5 TOTAL MCPHERSON COUNTY TEAM/PLAYER AWARDS

By William

WICHITA – What has become an annual event, the sports department at KWCH TV in Wichita and their Kansas Sports Website, catchitkansas.com, have named their 2020 Catchy Award Winners for Kansas High School Athletics.

The McPherson County area was well represented by having nine county-based entries in eight different categories with area athletes or teams winning five of those eight.

Here are the five winners:

WINNER # 1: CODY STUFFLEBEAN – KANSAS FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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First award champion went to the McPherson Bullpups Cody Stufflebean for being named as the top football player in Kansas for 2020.

Stufflebean was a rare two-way player for the Bullpups as he not only starred as a tight end, but also as a tough and rough man to stop on their defensive line. Stufflebean also starred for the Bullpup boys’ basketball team, while his football exploits have earned him a football scholarship at Kansas State University.

WINNER # 2: WILLIAM POWERS – KANSAS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR

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The second Catchy Award winner went to McPherson Bullpup William Powers who led the Bullpup swim team to a runner-up spot at the Kansas Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Swim Championships as he brought home two gold medals in the 100-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Backstroke along with a team title in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay with teammates Justus Hampton, Rhys Vanderhoof and younger brother Matt Powers.

WINNER # 3: TAYLOR BRUCE/CEANNA ALLEN – KANSAS TOP GIRLS TENNIS PLAYER/DUO

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The third Catchy Award win for the McPherson Bullpup programs came from the outstanding Bullpup girl’s tennis duo of Taylor Bruce and Ceanna Allen.

All Bruce and Allen did during the girl’s tennis season was go 35-0 and win the Kansas State Class 5A Girls Tennis Doubles Title.

Taylor Bruce will continue her career at Fort Hays State.

WINNER # 4: MCPHERSON BULLPUPS GIRLS BASKETBALL – TOP 5A TEAM

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The fourth Catchy Award win for the Bullpup programs went to the girls basketball team that despite beginning the season with four starters out with injuries were still able to put together a 22-1 mark for the season and were rolling toward a possible state championship before the pandemic shut everything down.

Led by then junior Grace Pyle (who was nominated for the top girls basketball player in Kansas) and junior Kassidy Beam, Coach Chris Strathman was able to pull the team together and win before and after seniors Lakyn Schieferecke, Andrea Sweat, Cassie Cooks and Emma Ruddle returned from injuries.

WINNER # 5: CANTON/GALVA EAGLES FOOTBALL TEAM – TOP PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

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While the Canton/Galva Eagle football team steam rolled through the regular season and state playoffs, they left their best performance of the season for the final game at the Kansas Class 8-Man, Division 1 State Championship where the Eagles found themselves down 36-0 at halftime, only to regroup and blow up the scoreboard and St. Francis for 66 unanswered second half points and a 66-36 state championship victory.

Led by all-state quarterback Landon Everett along with players like Tyson Struber, Kinser Colgin, Brandon Huff, Brayden Collins and Head Coach Shelby Hoppes, the Eagles dominated every game during the season.

OTHERS NOMINATED:

GRACE PYLE, McPherson Bullpup Girls Basketball – Nominated for Kansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year, with the winner being Emily Ryan of Central Plains.

JUSTUS HAMPTON, McPherson Bullpup Boys Swimming – Nominated for Kansas Boys Swimmer of the Year, with the winner being teammate William Powers.

CANTON/GALVA FOOTBALL TEAM – Nominated for being the Top Kansas Class 1A Team of the Year, with the winner being the Central Plains girls’ basketball team for having won 136 straight games.

JAYDEN GARRISON, Little River Football/Basketball – Nominated for Kansas Boys Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year, with the winner being Jordan Finnesy of Plainville.

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