Manhattan High girls’ basketball coach Scott Mall knows his team will have its hands full as the defending champions this weekend in McPherson at the 20th annual Mid-America Classic.
Competing at home for the first time all season, the Manhattan High bowling teams took to the hardwood at Little Apple Lanes on Monday afternoon, hosting Shawnee Heights, Emporia and Junction City.
MCPHERSON — Saturday night’s championship game at the McPherson Invitational had all the makings of a great matchup on paper.
The last time Emporia and the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team met on the hardwood, the Indians had to turn away several rally attempts by the Spartans in a surprising overtime win.
Coming into this weekend’s Husky Invitational at Blue Valley Northwest, the Manhattan High wrestling team knew it wanted a good showing in its second-to-last two-day tournament of the year.
MCPHERSON — After all the build up surrounding Saturday night’s championship final between Manhattan and McPherson, the actual game was something of a let down for Indians’ fans who made the trip.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team had the opportunity to win a championship at the McPherson Invitational Saturday night, but a slow start and a dominant game from the hometown McPherson Bullpups forced the Indians to settle for runners-up in a 81-58 defeat.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team held off the rally attempts of Emporia Friday night in Manhattan, winning 53-44.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team finished off an improbable rally to defeat Shawnee Mission East, 52-50, in Friday night’s semifinal at the McPherson Invitational.
The Indians logged a 1,986 on the day, falling behind Shawnee Heights, which won with 2,102 pins. Topeka West took third (1,880) and Emporia was fourth (1,687).
MCPHERSON — Behind a deeper bench and a full-court defense that forced 22 turnovers in the game, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team advanced through to the semifinals of the McPherson Invitational with a 63-53 opening round win over Mill Valley Thursday afternoon.
In a quadrangular meet with league foes Washburn Rural, Emporia and Seaman on Wednesday at the KSU Natatorium, the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, had plenty of intrigue.
In earning the No. 2 seed at this week’s McPherson Invitational, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team got an opportunity only one other team in the field received.
After scoring a combined 129 points the last time Great Bend and the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team played in December, Tuesday’s return game at Great Bend was much different.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team won its second meeting of the season with Great Bend, 51-33, on the road Tuesday night.
With the win, Manhattan advances to host Thursday’s regional final against sixth-seeded Hutchinson (11-6-0), which defeated Topeka High, 2-0.
The loss spoiled an otherwise festive night at Bishop Stadium.
Manhattan’s win over Rural is a good sign with regionals just a few short weeks away.
Facing an offense that likes to throw the ball, Manhattan High tightened up its coverage and contained the pass game in a 50-7 win over Topeka West on Friday at Bishop Stadium.
The Indians received their first real test of the season against the Wildcats, and though they played well enough to win for much of the night, Schumacher made a pair of back-breaking plays against Manhattan’s defense to help Hayden scrape together a hard-fought 21-14 win.
The Indians led 42-0 at halftime before dialing it back in the second half and allowing Seaman’s first-team players to get some offense going against Manhattan’s backups.
The Indians took the lead early in the first half and were never really threatened by the Lions in their season opener at Bishop Stadium.
In many cases, high school sports offer its participants the chance to learn life lessons through competition.
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.
The boys’ team moved into a tie for first place in the league standings with the T-Birds. The girls’ squad moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Centennial League standings
The Indians had to overcome a slow start that saw Manhattan (11-3, 5-2 Centennial) lead 21-12 at halftime but double its scoring total in the third quarter.
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