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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS boys move up to fifth in KBCA polls

  • The McPherson High boys basketball team continues to climb in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association rankings, while the Lady Bullpups held steady once more in Class 4A.
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  • The McPherson High boys basketball team continues to climb in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association rankings, while the Lady Bullpups held steady once more in Class 4A.
    The boys jumped up a spot to No. 5 in the latest rankings released Monday on the strength of a 65-40 dismantling of previously unbeaten El Dorado Friday night. The Wildcats, who had previously been ranked 10th, dropped out of the rankings this week.
    The McPherson High girls, meanwhile, remained third in the KBCA poll, a spot they’ve been in since the Dec. 17 rankings. Wamego and Holton maintained their holds on the top two spots, as well.
    The upward momentum for head coach Kurt Kinnamon’s Bullpups is good news heading into the McPherson Invitational, which gets underway Thursday afternoon. Of the rest of the field in the 49th annual tournament, only Shawnee Mission East remains ranked, sitting at No. 4 in Class 6A.
    Manhattan and Blue Valley West both dropped out of the latest Class 6A polls after losing their respective games on Friday.
    The Moundridge Wildcats are represented in both the Class 2A polls, with the boys falling one spot to sixth and the girls appearing at No. 10 after splitting a pair of games with Solomon Friday. This is the first time since Dec. 2 the Lady Wildcats have been ranked by the KBCA.
    The Little River boys fell three spots in Class 2A to No. 9.
    Blue Valley Northwest, Olathe South and Wichita Northwest remained atop the Class 6A boys rankings for the second straight week. Maize climbed to the top spot on the girls’ side after previous No. 1 Wichita Heights lost to rival Wichita South Friday night.
    Class 5A saw little change this week, as Shawnee Mission South and Kapaun Mt. Carmel were the top teams in the boys’ and girls’ polls, respectively.
    Ottawa maintained it’s grip on No. 1 in the Class 4A boys’ rankings, followed by Topeka Highland Park and Wamego. Wichita Collegiate, last week’s No. 3, fell all the way to 10th after falling to Clearwater Friday.
    Burlington shot up the Class 3A girls’ rankings, jumping to the top spot from fifth. Scott City remained No. 1 on the boys’ side.
    Meade and Washington County held on to No. 1 in the Class 2A boys’ and girls’ polls.
    Class 1A Div. I saw no change, as St. John and Olpe maintained their hold on their top spots. In Div. II, the Folwer boys remained No. 1, while the Wilson girls stayed steady as the top team.

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