The best summer basketball league not just in Central Kansas, but perhaps the entire state, got under way Monday night with a full slate of games in the McPherson College Sport Center.
The Mac Summer League has been uber-popular for a long time and Mac men’s coach Tim Swartzendruber says it’s as big as it’s ever been. McPherson High’s boys were among those in action on Monday and several area schools took the court as well.
“We have 46 teams competing,” Swartzendruber said. “We added girls divisions this year. We have had girls in past, but not last year. We are excited to have girls divisions again.”
For fans interested in watching, games are played every Monday through Thursday night in June in the Sport Center’s main gym, as well as the auxiliary gym.
• Monday — High school varsity boys
• Tuesday — Small school varsity and C-team/freshmen
• Wednesday — Junior varsity
• Thursday — Girls
Most of the McPherson area schools are in the league, but there are also teams from Bennington, Berean Academy and Wichita Home School that are making the drive to find the best possible competition. As usual, there will be a postseason tournament for the respective divisions at the end of the year.
“The Summer League at McPherson College offers area high school boys and girls a chance to compete in an organized environment with certified officials,” Swatzendruber said. “We take great pride in running a quality program and believe this has been a positive event for the college. We have had several players from area schools (Ashton Bruner from McPherson, Grant Raleigh from Hesston and Cody Casey from Nickerson are most recent) who have participated in the league and have become Bulldogs. Having the opportunity to watch these area players throughout the summer and build relationships with them is great for us."
This is an outstanding opportunity for basketball fans to watch players continue their development and grow. McPherson High’s boys won both of their games on Monday, as they were pushed for a half by both the Wichita Warriors and Moundridge.