TOPEKA—More recognition and achievements for McPherson High School girls basketball head coach Chris Strathman as he was awarded the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year from the Kansas Coaches Association during the KSHAA Coaching Clinic in Topeka on Tuesday.

"The award from the Kansas Coaches Association was much appreciated and really is shared by our entire staff and team. Everyone on the team played a role in helping us win the state tournament in March, and no coach ever wins this honor unless you are surrounded by great people that came together and won a championship. It is a special honor to win it for all classes, I really think our fellow coaches from around the state in all classes were happy to see us beat Miege. I appreciate the recognition and it is humbling, but there are a lot of other people that deserve some credit as well for our team's success."

The Bullpups had a dominating year as they finished 20-1 and winning the state championship on March 10, defeating Bishop Miege 62-58. The Lady Pups was led by Taylor Robertson, who finished her high school career as the Bullpups all-time leading scorer and named this year's Miss Kansas Basketball. Mandi Cooks and Robertson were the only seniors that will be missed, but everyone else on the roster are returning for next season.

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