It was a battle of Indians on Friday night in the semifinals of the Mid-America Classic.
WICHITA — The final buzzer sounds; another frustration for the Illinois State Redbirds.
Fresh off a home tournament win on Monday, the Manhattan High bowling teams traveled to Junction City for a triangular meet with the Blue Jays and Sacred Heart.
It’s no secret Manhattan High coach Tim Brooks hangs his hat on defense.
The Manhattan High girls’ basketball started strong and held on at the end to advance in the opening-round game of the Mid-America Classic in McPherson on Thursday, beating Valley Center 48-44 to advance to the semifinals.
While the girls’ team opens its tournament in McPherson, the boys’ team will host the Emporia Spartans in a rematch from a 62-52 loss in December.
This week at the Mid-America Classic in McPherson, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team will be in a similar spot as the boys’ team last week.
The Manhattan High bowling teams had a solid home debut on Monday, with both the girls’ and boys’ teams taking first place out of four teams.
Senior shooting guard Jacob Holloway was the lone representative from the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team on the All-Tournament team at the McPherson Invitational last week.
MCPHERSON — With an 8-0 run and an 11-point lead in the first two minutes of the third quarter, everything seemed to be going Manhattan High’s way against Lawrence Free 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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