Post-season honors are starting to come in for the McPherson High Bullpup volleyball and soccer teams.
Post-season honors are starting to come in for the McPherson High Bullpup volleyball and soccer teams. Head coach Christy Doile was named the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division III Coach of the Year after leading her team to MHS’ first ever state championship in volleyball. Soccer head coach Chris Adrian, meanwhile, was selected as a co-coach of the year alongside Tim Harris of Buhler. For the volleyball team, the Bullpups had six players named to the Division III All-League Teams. Seniors Katelyn Loecker and Briana Pontious and junior Paige Regnier were all named to the First Team, while Loecker also picked up Most Valuable Player honors. Senior Tashley Snyder and junior Moira Pyle were selected to the Second Team, while junior Abby Pederson was selected as an Honorable Mention. The Pups are coming off an emotional run to the state championship. They went 2-1 in pool play at the Salina Bicentennial Center, then downed Rose Hill and Topeka-Hayden in the semifinal and championship matches, respectively, to take home the trophy. MHS, who finished the season at 40-2, will return nine players in 2013 from the championship squad. The MHS boys’ soccer team saw 10 players named to the All-AVCTL teams in the wake of their season, which ended Saturday with a fourth place finish in the Class 4-1A state tournament. Senior Nick Torres and juniors Ryan Horton and Adam Bowers were selected for the All-AVCTL First Team for forwards, midfielders and defenders, respectively. Second Team honors went to senior forward Xzavier Torres, senior midfield Dylan Babcock and junior defender Peter Horton. Honorable mentions went to junior midfielder Dylan Blosser, senior defenders Alex Glidden and Connor Schafer and junior goalkeeper Dylan Stos. “It’s always a nice achievement,” Adrian said. “All of our defenders are first-team caliber for sure, but it’s tough when you have 11 players and only 17 spots for the All-Teams.” The Bullpups were dominate in AVCTL play this year, going undefeated against their league opponents on their way to a run at the state tournament, which ended Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Kansas City Christian in the third place game. MHS finished its season at 17-4.