The Roundhouse will be dripping with emotion tonight.
It always is on Senior Night.
But tonight is so much more. Both the boys and girls’ games have so many ramifications that I’ve already chronicled, it promises to be a night to remember.
So go early and stay late.
Hopefully when all the hugs and tears subside, the Bullpups will be the last team standing with a sweep of Buhler.
The Crusader teams have to be licking their chops at the prospects of spoiling the Bullpup lovefest. Buhler’s girls can win the AVCTL Division III championship outright, but a loss allows MHS to grab an equal share.
It also would force a coin flip for the Class 4A sub-state top seed at Hays, which will be contested next week.
Moving on to the boys’ game, just pick your favorite possibility. A 20-0 regular-season record, the breaking of the school record for consecutive wins (35 has tied the 2003-04 mark), another 10-0 domination of Division III or Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon winning his 400th game in his 20 years at MHS, which would put him within nine of Jay Frazier’s record of 409 that was achieved over 26 years.
I really shouldn’t have to make my usual impassioned plea for fans to show up. The crowd is going to be swelled by what is expected to be throng of Buhler fans, as they want to see their girls win the championship and their boys to fire the shot heard around Kansas. I wouldn’t be surprised if Buhler doesn’t bring 400 to 500 people.
McPherson crowds, to be honest, have been pretty darn good this year, though nowhere near the “good old days” that I often harken back to. The old days are just that — in the past. Society has changed and going to a high school basketball game isn’t a top priority anymore like it used to be.
But tonight is the last time the MHS seniors will perform in front of the home crowd. They have brought us so many exciting moments this year, far more than most fans are treated to by other schools.
I just ask for you to spend tonight at the Roundhouse. It will be the best entertainment you can experience.