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Salthawk Sports Roundup: Boys Basketball to Take on McPherson for Tournament Championship


By Brad Hallier

The Roundhouse in McPherson will be hopping on Saturday.

One of the premier midseason high school boys basketball tournaments will feature an old-school rivalry for the championship.

Hutchinson vs. McPherson. Two rivals from the old Ark Valley League will meet up at 3:45 p.m. for the McPherson Invitational championship in what will likely be an electric atmosphere.

Hutchinson reached the championship game by beating Blue Valley 53-48 on Friday night, and the Salthawks also beat St. James Academy 45-34 in Thursday’s first round.

The Salthawks improved to 8-1 and will take on the undefeated Bullpups.

Girls basketball – Behind 19 points from Grace Posch, the Hutchinson High girls basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak Thursday by routing Maize 43-26.

The Salthawks defense shined all night, allowing just 15 points in the first half and a single point in the third quarter.

The Salthawks improved to 5-3 and will head to Emporia for a tournament next week. Hutchinson will take on Derby in Thursday’s first round at 5:30 p.m.

Bowling –  Brody Ummel led the boys team in a triangular with Derby and Salina South on Jan. 12 at The Alley in Hutchinson.

Ummel, a senior, bowled a 653 series, just three pins from second. Jacob Bofink came in seventh with a 587.

On the girls side, the Salthawks were led by a second-place finish from Ariana Shankle, who had a 580 series.

Boys wrestling – The Salthawks finished in 13th at the Tournament of Champions in Newton on Jan. 13 with 77.5 points.

Three Salthawks finished in the top eight, led by Kade Smith’s second-place finish at 157 pounds. Smith won his first two matches by pin, and the next two by a combined score 10-1. He lost to Andale’s Owen Eck in the championship match 21-6.

Camden Jensen came in third at 285 pounds, only losing in the quarterfinals 3-1 to Newton’s Marcel Gonzalez.

Max Harris came in eighth place at 144 pounds. After losing in the first round, Harris won his next four matches before dropping two consolation matches.

Girls wrestling – Hutchinson finished in a three-way tie for 12th at the Newton TOC.

Three Salthawks placed in the top five, led by fourth-place finishes from Taylor Pubill (105 pounds) and Sophia Zwickel (130 pounds). Ruby Foster finished in fifth place at 115 pounds.

Boys swimming – Logan Most swam an automatic state-qualifying time in the 200-yard freestyle on Jan. 13 in Andover. Most finished fifth in the event.

Most also earned a state-consideration time in the 500 freestyle.

Trent McClelland swam a state-consideration time in the 100 freestyle.