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MHS boys swim and dive comes in second in league showdown

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Going into the final event, Manhattan was tied with Washburn Rural for second place in a three-team meet.

Manhattan’s 400 freestyle relay team of Xander Say, Wyatt Balman, Trey Hafen and Preston Harrison came through, beating Washburn Rural by four seconds and coming in second place.

Manhattan finished with 367 points. Seaman won with 457, and Washburn Rural recorded 364.

“Seaman and Washburn, both very, very good programs, probably two of the best in our league,” head coach Alex Brown said. “I’d say Seaman, in my mind, is the top team in our league. Us and Washburn, probably, Nos. 2 and 3.”

He said the competition with Washburn Rural is especially fierce.

“It makes it pretty intense whenever we face Washburn,” Brown said. “Our guys get really excited. They know that, especially in swim, we’ve got a pretty big rivalry with Washburn.”

That final relay was one of many good swims by the Indians, Brown said.

“We’ve had several best times today,” Brown said. “Especially in the 50 free, we’ve had several of our guys in their first year getting faster and faster. Relays looked pretty good, too. We were clean with our relays, no DQs.”

Brown said putting special emphasis on little things like starts turns and finishes helps cut down on DQs and give Manhattan an edge.

“Your starts, turns and finishes can be some of the biggest factors in deciding, ‘Are you going to beat this person right next to you or not?’” Borwn said. “Definitely, we saw it in the IM. Had a couple guys pull away from people they were barely leading in the last length just because of great effort and great technique in their turns.”

Harrison won his two individual events, the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He recorded a time of 5:06.90 in the 500 and a 53.98 in the backstroke.

“It helps a lot, and we know that wherever we put (Harrison), we’ve got a very, very good shot of winning that race,” Brown said.

Eagan Dritz and Balman finished second and third, respectively, in the 500 with times of 6:10.42 and 6:11.40.

Cole Dudley, Xander Say, Preston Harrison and Suman Wang kicked the meet off by taking third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.77.

Individually, Balman took second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:27.32, while Ko Saito finished fifth at 2:34.48.

Brown was proud of Saito, who had never swam the IM before.

“He’s never swam and IM in his life,” he said. “He had a great race. It was very clean. I was very impressed with how he did today.”

Wang and Hafen finished two-hundredths of a second apart in the 50 freestyle. Wang took third with a time of 25.26, out-touching Hafen, who clocked in at 25.28 for fourth place.

Hafen also finished second in the 100 butterfly at 1:01.42.

On the diving board, Tysen Plummer came in second with a score of 194.35, while Max Lansdowne took third with a score of 190.70.

The 200 freestyle relay of Wang, Balman, Clark and Hafen took fourth with a time of 1:45.53.

Say and Payne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:12.81 and 1:15.44.

The Indians return to the pool for a dive meet at Shawnee Mission East on Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.

MHS wrestling beats Olathe South, 52-17, on emotional Senior Night

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Manhattan head wrestling coach Robert Gonzales couldn’t quite keep a dry eye Wednesday night.

“I had to stay over in the corner so no one could see I had teardrops in my eye,” he said.

Manhattan beat Olathe South, 52-17, in a dual meet.

Seniors Devin Norris (138), Mason Wallace (142) and Eldon Picou (285) recorded pins on their Senior Night. Norris pinned Gavin Brown in two minutes and 41 seconds, Wallace pinned Riley Shaughnessy in one minute and 50 seconds and Picou needed just 37 seconds to pin Zach Vesper and finish off the meet.

“When they came in … we knew they were a talented group,” Gonzales said of the seniors. “It’s been fun. It’s been an unbelievably fast four years.”

In all, 10 wrestlers were honored.

Abraham Sanchez (126) continued his hot streak, picking up the Indians’ first win of the night with a 10-2 major decision over Austin Miller. Sanchez recently jumped into the 6A individual rankings, checking in at No. 3 in his weight class.

“(Sanchez) has been wrestling at a high level,” Gonzales said. “We took off after (Sanchez) gets us going.”

Bubba Wilson followed Sanchez and pinned Simon Potter in two minutes and 42 seconds.

Jalin Harper (152), Quincy Saddler (160), Robert Houston (182) and Hunter Christiansen (220) also recorded pins after long battles. Harper pinned Max Knard in three minutes and 50 seconds, Saddler pinned Brandon Stowe un four minutes and 32 seconds, Houston pinned Anthony Swann in four minutes and 42 seconds and Christensen pinned JJ Neal in four minutes and 32 seconds.

Gonzales was proud of Saddler, a sophomore who was wrestling his first varsity meet.

“Gosh, he didn’t look like a sophomore tonight,” Gonzales said. “He went out and got a pin for us. He came off the mat with that great smile, that just shows the depth of our team.”

Tate Sauder (106) opened the meet and lost 7-0 to Dallas Koelzer.

“Dallas is a really good wrestler that has a lot of mat time,” Gonzales said.

AJ Righnower (113) lost a 9-0 major decision to Mateo Palma, and Joe Braun (120) lost, 9-4, to Jace Koelzer, an All-American who is also No. 1 in the 120-pound weight class. Braun is No. 4 in the weight class in 6A.

Braun led Koelzer until an injury timeout in the second period. Koelzer quickly bounced back “When Joe Braun was wrestling, and he’s up on Jace, he’s looking pretty good,” Gonzales said.

Christian Schlepp (195) lost a decision, 7-2, to Enrique Cabrera, and Chance Henderson (170) lost a major decision, 13-1, to Nick Jouret, also the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class in 6A.

Gonzales said Henderson wanted to face the stiff competition.

He added that Zephry Killham, who injured his knee during the Newton Tournament of Champions last Saturday had no ligament or bone damage and would wrestle when the Indians hit the road for the Owasso Dual Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Lewis breaks all-time blocks record as K-State beats TCU, 74-63

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Whatever Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie said to his team at halftime sure worked.

The Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) came out of the break deadlocked with TCU (9-9, 1-6 Big 12) but ripped the game open in the third quarter, eventually winning, 74-63 in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.

“I just reminded them to embrace the toughness of the game,” Mittie said. “I told them to embrace it because it was just going to be one of those nights where there were just a lot of bodies falling, and if you didn’t embrace it, then it wasn’t going to be very good for us … felt like their thoughts were a little off early, but came out, I thought, really good in the second half.”

K-State opened the period with a 7-0 run and used 3-pointers to pull away from the Horned Frogs. Kindred Wesemann hit four treys in the quarter and finished with 18 points.

“It feels really good,” Wesemann said. “I’m glad that they started falling, that made me feel a lot better about my offensive game.”

Bre Lewis led all scorers with 21 points and Eternati Willock also finished in double figures with 10. Lewis was also the Wildcats’ leading rebounder with nine on the night.

Lewis etched her name in the K-State record books on Wednesday night, breaking the all-time blocks record. The record-breaker came in the first half and was No. 258, but she got one more and currently sits at 259.

“It means a lot,” Lewis said. “It shows that I’ve become a stronger person, and just they better watch out when they come in, because welcome to K-State.”

Mittie is proud of his senior center.

“I have an affinity for shot blockers, I think it’s a big basketball play,” he said. “When I came to K-State, I knew I was inheriting a really good one. So I was excited to get there.”

The first half wasn’t pretty for K-State, though. The Wildcats committed 11 turnovers, which worried Mittie.

“I was concerned with the way they were occurring,” he said. “I thought they were sloppy plays, I thought they were careless, weak plays. I thought TCU was the aggressor in that stretch, they were slapping a lot of balls out of our hands. We were setting a record of jump balls there in that stretch. I never think that’s good basketball play … turnovers, if they’re aggressive, players playing within the system, you can handle to some extent. Those were not turnovers that we felt like we were doing those things.”

Both teams struggled to get going early on offense, but TCU held onto the lead for much of the first half. The game was tied for nearly five and a half minutes total in the first half, and the lead changed hands four times.

K-State started to muster some offense toward the end of the second quarter, and it seemed like the Wildcats would go into halftime with the lead, but Amber Ramirez hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it up.

Willock also began to heat up after halftime, scoring all 10 of her points in the second half. Mittie is happy with how the freshman continues to progress.

“I think the best thing (Willock) is doing is she’s able to play through some bad stretches now, whereas before, that wasn’t the case,” he said. “Now, we’re able to leave her on the floor through a bad stretch, where we might have had to sit her and talk to her a little bit. She still gets frustrated, but we’re seeing her play much more consistent, and she’s doing some good things.”

TCU didn’t go away, though. The Horned Frogs chipped away but couldn’t get closer than five points in the fourth quarter.

Mittie, who coached at TCU for 15 years, said facing the Horned Frogs is much easier now that he’s in his third season at K-State
“It seems like it was a lot longer than three years ago,” he said.

K-State takes its four-game winning streak on the road, as the Wildcats head to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Cats get road win at Oklahoma St.

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Asked about winning on the road, Barry Brown and Wesley Iwundu couldn’t contain their smiles. Finally, things went Kansas State’s way on the road.

“We are just ecstatic,” Brown said.

K-State took the lead early in the second half and pulled away late to grind out a rare win inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, beating Oklahoma State 96-88. The win matches K-State’s Big 12 road wins from last year.

“Happy locker room,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “They deserve it. We’ve been so close and the heartbreaking losses on the road… they came to tonight. We talked about having the right attitude, and it has to be about us and doing it together. We had the fight.”

The Wildcats (14-4, 3-3 Big 12), who lost 15 of the previous 16 meetings at Oklahoma State, took the lead for good with 13:50 left on a bucket and free throw from D.J. Johnson and then stretched their lead to five.

Iwundu pushed the lead to six points with a 3-pointer, but the Cowboys cut the lead to two with 8:14 left. Oklahoma State (10-8, 0-6) came no closer the rest of the way as the Wildcats outscored the Cowboys 8-3 over the next 4 1/2 minutes to lead 84-77.

K-State put the game away with a 6-0 run featuring another basket and free throw from Johnson and a 3-pointer from Brown to push the lead to 90-79 with 1:36 left.

After Brown knocked down his shot, he emphatically pumped his fist and yelled at the K-State bench. Last season Brown had two chances to make a game-winning shot at Oklahoma State, but both fell short. Brown said it felt a little like redemption.

“I was just happy,” he said. “I know it was a big shot for the team. For me to be able to hit that, I was just feeling a lot of emotion and letting it
out on the court.”

The Wildcats survived a furious rally from Oklahoma State the rest of the way, but two free throws from Iwundu and a pair of dunks from Xavier Sneed helped K-State close it out.

K-State entered the half down three and got a 3 from Dean Wade to tie it up. The Cowboys answered with four straight points and Weber called a timeout.

“He could see things starting to slip,” Iwundu said. “I think that was a perfect timeout. We had to regroup ourselves and come back out with a mindset that we had in the locker room to come out in the second half with.”

The Wildcats got a 10-3 run with a pair of 3s from Brown to go ahead 64-61 with 15:30 left in the game, and turned it into another gear the rest of the way.

Brown led the Wildcats with a career-high 22 points. Iwundu had a total game with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Iwundu scored the 1,000th point of his career in the first half.

First-year Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood, a former K-State player and assistant coach, was impressed with the play of the K-State senior.

“Wesley Iwundu is every bit the player that I thought he was,” Underwood said. “You score 15 points, eight assists, eight rebounds… that’s a big boy game in a big boy league.”

Johnson scored 18 points and six rebounds, and Stokes had 12 points and seven assists. Sneed came off of the bench to score 11 points.

Jeffrey Carroll scored 24 points to lead the Cowboys in scoring, and Jawun Evans added 20 points and seven assists. Phil Forte scored 12, Leyton Hammonds had 11 and Mitchell Solomon finished with 10.

The game was back-and-forth in the opening minutes until the Wildcats used a 7-0 run to pull ahead 18-13 with 13:52 left in the first half.

Oklahoma State charged back, but K-State kept the lead until Carlbe Ervin was whistled for a technical foul after slamming the ball down in reaction to a shooting foul.

The Cowboys made all four free throws to tie the game, and turned the momentum into an 8-0 run until Brown sliced into the lead with a 3 with 10:12 left in the half.

Oklahoma State outscored the Wildcats 8-2 over the next two minutes to push ahead 36-29. The Wildcats pulled back within one after a 6-0 run with four points from Iwundu, but the Cowboys countered right back with a 6-0 run of their own to extend the lead back to 7.

The Wildcats narrowed the lead down to one after two free throws from Stokes with 2:54 left in the half, and then tied the game a 49 on a Stokes jumper with 1:20 to play. Forte knocked down a 3 for the Cowboys with 34 seconds left, and the Cowboys made two free throws with less than one second on the clock to lead 54-51 at the intermission.

The Wildcats return home on Saturday for a game against West Virginia. The game tips off at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

City identifies parking as key to Aggieville plan

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City officials identified increased parking as a necessity for any density growth in Aggieville.

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Board to keep noon meetings

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The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board will continue to meet at noon on the third Monday of each month.

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Commerce nominee says NAFTA top priority

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WASHINGTON — Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross singled out changes to the nation’s free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada on Wednesday as “the first thing” he would address if confirmed to lead the Commerce Department in President- elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Speaking before the Senate commerce committee, Ross argued that the United States should open its economic borders to countries that “play by the rules.” But those that do not, he said, “should be punished — severely.” Ross did not elaborate in his early remarks on what those punitive measures might entail, though Trump has repeatedly called for a border tax on U.S. companies that offshore jobs and sell their products back home.

“I am not anti-trade. I am pro-trade,” Ross said. “But I am pro sensible trade, not pro trade that is to the disadvantage of the American worker and the American manufacturing community.”

Trump made renegotiating the nation’s trade agreements a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, tapping into the frustration of many middle- class workers who have felt left behind by globalization. Since his election, Trump has already begun wielding the power of the bully pulpit.

He has taken individual companies such as Ford, General Motors and Toyota to task for investing in Mexico, sending their stock prices plummeting. But he has also touted new U.S. jobs created by telecom giant Sprint and pharmaceutical maker Bayer AG. Ross was a close adviser to Trump during the election, and he is slated to take the leading role on setting trade policy in the new administration. Trump has named economist Peter Navarro to head a newly created manufacturing council within the White House and picked trade veteran Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative in charge of negotiating agreements.

All three men have raised concerns about the nation’s trade deal, in particular the sweeping agreement with Asia known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that was one of President Obama’s signature achievements.

Ross initially supported the effort but said Wednesday that he changed his mind after analyzing the details of the broad agreement, raising concerns about what he said were lax requirements on auto parts manufacturing.

“I came across some things that I felt were not consistent with things that had been advertised,” he said.

Ross’ hearing was briefly interrupted early on by protesters criticizing Ross for his early support of the deal and his global business interests. Ross said he has done work in 23 countries.

“We know directly both what’s good and a lot of the things that are not so good about the trade policies of many of these other countries,” he said.

City to decide fate of vacant house at March 7 hearing

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The Manhattan City Commission set March 7 as the hearing date to determine if the house at 1119 El Paso Lane is unsafe.

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For third-straight time, Earth sets record for hottest year

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WASHINGTON — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared.

Measuring global temperatures in slightly different ways, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last year passed 2015 as the hottest year on record.

NOAA calculated that the average 2016 global temperature was 58.69 degrees (14.84 degrees Celsius) — beating the previous year by 0.07 degrees (0.04 Celsius).

NASA’s figures, which include more of the Arctic, are higher at 0.22 degrees (0.12 Celsius) warmer than 2015. The Arctic “was enormously warm, like totally off the charts compared to everything else,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, where the space agency monitors global temperatures.

Records go back to 1880. This is the fifth time in a dozen years that the globe has set a new annual heat record. Records have been set in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2005.

The World Meteorological Organization and other international weather monitoring groups agreed that 2016 was a record, with the international weather agency chief Petteri Taalas saying “temperatures only tell part of the story” of extreme warming. “This is clearly a record,” NASA’s Schmidt said in an interview. “We are now no longer only looking at something that only scientists can see, but is apparent to people in our daily lives.” Schmidt said his calculations show most of the record heat was from heat-trapping gases from the burning of oil, coal and gas. Only about 12 percent was due to El Nino, which is a periodic warming of parts of the Pacific that change weather globally, he said.

“Of course this is climate change, it’s overwhelmingly climate change,” said Corinne Le Quere, director of England’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, who wasn’t part of the NOAA or NASA teams. “Warming (is) nearly everywhere. The Arctic sea ice is collapsing. Spikes in fires from the heat. Heavy rainfall from more water vapor in the air.”

According to NOAA, 2016 was 1.69 degrees (0.94 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 20th Century average. The first eight months of 2016 all broke heat records. NASA has last year at 1.78 degrees (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than their mid-20th Century average and about 2 degrees warmer than the start of the industrial age in the late 19th Century.

The effects are more than just records, but actually hurt people and the environment, said Oklahoma University meteorology professor Jason Furtado. They’re “harmful on several levels, including human welfare, ecology, economics, and even geopolitics,” he said.

Manning doesn’t deserve freedom

Obama errs in commuting her sentence

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In some circles, President Barack Obama added polish to his legacy Tuesday when he commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private serving 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act and other crimes.

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Gala proceeds to help mental health efforts

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To the Editor: Loved, understood and stigma- free! Those are the things we want to be.

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Speak up now against guns on our campuses

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To the Editor: Given the renewed attention to the upcoming July 2017 implementation of the Kansas concealed carry law and the beginning of a new Kansas legislative session, I want to state my unequivocal opposition to this ill-conceived law.

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