From the Sidelines
In the Sept. 13 edition of the Mirror it was incorrectly reported that freshman Travis Andrews scored a goal and played unselfishly against Basehor-Linwood on Sept. 5.
Travis does a good job for the junior varsity. His older brother, senior Michael Andrews, should have gotten the credit for playing well for the varsity.
Freshman volleyball team loses three matches
The ninth-grade volleyball team competed in its Kaw Valley League Tournament last weekend in Lansing. Unfortunately, the girls came up short in their three matches.
The Chieftains faced Piper, DeSoto and Perry-Lecompton in the tournament.
"It's the little things that are killing us," said Coach LeAnn Bond. "But we're really starting to play well as a team."
The team lost its first match to Piper, 2-0, with games of 15-7 and 15-10.
Against Perry, the Chieftains lost 2-0, with games of 15-4 and 15-11.
After losing the first game of its match against DeSoto, Tonganoxie rallied and handily beat DeSoto 15-5 in the second game.
However, DeSoto pulled together to win the deciding game 15-9.
Coach Bond said her team did a good job serving and playing the net in the game.
She said her team was still working on serve-receive and on getting the ball over the net on third contact, even if the spike isn't there.
The team's next game is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Tonganoxie against California Trail and Santa Fe.
Ninth-grade football team beats Pleasant Ridge
The Tonganoxie ninth-grade football team improved its record to 4-0 Sept. 14, when it came from behind to beat Pleasant Ridge 16-6 at home.
After trailing for three quarters, the Chieftains dominated the fourth behind strong play by quarterback Shane Howard, who found success in the option game in the quarter.
Early in the quarter, Billy Baska scored a touchdown on a 65-yard run down the sideline.
Five minutes later, fullback Justin Lacey scored on one-yard drive.
The team's next game is at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday at home.
Tonganoxie eighth grade takes Basehor-Linwood
Tonganoxie's eighth-grade volleyball team had a successful outing Sept. 12, when it traveled to Basehor-Linwood and came back with two match wins.
The team won all of its eight games at the tournament.
In the A-team game, the Warriors won the match with games of 16-14, 15-6 and 15-7.
The B-team won its match with games of 15-7, 15-3 and 15-12.
In its two rally games, the eighth-grade team won 15-5 and 15-9.
Coach Luanne Kietzmann said her team performed exceptionally well, making gains in its serving game and in teamwork.
The team played at Perry Tuesday and will play at 4 p.m. next Tuesday in Piper.
Eighth-grade football team loses to Monticello
Tonganoxie's eighth-grade football team lost to Monticello Thursday night, 39-0.
Coaches said an off-night for the Chieftains and an on- night and size-advantage for Monticello combined to produce the lopsided game.
This week they play Basehor-Linwood at 4 p.m. Wednesday here.
Seventh-grade team loses on the road
Tonganoxie's seventh-grade volleyball team fell to 1-2 on the year after losing at Basehor-Linwood Sept. 12.
The Warriors lost the match 1-2, with games of 15-9, 5-15 and 12-15.
Coach Mona Dibble said the team came out strong, but couldn't hold the pace in its first away game.
"It's a little different playing away from home," she said.
She also said that Basehor-Linwood's lack of air conditioning didn't help the team, either.
The team lost it's first match of the season to Clark on Aug. 30, but came back strong in its Sept. 5 matchup against Monticello, winning that match 2-1.
The team played Perry Tuesday night here.
It's next game is scheduled for 4 p.m. next Tuesday at Piper.
Seventh-grade football loses to Monticello
The Tonganoxie seventh-grade football team played hard Thursday against Monticello, but it couldn't find the end zone and lost the game 6-0.
"They did OK, but they missed some golden opportunities," said Coach John Korb. "It was one of those games we probably should have won."
Coach Korb said that, while his team didn't score in the game, the offense played well.
Korb said that Zach Pistora had made some good offensive plays, including a reception from quarterback Kelton Starcher, who Korb also said played well.
Korb also cited Aaron Adcox and Bradley Willis for their excellent play.
He added that all the boys had bright moments in the game and that things were coming together for the team.
This week the team plays at Basehor-Linwood Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Sixth-, seventh-graders fall to Bonner Springs
Tonganoxie's fifth- and sixth-grade football team played its first game last Saturday, losing to Bonner Springs 13-0.
The team is affiliated with neither the school district nor the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission.
Coach Bob Koontz said his team played well for the majority of the game, but it gave up two touchdowns early and was never able to recover.
In the game, Justin McDaniel suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He was not held for treatment.
The team, which plays every Saturday, has a bye this week and won't play again until Sept. 30 at Basehor-Linwood's Field of Dreams.