MHS boys solidify No. 1 state ranking

By Steve Sell
January 14, 2014
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High’s boys continue to rule the roost in Class 4A Division I.

The Bullpups, who won three games by lopsided margins last week, remain No. 1, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.

The poll released late Monday had Baldwin, Coffeyville, Basehor-Linwood and Kansas City Piper rounding out upper crest. Ottawa is No. 6, followed by Friday’s foe El Dorado at No. 7, with Labette County, Spring Hill and Paola completing the Top 10.

McPherson’s girls, 3-4 on the year, remain in the Top 10, due greatly to their strength of schedule. Despite going 1-1 last week, the Bullpups bumped up a spot to No. 7.

Wamego is entrenched at No. 1. Also ahead of the Bullpups are Paola, Miege, Hayden and Andover Central. Independence is No. 8, with Ottawa and Buhler wrapping up the Top 10.

A major development took place in Class 3A, where both Hesston teams are now ranked No. 1.

The Hesston boys are followed by Eureka, Beloit, Sabetha, Holcomb, Council Grove, Nemaha Valley, Wichita Collegiate, Humboldt and Silver Lake. The Swather girls are followed by Riley County, Holcomb, Marysville, Douglass, Cimarron, Council Grove, Cherryvale, Caney Valley and Sabetha.

The Moundridge boys, who made a miracle rally Friday to outlast arch-rival Inman, climbed four spots this week in Class 2A to reside at No. 3. St. John and Olpe are ahead of the Wildcats. Central Plains is No. 4, followed by Colgan, Meade, Hillsboro, Oswego, Plainville and Valley Falls.

The Moundridge girls are No. 7. Ahead of the Wildcats are Hillsboro, Jefferson North, Sterling, Remington, Olpe and Washington County. Behind MHS are Central Plains, Ellinwood and Meade.