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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups hold steady in KBCA rankings

  • The McPherson High boys and girls held steady, while Moundridge and Inman found themselves well represented in the tenth rankings from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
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  • The McPherson High boys and girls held steady, while Moundridge and Inman found themselves well represented in the tenth rankings from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
    The McPherson boys and girls both remained No. 3 in the Class 4A rankings released Monday. The Bullpups, coming off sweeps of El Dorado Friday and Mulvane Tuesday, are undefeated in AVCTL Div. III play with only three games left in the regular season.
    Ottawa, Topeka Highland Park, Andale and Hesston round out the rest of the boys top five. For the girls, Holton and Wamego held onto first and second, respectively, while Topeka Hayden and Hesston were Nos. 4 and 5 in Class 4A.
    The Swathers currently lead the field for the Abilene Substate site in Class 4A, which also includes McPherson and Smoky Valley High School.
    On the boys side of the bracket, Hesston sits on top with a 16-2 record, followed by McPherson (15-2), Abilene (15-3), Concordia (13-5) and Chapman (6-12). Smoky Valley (5-13), Buhler (4-13) and Clay Center (3-15) round out the field.
    For the girls, Hesston (16-2) is the top team as of Wednesday morning, followed by Clay Center (15-3) and McPherson (14-3). Buhler (10-7), Abilene (10-8), Chapman (3-15), Concordia (3-15) and Smoky Valley (2-16) are the rest of the field.
    Inman and Little River both made appearances in the Class 2A boys rankings, while the Moundridge girls have managed to fight their way back into the top 10 on the girls side.
    Inman sits at No. 6 this week in the boys rankings, while Moundridge and Little River are Nos. 9 and 10, respectively. Meade stayed No. 1, while Bennington slid from third to fourth, allowing previous No. 4 Republic County to jump up to No. 2. Lyndon slides down one spot to No. 3.
    In the girls 2A rankings, the Moundridge girls appeared for the first time since Dec. 3 at No. 6.
    Washington County and Smith Center maintained at Nos. 1 and 2. A loss by Oakley Feb. 5, however, allowed Jefferson County North to hop up to No. 3, while the team that beat the Plainsmen, Ellis, vaulted from No. 8 to No. 4. Oakley slipped to No. 7.
    Class 6A didn’t change much at all this week. On the boys rankings, Blue Valley Northwest, Shawnee Mission East and Wichita North held onto the top three spots, while Lawrence slid into fourth and Derby jumped from seven to five.
    Olathe South stayed No. 1 in the girls 6A rankings, followed by Maize and Wichita South. Blue Valley North and Olathe Northwest round out the 6A girls top five.
    The top three in the Class 5A boys rankings remained Shawnee Mission South, Lansing and Emporia, respectively. Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Goddard-Eisenhower round out the top five.
    St. Thomas Aquinas and Mill Valley stayed Nos. 1 and 2 in the 5A girls rankings, though the rest of the top five saw a shake up. Newton hopped up three spots to third, while former No. 3 Bishop Miege dropped to fourth, knocking down Salina South one spot to fifth in the process.
    Page 2 of 2 - In Class 3A boys, Scott City stayed No. 1, followed by Nemaha Valley, Beloit, Atchison County and Humboldt. The girls top five was comprised of Burlington, Cimarron, Garden Plain, Hillsboro and Haven.
    There were no changes this week in the Class 1A Div. I boys and girls rankings. St. John, South Haven, Olpe, Waverly and Centralia were the top five on the boys’ side. Olpe, Hoxie, St. John, Waverly and Valley Heights claimed the girls’ top five.
    The 1A Div. II boys rankings had a bit of a different look this week, as Hutchinson Central Christian and St. John’s Tipton flipped places at three and four, respectively. Fowler, White City and Baileyville B&B rounded out the top five.
    Ingalls, Norwich and Wilson remained the top three in the girls Div. II rankings. Baileyville B&B and Golden Plains were four and five, respectively.
    The regular season continues through at least Tuesday for all schools, though a few will still play Thursday evening to wrap up the season.
    Substate seedings will be calculated after Tuesday’s games are completed. Substate play begins Feb. 25 for Class 1-4A, while 5A and 6A will begin on Feb. 27.
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