22nd Annual Mid America Classic
After a somewhat 'one-sided' beginning Thursday, January 26th, to the 22nd annual Mid America Classic (MAC), the competition tightened up over the next two days. The tournament finished up Saturday evening with the Olathe South Falcons overtaking another 6A powerhouse, the Manhattan Indians, 50-38, to secure their 5th Classic title in as many tries.
The McPherson Bullpups garnered 3rd place, defeating the Valley Center Hornets 51-34, after succumbing to a devastating third quarter in the late game on Friday night with the Falcons to end up on the short end of 46-37 score. The Pups easily defeated Andale 66-18 in their Thursday night opener. Other two game winners in the tournament were Hays (57-36 vs Wichita SE); (28-25 vs Dodge City) for 5th place, Manhattan (83-37 vs Wichita SE); (56-29 vs Valley Center) for 2nd place.
Picking up one win each were Andale (61-48 vs Wichita SE) for 7th place and Dodge City defeating those same Andale Indians on Friday night, 41-32. The Valley Center Hornets secured their only win on Thursday afternoon over Hays, 49-42. Coach LaToya Randle's Wichita Southeast Buffaloes played some inspired, fast-paced basketball but couldn't secure a win in their third appearance in the MAC.
Special thanks to Danny Glidewell, the 'new' guy this year, in a Co-Director role. Kudos to all the committee chairs for a sharp, well-run tourney. Many folks, including coaches, players, administrators and officials, expressed their appreciation to this co-director over the course of the three days.
Thinking (not too hard) about the 23rd...
Jerry Fithian, on behalf of Kendall Shaw and the 'new' guy...
Thanks for all your hard work and