Long before severe storms rolled through the Flint Hills Tuesday afternoon, area sports events at both the college and high school levels were postponed following an ominous forecast.
Manhattan High boys’ golfer Cole Gritton played his best golf of the year, and his teammates followed suit, as the Indians took third place at Monday’s Topeka West Invitational.
For most of their lives, Ben Turnley and Matt Turnley have done things together. That streak will end when the two head off to college in the fall.
After logging just two hits in a shutout loss to Seaman in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader at Norvell Field, the Manhattan High baseball team wasn’t looking much sharper midway through the nightcap.
The Manhattan High softball team was swept in a doubleheader at Seaman on Friday afternoon, dropping the first game, 7-0, before losing the nightcap, 15-0, in four innings.
With the KU Relays in full swing in Lawrence this weekend, Friday’s Manhattan Invitational track and field meet at Bishop Stadium was a smaller meet than in past years, but the competition was still strong.
After playing some of the toughest competition it will see all year, the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team dialed things down a bit in a trip to Salina on Thursday, taking first place among eight teams.
Tuesday’s 16-team tournament at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo., was billed as one of the toughest meets in region this year, rivaling even the Class 6A Kansas state tennis meet in the amount of premier players competing.
Heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader against Highland Park at the Twin Oaks Softball Complex, Manhattan High head coach Monty Enright was hoping his team would come out sharp in both games. The Indians did just that.
After a lackluster effort against Seaman on Friday, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team was strong from start to finish in an 8-0 win over Great Bend on Monday evening at Bishop Stadium.
The Manhattan High girls’ swim and dive team took second place behind Emporia at a triangular meet at the KSU Natatorium on Monday afternoon.
Seaman, Manhattan’s Friday night opponent at Bishop Stadium, was one of the teams capable of playing with the Indians and even took a one-goal lead in the first half, but the home team did enough to pull out the 4-2 win.
Manhattan High and Olathe Northwest have met on the tennis courts for a boys’ tennis dual in each of the last two seasons and continued the tradition with Friday’s home dual at City Park.
The Manhattan High softball team traveled to Topeka Friday afternoon and was swept in a pair of games, losing 11-1 in five innings in the opener and 10-4 in the nightcap.
After splitting the squad up last week for a pair of meets, the Manhattan High girls’ swim and dive team returned to the KSU Natatorium on Wednesday, taking third place in a five-team meet.
Top-seeded Shawnee Mission West defeated the Indians, 1-0, in double overtime in the semifinal round of the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday in Junction City with a sudden-death goal.
Manhattan’s seniors scored six of the 10 goals on the night, while the offense allowed the game to get called 10 minutes early because of mercy rules.
The Indians salvaged a split on senior night with a 7-4 win to help erase the sting of a 13-5 loss in Game 1.
Despite the lopsided win, Manhattan head coach Mike Sanchez said he admired the way the Scots handled themselves in defeat.
The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team didn’t let the less-than-ideal weather stop it from crushing Wichita Heights in an 8-0 rout.
The Indians are headed to the Blue Valley Northwest Invitational, which features some of the top tennis programs in both Kansas and Missouri.
In a dogfight with Washburn Rural on Friday night and in desperate need of a game-tying bucket, Manhattan worked hard to get quality shots.
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.
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