For Manhattan High athletic director Mike Marsh, finding non-league basketball games can be a chore.
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Between scorers Caroline Ballard and Darby Price, Manhattan High head coach Scott Mall knows he may have to sit one or the other because of foul trouble.
For Winston Dimel and the other members of the Manhattan High football team that also play basketball for head coach Tim Brooks, beating Derby was important.
After losing twice to Derby last season, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team opened its season on a positive note with an 80-63 win over the Panthers Friday night behind 27 points from Alex Stitt and 25 from Payton Stephens.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team opened its season with a 53-47 win over Derby Friday night, despite a scrappy effort from the visiting Panthers.
After last season’s Manhattan High wrestling team sent 11 athletes to the state tournament and brought home six medals, this year’s team will be looking to reload with an influx of youth and new talent.
At some point during the upcoming basketball season, Manhattan High head boys’ basketball coach Tim Brooks expects to have some decent depth when he looks to his bench.
The Manhattan High boys’ swimming and diving team opened up the season with a second-place finish at the Topeka West Invitational on Wednesday, finishing behind league foe Washburn Rural.
Perhaps the biggest adjustment this year’s Manhattan High girls’ basketball team will make is learning to play without Elayna Spilker.
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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