With a veteran squad coming off a fourth-place finish at state a year ago and an undefeated Centennial League title run, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team was looking to pick up where it left off last March in playing host to Dodge City in Friday’s opener.
The Manhattan High wrestling team traveled two hours to the east for the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational on Saturday, taking seventh among the 16 teams and earning four medals on the day.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team got the first win of the Benji George era with a 69-61 win over Dodge City Friday night.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team opened its season Friday night with a dominant win over Dodge City, outscoring the Red Demons 31-8 in the final two quarters to put the game away.
The Manhattan High wrestling team opened its season on the road with a dual win over Washburn Rural Thursday night, edging the Junior Blues 38-32.
After a senior season that included an 11th place finish at the Class 6A state tournament in Topeka in the fall, Kristen Fraley knew she wasn’t ready to give up competitive tennis.
The Manhattan High swimming and diving team started its season off with a second-place finish at the Topeka West Invitational Wednesday afternoon, just 17 points behind Washburn Rural.
Since taking over as head boys’ basketball coach last spring, Benji George has faced plenty of adversity.
Featuring the largest senior class in five seasons, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team has a wealth of experience returning from last year’s fourth-place team at the Class 6A state tournament.
As the winter sports season at Manhattan High gets underway today, the Indians’ will make a trip to Topeka for a season-opening meet that will get the entire team back in the swing of things.
As the group prepares to open the season at Washburn Rural on Thursday, Manhattan High wrestling coach Robert Gonzales could only think of one time his squad featured so many young athletes.
Fiser has been a letterwinner for the Indians’ soccer team for three years, with her senior season yet to come in the spring. She was named the team’s most valuable player as a sophomore, and was recognized as all-Centennial League second-team as a junior.
Manhattan High’s Kirkland Lambert was the lone boys’ soccer player named Class 6A all-state, earning second-team honors Monday morning.
Manhattan tennis coach Joyce Allen was named the Class 6A girls’ tennis coach of the year Monday morning.
The Manhattan High football team had seven players recognized by the Centennial League’s coaches as all-league performers on Saturday, including four on the first team.
The Indians had to overcome a sluggish start to beat the Trojans at home, 57-38.
Manhattan was so dominant in the third quarter, turning what had been a close game into a blowout en route to a 66-56 win.
The Indians defeated Paola (57-18), Smith Center (39-33), Shawnee Heights (49-21) and the Manhattan “B” team (60-6).
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.
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