As the team prepares for a do-or-die game with Lawrence Free State tonight, once again the opponent will have a size advantage in the trenches.
Barring any upsets, the playoff picture had more or less already locked the two teams into playing each other on Monday in a quick rematch to start the postseason, causing both coaches to play more conservatively and not show their opponent too much.
After dropping last week’s district opener against Topeka High, the importance of the Manhattan High football team’s game against Lawrence Free State this week only intensified.
The Manhattan High volleyball team won both its matches at the Wamego triangular Tuesday night, sweeping Junction City before hanging on for a three-set win over the Red Raiders to finish off the regular season.
In a dominant win over Topeka West Monday night at Bishop Stadium, something happened to the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team that hadn’t happened in 15 years under head coach Frank Alonso.
Playing on a tough course at the Topeka Country Club, half of the 12 teams competing at the Class 6A state golf tournament shot a team score higher than 400.
Making their fourth trip to the Class 6A golf tournament in as many years, Kelsey and Kylie McCarthy are well-aware of the pressures and difficulty of playing at the high school game’s highest level.
The Manhattan High boys’ cross country team, fresh off a Centennial League title Saturday, remained at the top of the state’s Class 6A coaches poll, edging Blue Valley-Stilwell for the top spot.
Seven Manhattan High wrestlers participated in the Blue Chip Fall Brawl in Kansas City, Mo., over the weekend.
The Manhattan High girls’ tennis team sent two players to Topeka for the Class 6A state tennis tournament, and came home with a pair of medals. Cathy Lei finished in eighth place in singles, while Kristen Fraley took 11th place.
On a night when defense was at a premium, the Trojans proved to be difficult to stop offensively and just a tick better defensively in a 52-41 win to start district play Friday night at Bishop Stadium.
The Manhattan High football team opened district play with a loss to Topeka High Friday night at Bishop Stadium, 52-41.
With just two more matches next week preceding the official start of the postseason, the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team has yet to play a full, 80-minute game up to its potential. Against Highland Park in Topeka on Thursday, it didn’t matter in a 6-0 Manhattan victory.
Each year, the playoff bracket has at least one undeserving team advance through the district system and into the playoffs. Last season it was one-win Wichita North.
If win-loss records told the whole story, Friday night’s matchup between Manhattan High and Topeka High at Bishop Stadium would be more about playoff seeding than playoff inclusion.
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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