When the calendar rolls to February during the high school basketball season, sometimes finding motivation to keep rowing the boat can be tough.
Friday night’s rematch between the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team and Shawnee Heights started to look awfully familiar as the game went on.
While they improved over last year’s fourth-place finish, the Manhattan Indians didn’t have enough depth to challenge Washburn Rural at the Centennial League meet.
JUNCTION CITY — Last year at this time, the Manhattan High wrestlers was hoisting the Centennial League trophy over their heads in celebration.
Fresh off a sweep of Topeka West on Tuesday, the Manhattan High basketball teams return home tonight to host the Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds in a rematch from December.
Oftentimes lost in the shuffle of National Signing Day, ESPN crews and all-day recruiting specials, is the student-athlete.
With student-athletes faxing in letters of intent to schools all over the country, 11 athletes at Manhattan High School got in the action Wednesday morning.
TOPEKA — After four quarters of back-and-forth, intense battling between two evenly-matched teams, Tuesday’s ending between Topeka West and Manhattan in overtime proved to be quite unusual.
TOPEKA — For the last three weeks, the Indians have leaned on Darby Price and Caroline Ballard to score and rebound with authority.
As the calendar turns to February, the Manhattan High boys’ swimming and diving team is in its home stretch.
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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