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.
TOPEKA — More often than not, by the time the fourth quarter rolls around, Highland Park is on cruise control.
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After more than a week since its last action on the mat and a trip to state on the line, the Manhattan High wrestling team put together a solid day from top to bottom at the Washburn Rural regional on Saturday.
It’s been five years since the last time a Manhattan High boys’ swimmer has reached the championship finals in each of his individual events at the Class 6A state swimming and diving meet.
TOPEKA — The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team battled all night, but couldn’t get over the hump against Highland Park on the road Friday night, falling 54-44.
TOPEKA — The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team struggled to put the game away, but ultimately came out on top on the road against Highland Park, winning 44-30 Friday night.
With the top seed at sub-state locked up and a tough pair of games on the slate next week in the Centennial League race, it would be easy for the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team to overlook Highland Park tonight on the road.
At the high-school level, guys that grow up playing football and basketball rarely give it all up to try their luck at competitive swimming.
When Manhattan High and Junction City met in January, the game turned into a slow, methodical, defensive game, with the Indians squeaking out a 35-32 win.
For a brief couple of minutes in the first quarter, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team looked like it might have its hands full against Junction City.
Using a quick start and a strong second half, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team won in dominant fashion, 94-65, against Junction City Tuesday night that was nothing like the January meeting between the schools.
Manhattan High started slow, but finished in a big way, routing the visiting Junction City Blue Jays 71-21 to stay undefeated in Centennial League play and also clinch the top seed at sub-state in early March.
It’s not surprising Manhattan High assistant boys’ basketball coach Benji George might point to a lack of focus as the reason for the team’s current two-game slide in Centennial League play.
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.
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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