JUNCTION CITY — Regardless of sport or season, for every state champion, there is a runner-up.
MAIZE — There was a point early in the fourth quarter when the emotions of Friday’s playoff football game against Maize almost got the best of the Manhattan Indians.
JUNCTION CITY — It was 30 minutes after the game was over and Manhattan boys soccer head coach Frank Alonso still couldn’t believe how well his team played.
JUNCTION CITY—The Manhattan High boys’ soccer team’s season came to an end in Saturday’s Class 6A state soccer championship game, with the Indians dropping a tough match to Blue Valley Northwest, 2-0.
By Brady Bauman JUNCTION CITY—It was 30 minutes after the game was over and Manhattan boys soccer head coach Frank Alonso still couldn’t believe how well his team played.
MAIZE — After struggling offensively most of the night, the Manhattan High football team completed a fourth-quarter comeback to force extra periods and ultimately win in the fifth overtime, 60-59.
When it comes to KSHSAA’s district and playoff system for football, there’s a lot to dislike.
The Manhattan High volleyball team was well-represented on the 2013 All-Centennial League volleyball teams, with six girls honored, two of which made the first team.
On a cold, blustery Tuesday night in western Kansas, the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team made history.
The Manhattan High boys’ soccer team advanced to the state tournament later this week with a 1-0 win over Dodge City in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
LAWRENCE — I’ll be honest — I don’t consider myself all that knowledgeable when it comes to the sport of cross country.
LAWRENCE — The scores hadn’t been tabulated, and the race hadn’t even ended yet.
Friday’s rivalry matchup against Junction City felt like deja-vu for the Manhattan High football team.
LAWRENCE — With a sixth-place finish and a pair of individual medals in the Class 6A girls’ race, the Manhattan High girls’ cross country team made their coach proud on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.
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.
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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