The McPherson High School wrestling, swimming, and bowling teams were all in action from Feb. 8 to Tuesday. Here are the recaps of their respective performances as part of this week’s Bullpup wrap-up.
On Saturday in Whitewater on the campus of Remington High School, three McPherson girls wrestlers punched their ticket to the KSHSAA 4-1A state meet at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina on Feb. 23-24.
Ciara Rawson (235), Arriana Gross (132), and Amethyst Hale (115) will each make the trip north with a chance to capture a state title for the Bullpups. Rawson was crowned regional champion, while Gross placed second and Hale finished third in their respective weight classes.
As a team, the Bullpups placed sixth out of 25 competing schools at the regional meet.
Team scores are as follows: Pratt 173, Wellington 104, Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 84, Mulvane 81, Douglass 70, McPherson 63, Leon-Bluestem 46, Winfield 44, Council Grove 40, Augusta 39, Rose Hill 35, Anthony/Harper- Chaparral 33, El Dorado 26, Chase County 22, Buhler 20, Towanda-Circle 19, Norwich 13, Haven 12, Whitewater-Remington 11, Clearwater 10, St. John-Hudson 8, Nickerson 7, Stafford 7, Halstead 3, Herington 0, Kingman 0, Lyons 0.
As for the McPherson boys wrestlers, the Bullpups defeated El Dorado 42-42 on sixth criteria last Wednesday and immediately followed that with a 36-30 win over Buhler on Thursday. Next up, they’ll head to regionals this coming Saturday.
On Saturday, the McPherson boys swim team competed in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II-III-IV championships. The Bullpups placed sixth with 168 team points.
Andover Central (405.5) took first place. Wichita Collegiate (366), Andover (377), Buhler (216.5), and Valley Center (189.5) also placed ahead of McPherson, in order.
Wesley Wurm led the Bullpups with a third-place run in the 50-yard free and took fourth in the 100-yard free.
200-yd. medley relay – 6. MAC (Schuckman, Burger, Wurm, Garcia) – 1:55.6
200-yd. free – 14. Garcia 2:15.51; 19. Heskett 2:20.63
200-yd. ind. medley – 14. Mendez 2:48.89
50-yd. free – 3. Wurm 23.73. 21; Vincent 27.83. 25; Noriega 28.9. 30; Hept 30.64.
100-yd. butterfly – 15. Citizen 1:08.35; 17. Vincent 1:15.08
100-yd. free – 4. Wurm 51.82; 12. Schuckman 57.99; 30. Hamma 1:12.05; 31. Hept 1:12.65
500-yd. free – 9. Heskett 6:23.19; 10. Mendez 6:27.6; 14.Elder 6:51.56
200-yd. free relay – 8. MAC (Burger, Vincent, Noriega, Mendez) – 1:51.97
100-yd. backstroke – 10. Schuckman 1:06.7; 20. Elder 1:21.85
100-yd. breaststroke – 6. Citizen 1:10.16; 9. Garcia 1:12.21; 20. Noriega 1:25.84; 27. Hamma 1:35.2
400-yd. free – 6. MAC (Wurm, Schuckman, Mendez, Garcia) – 3:54.2
Last Tuesday, the McPherson bowling teams split with El Dorado. The girls captured a 1887-1650 win, while the shorthanded boys fell 2324-2074.
Haylee Busch led the girls with a team-high score of 538. Dakota Brown turned in the highest-scoring performance with a 594 to lead the boys.
“Once again we are showing improvement,” Bullpups coach Herb Halinski told Mid Kansas Online. “The kids are buying into the system and have the desire to improve. Bowling in El Dorado is always challenging as the lane conditions are always very difficult.”
Then on Friday, both teams defeated Wichita Collegiate in the final meet of the campaign. The girls won 1919-1716 while the boys were also victorious, 2012-1925. Busch once again led the girls with a career-high 609 series. Tytin Goebel led the boys with a 553.
“I am so proud of each and every one of these young players,” Halinski said. “This is a genuine team and [they] enjoy being around each other. They try [to] help each other out both on and off the lanes. It is truly a team and they want to see each other do well.”
Halinski added, “Hopefully all of the younger players have caught the bowling bug and stick with it. They listen so well and want to improve. All of them [made] great strides since we started with tryouts in December. We have nowhere to go but up from here.”
Brett Esch has been a freelance reporter for the McPherson Sentinel since Jan. 2022. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @brettaesch.