The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team used a strong second half to beat Seaman and win the Centennial League title Friday night, 47-38.
It’s not often the Centennial League race comes down to a final game between unbeaten teams in a winner-take-all format.
As tough a schedule as Manhattan High has wrestled, and as many tough weekend tournaments they’ve competed in this season, head coach Robert Gonzales knows this is the one that counts.
Taking a long season one game at a time is one of the most popular sports clichés of all time, but more often than not, it’s difficult to do.
Manhattan High boys’ co-interim coach Benji George told the team to prepare for Tuesday’s game against Hayden as if it would come down to the final possession.
In its final tuneup before regionals on Friday in Topeka, the Manhattan High bowling teams competed Tuesday at Junction City in a four-team event.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team’s rally fell short in the fourth quarter, as Hayden held on for a 63-61 win Tuesday night.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team took a 20-point lead to halftime and held on against Hayden’s multiple rally attempts to win 49-37 Tuesday night and stay undefeated in Centennial League play.
Three teams, one spot.
TOPEKA — With basketball season still in full swing, Manhattan High athletic director Mike Marsh likely hasn’t begun seriously talking with any coaches about who will replace Tim Brooks as head coach of the boys’ basketball program.
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.
After sweeping the Junior Blues in the regular season, including a 32-point win, Rural got the last laugh in the third matchup, stunning Manhattan and stopping the Tribe short of its goal.
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