Area Schools

  • 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 ...

  • Rock Creek football about building relationships

    Rock Creek quarterback Cooper Schlochtermeier intercepted a pass Sept. 23 against Silver Lake and returned it for a touchdown. That’s because he’s also a defensive back when he’s not leading the offense. He totaled more than 120 yards of interception returns in last week’s game. “ It’s every ...

  • Riley County pulls away from Rock Creek, wins, 24-7

    Riley County used its run game to pull away from Rock Creek and win, 24-7, on Friday night. Rock Creek led, 7-6, through the first quarter. The Falcons opened the scoring with a 19-yard run. After a missed extra point, Rock Creek answered with a 5-yard run by Skyler White. ...

  • Players defend HS coach after players quit, dismissed

    Shawnee Mission South head coach Brett Oberzan kicked three players off the team after its 21-14 loss to Winnetonka on Sept. 15, according to a report by the Kansas City Star. Five others left the team in protest. Oberzan called Kamau Kimaru, Cameron Union and senior Cody Corbin into his office ...

  • Schulz responds to WSU football flap

    Former K-State President Kirk Schulz, who took the helm at Washington State University earlier this year, responded Monday to the controversy surrounding that school’s football team. Four players were arrested recently for assault and other charges. Since Mike Leach started coaching the team in early 2012, players have been arrested 29 ...

  • Manhattan slams Highland Park, 50-6

    Even in a big win like Friday night’s, there are teaching moments. Head coach Joe Schartz found plenty in Manhattan’s 50-6 win over Highland Park. Several players saw action on both sides of the ball, some for the first time. “We had some underclassmen get into the game, ...

  • Riley County loses to Rossville, 50-25

    Long before either stepped foot onto the field in Riley Friday night, Riley County High School head football coach Steve Wagner hoped his No. 6 — senior running back Garrett Staten — could win the battle against Rossville’s No. 6 — senior quarterback Jacob Bradshaw. The matchup would be huge. It’s one Bradshaw ...










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