Trevor Hudgins stood in the back court at The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on March 30. His teammate on the Northwest Missouri State University basketball team, Ryan Hawkins, was shooting free throws in the closing seconds of the NCAA Division II national championship game against Poi…

The Manhattan Track Club sent seven youth athletes to compete in the Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C., in late July. The kids represented several local schools, including Manhattan High School, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Marlatt Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary.

The Next Level Elite Track Club had eight local youth athletes travel to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in the 2019 AAU Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships from July 29 to Aug. 3. Facing other youth athletes from around the country, six of the eight athletes from Next Level…

Reid Buchanan committed to distance running later than most. Growing up, he always played football, basketball and baseball, too. He ran and found success in high school. He earned a spot running on the University of Kansas squad. But he’s also given up running before.

JUNCTION CITY — On Friday night, the Junction City Brigade officially set their sights on defending their Cowdin Cup Championship that they conquered a year ago.

A fundraiser golf tournament at Stagg Hill Golf Club has been a staple of the Manhattan High football program for 10 years. But this year’s event, held Friday, was special. It’s now called the Lew Lane Memorial Golf Tournament, honoring the late Indians coach who enriched and enhanced the tr…

It wasn’t long ago — a month, actually — that Kansas State alum Kyle Eike was having to balance college, competing with the Wildcats rodeo team at the National College Finals in Casper, Wyo., and being a professional steer wrestler.

The 44th annual Kaw Valley Rodeo starts up Thursday at CiCo Park. The rodeo, which runs through Saturday, begins at 8 p.m. each night.

JUNCTION CITY — Rodeo action came to town for the 26th year in a row Friday night. The Junction City rodeo is largely recognized as one of the biggest open rodeos in the state of Kansas, with contestants from across Kansas coming to try their hand in the various events.

Mathias Dahl thought about putting away the clubs for good last winter. It wasn’t about a lack of will power; it was more about doubting whether he could ever make enough money to keep up with the expenses he had every tournament.

The Manhattan Optimist Prime 12U softball team finished its season tied for ninth in the USA Softball State tournament last weekend in Salina.

Brittany Finney made her first resume when she was 10 years old. She worked on it with her father so she could apply for the position of bat girl for Wamego softball coach Norm Francis. This was in 2006, and by that time Finney already had fallen in love with softball. She first learned the …

It’s the 26th year of the Junction City Rodeo, and coordinators are going all out for this year’s competition, which will be held Friday and Saturday. Performances are at the Geary County Fairgrounds in Junction City, with several additional features planned.

Curtis Yonke was 9 years old when the Colbert Hills Golf Course was established on April 30, 2000. It was named after his grandfather, Jim Colbert, and Yonke, who graduated from Kansas State in 2013, has played on this course more times than he can recall.

Manhattan High has an athlete headed to Dallas to represent the nation’s best high school football players.

JUNCTION CITY — After splitting a two-game series with the Kansas City Monarchs, the Junction City Brigade returned to Rathert Field on Friday night to face the Topeka Golden Giants. The Brigade needed a lift from their pitching and hitting, especially with the season winding down. With the …

Manhattan resident Bob Brown recorded a hole-in-one at Wabaunsee Pines Golf Course on June 22.

JUNCTION CITY — Coming into the two-game series with Barn Baseball Academy, Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis stressed the importance of not sleeping on the Barnstormers. With the Midwest A’s coming into town for a doubleheader Saturday, Francis stressed that it was crucial not …

The Manhattan Optimist Prime 12U softball team played in the Salina Slugfest, but as several other tournaments recently were shortened due to rain, so too was this one. The Prime faced the Marysville Magic in the first game and won 11-0. Maggie Brummett pitched and Janie Hilgers caught. The …

Wamego star running back Isiah Childs his decision. After taking a visit to Akron, the first Division I university to offer Childs, the senior announced on Twitter that he’d be joining the Zips.

Former Manhattan High baseball star Ed Scott inked with Texas Christian University, a perennial powerhouse in the college baseball scene. Scott went to play at Cloud County Community College after his high school career concluded, and he is now one of 13 T-Birds to sign with four year school…

There’s 350 feet of space in the open field where Sam Hankins lives. That’s a good thing since Hankins, a junior at Manhattan High, can throw a javelin more than 200 feet.

Haleigh Harper wasn’t satisfied with her performance at the plate after the 2018 softball season. She’s got a competitive fire by nature that doesn’t have an offseason; she’s a three-sport athlete. Harper, who finished her senior season at Manhattan High this spring, wasn’t going to settle, …

One night earlier this spring, Manhattan High wrestling coach Robert Gonzales and his family sat down for dinner in Topeka. Many topics were discussed, with a plenty of laughs throughout.

The Wamego High School track and field team celebrated its season with a year-ending banquet June 6.