Want to start an argument that’s hotter than the June weather?
Here’s an easy way. Which of McPherson High’s boys state championship teams is the best of all time?
Of course, there are plenty to choose from. MHS has won 11 state titles since the very first in 1972.
We’ll get the ball rolling, though you have to remember this editor did not see the first three champs, though we have a good idea of their talent, having seen some of them play shortly after they graduated.
Our personal choice is the 1990-91 team, though it did not go undefeated like the 1989-90 and 1993-94 teams. But the 1990-91 team was in our mind the most dynamic, since all five starters were capable of scoring 20 points on any given night.
We’d love to hear from the Bullpup fans as to their personal favorites. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the 11 champions:
• 1972 — Led by the double-digit scoring of Vic Chandler, Mike Frazier and Craig Hill, augmented by LeRoy Ulrey and Kevin Brown, Jay Frazier’s first-ever MHS title team was 16-8 and stunned many tournament observers by winning the title as it was considered the longest of long shots.
• 1973 — The Bullpups went 23-1, and were led by Chandler, Jeff Kline, Rick Stout, Steve Ewing and Tom King. The only loss that season came to Junction City.
• 1974 — The third straight championship team was 22-2 with Kline and Stout the returning starters, helped by Jim Graham, Larry Smith and Mike Flood.
• 1990 — After a long absence as state champion, McPherson returned to the winner’s circle under the guidance of Mike Henson with a perfect 24-0 record. This was a powerhouse team and some believe it to be the best ever with the likes of Andy Berlin, T.J. Underwood, Chris Potter, Brian Henson, Ryan Herrs, Bryan Vincent, Ryan Hayes, Jason Totman and Chad Alexander.
• 1991 — Again, our personal favorite, with the only blemish in 24 games an early season loss to Hutchinson. You had Henson, Vincent, Herrs, Totman and Jonathan Coachman in the starting lineup, with Alexander the sixth man. This team played with a flair like none other and could score points faster than any team in school history.
• 1992 — McPherson made it three titles in a row by going 24-1 despite having lost such a great senior class. Herrs was at the epicenter, with Alexander and Lyle Hays also double-digit scorers. David Pyle, Chris Wallace and Kasey Ketcherside were role players who would  have headlined some teams. The only loss was a two-pointer to Newton, a team MHS defeated two times later in the season.
• 1994 — This team may have been ultimate reflection of McPherson basketball, going 25-0. There were no stars, just five guys who worked together as one to go undefeated. Four players scored in double figures, led by Eric Schultz, while Brian Grant and Tim Herrs  took care of business on the inside, Josh Alexander was an X-factor as a sophomore and Erik Vogel was the cerebral point guard who pulled it all together. This team simply didn’t make mistakes and executed as well offensively as any team in history.
• 1996 — With Kurt Kinnamon now at the helm, he continued the legacy in his very first year with a 24-1 record, the only loss a one-pointer to Buhler. Alexander was regarded by most as the state’s most complete player and had a nice supporting cast that included double-digit scorers Chris Johnson and Dylan Fielder, with timely 3-point shooting from Sam Marten. C.J. Sears and Nate Schultheiss combined for nearly 12 points a game in the middle, while Dan Pyle, Tyler Brown and Matt Turner could have been starters for any other team in the state, but made up a tremendous bench.
• 1999 — This was the sixth and final title team of the 1990s, going 24-1. Tremendously athletic, it was led by high-flying Brandon Carter, Matt Robins, Drew Moffitt, Boe Soden, Corey Hoover, Travis Sears and Cody Rierson, as depth was a strength.
• 2003 — This had to rank among the most explosive teams in MHS history, the only loss in a 24-1 season coming by one point to Maize in the finals of the McPherson Invitational. Blur-like point guard Aubrey Bruner made it all go, joined in the backcourt by his brother Kevin. Jordan Fithian was as good a big man as any in the state, with Tim Kliewer the deadeye 3-point shooter and underrated Anthony Gross as a rebounder and defensive stopper. Jamie Crist provided firepower off the bench, as this basically was a six-man unit.
• 2011 — Another 24-1 team that rode the 20-point-plus scoring of Christian Ulsaker and Jack Pyle and was supported by a nice group of contributors, which included Jordan Hart, Parker Hambley, Travell Robinson and Cory Horton. The only loss came in the finals of the McPherson Invitational to eventual 6A state champion and undefeated Wichita Heights.
So there you are. A case could be made for several of the teams. And MHS had some teams that didn’t win state titles, but only because of Wyandotte in the 1960s.
We’d love to hear from you as your personal favorite. Drop us an email at steve.sell@mcphersonsentinel.com or write us at PO Box 926. If we get enough replies, we’ll share them in another column.