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  • Bullpups No. 3 heading into Mid America Classic

  • McPherson High School was ranked No. 3 in both polls released by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Monday.
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  • McPherson High School was ranked No. 3 in both polls released by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Monday.
    The McPherson High girls held onto the No. 3 spot, a position they’ve been in since the Dec. 17 Class 4A rankings were released.
    The Bullpups are one of the highest ranked teams in the Mid America Classic, trailing only Olathe South, who has a 9-0 record and is ranked on top of Class 6A.
    The tournament’s top seed, Andale (10-0), slid up one spot in Class 4A to No. 8 entering the tournament this afternoon. Manhattan is the only other team currently ranked by the KBCA, falling at No. 10 in Class 6A.
    Valley Center dropped out of the Class 5A rankings this week after a 52-41 loss to Newton on Jan. 15.
    The McPherson boys, meanwhile, slid up two spots to No. 3 in the latest Class 4A rankings after wins in the McPherson Invitational against Lawrence Free State, Wichita Heights and Shawnee Mission East.
    That top-three ranking may be short lived, however, following Tuesday’s 45-44 upset loss to Circle High School.
    The Lancers, meanwhile moved up a spot despite the loss to the Bullpups in the Class 6A rankings, occupying third behind Blue Valley Northwest and Wichita North.
    North also climbed in 6A despite a second place finish in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions last week and the loss of superstar Conner Frankamp, who sat out Saturday and Tuesday nights’ games after suffering a concussion Friday night.
    The Moundridge boys were the only other area team ranked this week, sitting at No. 6 in Class 2A. The Little River boys and the Moundridge girls both dropped out of the rankings following losses last week.
    On the girls’ side of 6A, Wichita South climbed to No. 2 behind Olathe South, while Maize slid to third following its first loss of the year.
    In Class 5A, Shawnee Mission South maintained its death-grip on No. 1 on the boys’ side, followed by Emporia, Lansing, Blue Valley Southwest and Goddard-Eisenhower. Kapaun Mt. Carmel, St. Thomas Aquinas and Newton all remained Nos. 1-3, respectively, on the girls’ side. Mill Valley and Salina South rounded out the top five.
    Ottawa remained No. 1 in the Class 4A boys rankings, followed by Topeka Highland Park and McPherson. Kansas City Piper and Andale rounded out the 4A boys top five.
    Holton and Wamego exchanged places in the girls 4A rankings, with the Wildcats sliding into the top spot this week. Hesston remained steady at four, while Chanute took fifth from Pittsburg, who dropped completely out of the rankings.
    Class 3A saw virtually no movement from last week in either poll. Scott City, Nemaha Valley and Beloit maintained their hold on the top three spots. Phillipsburg and Atchison County both hopped up one spot to four and five, while previous No. 4 Pittsburg-Colgan dropped to sixth.
    Page 2 of 2 - The girls’ side of 3A was unchanged from last week, with Burlington, Holcomb and Cimarron staying at one, two and three, respectively. Hillsboro and Garden Plain finished out the top five.
    Class 2A saw Meade remain No. 1 on the boys’ poll, while Washington County stayed put on top of the girls’ rankings. Lyndon, Bennington Republic County and Solomon rounded out the top five boys teams.
    Sterling, Smith Center, Ellis and Northern Heights were 2-5 on the girls’ polls.
    The Class 1A Div. I boys’ rankings remained steady from last week, with St. John, South Haven and Olpe the top three. Waverly and Centralia rounded out the boys’ top five.
    On the girls’ side, Olpe and Hoxie remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, followed by St. John, Waverly and Dexter/Cedar Vale.
    The Class 1A Div. II girls’ rankings received a big shake up following losses by Wilson and Argonia, last week’s Nos. 1 and 2. Ingalls jumped up to the top spot from three, while Norwich shot up three spots to No. 2. Wilson fell to No. 3, followed by Baileyville B&B and Golden Plains. Argonia slipped all the way to No. 6.
    Follow Chris Swick on Twitter @SwickSentinel or contact him by email at chris.swick@mcphersonsentinel.com.
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