The best summer basketball league not just in Central Kansas, but perhaps the entire state, got under way Monday night with a full slate of games in the McPherson College Sport Center.
The Mac Summer League has been uber-popular for a long time and Mac men’s coach Tim Swartzendruber says it’s as big as it’s ever been. McPherson High’s boys were among those in action on Monday and several area schools took the court as well.
“We have 46 teams competing,” Swartzendruber said. “We added girls divisions this year. We have had girls in past, but not last year. We are excited to have girls divisions again.”
For fans interested in watching, games are played every Monday through Thursday night in June in the Sport Center’s main gym, as well as the auxiliary gym.
• Monday — High school varsity boys
• Tuesday — Small school varsity and C-team/freshmen
• Wednesday — Junior varsity
• Thursday — Girls
Most of the McPherson area schools are in the league, but there are also teams from Bennington, Berean Academy and Wichita Home School that are making the drive to find the best possible competition. As usual, there will be a postseason tournament for the respective divisions at the end of the year.
“The Summer League at McPherson College offers area high school boys and girls a chance to compete in an organized environment with certified officials,” Swatzendruber said. “We take great pride in running a quality program and believe this has been a positive event for the college. We have had several players from area schools (Ashton Bruner from McPherson, Grant Raleigh from Hesston and Cody Casey from Nickerson are most recent) who have participated in the league and have become Bulldogs. Having the opportunity to watch these area players throughout the summer and build relationships with them is great for us."
This is an outstanding opportunity for basketball fans to watch players continue their development and grow. McPherson High’s boys won both of their games on Monday, as they were pushed for a half by both the Wichita Warriors and Moundridge.
Check out Saturday’s Kansas State Track and Field photo gallery of the McPherson High performers now posted in our sports gallery.
Thanks goes to Jacob Doerksen and Doug Neufeld for providing these photos.
SALINA — At least McPherson High’s baseball team can say it was eliminated by the eventual state champion.
MHS’ arch-rival Buhler, in its first-ever state appearance, won the Class 4A Division I state title on Monday at Dean Evans Stadium with an 8-3 win over Andover Central, which was the No. 8 seed in the tourney.
The Crusaders had advanced to state with a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over the Bullpups in the regional finals at Grant Complex.
In the championship game, Jace Williams worked the first four innings for Buhler to earn the win, with Hunter Miller throwing the final three, all scoreless frames.
Buhler advanced to the finals with a 13-3 rout of Clay Center and then outlasted league rival Rose Hill, 5-2.
The Crusaders had 13 hits in the game, 12 of them singles. They trailed 3-2 until scoring four runs in the fourth and also had a three-run sixth inning.
WICHITA — McPherson’s Under-14 Lady Express softball team had its moments this weekend, but came away
McPherson High’s Marcus McDaniel has been selected to play in the annual KABC All-Star Baseball Game
A month ago, Andrew Hightower was at the top of Central Christian College’s baseball pitching rotation.
USD 418 is offering a free summer food program for all children age 1-18 years at MMS every Monday through Thursday. Breakfast is served from 8-9am and lunch from 11:30am-12:45pm. Bus service is also available, so check www.mcpherson.com for pick-up locations. Call 620-241-9450 with questions. --
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