For the first time in months, Dan Harkin is relaxing.
The only factor that drove former Valley Heights head football coach Tony Trimble away from Blue Rapids was an empty bed.
By winning a state title in tennis to go with state crowns in cross country and track, Dan Harkin has entered the conversation about the best athletes in the history of Manhattan High School.
LAWRENCE — After the fans, administrators, media and 56 players had emptied Hoglund Stadium, only Rock Creek seniors Mason Sturdy and Brooks Whaley remained.
Dan Harkin’s state tennis title this past weekend came 39 years after the last boys singles champion from Manhattan High. That’s at least a generation. And yet there’s one guy who played against both of those champions: Dave Hoover.
Eleven area softball players earned Mid-East All-League honors this week. Rock Creek totaled the most honorees with five, including four on the first team. Grace Gehl, Brooklyn Goehring, Sophia Haverkamp and Jenna Weers represented the Mustangs (15-9), who advanced to the state quarterfinals.
There will be a change at the top of the Valley Heights High School football program — but the last name will remain the same.
WICHITA — For the Valley Heights girls, it all came down to the last race of the day Saturday at the Class 2A track and field state championship meet: the 4x400 relay.
FORT SCOTT — As one downcast player after another walked from the dugout toward home plate, Don Hess offered a handshake. A smile. And with a few sullen players, a laugh or two to brighten their mood.
TOPEKA — Before Reagan Geisbrecht reached the Indians’ sideline, she dropped to her knees and buried her face in the turf at Hummer Sports Park.
WICHITA — Sometime Friday afternoon, Riley County senior thrower Ames Burton crossed over from being just a high school athlete and cemented her place in Falcon lore. It’s hard to say exactly when this transmutation occurred, but odds are it happened soon after her final discus skipped acros…
Through five and a half innings of Friday’s Class 3A softball state championship game, neither team had been able to scratch a run across the plate.
In Rock Creek’s first appearance at the state tournament since 2015, head softball coach Jeri Brummett had a special feeling about her group.
WICHITA — This spring started with Manhattan senior Charles Jones sure he was going to focus on football training rather than join the track and field team.
Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning, Rock Creek senior Brooks Whaley descended the steps of the Mustangs’ dugout, gathered his teammates and spoke the words he believed would spark a comeback.
Only two of the 10 KSHSAA-sanctioned baseball and softball tournaments set to begin Thursday had inclement weather force postponements to Friday. And both postponements involved area teams.
Thursday’s forecast for the Class 6A state track and field meet calls for rain, which could turn a long day into an even longer one. Manhattan head coach Kory Cool has seen races delayed as runners take the track, so when the Indians get off the bus, he’ll instruct them to monitor the radar,…
Manhattan High’s baseball team might need Dayne Aschenbrenner, Cade Perkins, Tyler Gagnon, Kyler Horsmanm Ian Luce and anyone else who can throw quality innings at the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held Thursday and Friday in Fort Scott.
When Darius O’Connell steps into the shot put ring, his mother, Robyn, assumes her post alongside the white chalk lines that border the throwing grounds.
The last thing Shane Sieben wants to talk about is capturing a state championship. Not because that’s not the goal — that goes without saying for every team that, like his Rock Creek baseball club, has reached the state tournament.
Rock Creek softball ended the 2021 regular season with four straight losses. The postseason has been a different story for the Lady Mustangs.
The Frankfort boys’ golf team is the best in its division for the second time in three years. The Wildcats captured the Class 1A state championship Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course in Emporia.
Two years, several graduates and one lost season later, Manhattan’s girls’ soccer team is back where it belongs.
Manhattan High’s boys’ golf team combined to shoot a 342 to tie for ninth at the Class 6A golf tournament, which was contested Monday and Tuesday at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield.
Thirteen Wabaunsee High athletes qualified for state in 11 events during Friday’s regional track meet at Valley Heights High School in Blue Rapids. The girls finished fifth with 48 points while the boys placed sixth with 43 points.
Despite three defections from the Centennial League during the 2020-21 school year, Manhattan will remain a member of the conference through 2023-24, according to athletics director Mike Marsh.
TOPEKA — The second Sydney Hicks touched the wall to complete the anchor leg of Manhattan’s 200-yard individual medley relay, teammates Talia Francois, Sofia Steffensmeier and Ruth Perez swung their necks toward the video board at Capitol Federal Natatorium.
Manhattan High senior forward Reagan Geisbrecht headed into Friday’s regional championship match needing four more goals to tie for first place in Manhattan girls’ soccer history for goals scored in single season.
Before the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team broke its postgame huddle Wednesday, senior Reagan Geisbrecht had something to say.
When Manhattan’s girls’ swimmers were still in school, they’d leave five minutes before the final bell to beat the end-of-day rush to their bus. They’d arrive in Wamego at 3:30, which would give them exactly 90 minutes to practice.
The Manhattan High softball team refused to let Topeka High star NiJaree Canady beat it with her deadly bat during Tuesday’s Class 6A softball regional championship game at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
The Rock Creek High baseball team avenged its 2019 state title game loss Monday, beating Sabetha 7-4 in the first round of regional play in St. George. The Mustangs (16-5) extended their lead to 7-3 with two insurance runs in the sixth inning.