• SPIKERS EYE SUB-STATE — It’s been a roller coaster of a season for McPherson High’s volleyball team.
It started the year 1-2, then ripped off 11 wins in a row. Then came a stretch of 11 losses in 15 matches, but it finished 7-3 over the final 10.
MHS coach Christy Doile hopes it’s the good Bullpups that show up this weekend in Hays for the Class 4A Division I sub-state. MHS will be the No. 2 seed with its 23-16 record, second to Ulysses.
But the Bullpups have played a monster schedule, competing against a lot of ranked Class 5A and 6A schools. Doile is hoping that preparation will serve the team well as it tries to get back to Salina for the state tournament, where it finished second last year.
Rose Hill, which swept MHS this season including a win on Tuesday, looks like a legitimate state championship contender. The Rockets have a yawner of a sub-state with struggling teams Mulvane, Wellington and Winfield rounding out their field.
Abilene, the No. 1 team in the state, could get pushed though it's at home. Ranked teams El Dorado and Wamego might give the Cowgirls a push.
Other sub-state favorites:
• At Atchison — Kansas City Piper should prevail.
• At Eudora — Miege. Nothing more needs to be said.
• At Independence – Chanute is traditionally strong so I’ll go with the Blue Comets.
• Louisburg — Louisburg has been a state staple, but could get pushed by state-ranked Paola.
• Circle — Andover Central looks the best in a competitive field.
If the Bullpups play the way they did against Rose Hill on Tuesday, even though they lost, I like them to be in next week’s field of eight.
• CUBS SCUFFLING — Is the curse of the Billy Goat setting in?
Back-to-back shutout losses have the Cubs staring a 2-1 deficit in the face to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Game 4 tonight.
If the Dodgers go up 3-1, you can bet the Cubs will be even tighter.
That's what the playoffs often are about. The best team doesn't necessarily win, as the Cubs have been head and shoulders above everyone this year, but they've picked a bad time to go into a collective slump.
The Dodgers don't have the depth in their starting rotation, so I think the Cubs are fine. All it's going to take is that one big hit and the floodgates will open.
Cleveland can finish off Toronto this afternoon. Here's another case of an offensive juggernaut going cold at the same time as the Bluejays, normally a run-scoring machine, slumped for three games before showing signs of breaking out Tuesday in a 5-1 win.
Whichever teams make it to the World Series, we'll definitely have some new blood as none of the four remainng teams have been to the Series for quite some time.
• DAVIS DEAL COMPLETED — As expected, the Chiefs traded running back Knile Davis to Green Bay on Tuesday, a team that's depleted at the position. All the Chiefs got back was a conditional draft pick, not much for a guy with a lot of potential.
Davis was simply caught up in a numbers situation. The Chiefs are perhaps the most fortified team in the NFL in the backfield with Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West, along with blocking beast Anthony Sherman. There simply was no room for Davis.
Davis oozed potential, but coach Andy Reid seemed to lose faith in him because he was prone to fumbling.
Don't be surprised if Davis puts up some decent numbers in Green Bay and he'll definitely help the return game. I still think if he ever is the No. 1 back for a team, he'll put up decent numbers — as long as he doesn't fumble.