LAWRENCE — A play here, a play there.
In any sport, but especially track, competition in practice typically breeds elite results against other opponents.
For the second time in three years, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team is among the last four still standing after 10 days of playoff soccer.
Manhattan High grad Connor Brooks knows all about the kind of coach he signed to play for when he signed with Stephen F.
The Manhattan High boys’ track team may struggle to finish high in the team standings at the Kansas state track meet this weekend in Wichita, but that won’t stop it from trying to bring home some individual championships.
The celebration was mild, at best.
When the Manhattan High baseball team arrives at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence for its second consecutive state tournament appearance on Thursday, the team will see some familiar faces in the opposing dugout.
A year ago, the Manhattan High golf team took a group of two sophomores and three freshmen to state.
Of the six varsity golfers from Manhattan High heading to the Class 6A state golf tournament on Monday, five qualified for state last season.
Among the three biggest meets of the season, team standings mean the least at regionals.
It’s not unusual for swimmers to cut time at the most important meet of the season.
JUNCTION CITY — For the first time all evening, the otherwise raucous crowd at Al Simpler Stadium fell silent.
The Manhattan High girls’ swimming and diving team doesn’t have enough qualifiers to make noise in the team standings at state this week, but head coach Jerry Carpenter is expecting big things from the group that made the state cuts.
The Manhattan High softball team took a hard-fought eight-inning 9-8 victory over Topeka High in their opening regional game, but couldn’t keep up the pace in the championship game against Washburn Rural, losing 10-0.
Amidst perfection, Henry de Noble heard him.
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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