When Joe Schartz came to Manhattan in 2004, he knew what he was getting into.
Manhattan (28-11) has earned the number 6 seed in the Class 6A state volleyball tournament this weekend at Topeka’s Kansas Expocentre.
Another race, another dominant win.
Just one point away from a trip to state, Manhattan High outside hitter Kaci Cink got two tries to send her team to victory in Saturday’s sub-state final.
TOPEKA — With just five punts all night, most would think Friday’s game between the Manhattan High football team and Washburn Rural was an old-fashioned offensive shootout.
In a low-scoring game that was close all night, the Manhattan High football team squeaked out a 13-10 win over Washburn Rural on Friday night in Topeka.
For much of the early part of the season, the Manhattan High Indians’ offense struggled.
With one final game in the regular season before the playoffs begin, Manhattan head coach Frank Alonso wanted his team to come out with a playoff mentality.
He doesn’t know why, but Manhattan High head football coach Joe Schartz knows his team has always struggled offensively against Washburn Rural.
While Tuesday night’s triangular wasn’t the last chance the Manhattan High volleyball team had to play at home in front of parents and fans, the tears flowed anyway.
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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