MHS boys basketball tabbed No. 3 by Max Preps

By Steve Sell
June 29, 2020

Monday thoughts…

MAX PREPS PICKS MHS BOYS BASKETBALL NO. 3 IN KANSAS IN THE 2010 DECADE – Max Preps recently posted a list of its Top 10 boys basketball programs in Kansas for the decade of the 2010s and McPherson High was ranked No. 3.

The Bullpups won three state championships in the decade and finished second three other times. MHS won titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015, while finishing second three straight years (to Bishop Miege) from 2016-18.

Ahead of MHS were Blue Valley Northwest (five state titles, two seconds) and Wichita Heights (three state championships, no runner-ups).

Sunrise Christian Academy, which is not affiliated with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, was No. 4 and Miege was No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 were Wichita East, Blue Valley North, Basehor-Linwood, Scott Community and Lawrence. Just missing the Top 10 were Central Plains, St. John, Ottawa, Olathe East and Holcomb.

PATRIOTS MADE SHREWD MOVE -- New England’s signing of former NFL MVP Cam Newton this weekend is just another illustration of why the Patriots are the Patriots – and why they never seem to fall off.

It appeared the Patriots were going to enter the post-Tom Brady era at quarterback with only unproven Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer.

But as I thought all along, the Patriots had been laying in the weeds on Newton. You knew given all he’s accomplished in his career he wouldn’t sign with a team that has no chance to win.

Just when the detractors were ready to write off the Patriots and relegate them to also-ran status, they stepped up at the last minute and signed the nine-year veteran, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

Newton has been plagued by injuries in recent years, not to mention a lack of supporting cast, other than Christian McCaffery. He’ll be joining a diverse offense that doesn’t feature All-World talent, but each player knows his role. The Patriots probably will be more run-heavy without Brady and if Newton is close to 100 percent, he might even get out on the edge on run-pass options.

New England has taken flyers in the past on high-profile players, with some hits and misses. They definitely hit on Randy Moss and Wes Welker, while missing on Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon.

But this is not a gamble in my book as I believe Newton is a perfect fit and he’ll relish the chance to continue Brady’s tradition.

MANZIEL SAYS HE’S PROBABLY DONE – Remember Johnny Manziel?

Manziel burst onto the college football scene at Texas A & M in 2012 by winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 3,000.

But “Johnny Football” wasn’t equipped to handle fame and fortune. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was a bust and then drifted to Canada, with similar results.

It’s hard to believe Manziel is only 27, but in a story on ESPN’s website he revealed he’s probably done with football and how the game the game humbled both athletically and as a person.

Manziel battled off-the-field problems as well. In 2018, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Hopefully Manziel will have a productive life after football and find happiness in life.