Bullpups Take Fifth With 44-31 Win Over Blue Jays

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F McP   9   8    11    16  44 JC      10   5    4     12  31 Fifth place is better than last place as the McPherson High School boys basketball ended the McPherson Invitational on a high note after beating Junction City 44-31. The Bullpups finished the tournament 2-1 and improved their record to 8-4 on the season. It was a low-scoring game due to the combination of missed layups and aggressive defense. The difference for the Bullpups was knocking all their free throws. McPherson went 7 for

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Bench players step up in 67-48 win over Wichita North

Sports Editor  Peter Holland Jr. 1st  2nd  3rd  4th F WN   9     6     15     18    48 McP 14   18   20     15     67   It was a complete Pyle-driver for the McPherson High School boys basketball team on Friday night. The Bullpup boys routed Wichita North High School, 67-48, improving 7-4 on the season and are one win away from taking fifth place in the McPherson Invitational. It was career-night for the Pyle cousins coming off the bench. Eli Pyle was McPherson’s sharpshooter from the three-point as he knocked down five 3s in the first

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McPherson falls short to Blue Valley in first round of MIT

Sports Editor Peter Holland jr. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F McP 7 16 10 25 58 BV 14 15 14 21  64 The battle for fifth place begins for the McPherson High School boys basketball team. The Bullpups may put in a valiant effort against and Blue Valley High School, but it was not enough to get the win as they fall to the Tigers, 64-58 in the opening round of the McPherson Invitational. Blue Valley had speed and liked to be in transition.  Once the Tigers make a defensive stop, it’s off to the races. Blue Valley shot 56

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MIT Preview: Bullpups Will Be Tested Early In Home Tournament

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. The last thing a team wants is to lose in the first round and fall in the losing side of the bracket. Right from the jump, the McPherson High School boys basketball team will be tested in the first round of the 56th annual McPherson invitational, which will begin on Thursday. “For 25 years I tried to get across the point that if you don’t get that first game in the tournament, you struggle. Every year, we come out and it’s one of our lesser crowd,” Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “I can’t stress it

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Bullpups Take Control Of League After Win Over Augusta

 Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.  No rust came from the McPherson High School boys basketball team despite not playing for 10 days. The Bullpups defeated Augusta High School 67-51 and improve to 5-3 on the season. The Bullpups also remain undefeated  AVCTL Division-III League and are top on the standings. Three Bullpups reached double figures and shot 59 percent from the field. Cody Stufflebean tied a career-high with 23 points. Jayton Alexander set a career-high with 13 points and Eli Pyle came off the bench with 12. Seth Madron, who had two points in the first half, had a strong

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Lady Pups Stay Sharp In Win Over Augusta

Grace Pyle (@gracepyle24 ) and Kassidy (@KassidyBeam ) were lights out tonight in McPherson’s win over Augusta. Both scored 49 points combine and shot 9 for 13 from the 3. Now that’s a great night for @MHSBullpups . Final McPherson 73 Augusta 22#Bullpupnation 🏀 pic.twitter.com/u7UTMlL027 — Peter Holland Jr (@_Da_pistol) January 15, 2020 Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.  One thing Head Coach Chris Strathman emphasizes to his McPherson High School girls basketball team is staying sharp, especially in the games the Lady Pups are supposed to win. Tuesday’s win over Augusta High School was as sharp as it gets for

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Finding a way: Lady Pups take down Pirates

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. KANSAS CITY, KS.—It came down which team will make the most free-throws. The McPherson High School girls basketball team might not have the best shooting performance but found a way to beat Piper High School 44-38 in the 810 Varsity Showcase. The Lady Pups improve to 7-0 on the season. “Beating Piper on their own floor in this special event I thought was a big win for us,” Head Coach Chris Strathman said. Fortunately, we were able to hold on. They had some good runs at us. Piper, already coming off a one-point loss to

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Bullpups Resume Season With Back-to-Back Games

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. After a well-rested Christmas break, the McPherson High School basketball teams return to the court, but this time the Bullpups will play two games in two days. This Friday the Bullpups will host Dodge City High School and then will travel to Kansas City, Kansas the next day to face Piper High School for the 810 Varsity Showcase. The Lady Pups are off to a 5-0 start, beating top tier teams in Andover Central and Derby in a hostile environment, and then eased their way to three more wins over Andover, Buhler and Winfield.  For

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Pistol Hot Take: Homage To The 2018 McPherson Girls Basketball Team

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. McPherson High School produced a decade full of success. That includes 10 state titles and 26 individual state titles. For me living in McPherson for almost two years now, I only witnessed a taste of that success, and the one that will stay near to my sports writing heart is the 2018 McPherson High School girls basketball team. It was in mid-January of 2018  that I started working for the McPherson Sentinel. I had no knowledge of McPherson or what to expect. My first coverage was the Mid-America Classic. One thing that caught my attention

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