As a new group of starters prepares to open the 2014 campaign against league foe Shawnee Heights at 7 p.m. Friday at Bishop Stadium, the preparation is fixated around starting the year 1-0.
The Manhattan High girls’ golf team took second place in its season-opening tournament Thursday afternoon at Lake Shawnee, finishing 17 strokes behind Washburn Rural in the six-team event hosted by Shawnee Heights.
Three years removed from a season-ending injury in his final year at Manhattan High, Joe Ballard is finally getting his chance to play college football.
Behind a strong senior class and a pair of standout senior forwards, the Manhattan High soccer team put together a 2013 season to remember, going further in the playoffs than any team in program history.
After three seasons of varsity golf and three trips to state, seniors Kylie and Kelsey McCarthy are no longer the young guns on the Manhattan High girls’ golf team.
Seventy Manhattan High School football players so far have been tested in a concussion evaluation program that the school implemented this year for its athletes.
The 2014-15 athletic year at Manhattan High will get underway this week, as each of the school’s seven fall sports will begin practicing.
The rookie boys’ basketball coach, who was promoted to head coach after the resignation of Tim Brooks last winter, will embark on his first campaign without the services of senior forward Payton Stephens.
After 14 years in the program and 10 years as head coach, Scott Mall has resigned as head coach of the Manhattan High softball team.
Last year, when Manhattan High sophomore-to-be Mason Wallace went to Fargo, N.D., for the Asics/Vaughan Cadet and Junior Nationals, he was one of the youngest competitors in his division.
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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