MHS sports heading into the home stretch

By Steve Sell
May 08, 2017

We’re heading into the home stretch of the McPherson High spring sports season and here’s an update on where the teams stand:

• Boys Tennis — It’s state tournament week and the Bullpups are considered one of the three leading contenders for the Class 4A championship.

MHS has been chasing No. 1-ranked Wichita Collegiate all season and even outlasted the Spartans at the league meet, though both teams went with different lineups than normal to not give anything away when state rolls around.

Andrew Snell and Jarrod Nowak are considered top singles contenders. Snell was the regional champ last week and Nowak the runner-up. Nowak was fifth in the state last year, Snell sixth. The doubles team of Kaden Stewart and Nolan Schrader could make the Final Four after taking second at the regional last week, losing in the finals to pre-tournament favorites Jacob Berven and Jase West of Abilene.

• Baseball — MHS is on the road today for a triangular at Wellington (with Goddard the third team) and a sweep would give the Bullpups a 13-4 record. A final decision has not been made on the completion of the second game with Salina South that has been twice postponed. If it is played, it would be on Wednesday, with a huge doubleheader set for Thursday with MHS hosting Buhler at Grant Complex. But the weather gods may spoil both dates as there’s a strong chance of rain both days, which is the story of the spring.

• Girls Soccer — MHS has two games left in the regular season this week, today at Augusta, then Thursday at Salina Central. The Bullpups are 11-3 on the year and should have no trouble with Augusta, but Salina Central will provide good competition heading into next week’s postseason play. The Bullpups probably will be home for at least the first two games.

• Softball — McPherson High played doubleheaders last Thursday and Friday, then has three twinbills scheduled for this week, so basically half the season is being played in eight days. MHS is at Wellington today, hosts Salina South on Wednesday and then entertains Buhler on Thursday, but again Mother Nature may have other ideas for the two home dates. MHS is 2-12 on the year, but has the good fortune of perhaps being in the weakest regional in 4A Division I. Wamego has the most wins (6) of any team in the regional, which the Bullpups will be hosting next week.

• Golf – The Bullpups have league this week, making the short trip to Hesston on Tuesday. The regional is next week at Clay Center and why KSHSAA selected that site is a mystery since it’s a nine-hole course and it will take all day to play. Jacob Lackey is expected to qualify for state and MHS will have to play its best to make it as a team.

• Track and Field – McPherson High is going to host the AVCTL Championships on All Schools Day, so a big crowd is anticipated at McPherson Stadium. The Bullpup girls will be a favorite, while the MHS boys should finish in the upper half. Regional is the following week, then state, of course, at Wichita State.

• Girls Swimming — The Bullpups have been remarkably consistent this season, always in the Top 3 of the meets they have competed in. The league finale is Saturday in El Dorado, followed by state. Swimmers have to meet a pre-determined time in order to advance and the Bullpups are expected to have a good-sized contingent at state.