Area Schools

  • Rock Creek softball picks up national academic ranking

    Rock Creek softball finished in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2015–16 school year. It marks the second straight recognition for Rock Creek in its respective category. The rankings recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. For this past school year, ...

  • Wamego’s playoff hopes dashed

    Perched atop a press box Friday night in Wamego, a Red Raider assistant coach cursed and ripped his headset off in the biting cold. His Wamego High football team was already trailing district opponent McPherson 21-0 in the third quarter, and a faulty snap on a fake punt attempt had ...

  • Frankfort tops Wetmore with strong 1st half

    Frankfort put up 41 points in the first half and beat Wetmore, 61-16, on Friday night. Freshman quarterback Branden Bussmann had a solid night, scoring two touchdowns on 8- and 18-yard runs. He also had one through the air, a 31-yard pass to Spencer Dressman. Adam Kenworthy was the Wildcats’ leading ...

  • Cody Wanklyn finds a home with Wamego football team

    Wamego’s defensive line gets ready to work on blocking one Wednesday at practice. Cody Wanklyn stands among them, waiting his turn as the skies darken and it begins to sprinkle. His mother, SueAnn Wanklyn, wanted to find somewhere her son Cody would be accepted and treated like one of ...

  • Riley County routs Minneapolis in district contest

    Riley County didn’t waste much time with the ball Friday night. The Falcons recorded five drives in the first half — all touchdowns. In the second half? All touchdowns, save for one punt. The dominating effort was reciprocated by Riley County’s defense, and the Falcons routed Minneapolis, 64-0, in ...

  • Rock Creek’s rally falls short, Mustangs lose to Smoky Valley

    Despite one-point leads at two points in Friday night’s game, Rock Creek couldn’t finish, losing to Smoky Valley, 36-29. Smoky Valley opened the scoring with a 19-yard run by Kyle Anderson. Anderson had another touchdown, a 4-yard run in the second quarter, and was the Vikings leading rusher ...

  • Riley County has success with new starters

    Replacing seniors is tough, especially when there are several of them. Riley County had to do that — on both the offensive and defensive lines. All of the Falcons’ linemen are starting for the first time this year. Head coach Steve Wagner said this year’s line answered the call, and ...

  • Wamego tops Concordia with strong 2nd half

    It took a little while for the Wamego High football team to catch its stride Friday night against Concordia. Sure, the Red Raiders jumped on the Panthers with a touchdown on their first drive and a kickoff return for a touchdown on their next series, but Concordia wouldn’t go ...

  • Rock Creek picks up first win of season

    Rock Creek ran for five touchdowns in its first win of the season, a 35-7 victory over St. Marys. The Mustangs put up 14 points in the first quarter on a 56-yard run by Avery Ebert and a 52-yard run by Taybor Vetter. St. Marys got its only points of the ...

  • Know your enemy: Junction City

    Both Manhattan and Junction City are undefeated heading into Friday’s battle for the Silver Trophy. This year’s matchup was both Centennial League and playoff seeding implications. Last year’s matchup was intense, with Junction City winning, 17-14, in overtime at Bishop Stadium. Sports writer Maria McIlwain sat down ...

  • Loewen proves commitment to Wamego football

    Tyson Loewen and his brother, Hunter, were peas in a pod. They made the more than 30-minute drive to Wamego every morning much easier together. Now that Hunter has graduated, Tyson is doing it on his own while still promoting brotherhood within the Wamego football program. The Loewen brothers originally ...

  • Indians mascot ranks fourth among Kansas high schools

    The school board is considering changing the Manhattan High School mascot, prompted by advocates who say that ‘Indians’ is offensive or insensitive to American Indians. To put some of that discussion in context, The Mercury obtained from the Kansas State High School Activities Association a list of mascots used by ...










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