A year ago, the Manhattan High boys’ track and field team traveled to Wichita the last weekend in May as one of two teams expected to compete for a team championship in Class 6A.
Coming into Tuesday’s Class 6A state golf tournament in Hutchinson, Manhattan High boys’ coach Brad Ficke wanted his team to play relaxed and up to its potential.
While the Indians didn’t win them all, in each match this season leading up to Tuesday’s Class 6A quarterfinal, Manhattan High girls’ soccer coach Mike Sanchez has felt his team was right in the mix.
A year ago, the Manhattan High boys’ golf team put its best collective round of the season together at the Class 6A state meet in Topeka, turning in a third-place performance.
The Manhattan High girls’ swimming team capped its season on Saturday by finishing with 26 points at the Class 6A state swimming meet, including racing in four consolation finals.
While the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team was never in real danger of losing Thursday evening’s regional final against Dodge City, head coach Mike Sanchez wanted more.
Last year at state, Mariah Scipio was one of four experienced swimmers leading the Manhattan High girls’ swim and dive team to the Class 6A state meet fresh off a Centennial League title.
Facing a tougher regional than last year, the Manhattan High track and field teams still managed to put together a solid showing at their Class 6A regional meet in Hutchinson Thursday afternoon.
There are many reasons the Manhattan girls’ soccer team is in its fourth straight regional final. For one, senior goalkeeper Molly Fiser has given up just 12 goals all year.
The Indians struggled and the Eagles cruised to a 16-1 victory in the run-rule shortened game on a cool and misty day in Olathe.
The win over Dodge City sends Manhattan on the road for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal against Maize (17-1).
Despite a slow start, Manhattan defeated Junction City by mercy-rule in only 56 minutes, winning 10-0 to set up Thursday’s regional final against Dodge City at Bishop Stadium, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Indians wasted no time and throttled Shawnee Heights 8-0 Thursday night at Bishop Stadium.
Manhattan (10-10, 9-9 Centennial) stayed close in both games, but lost 6-3 and 3-0.
Tuesday at Norvell Field, the Indians swept their first doubleheader since April 22, defeating the Emporia Spartans 7-1 in the opener and 11-2 in the nightcap on senior day.
The Indians lost the first game of their doubleheader, 7-2, and the nightcap, 10-5.
The Indians had not previously lost a game to the Blue Jays since 2008, spanning 14 games.
The Indians were swept, with the Thunderbirds winning the first game, 7-3, and run-ruling MHS in six innings in Game 2, 16-8.
Thursday’s semifinal was more of a formality than anything, as the Indians pounded the Golden Buffaloes in their sub-state opener.
After sweeping the Junior Blues in the regular season, including a 32-point win, Rural got the last laugh in the third matchup, stunning Manhattan and stopping the Tribe short of its goal.
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