Eighth grade volleyball:

NEWTON—The McPherson Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team traveled to Newton on Tuesday for a triangular with Newton and Hutchinson, unfortunately the Junior Lady ‘Pups only won one of four matches.

Against Hutchinson, McPherson’s ‘A’ team lost in straight sets 15-25, 12-25, before making things a lot closer in the matches with Newton before losing both sets by identical scores 21-25, 21-25. The ‘A’ team is now 2-4 for the season.

“Our last set against Newton was probably the best of the night,” noted Head Coach Jacque Colgrove. “The girls had good energy in that set and just fell a few points short. Little errors on communication plus missed serves hurt us all night, including the last set. We will continue to work on getting a little better each day.

In the ‘B’ team matches, McPherson once again lost in straight sets to Hutchinson 13-25, 7-25, before bouncing back to beat Newton in three sets 21-25, 25-17, 15-5. With the split, the ‘B’ team keeps it’s season mark even at 4-4.

“We were very proud of the girls for hustling and never giving up,” said ‘B’ team coach Stevie Stockham. “Several girls showed great leadership as they fought hard against Newton to come out on top.”

The eighth grade volleyball teams will return to action on Thursday, Sept. 6, with a road trip to Salina for a triangular with Salina Lakewood and Abilene.

Seventh grade volleyball:

HUTCHINSON—On a road trip to Hutchinson for a triangular with Newton and Hutchinson, the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade volleyball teams stumbled, going 0-4 for the day.

The ‘A’ team suffered back to back close match losses as they were swept by Newton 22-25, 24-26, before taking Hutchinson to three sets before losing 23-25, 25-20, 7-15. The loses drop the ‘A’ team to 1-2 for the season.

“We had some good moments tonight, we just struggled to put everything together,” commented Head Coach Shelley Bohme. “Serving was our downfall against Newton as we missed 11 total serves in that match. Our serving was better against Hutchinson and we had some good rallies in that match, we just had too many unforced errors and mental mistakes. I was pleased with our aggressiveness at the net. Karter Alvord, Danica Brunk, Olivia cheatham and Kaya Lowery all had some great plays. On the night, Alex Romero and Alexa Casebeer led us in serving, while Madi Moors hustled all over the court. Reanna Eilrich and Macy Rinker had great passes and Caitlyn Pearson did a great job of stepping in and playing in a couple of different spots. We need to continue to work on our mental toughness and communications, as well as keeping our energy level up.”

While the ‘B’ also went 0-2 for the day, their results were opposite of the ‘A’ team as the ‘B’ team went three sets before losing to Newton 25-15, 20-25, 13-15, and then lost in straight sets to Hutchinson 15-25, 19-25. The two losses drop the ‘B’ team to 1-2 for the season.

“There’s no better way to describe our games tonight other than saying we were just off,” according to ‘B’ team Coach Abby Bradstreet. “We came out a little sluggish and just never really came together as a team, though we had some really great moments in both matches and were able to set the ball up for some great hits. Addyson Senecal, Hunter Wilson and Cailey Kueser showed great hustle tonight, while Senecal, Kylie Golden and Aislyn Soukup had some really great serving streaks. In the end we just couldn’t keep our momentum up and had too many unforced errors.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, the seventh grade volleyballers will play host to a triangular with Abilene and Salina Lakewood.

 MMS eighth grade runners win meet

HUTCHINSON—Despite sloshing through the rain and the mud, the McPherson Middle School cross country teams ran on Tuesday at Hutchinson Prairie Hills and returned home with a team meet championship for the eighth-grade boys.

Tito Mendez finished fourth and Reid Schuckman placed seventh to lead the eighth-grade boys to their team victory. The eighth-grade girls finished seventh in the team standings while Amber Smith was the Junior Pups top runner, finishing 18th.

For the seventh-grade boys, the team finished tenth and Joey Miller was the top placer, finishing 27th. The seventh-grade girls only had three girls running and finished 11th with Keanna Sullivan placing 37th individually.

In his coach’s reflections, Head Coach Nikolous Rempe made note of the weather, saying, “Even though we ran through the mud and the rain, over half of the runners once again improved their times from the meet last week. Four of the runners earned a medal and the eighth-grade boys won the meet!”

Next up for the Middle School cross country runners will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 when they run at Emporia.

Middle School Cross Country Individual Results:

Seventh Grade Girls (Team: 11th) – 1 Mile

Keanna Sullivan – 37th 8:22

Renae Hendricks – 50th 8:51

Jordyn Hancock – 51st 8:52

7th Grade Boys (Team: 10th) – 1 Mile

Joey Miller – 27th 6:53

Hunter Mendez – 36th 7:06

Noah Wilgers – 47th 7:26

Owen Wilson – 56th 7:36

Joel Eilert – 59th 7:43

Gage Allsbury – 87th 9:06

Connor Eickbush – 99th 10:26

8th Grade Girls – (Team 7th) – 2 Mile

Amber Smith – 18th 15:39

Laci Turner – 23rd 16:14

Emily Heskett – 24th 16:18

Kyla Lang – 50th 19:26

8th Grade Boys (Team: 1st) – 2 Mile

Tito Mendez – 4th 12:46

Reid Schuckman – 7th 13:25

Michael Martin – 20th 14:03

Brock Burgess – 26th 14:30

Roman Mai – 47th 15:48

Asa Keough – 48th 15:55

Josh Wehrman – 49th 15:58

Dalton Weir – 50th 15:59

Colin Grieb – 60th 16:37

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