The Teutons capture the coveted Great Plains Federal Credit Union McPherson County high school Team of the Week award, presented by the McPherson Sentinel.

INMAN — Off to a 7-0 start, including sweeping their own season opening Invitational, the Inman High School Varsity volleyball team was named the first Great Plains Federal Credit Union McPherson County high school Team of the Week, presented by the McPherson Sentinel. The Teutons were presented their award Monday afternoon at practice by the Sentinel sports staff.

Inman volleyball won out over two other outstanding team performances last week. The McPherson High School football team went into Buhler and thumped the Crusaders 33-21, winning there for the first time in 32 years. Despite five turnovers and running game that did just enough to open up the pass, the Bullpups controlled the game in the air and on defense to record the opening night victory.

The other of the three finalists was the Smoky Valley football team, who served notice on the rest of mid-Kansas that they are for real, with a 24-22 home-opener victory over Halstead. With a bruising ground game and tough defensive stand on the final two-point conversion attempt, the Vikings made a great case for being our first team of the week as well.

But it was the Teutons performance in rolling through their tournament by defeating Fairfield, Cunningham and Sedgwick in pool play and taking straight-set victories over Remmington and Moundridge in the semifinals and finals respectively, and then sweeping Centre and Canton-Galva in straight-sets in their first triangular that earned Inman the coveted honor. The only team that has taken them to a third set so far has been the always tough Sedgwick Cardinals.

"I'm super excited about us winning this award," said Inman coach Emily Butler. "I just really want the girls to realize what you can get out of hard work and this is just icing on the cake. I didn't even know this existed and now that we got it just shows the girls what hard work can do for them. Now is the hard part, to keep that up. I think we're just tapping the potential that we can do. I don't know if they've ever been challenged to really be that team and we've had to really completely break it down and show them what that is. We do a team activity every week and stress team across the board because if you don't have it all across the board it doesn't make sense. So we have really stressed team."

The Teutons put their undefeated record on the line tonight as they travel to Sterling for a triangular with Sterling and Chaparral. Action gets underway at 5 p.m. at Sterling High School.

Next week we will have our week two winner of the Team of the Week award. All fall sports teams at all seven McPherson County high schools are eligible, with the winner chosen by the McPherson Sentinel sports staff and the award presented to the winning team each Monday. Each weekly winner is automatically qualified for the seasonal team of the year award.

Contact Matt Cole by email at mcole@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @MacSentinel.