LAWRENCE — As a starter for his entire career at Manhattan High, it’s not often that Henry de Noble comes into a close ball game in the late innings.
LAWRENCE — A day after struggling at the plate in a narrow win over Junction City, the Manhattan High baseball team couldn’t get enough offense going against the Maize Eagles in Friday’s semifinals, losing 3-1 to fall into the consolation game.
After back-to-back weeks winning a Centennial League title and a regional title, the Manhattan High boys’ track team opens this weekend’s all-class state track meet with hopes of a third title at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.
LAWRENCE — It wasn’t the way the team drew it up, but the Manhattan High baseball team advanced to Friday’s semifinal with a 1-0 pitcher’s-duel win against Junction City Thursday afternoon at KU’s Hoglund Ballpark.
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After finishing in seventh place and among the bottom half of the field in back-to-back Class 6A state golf tournaments, the Manhattan High boys’ golf team broke through in a big way Tuesday afternoon at the Topeka Country Club.
When Manhattan takes the field against Junction City on Thursday at the Class 6A state baseball tournament in Lawrence, lack of confidence shouldn’t be an issue.
In a school year with eight different Centennial League titles to its credit, Manhattan High School has won the league’s all-sports title for the 2013-14 athletic seasons, taking back the award from Washburn Rural, which edged the Indians last year.
For many teams at both Manhattan High and the surrounding area, the holiday will serve as a much-needed day of practice or rest as teams continue to prepare for the KSHSAA postseaso.
After a strong finish to the regular season by winning the Centennial League meet last weekend, the Manhattan High girls’ swimming and diving kept things going over the weekend at the Class 6A state swim meet.
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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