"Think Pink," homecoming on tap here Friday

By Steve Sell
February 08, 2018
Kendall Shaw

The Roundhouse will be awash in pink on Friday.

It’s the annual “Think Pink Night” as the McPherson High basketball teams host El Dorado. It’s also Homecoming Night as the school’s royalty will be on display.

The girls tip off at 6:00 and will be adorned in their specially made pink uniforms that they annually wear for this occasion.

All fans are urged to wear pink as well.

Those unable to attend can tune in to 96.7 KBBE FM and follow the game with Voice of the Bullpups, Jim Joyner.

It should be a feel-good night for the Bullpups, as both teams swamped El Dorado the first game of the season. The MHS girls routed the Wildcats 95-24 and the boys were an 82-38 winner.

“We are always excited to play on Think Pink Night as it is always such a special event,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “It is a night that is humbling and also provides great perspective on life for our players and fans. This is the 11th year of “Think Pink” and I am so proud of our program and what we have accomplished in those 11 years of fundraising and in honoring those that are fighting or have fought cancer. While it is an emotional night as I remember that we have lost a few of the ladies that we have honored to breast cancer, including my sister Cathy in 2011, it is always a good time to reflect and count our blessings as well.”

El Dorado is coached by former McPherson High and McPherson College star Jordan Crawford, who simply doesn’t have a lot of numbers or talent to work with.

“El Dorado is just 1-14 on the season, so we know they are struggling,” Strathman said. “Our girls will still be excited to play as it is also Homecoming Night. One frustrating thing is we will only be able to play one-half of the C-game and there will be no JV game at all, due to El Dorado's numbers. We will try to work everyone in for the varsity game and should be able to do that, provided we take care of business and play well.”

The boys aren’t left out of the festivities. They also shouldn’t have much trouble with the Wildcats, provided they are focused on the task at hand.

“Think Pink is always a special and emotional night. We are happy that the girls let us participate in a small way,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “It’s also homecoming, which means a ton of distractions. They are only distractions if we allow them to be. I was really pleased with our focus on Tuesday and we expect the same on Friday. (Jarin) Koehler got 24 on us the first game. We hope to do a better job on him this game.”