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.
Manhattan girls’ golf coach Chris George knew it would take a special effort to catch Washburn Rural in the team standings at the Class 6A state golf tournament in Garden City.
Playing most of its home games at Hummer Sports Park, the Topeka West boys’ soccer team typically doesn’t have an issue with facilities.
In high school tennis in Kansas, there isn’t typically much shame in losing to the elite players in the Kansas City metro area.
A day after snow and rain pushed the start of state tennis meets to Saturday, Manhattan High’s Kristen Fraley and Cathy Lei went 2-1 to advance to Sunday.
It’s fair to say the Manhattan High football team knows how to win Centennial League football titles.
Come Monday morning, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team will more than likely be on the course trying to bring home a medal from the Class 6A state golf tournament at Garden City’s Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.
In Manhattan’s quest for four straight league titles, head coach Susan Melgares knew the girls’ team was going to have the toughest battle.
Manhattan clinched a share of the Centennial League title and a distinct advantage in the District 5 playoff race with a 22-7 win over Topeka High at Bishop Stadium Friday night.
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.
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.
The boys’ team moved into a tie for first place in the league standings with the T-Birds. The girls’ squad moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Centennial League standings
The Indians had to overcome a slow start that saw Manhattan (11-3, 5-2 Centennial) lead 21-12 at halftime but double its scoring total in the third quarter.
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