In this era of specialization, the days of the three-sport athlete are becoming more and more extinct.
McPherson High’s Spenser Wine is still old school though as he has the talent to compete in one of three sports collegiately, but on Tuesday decided he wanted to play his favorite.
Wine announced that he would be playing basketball at Washburn University next season, joining teammate Drew Pyle. The two played huge roles in the Bullpups finishing second in the state in March after winning back-to-back state titles. They were 71-3 over their final three seasons.
"Definitely basketball has always been my favorite since I was a little kid and that's what I've always wanted to do in college," Wine said.
Wine’s basketball season each of the last two years was delayed until January because of shoulder surgeries. He was injured in his second football game his junior year and fourth game his senior year.
"After I got hurt the second time, playing football (collegiately) kind of went out the window," Wine said. "I considered doing track, but I wanted to focus on basketball."
The 6-3 Wine lettered four years in basketball. He was highly decorated this past season, earning first-team AVCTL honors as well as All-State honorable mention. He also made the McPherson Invitational All-Tourney Team.
He averaged 9 points and 3 rebounds for a Bullpup team that was the sum of its parts. He shot 50 percent from the floor and nearly 80 percent at the line.
"Spenser was the perfect example of being able to overcome adversity and to never let a bad break get him down," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "Never once did I hear him complain about having to be out and spend countless hours rehabbing. He never missed a practice through the whole process. Spenser always seemed to play the biggest in the big games. He was able to defend bigger people and score on bigger people because of his basketball knowledge."
While he was mostly an inside player in high school, Wine knows at the collegiate level there's not much calling for a 6-3 post.
"I definitely have to get better with my outside shot and ballhandling skills on the perimeter," he said. "That's what I've been working on since basketball season got over."
Even though Wine was injured halfway through the football season in 2015, he showed enough in that short time to earn second-team AVCTL wide receiver and also was a standout defensive back.
Wine currently is competing in track. He was seventh in the state last year in the 110 hurdles and will be competing in the state meet this weekend in that event.
Wine said he'll major in business, but could minor in sports management.