Chieftains register highest mark for school in four years
Tonganoxie didn't win as many league titles as it did last year. However, greater consistency from all Chieftains sports resulted in the highest point total in the school's competition history.
"It shows we have a lot of different kids working hard in the activities they're involved in," Tonganoxie athletics director Brandon Parker said. "And a lot of our kids are multi-sport athletes doing two, three, sometimes four sports. To have that much success in multiple sports is pretty impressive."
Tonganoxie finished behind Mill Valley in second place with a total of 102 points. The Chieftains point totals the first three years were 90, 90 and 92.
The Chieftains earned Kaw Valley League titles this season in football and girls basketball. Last year, Tonganoxie also won the two aforementioned sports, plus softball.
Second-place finishes this season were huge for Tonganoxie. The Chieftains placed second in the KVL and earned nine points from four sports: Volleyball, boys cross country, girls cross country and girls track.
The boys track team also worked to Tonganoxie's favor, finishing the season in third place at the KVL league meet.
The softball team didn't repeat as league champions this season, but finished in the upper tier of the KVL at No. 4.
The wrestling and girls soccer programs finished fifth in the league this season. The boys basketball, baseball and golf teams finished sixth in the league. The boys soccer team had the lowest Tonganoxie league place at No. 7. No THS team finished below seventh in the league this season.
The most prominent Tonganoxie state finish this season arguably came in Wichita with the girls track team.
Senior-to-be Roxi Grizzle won the girls javelin event at the state meet with a toss of 151 feet, 9 inches. Teammate and graduated senior Ali Pistora placed second with a throw of 141 feet, 3 inches. The girls team placed fourth in the state -- the highest mark in the program's history.
And who could forget about the THS girls soccer team, which went 6-9 and defeated Ottawa in the first round of the Class 5-1A playoffs. This spring was the soccer team's first season in program history.
"Any time you have an inaugural season, you're not sure how it will go," Parker said. "But the girls progressed as the season went on and achieved more victories than people thought they would."
The girls basketball team made a trip to state last season as well. The Chieftains finished fourth in the state after losing to Andover Central in the third-place game. Tonganoxie finished the season with a 23-3 record.
Cameron Adcox, Wyatt Coffin and Matt Brock competed at the Class 4A state wrestling meet in Salina. They combined to go 1-5, with Adcox securing the lone state victory.
The Chieftains football team made the state playoffs after an impressive 7-0 league mark, but lost on the road in the Class 4A playoffs, 20-0, against Holton.
The Tonganoxie boys cross country team placed fifth at the state meet, while the girls cross country team finished eighth in the state.