MHS boys drop a spot in rankings

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2014
Kendall Shaw

Baldwin’s boys have displaced McPherson High as the No. 1 team in Class 4A Division I, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association rankings released late Monday.

MHS lost to Wichita North in the first round of the McPherson Invitational, its first setback of the year. The Bullpups then came back with two impressive victories, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from dropping a rung.

MHS is now No. 2, followed by Basehor-Linwood, Kansas City Piper, Ottawa, Coffeyville, Labette County, Paola, Augusta and Independence.

The Bullpup girls seemingly are entrenched at No. 7. Wamego is No. 1, followed by Miege, Fort Scott, Paola, Andover Central, Topeka Hayden, MHS, Coffeyville, Buhler and Independence.

Both Hesston teams are again No. 1 in Class 3A, the girls remaining on top despite suffering their first loss of the year, a two-point decision to No. 1 4A Division I Wamego. But the Swathers did come back and knock off then No. 1 (2A) Hillsboro for third in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic.

The Swather girls are followed by Riley County, Holcomb, Cimarron, Douglass, Cherryvale, Sabetha, Cheney, Council Grove and Caney Valley.

The Hesston boys, who won their side of the Hillsboro Classic, solidified their No. 1 position. Eureka is No. 2, followed by Sabetha, Beloit, Holcomb, Council Grove, Nemaha Valley, Wichita Collegiate, Humboldt and Rock Creek.

The Moundridge girls are ranked No. 10 in Class 2A, with Jefferson County North No. 1. The Moundridge boys, despite making the championship game of the Adolph Rupp Classic in Halstead, dropped out of the 2A rankings this week. Clint Kinnamon’s St. John Tigers remain No. 1, where they have been all year.