Two McPherson High School students have claimed the top honor on Sunday when the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association named Ben Pyle and Taylor Roberson as premier players of the year.
Robertson was named Kansas’ Miss Basketball after dominating this season, leading the Lady Pups to a 25-1 record and claiming the Class 4A Division-1 State Championship over Bishop Miege High School.
She is also McPherson’s all-time leading scorer with 1,912 points, alongside breaking her own record for most 3-pointers in her career with 323 points.
“It is a great honor to receive. This was a special season and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches,” Robertson said.
Robertson is the third Bullpup female to be honored, following Ashley Sweat in 2006 and Katelyn Loecker in 2013.
Robertson will continue her basketball career at Oklahoma University next year.
Pyle is second among his family to be named Kansas’ Mr. Basketball, as his older brother Drew received the same honor in 2016. He is also the eighth Bullpup to receive the title since the award started in 1983.
Just like Robertson, he shattered school records by becoming McPherson’s all-time scoring leader and rebound leader. Despite a 22-point performance at state, the Bullpups lost to Bishop Miege in the finals.
“It means a lot to me. There was so many great players this year and to be named the best feels really great,” Pyle said.
Prior to this award, Robertson and Pyle were named first-team All-County and All-State. After a phenomenal high school career, Pyle will move forward to play college basketball for Western Illinois next season.
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