WICHITA — Manhattan High coach Robert Gonzales wanted to make excuses.
TOPEKA — Manhattan High coach Scott Mall knew his team would battle hard for rebounds against the taller, bigger Seaman Vikings.
TOPEKA — Tuesday night against Hayden, Manhattan High coach Tim Brooks was frustrated with a lack of effort from his team.
It’s safe to say Thursday’s snowstorm has done plenty to disrupt the end to the high school basketball regular season.
With double-digit snow totals all over the state, it’s hard to imagine state wrestling weekend going smoothly for anyone involved.
Manhattan bowling coach Chris George couldn’t put his finger on it.
TOPEKA — Manhattan High coach Tim Brooks knows late February is the worst time for a team’s focus to start to wane.
With weather playing a factor in the bowling postseason, the Manhattan High bowlers will end up with a quick turnaround after closing the regular season Tuesday at the Junction City triangular.
TOPEKA — With Washburn Rural playing Seaman and Manhattan traveling to Hayden, Tuesday night’s Centennial League games went a long way toward crowning a league champion, not to mention impacting the sub-state standings.
By this time next week, there won’t be any mystery to where the Manhattan High basketball teams will land for sub-state.
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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