McPherson High’s boys will be armed with a No. 2 state ranking tonight when they host Mulvane at the Roundhouse.
The Bullpups climbed two spots this week in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 4A Division I poll after an impressive win over then-6A state-ranked Washburn Rural.
Only Basehor-Linwood is ahead of the Bullpups.
After MHS at No. 2, rounding out the Top 10 are Coffeyville, Baldwin, Augusta, El Dorado, Kansas City Piper, Paola, Miege and Labette County.
Even with their 0-2 start, with both losses coming to ranked teams in higher classifications, the MHS girls are No. 8 this week.
Wamego continues to lead the way, and also ahead of the Bullpups are Fort Scott, Paola, Andover Central, Miege, Topeka Hayden and DeSoto. Independence and Buhler are behind the Bullpups at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.
There’s no change in Class 3A, where the Hesston girls remain No. 1, while the Swather boys are No. 2. Behind the Hesston girls are Riley County, Cimarron, Caney Valley, Holcomb, Marysville, Sabetha, Silver Lake, Haven and Garden Plain.
The Hesston boys trail only Wichita Collegiate. Behind the Swathers at No. 3 is Silver Lake, with the rest of the Top 10 including Nemaha Valley, Beloit, Cheney, Sacred Heart, Southeast of Saline, Hillsboro and Eureka.
Both Moundridge teams, which were ranked last week, dropped out of the Class 2A poll despite both being 3-1. The MHS girls’ loss came to Hillsboro, which is ranked No. 1 in the class. St. John’s boys, coached by McPherson College graduate Clint Kinnamon, are the top team in 2A.