The Manhattan High girls’ tennis team knew it was in for a challenge Monday afternoon at City Park hosting the Class 6A defending state champions in a dual.
The Manhattan High freshman volleyball team improved its record to 12-2 on the season by sweeping its second straight quad last week.
In the second coaches’ cross country poll released Sunday, the Manhattan High boys’ team held on to the top spot in Class 6A with 46 votes, well ahead of No. 2 Lawrence Free State in the poll.
With a strong second half and a game-winning kick from Joseph Trujillo, the Manhattan High football team scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to rally past Hayden, 23-20.
Both the Manhattan High girls’ and boys’ cross country teams took fifth place at the Southern Stampede cross country invitational on the campus of Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo.
The competition was top-notch in Topeka Saturday, testing the Indians from start to finish as the team went 3-2 on the day.
After settling for a draw in its league opener at home against Shawnee Heights on Tuesday, Manhattan struck early and got the elusive second goal to pad its lead and hang on for the win.
Manhattan completed its rally over the Hayden Wildcats Friday night at Bishop Stadium, with kicker Joseph Trujillo nailing a 28-yard field goal try with 2 seconds remaining to give the Indians their only lead of the game as time expired, 23-20.
Daniel Izquierdo has seen a more prominent role in the Manhattan offense as a senior, helping fill the shoes as a change-of-pace back opposite Chris Martin.
It may only be the third week of the high school season, but Friday’s matchup between Manhattan High and Hayden is likely to have serious Centennial League title implications.
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.
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