MHS boys basketball team a candidate for national honor

By Steve Sell
January 07, 2015

McPherson High’s boys basketball team has been notified that it’s a candidate for “America’s Best Boys Basketball Program,” in a contest sponsored by USA Today Sports.

And it’s up to Bullpup Nation if MHS is to win.

The contest starts on Jan. 12 and the school with the most votes wins. The prize is a $1,000 donation to the MHS athletic department and a banner presentation, which is nothing new to the school since it has 52 state championship banners hanging in the rafters.

Bullpup fans are urged to go to Contest.usatodayhss.comand vote as often as you can. The state finalists will be chosen by USA Today.

Here is the criteria for MHS:

• On court success (all levels) 

• Coaching/Player Development 

• Fans/Attendance (community support)

• Facilities/Training/Uniforms

Other information:

• Rounds •

• State round: 51 (each state plus DC), 5 schools per state, the top vote-getter from each state will advance, along with the 5 top vote-getters overall that didn’t win a state. A total of 56 will advance to the regional round.

• Regional round: 8 regions, winner in each advances, along with top two vote-getters that do not win a region. A total of 10 will advance to nationals.

• National round: 8 regional winners, two wildcards, top vote-getter is champion.

• Contest Dates •

• Jan. 12: State round voting begins at 11 a.m.

• Jan. 20: State round voting ends at 1 p.m.

• Jan. 21: Regional round voting begins at 11 a.m.

• Jan. 29: Regional round voting ends at 1 p.m.

• Jan. 30: Final round voting begins at 11 a.m.

• Feb. 9: Final round voting ends at 1 p.m. Prizes:

All finalists receive a banner for their school.

Top three finalists receive cash prize for their athletic department:

• First place: $1,000

• Second place: $500

• Third place: $250