It wasn’t the storybook ending the team was hoping for, but the Manhattan High volleyball team had no reason to hang their heads after a tough series of matches at the Class 6A state tournament in Topeka on Friday.
LAWRENCE — The scores hadn’t been tabulated, and the race hadn’t even ended yet.
In a tight game all night, Junction City managed to defeat the Manhattan High Indians in Friday’s regular-season finale at Bishop Stadium, 16-10.
After a third-place finish at regionals a week ago, the Manhattan High girls’ cross country team is looking at the state meet in Lawrence as the next opportunity to showcase a season full of improved times and scores.
TOPEKA — Soccer is not typically known as a game of buzzer beaters.
For six months now, the Manhattan High cross country team has had one goal in mind.
When Manhattan High’s 23 senior football players take the field Friday night at Bishop Stadium on senior night, it will be a time of joy and celebration, reflecting on numerous outstanding high-school football careers that are drawing to a close.
Manhattan High girls’ volleyball head coach Lisa Kinderknecht has seen plenty of success in her four years as head coach, and that success has been shared with a group of seniors that already has a state title displayed in the trophy case.
Tuesday’s playoff-opening matchup against the Wichita South Titans had all the makings of a trap game for the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team.
Manhattan High senior forwards Eric Gray and Peter Maier have been playing the same position, on the same teams, for the last six years.
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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