MHS boys to end layoff at home on Tuesday

By Steve Sell
February 05, 2018
Kendall Shaw

Remember a way back when McPherson High’s boys rolled past Newton just 3 days after winning the McPherson Invitational?

Seems a little foggy doesn’t it?

The Bullpups will hit the reset button on Tuesday when they host Great Bend at the Roundhouse, ending a 2-week layoff. 

The girls, who are playing a makeup game tonight at Newton, also will be in action to kick things off at 6 p.m.

Catch both games on 96.7 KBBE FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.

This is the final non-league game for both MHS teams, as their final five games constitute the second round of the AVCTL Division III schedule. 

The MHS boys are 13-1 on the year while Great Bend is just 3-11 under Tim Brooks, the former Manhattan coach who has seen a lot of the Bullpups over the years.

“I am a bit worried after being off for 2 weeks,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “I thought it would allow us to heal up and get healthy, but seemingly all we did was pass around the stomach flu to each other. Hopefully we are at the end of it. This game almost feels like we are starting over like we did at Christmas.”

The Panthers are a 5A team and even when they’re down like this year, they generally are competitive.

“Alex Schremmer is probably their best player and he just got eligible after transferring in,” Kinnamon said. “He makes them a much more dangerous team. They play a number of defenses and they play really hard.”

Schremmer, a 5-11 sophomore, averages 17.8 points a game. The Panthers’ problem has been shooting as they make only 37 percent from the field and shoot just 28 percent on 3-pointers. Ty Esfeld, a 6-1 senior, averages 11 points a game, but after that no other player scores more than 6.

In last year’s meeting, the Bullpups were a 57-30 winner behind 17 points by Jake Alexander. 

This is the first of two home games this week for the Bullpups, who entertain El Dorado on Friday. It will be the “Think Pink” game for the girls as they will wear their special pink uniforms.