Who needs a regular school pep rally when you can have an all-day event with the community? That's what it was for McPherson's Fall Preview.
Clear, blue sky and the sun shining the entire day, parents, family members, and supporters came out at McPherson Stadium as the Bullpups get ready for the start of a new school year for the athletics.
"There were a lot of people in the stands," Bullpups starting running back Jace Kinnamon said." It just shows how McPherson sports really means a lot to the community. It's fun to get after it."
While the scrimmages were happening, Midway Motors had an event of its own called the "Ford Drive 4 UR School, where people could sign up and drive one of company's Ford vehicles, and the money will be donated to the athletics of their choosing. A total of 300 people drove a ford, and $10,000 were donated. That' a lot of free hot dogs giving away by the booster club.
"Obviously with the 'Drive 4 UR School', we want to say thank you," McPherson's school principal Bryce McFarland said. "Parents and the community members came out and did that because you contributed back to our program, it definitely helps out in a lot of ways."
It started off with the cross country team. From the middle school to the high school, the Bullpups had their trial by racing around the track. Then the McPherson Middle School team had a red vs. white scrimmage. While that was going on, the volleyball team had a quick circuit like practice before having their scrimmage as they prepare for their first game at Salthawk Activity Center in Hutchinson.
After middle school scrimmage, the Bullpups soccer made their way to the field has they a scrimmage of their own. The fall preview ended when with varsity football team made their way to the stadium and had their offense vs. defense scrimmage with their first game against Salina South High School is less than a week away.
"I'm a football player at heart . I love the game, and I'm really excited next week against Salina (South), but I like all of them though" McFarland said. "I'm there to support all of our kids, and all of the activities they are involved in."
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