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.
Grant Guggisberg .
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.
If Friday’s performance at Lawrence Free State’s Class 6A track and field regional was any indication, the Manhattan High track and field teams should be in for a good couple of days in Wichita next weekend at the state track meet.
With a 7-0 dismantling of the Garden City Buffaloes Thursday night, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team is just one game away from a return to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
After leading the way for the Manhattan High girls’ swimming and diving team last week at the Centennial League meet in Topeka, the Indians’ top four swimmers will try and keep things going this weekend at the Class 6A state tournament at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.
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.
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