score as their special teams didn’t want to be left out.
Freshman Kollin Goering was all over the field for the Bulldogs with 10 solo tackles and 2 assists. Erick Brown was in on 9.
The Bulldogs, who lost at home for the first time this season, have now dropped 3 in a row and fell below .500 for the first time this year at 3-4. They head to Tabor on Saturday. The Bluejays routed Sterling 34-0 on Saturday.
LEAVENWORTH — After last week’s rousing victory over Sterling, the Bethany College Swedes were hoping to
BELLEVILLE — Inman’s Nicholas Martisko will have the opportunity to improve on last year’s fifth-place state finish
NEWTON — The Newton puzzle continues to be difficult to solve for the McPherson High volleyball
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