McPherson College celebrates 131st Commencement

By McPherson College
May 22, 2019

Two long-time faculty members delivered words of advice to the 2019 graduating class when McPherson College conferred degrees on 151 students in its 131st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The graduating class included 7 students receiving masters of education degrees.

In his introduction, President Michael Schneider said, few people embody the mission and values of McPherson College like Dan Hoffman, associate professor of health and physical education. Hoffman has served the college as a campus leader, teacher, coach and friend for nearly four decades, President Schneider said.

Professor Hoffman, who retired at the end of the semester after 37 years, shared some of his favorite life philosophies with the graduates.

“Make time for play in your life,” he said. “When you drive by a city park, stop and spend some time on the swings. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Never discount the benefits of play.”

In the Homily, Dave O’Dell, professor of accounting, congratulated the graduates for climbing mountains that seemed too high, and reminded them that life is about making memories. “And, don’t forget to call your parents,” he said. “They love you and want to hear from you.”

Keisha England, senior class representative, also addressed the class. She reminded the students of all that was offered to them during their four years at McPherson College and hoped they took full advantage.

“There may be some regrets, but I encourage you to remember them in this next stage in life. Use it to push you to take advantage of all the fun that you can, so you can leave knowing you have experienced everything that you wanted to.”

Names of the graduating class of 2019, the Commencement video, and photos of the day can be found at:

TC senior scramble off for Thursday

By Steve Sell
May 22, 2019

Heavy rains the past few days have cancelled Thursday’s Turkey Creek senior scramble, golf course officials have announced.

No decision has been made yet whether league play will be on for Thursday afternoon.

Another fabulous year for MHS girls soccer

By Steve Sell
May 22, 2019

Chris Adrian thought this might be the year.

His McPherson High girls soccer program has been knocking on the state championship door each of the last five years, reaching the Elite Eight each time.

The Bullpups made the state championship game in 2015, only to lose to Topeka Hayden 1-0 at McPherson Stadium.

They were third in the state the following year and then third again last year. They were on a run of 82 wins, 14 losses and 3 ties going into Tuesday.

This season’s team featured a senior class that has compiled more wins than any class in school history and several have played since their freshmen or sophomore years. It was augmented by a phalanx of goal-scoring underclassmen who provided the firepower as the top three scorers were two juniors and a sophomore.

The Bullpups entered Tuesday’s Elite Eight game with Valley Center having again led the state in scoring with 107 goals and like the Hornets had allowed only 8. MHS appeared to have the perfect combination of style and substance. It had only one loss all season, one it avenged by an 8-0 score.

It was evident early that Valley Center was going to live up to its defensive reputation. Those typical wide-open runs for Kenzee Godwin and Claire Hedlund, which had resulted in a combined 43 goals, were thwarted. Godwin was especially a focal point of the Valley defense, as it forced her time and again to cut back to the middle, where its always seemed to be a maze of Hornet defenders.

The game was 0-0 for the longest of time and it was clear that one mistake, one lapse or one play would decide the outcome. 

It came with exactly 7 minutes left in the game. A long goal kick led to a Hornet run-out and freshman Ruby Aguilar was able to get a step on the McPherson defense and slide a shot past Bullpup goalie Riley Hett, who really didn’t have a chance on the play as Aguilar could have put the shot just about anywhere and scored.

For Valley Center, it does wrap up one championship. It will be the only public school at this weekend’s 5A state tourney as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. James Academy and Bishop Carroll join the Hornets.

Valley certainly has the defense to play with those teams. I’m just not sure it has the offense and it has to hope for another 1-0 game.

The draw would appear favorable. Aquinas and Carroll most likely are the two best teams, but have to meet in the semifinals, conjuring up memories of last year when MHS and Miege were clearly the two best teams in 4-1A, but had to meet in the semis. The Bullpups then scuttled Hayden 5-0 in the third-place game and Miege had no problem with Louisburg for the championship.

The Bullpups have gone 35-4-1 the last two years. The large senior class that departs will be known as much for its character as its talent. There were a lot of girls who not only were stars on the field, but in the classroom. And most of them, soccer isn’t their priority, they excel even more in other sports.

But the run of Bullpup soccer success isn’t over. Just in Godwin, Hedlund and Anna Nason alone, MHS returns 61 goals, which is more than most teams in the state score. Junior-to-be Belle Alexander scored 7 and came on strong late. MHS returns 75 percent of its offense, but the defense will be what takes the biggest graduation hit.

The Bullpups lose Hett in goal, but Lakyn Schieferecke had an 8-1 record in the first nine games of the year while Hett was recovering from a broken hand. Also moving up is a JV team that lost just one game. That’s why I often said on our broadcasts that some of the Bullpup practices probably provided more of a challenge than opponents like Rose Hill and El Dorado because they were so deep.

McPherson will be back again next year knocking on the championship door. Hopefully it will open.

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