McPherson High’s basketball teams are highly acclaimed and with good reason.
Both teams are 13-1 and riding 11-game winning streaks when they host Great Bend tonight, weather permitting. Both are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Division I behind their only conqueror, Bishop Miege.
The Bullpups certainly deserve their adulation and the big crowds that come out and watch them play. If both teams duplicate their first time through the league schedule during the second half that begins on Friday, they’ll be league champs again.
Of course the ultimate goal is to get to state and probably match up with Miege again for the titles.
But the basketball teams are only part of a winter sports wonderland at McPherson High, which comes on the heels of a terrific fall for nearly every sport.
The Bullpup boys swimming team just completed its 10-meet regular season. All it did was win eight of its meets — quite often going up against Class 6A and 5A schools — and in the other two took second place. This past Saturday in Manhattan, the Bullpups went eyeball to eyeball with 5A powerhouse Topeka Seaman and the meet wasn’t decided until the final event, that by a scant .27 seconds.
And this by a team that doesn’t have any entrants in diving (Seaman scored 16 points in that event), not to mention a rather smallish squad size in comparison to other schools.
The Bullpups will be the favorite to win the AVCTL Division II-III-IV Championships in El Dorado on Saturday. What makes this team so good is its consistency, as it seems to have three finishers in the Top 8 in almost every event, not to mention it piles up big points in the relay events.
Then it’s on to state where MHS is expected to turn in its best-ever finish if it performs as it has all year.
The Bullpups’ Matt Morrow was the Kansas Coach of the Year last year and could be in the running to repeat as he does more with less than probably any coach in the state.
The MHS wrestling team has been ranked nearly all season, most recently at No. 10. The Bullpups are coming off an outstanding performance at Rose Hill, where it placed eight of its 14 team members and took second place in a large field. The Bullpups can finish off a perfect AVCTL season on Thursday at Winfield.
The team certainly has several wrestlers who can make state and earn a Top 6 finish, which is the medal cutoff.
MHS will be hosting the girls state wrestling event on Saturday and certainly one or two Bullpups could be in the finals of their respective weight classes. Coach Doug Kretzer does a tremendous job with the boys and girls and has been the driving force in Kansas in starting the explosion of girls wrestling.
The MHS boys bowling team is undefeated in duals so far and there’s been plenty of excitement. Clayton Ouellette set the school record last month with a 299 game, only to be topped last week by Matt Stiggins, who had the first MHS perfect game in actual competition.
The girls bowling team is young, but only figures to get better as this has been a rebuilding year. Coach Herb Halinski has three bowlers in their first year of competition, but the progress has been steady.
And to boot, the MHS student section was ranked No. 1 by CatchitKansas.com in its most recent poll, so it’s good to see students supporting each other.
McPherson High fans should certainly be proud of all their winter sports teams. While we still have a month to go, it certainly gives the spring spots teams something to uphold when their seasons get under way.