MCPHERSON — Saturday night’s championship game at the McPherson Invitational had all the makings of a great matchup on paper.
The last time Emporia and the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team met on the hardwood, the Indians had to turn away several rally attempts by the Spartans in a surprising overtime win.
Coming into this weekend’s Husky Invitational at Blue Valley Northwest, the Manhattan High wrestling team knew it wanted a good showing in its second-to-last two-day tournament of the year.
MCPHERSON — After all the build up surrounding Saturday night’s championship final between Manhattan and McPherson, the actual game was something of a let down for Indians’ fans who made the trip.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team had the opportunity to win a championship at the McPherson Invitational Saturday night, but a slow start and a dominant game from the hometown McPherson Bullpups forced the Indians to settle for runners-up in a 81-58 defeat.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team held off the rally attempts of Emporia Friday night in Manhattan, winning 53-44.
The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team finished off an improbable rally to defeat Shawnee Mission East, 52-50, in Friday night’s semifinal at the McPherson Invitational.
The Indians logged a 1,986 on the day, falling behind Shawnee Heights, which won with 2,102 pins. Topeka West took third (1,880) and Emporia was fourth (1,687).
MCPHERSON — Behind a deeper bench and a full-court defense that forced 22 turnovers in the game, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team advanced through to the semifinals of the McPherson Invitational with a 63-53 opening round win over Mill Valley Thursday afternoon.
In a quadrangular meet with league foes Washburn Rural, Emporia and Seaman on Wednesday at the KSU Natatorium, the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, had plenty of intrigue.
In earning the No. 2 seed at this week’s McPherson Invitational, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team got an opportunity only one other team in the field received.
After scoring a combined 129 points the last time Great Bend and the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team played in December, Tuesday’s return game at Great Bend was much different.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team won its second meeting of the season with Great Bend, 51-33, on the road Tuesday night.
Manhattan won 72-57 earlier this year, but was tested by the Panthers for a half before the Indians pulled away late in the third quarter.
In a 57-28 win over Highland Park, the Indians let defense fuel their offense as they turned a tight game in the first half into a blowout with a strong third quarter Friday night on the road.
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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