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Great Bend Cross Country Invitational 8-30-18

The first week of high school competition saw teams of runners head to the Lake Barton course for the Great Bend Cross Country Invitational.

Due to a hot and humid late August day, the race director decided to shorten the length from the normal 5K to a 4K (2.49 miles). This decision came out of a concern for the safety of the runners.

Great Bend’s Mayra Ramirez won the girls varsity race with a time of 17:01.9. Great Bend also took first in the team competition over Salina South with a team score of 47 to 55.

In the boys varsity race, Salina South’s Keetan Munsell won with a blistering time of 13:28.7. The next closest time was Great Bend’s Ryan Nicholson with 14:05.5. Great Bend took first in the team competition with 23 points versus Garden City’s second place with 46.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the meet:

American Legion AAA Zone 8 Championship McPherson vs Great Bend 7-15-17

The math for the first day of a zone tournament is fairly simple, win twice and you go on to the state tournament. Getting to those two victories can me a winding road.

Both the McPherson Seniors and Great Bend Chiefs advanced to this game. Each team knew that their pitching depth was going to be challenged.

A pitcher cannot pitch more than 120 pitches in a day and then must rest a minimum of two days.

McPherson sent two pitchers up to the mound, Great Bend used a total of five over seven innings.

The Seniors jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. The Chiefs pulled back two in the bottom half of the inning and in the next inning.

Both teams continued to tack on runs and keep with in contact of each other. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Great Bend needed one run to tie and send the game into extra innings. Instead they got two on the same play, a single by Payton Mauler to win the game.

The Great Bend Chiefs now will play in the State Tournament in Ottawa. McPherson still has a chance to reach State, they have to win one more game tomorrow.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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American Legion AAA Zone Tournament Hutchinson vs McPherson 7-15-17

On a humid Saturday morning in the middle of July, the Hutchinson Colts faced off with the McPherson Seniors to begin the journey to the American Legion AAA State Baseball Tournament.

Hutchinson jumped out to an early lead two run lead in the very first inning. McPherson tied the score in the third inning, but gave up two more runs to the Colts the next inning. The Seniors got one run back in the fifth inning and then took the lead for the first time all day in the bottom of the sixth inning. Two strikeouts and a ground out later and they advanced to face the winner of the next game for a chance to go to the state tournament.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Kansas Girls High School Wrestling Championship

For many years, if a high school girl wanted to wrestle, she was left with boys as her competition. This year, 37 schools traveled to McPherson to take part in the first ever Kansas Girls High School Wrestling Championship.

The goal of the day was to spread the word that Girls Wrestling is happening in Kansas.

For many of the competitors, this might have been one of the few times they faced another girl on the mat instead of a boy. All of the participants gave it their all and competed at the highest level they could.

Many of the girls there knew they were apart of history. While the Kansas High School Activities Association did not sanction the event, the organizers used official referees and followed every rule.

The organizers hope that by this time next year, several more schools will field not on a full boys wrestling squad, but a girls too.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the tournament:

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McPherson Boys Basketball vs Great Bend 2-7-17

In Class 4A Division I, the McPherson Bullpups currently hold a rank of fifth. The reason for this high make became very clear in their game with the Great Bend Panthers.

The Bullpups spread out the scoring and quickly built a ten point advantage in the first quarter. The score remained stable for a while, then McPherson kept adding to the difference on their way to a 57 to 30 final score.

One notable event during the evening took place when Great Bend’s Kody Crosby scored his 1,000th career point in the second quarter. He joins an exclusive club in Kansas High School Basketball history.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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McPherson Girls Basketball vs Great Bend 2-7-16

In a clash of two teams with winning records, the McPherson Lady Bullpups traveled to Great Bend to face off against the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Bullpups took a quick lead and pulled away from the hosts on a balanced attack from down low and behind the arc. Ten players for McPherson scored at least one three-point shot or more in the 69 to 38 victory.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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American Legion AAA State Baseball Salina vs McPherson 7-29-16

An elimination game finished Day Three of the 2016 American Legion Class AAA State Baseball Tournament. The game pitted McPherson versus the Salina Falcons.

The game went back and forth between the two teams. They entered the Seventh, and final, Inning tied at four runs apiece. McPherson took the game on a sacrifice fly out to centerfield that led to a walk off run being scored.

McPherson advances to the Consolation Finals with a chance to play for the State Championship on the line.

For Salina, their season has come to an end.

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