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Footloose Chieftains: Tonganoxie cross country qualifies both teams for state for 1st time in a decade
October 24, 2016
Tonganoxie High coach John Tollefson is no stranger to taking runners to the 4A state meet. However, the THS cross country team accomplished something that has never been done in Tollefson’s five years as coach. For the first time since 2006, the Chieftains qualified both the boys and girls cross country teams for the 4A state championships. The boys placed second as a team, and the girls placed third.
Tonganoxie football offense can’t get going in district shutout loss
October 24, 2016
During the second half of Friday night’s contest between Tonganoxie and Piper, head coach Al Troyer had a plea for his offensive line.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie SRO Anthony Garcia
October 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Anthony Garcia with the Tonganoxie Police Department. He also serves as a student resource officer for Tonganoxie USD 464.
Ribbon cutting highlights new Tonganoxie Police Station
Event unveils latest municipal building
October 19, 2016
As about 30 people attended a ribbon cutting on a crisp and chilly fall morning this past Thursday at the new Tonganoxie Police Department, Mayor Jason Ward joked about the weather and said it was fitting because police Chief Jeff Brandau thought it would be “a cold day in hell before he had a new police station.”
Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt starts Friday; Spooktacular set for Oct. 28
October 19, 2016
Spooktacular scavenger hunt will get started Friday. Youths can get started on the Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt by gathering clues Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. The hunt will run through Oct. 27 and prizes will be given out, such as mini Gambinos pizzas, a $100 gift card and 15 $10 bills.
Ballot question debate moves along slowly; sign ordinance tabled; public hearing set
Public hearing set for Nov. 7
October 19, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council continues to determine what a ballot question might resemble as it looks to put the 3/4-cent sales tax extension to a public vote. A downsized council met Monday for its regular meeting, with Mayor Jason Ward and Council Members Chris Donnelly and Jim Truesdell absent.
Cook claims championship for Tonganoxie High
Boys 2nd, girls 3rd at Kaw Valley League cross country meet
October 19, 2016
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team narrowly missed out on winning the league title, but the Chieftains did have the top individual runner.
Solid starts help Tonganoxie High volleyball to sweeps of Bishop Seabury, Perry-Lecompton
October 18, 2016
Tonganoxie’s volleyball team knew the importance of getting off to a strong start in Monday’s triangular at Bishop Seabury Academy. In all but one set, the Chieftains (20-13) were able to get out to an early lead on their way to a 2-0 day on a pair of two-set victories against Bishop Seabury and Perry-Lecompton. “It’s always huge [to get off to a good start],” coach Tiffany Parker. “It’s a mindset thing. We have a tendency to dig a whole for ourselves.”
Tonganoxie soccer back in win column with Senior Night victory
October 18, 2016
In the midst of a five-game losing streak, Tonganoxie boys soccer coach Brian Kroll said his team needed a spark. Kroll decided to give sophomore Wyatt Martin his first start of the season at goalie, allowing junior Chandler Caldwell to give the Chieftains more punch on offense. That, along with three goals from senior captain Logan Williams propelled Tonganoxie (9-6) to a 5-0 victory against Bishop Ward on Senior Night.
Local candidates field questions at Eudora forum
October 17, 2016
Democratic House candidate Kara Reed proclaimed herself as the only “moderate” in the 42nd District House race Wednesday night, while her Republican opponent Jim Karleskint touted his credentials on education issues while labeling himself as a “fiscal conservative” who also opposes abortion.
Clutch comeback for Tonganoxie football
Chieftains score 22 unanswered points, hold off Atchison in OT
October 17, 2016
Senior running back Jordan Brown was bouncing up and down with joy as Tonganoxie head coach Al Troyer spoke to his team following a Senior Night victory. Brown had just rushed the ball 35 times for 149 yards with two touchdowns, helping lift the Chieftains to a 22-16 overtime victory against Atchison. It was a workload that would have physically drained most. At the very least, force one into a resting position as his coach spoke. But Brown is not like most.
Man makes running stop in Tonganoxie along 10-day statewide journey
October 14, 2016
Local residents might have seen an area man running Monday through Tonganoxie. The Johnson County resident has logged plenty of miles in his shoes in recent weeks. And on Monday, he made a stop near Tonganoxie. John Kohler has been involved in Run Across Kansas. It started from Kanorado at the Colorado line and made his way to mile 405 near the Tonganoxie city limits. He was greeted by family, friends and some school children at LIFE Child Care Center and Daycare.
Jenkins visits Tonganoxie High School to chat with juniors, seniors about DC
October 14, 2016
Longtime Tonganoxie High School teacher Andy Gilner has offered a unique extra credit to his students for more than 20 years. The American government instructor has encouraged students to write to their U.S. senators and representatives inviting them to visit THS and tell the senior class about their work in Washington, D.C. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, has visited in the past and did so again last week. Jenkins, the current representative for Kansas’ 2nd District, spoke to both juniors and seniors at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. School officials stressed to Jenkins that the discussion with students should be educational and not a campaign visit. Jenkins will face Democratic challenger Britani Potter, an Ottawa school board member, next month in the general election.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board picks new member; FTE enrollment up; library building discussed; contracts, resignations approved
October 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 has a new board member. Phillip Welsh, a local engineer, was selected by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting. Amelia Brusven was absent. The board interviewed Welsh during the regular meeting, while another applicant, Doug Regehr, interviewed with the board through video chat.
Tonganoxie High soccer trying to break out of losing streak
October 12, 2016
The Tonganoxie High soccer team needs a new kind of streak. Tonganoxie assembled a seven-game winning streak, but a four-game slide has followed. Turner won, 4-2, Monday, with Logan Williams and Isaiah Frese scoring for the Chieftains. Soccer played Maur Hill after the Mirror’s deadline.
Tonganoxie High volleyball 8th at De Soto Spikefest
October 12, 2016
The THS volleyball team had a rough weekend in De Soto. The Chieftains finished with 1-5 record and eighth-place finish. THS lost to De Soto (25-17, 25-13), Gardner-Edgerton (25-18, 25-18), Lansing (25-19, 25-19), Mill Valley (25-18, 22-25, 25-20) and Basehor-Linwood (25-9, 18-25, 25-23).
Tonganoxie High runners keep up the pace
October 12, 2016
The season might be hitting its home stretch, but for the Tonganoxie High cross country team, it’s another chance to sweep the field. Tonganoxie’s boys and girls teams both won their respective meets Saturday near Easton at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational.
Clean sweep again for Tonganoxie High cross country
Volleyball moves to 14-7; soccer falls in 3 tough defeats
October 6, 2016
Tonganoxie High cross country team once again made a clean sweep this year with its showing Thursday at the Perry-Lecompton Invitational. THS won both varsity team titles and both junior varsity team titles.
Bittersweet victory for Tonganoxie High football
Chieftains defeat Lansing Lions, but lose QB Beach for rest of season
October 6, 2016
Tonganoxie’s drive that lasted for a majority of the second quarter felt bigger with each passing minute. It should have ended on fourth and long with junior quarterback Mason Beach running out of bounds short of the first down.
Tonganoxie continues sales tax extension talks
Festival move alsod debated; city manager bids farewell
October 6, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council opted to move forward with putting the extension of the 3/4-cent sales tax for 20 years to a public vote. What the sales tax question exactly will say is still to be determined.