This is the season for McPherson High School basketball fans, with both the boys and girls participating recently in tournaments hosted in the iconic Roundhouse.  In keeping with this time of year, the McPherson Public Library announces the addition of some Bullpup basketball history to its local history collection.

Compiled by Carol Swenson and donated by Mark Heidebrecht, the archive consist of statistical data, school records, media guides, KSHSAA tournament programs, and programs from both the McPherson Invitational and the Mid-America Classic – all spanning the years from 1970 to 2017.  

The materials originally were collected by Bullpup basketball fan Bob Hooper.  After Hooper’s death, his family passed them along to Heidebrecht, who noted that it was important for him to preserve them for posterity.  The library has bound the documents into volumes for easier use by patrons.   

“We’re very pleased to be able to help Mr. Swenson and Mr. Heidebrecht share their work with the public.” said Melissa Smith, archivist at the public library. “Being a Bullpup myself, I still attend basketball games and often hear spectators reminiscing about past tournaments or players. Hopefully, this collection will spark more memories.”  

The Lady Pups are celebrating their “golden year” with this being the 50th year of McPherson ladies’ basketball, so this is a fitting time to look back at McPherson High School basketball history.  The library invites all Bullpup basketball fans to peruse this new collection housed in the McPherson Room. 

For additional information call the library at 245-2570 or email them at library@macpl.org.  The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.