The final weekend of the McPherson High sports season promises to be spectacular.
MHS has two sports finishing their seasons on Friday and Saturday, as the girls soccer team and the two track and field teams are involved in state competition.
Two state banners already have been secured this year (girls basketball and boys tennis) and the girls soccer team has a great opportunity to make it three. Meanwhile, MHS has some potential gold-medal winners in state track and field — which is an automatic spot on the Wall of Fame.
Good news for Bullpup fans is that both competitions are close, with the trip for soccer no more than 30 minutes and the state track and field meet is an hour down the interstate.
The girls soccer Final Four is in North Newton on the campus of Bethel College. The Bullpups, who have the best record in Class 4-1A at 17-1-1, must get past longtime thorn in the side Miege in Friday’s 5 p.m. semifinals to make Saturday’s 2:00 championship game.
The Bullpups advanced to the Final Four with a dominating 6-0 victory Tuesday over Hays, a team that had been stingy defensively. The Indians tried to keep nearly every defender back to slow down the McPherson scoring machine, but once the Bullpups scored 28 minutes into the game it was off to the races.
Reserve Anna Nason, who had entered the game with just three goals, compiled a hat trick in the second half alone. Also off the bench were assists by Natalie Hedlund and Stacey Pham.
The McPherson bench has been tremendous all season. Bullpup reserves have accounted for 24 goals and 22 assists and the team as a whole has 130 goals, while allowing only 7.
Friday’s game, however, will be a challenge unlike any other. Even though Miege was ranked fourth out of four teams in its quarterfinal bracket, there was little doubt among those in the know that it would advance. The Stags have won back-to-back titles and are seeking a 3-peat, while the Bullpups are still looking for that elusive first state title.
At Wichita, the MHS track and field team doesn’t have an abundant of entries, but the ones competing should fare well.
Hopefully Elle Barrett can put the finishing touches on her Wall of Fame career. She already has three state titles to her credit and she’s the favorite in both the long and triple jumps. She has been solid all year and if she just competes to her normal standards, her Wall of Fame plaque come December will be loaded with accolades.
Emma Ruddle, as a sophomore, has a chance to mine some state gold. She’s the favorite in the 100 hurdles and could factor in the 100.
On the boys’ side, Tyson Stites is No. 1 in the 110 hurdles and again, if he performs as he has all year, he could find himself on the Wall of Fame.
This weekend promises to be the perfect end to “The Year of the Bullpups.”