McPherson High’s boys will have no shortage of challengers in their attempt to defend their McPherson Invitational basketball title next week.
Pairings for the 54th annual event have been announced and it’s a star-studded field.
The host Bullpups, 8-1 on the season, open play a week from Thursday against Blue Valley West, which is 2-5. Also on the Bullpups’ side of the bracket are Shawnee Mission East (5-2) and Wichita North (5-3), who meet at 6:30 on the opening day.
In the afternoon bracket, the highlight could be Derby (5-2) against Bishop Carroll (4-4) at 3:00. The other first-round matchup has Lawrence Free State (4-1) against Junction City (3-5).
The semifinals are Friday, Jan. 19, with the tourney wrapping up on Saturday, Jan. 20.