The McPherson College Sport Center is once again the mecca for summer high school basketball.
The annual McPherson College Summer League heated up for the first time on Monday with a busy schedule of games.
League director Tim Swartzendruber has built it into one of the best in the state with high schools from throughout Central Kansas taking part.
According to Swartzendruber, the league is at an all-time high in popularity with 52 teams taking part, the most ever.
“We strive to make this league a positive experience for the players and coaches,” Swartzendruber said. “I feel it is well organized and since players only play one night a week it doesn't demand a great deal of their time. We are thankful for the tremendous interest this year."
There was a big crowd of fans on hand for Monday’s opening night. Here’s the schedule of what night divisions are played.
• Monday — Varsity boys for the bigger schools is played and a whopping 14 have joined the league this season. McPherson High’s Class 4A Division I boys state runner-up team (which did not have a senior) was impressive in its two games.
• Tuesday — The smaller schools varsity boys division is played with six schools, and there’s also a six-school freshman division.
• Wednesday — It’s Junior Varsity boys night as there are 12 teams in the division.
• Thursday – The ladies take the spotlight with eight girls varsity teams. The small-school varsity boys also play again on this night as it’s playing a split schedule.
Fans are urged to attend as it’s a sneak peek into next season.