The Mid Kansas Sports Magazine is being printed at this moment and will be available next week.
These free magazines will be available at McPherson High home events and also will be sent to area schools. A PDF will be posted online very soon and, as always, copies will be available at the radio station, 411 E. Euclid.
The magazine includes previews and schedules of all the spring sports teams at McPherson High, as well as area schools Canton-Galva, Elyria Christian, Hesston, Inman, Little River, Moundridge and Smoky Valley.
For McPherson High fans, here’s a small sample size of the Bullpup teams as we don’t want to give everything away:
• Baseball — The Bullpups of third-year coach Heath Gerstner must replace a superstar of a senior class, one of the best and most successful in MHS history. The Bullpups took a big hit in pitching as they lost a cadre of outstanding arms. The pitching will be rebuilt around ace Jack Reifschneider, but filling the open slots will be the order of business during the first half of the season. Offensively the team is going to have to manufacture runs as much of the thump also graduated.
• Softball — Danica Fitzmorris is probably the envy of a lot of opposing coaches as she has three quality pitchers in Bailea Crist, Elle Schrag and Addie Fitzmorris. Because of that, the Bullpups should be able to be competitive in every game, provided the defense backs them up. Crist also is one of the top offensive players in Class 4A Division I and headlines a lineup that should be able to put up some runs.
• Girls Soccer — The Bullpups were third in the state last year and second the year before.
And a lot of the players who were standouts on those teams are still around.
The Bullpups already opened their season 12 days ago with a 2-0 win over Salina South, a team they play again today.
Coach Chris Adrian believes this could be the best team he’s had as there’s plenty of offensive firepower from Aislinn Hughes, Alayna Wallace and Jessie Kynaston and experience back on defense.
• Golf — Coach Kurt Kinnamon has only two players back from last year, but one of them is potential state champion Jacob Lackey. Lackey had an amazing summer in tournament play, including becoming the McPherson City champion. The rest of the team is uber-young and lacking tournament experience, so it will be on-the-job training.
• Girls Swimming — Bullpup coach Abby Bradstreet is working with one of her largest squads ever and welcomes back four state qualifiers in Megan Cutting, Macy Hubbard, Maggie Leaf and Amanda Starkel. Bradstreet has high hopes for her team as she believes it could have double the number of state qualifiers.
• Boys Tennis — This is the Bullpups’ best bet for a Roundhouse banner. Coach Tyler Brown has five of his top six players back from last year’s state runner-up team, and three of them were members of the 2015 state championship team. Jarrod Nowak and Andrew Snell will be singles state championship contenders, while Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart will be a top-notch doubles team. Hadley Hageman and Patrick Munsey will be a solid doubles team as well. A team that should bring home a state plaque as anything less than a Top 3 will be a disappointment.
• Track and Field — Returning state champions Elle Barrett and Mandi Cooks make this a year to watch.
Barrett was a double gold medal winner in the long jump and triple jump, while Cooks was the state high jump champion.
There are many other Bullpups who should make state, with the girls team a candidate for a plaque as they just missed last year. Coach Jace Pavlovich has a big squad to work with.