The McPherson High boys climbed up one spot in the most recent Kansas Basketball Coaches’ Association polls, while the Lady Bullpups held steady.
Kurt Kinnamon’s MHS squad jumped up one spot to sixth after opening up 2013 with a 69-50 win over Winfield Friday night. The Bullpups are 6-1 heading into tonight’s AVCTL Div. III clash with Rose Hill.
Ottawa and Topeka Highland Park remained one and two in Class 4A, while Wichita Collegiate jumped up two spots to No. 3, while the Wamego Red Raiders debuted in the latest poll at fourth, followed by Concordia.
The top three on the girls’ side of Class 4A remained unchanged from before the holiday break, as Wamego, Holton and McPherson remained on top of the heap. Hesston and Pittsburg rounded out the top five.
Both the Moundridge and Little River boys’ teams were ranked in Class 2A, with the Wildcats remaining fifth, while the Redskins jumped up four spots to No. 6. Meade, Lyndon, Bennington and Ness City round out the Class 2A boys top five.
Looking at the field for next week’s McPherson Invitational, three of the teams find themselves in the Class 6A top ten. Shawnee Mission East is ranked fifth with a 6-0 record, while Blue Valley West (3-2) sits in eighth and Manhattan (3-3) is ninth. Wichita Heights, Lawrence Free State, Hutchinson and Maize were unranked.
Pairings for tournament, which gets underway next Thursday, will be announced on Wednesday.
Blue Valley Northwest sits on top of the Class 6A boys poll, while Wichita Heights remained at the top of the girls’ side.
Shawnee Mission South and Kapaun Mt. Carmel held on to No. 1 in the Class 5A boys’ and girls’ rankings, respectively. Scott City and Hillsboro were the top teams in Class 3A, while Washington County held onto No. 1 on the girls’ side of Class 2A.
In Class 1A Div. I, St. John and Olpe were No. 1 in the boys and girls polls. Fowler and Wilson were No. 1 in Class 1A Div. II.