Colbert Hills Golf Course is doing its part to help the environment. And those efforts earned course superintendent Matthew Gourlay some recognition.

The message was puzzling for the Wabaunsee volleyball team back in August. Players couldn’t tell if Tracy Capoun, the Chargers’ head coach, was throwing shade by keeping the 2018 state tournament bracket up in the entryway of the team locker room.

Sam Shields instantly knew something serious had happened. In the third quarter of Manhattan High’s season opener at Olathe Northwest on Sept. 6, Shields, the team’s star offensive lineman, went down with an injury, needing help from the training staff to get off the field.

ALMA — The cafeteria at Wabaunsee High School was buzzing Friday night. Friends chatted over pizza, sitting at those standard circular tables. Others played board games. Feet away, through a set of open doors, local high schoolers shot around on the basketball court.

TOPEKA — Thursday night’s practice didn’t go so well for Manhattan High’s varsity boys basketball team. It’s wasn’t anything of concern to Indians coach Benji George though. It was finals week, and juggling exams with preparing for a game against Hayden Friday night was difficult; George und…

TOPEKA — Scott Mall looked to the referee on his right and signaled for a timeout with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Manhattan High’s Sam Shields officially is headed to Kansas State to play football. The Wildcats are blueshirting him. This means Shields’ scholarship will start when he begins practicing with the team during the 2020 preseason next fall. He will count as part of the Wildcats’ 2021 signing class.

It’s not that Junction City lost that bothered Tim Testa. The Blue Jays didn’t come particularly close in that regard. Manhattan High’s varsity girls team had no problems dispatching Junction City, cruising to a 51-17 win at home Tuesday.

FRANKFORT — On a chilly December night in northeast Kansas, Frankfort and Valley Heights varsity girls’ basketball teams engaged in a back-and-forth battle. At the end, the Mustangs walked away with a hard-fought 46-41 win on the road over the Wildcats.

FRANKFORT — The Valley Heights’ boys basketball team entered Tuesday’s contest against Frankfort looking for Win No. 1 this season.The Mustangs then went out and did just that, toppling the Wildcats 60-56 on the road.

Manhattan High boys soccer star Hunter French has a college destination. The senior, who holds the school record for career goals (67), announced on Twitter Saturday that he will be attending Baker University to continue his soccer career.

The boys and girls Hoop Holler N’ Shoot contest crowned its champions last week. Four local girls and boys shot seven free throws each at halftime of the Kansas State men’s basketball game Wednesday to decide the winner of the 1,000-plus students who participated.

LAS VEGAS — Tanner Brunner has made 20 runs inside the Thomas & Mack Center, but he’s capitalized just three times over the course of his National Finals Rodeo qualifications the past two years.

Jeramiah Eustaquio stood with his back toward the wrestling mat, his head hovered over a trash can with piles of paper towels covered in his blood crumpled up at the bottom. He was starting to feel light headed, nursing a nose-bleed. Eustaquio was on his fourth visit to the Manhattan High wr…