Down the line

Chad Frey

Seventh grade boys pick up three wins

On Tuesday the McPherson Middle School boys played Fort Riley Middle School at home.  

The final score to A game was 50 - 17 with a McPherson victory.

"From the opening tip, the boys dominated every phase of the game," said coach Paul Reichenberger . "The opposing team couldn't handle our press and we finally out rebounded a team. Furthermore, it was awesome to see all twelve boys score in the A game. I was very proud of how we shared the ball and played as a team today." 

In the "B game," McPherson picked up a 26-23 overtime win. 

"It was a fantastic win by this group of guys," said coach Grant Barrett. "Everyone was able to contribute in different ways. I’m proud of the way our guys battled back in the fourth quarter, and we’re able to knock down important free throws in the end to seal the win. We are looking forward to building momentum off of this win."

Thursday the Seventh grade "A" team downed Newton on the road, 38-24. Individual scoring was not available. 

"The boys demonstrated great teamwork and really moved the ball well against Newton's zone," Reichenberger said. "We did a wonderful getting our teammates involved and making the extra pass. Furthermore, our defensive effort was very high all game long, which I loved."

A team scoring: Jett Pyle - 8; Kaizer Kanitz - 10; Cade Strathman - 3; Paxton Ingels - 6; Jackson Anderson - 2; Caleb Muehler - 2; Teigan Younger - 4; Dylan Cabezas - 6; Cowen Huggard - 5; Trevor Pontious - 2; Kaden Godwin - 2

B team scoring: Ethan Harrington - 4; Kaden Godwin - 5; Jaydn Mari - 5; Trevor Pontious - 3; Teigan Younger - 2; Cameron Buckbee - 2; Carlton Giacobbi - 5

Eighth grade boys sweep Newton

The McPherson eighth grade boys basketball teams took on Newton on the road, collecting a sweep of a pair of games.

The A Team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 44-30 win. 

"I felt like tonight we did a better job getting to the paint and kicking it to an open teammate ready to catch and shoot the three pointer tonight," said coach Tyler Brown.  "We also did a great job of making the extra pass to our teammate to hit the three pointer as well.  You are starting to see a theme here."

The theme was three pointers falling. Gable Pyle opened the game with one, and Brenden Doile hit a pair in the second quarter. Carter Allen hit from deep in the third.

"Needless to say, the ball was going in from 20 feet tonight," Brown said.  "Bishop Brown I thought did a great job  Newton's top offensive player.  Through the 2nd and 3rd quarters, our biggest point quarters offensively, we were able to hold them to just 3 points through those 12 minutes."

The B Team improved to 2-6 on the season with a 43-38 win.

"Last year the B guys lost both games to Newton, but tonight they showed their improvement and that the last game wasn't a fluke," said coach TJ Jackson. "The guys are showing a ton of confidence in shooting and their passing inside to our bigs guys made a big impact on our ability to score easy buckets. Real happy with the way we were able to take better care of the ball offensively and allow ourselves more opportunities by getting boards on the offensive end. The guys keep working hard and they keep improving."

A team scoring: Gabe Pyle 13; Ian Razak 12; Carter Allen 9; Brenden Doile 8; Bishop Brown 2

B team scoring: Jaxson Malvo 16; Kaven Byrd 11; Brenden Doile 11; Spencer Strecker 3; Brandon Western 2;