Sports

Chieftain red up before dawn
August 15, 2018
The Tonganoxie High cross country team again played the part of early bird Monday when the team gathered for its midnight run. Current coach John Tollefson has continued a tradition Phil Williams started — open practice at 12:01 a.m. the first day of preseason practice for Kansas high schools. This year, the tradition continued Monday.
Tonganoxie High fall sports practice begins Aug. 13
July 31, 2018
Tonganoxie High fall sports are just about here with preseason practices. A fall sports parent meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the THS campus. The meeting will be for parents of student-athletes in football, volleyball, cross country, girls golf and boys soccer. Fall sports practices will start Aug. 13.
Raucous Reverend: Tonganoxie priest cheers on homeland in World Cup
July 20, 2018
The Rev. Mark Goldasich had a mighty schedule conflict Sunday. While many of his friends and relatives of Croatian decent in the Strawberry Hill district of Kansas City, Kan., had surely attended Mass on Saturday night and thus were able to watch the big World Cup match Sunday morning, Goldasich had a job requirement.
Divine cheers for Croatia from Tonganoxie
July 14, 2018
The Rev. Mark Goldasich said he might need an iPad at the altar for his Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. After all, Croatia — the Goldasich family’s homeland — plays at 10 a.m. Sunday for the World Cup soccer championship.
Shawnee resident, KU alumnus Rory Ramsdell makes “Mini Allen Fieldhouse” out of new garage
July 10, 2018
Shawnee resident and University of Kansas alumnus Rory Ramsdell built a new garage for his daughters, Raegan and Bailey Ramsdell, to be able to park in, but that’s far from the only use that the family gets out of it. Rory has turned the garage into a mini Allen Fieldhouse.
Tonganoxie High soccer looks for deeper postseason run after historic year
July 4, 2018
Last year’s season-ending loss still lingers with the Tonganoxie boys soccer team. It has been several months since a 4-2 defeat to Rose Hill in the quarterfinals, but the team won’t forget the feeling from that night anytime soon. The Chieftains, who stormed through an undefeated regular season, are determined to avenge the finish from last year.
Tongie Tidal Waves rout Leavenworth, prepare for final meet of season Friday
June 26, 2018
The Tongie Tidal Waves had another big effort this past Friday. The team defeated Leavenworth, 948-431, at Tonganoxie Water Park. This Friday marks the final meet of the season. The team again is at home, with a 7:30 p.m. start time Friday at Tonganoxie Water Park. The event is expected to go until 11:30 p.m. or noon. In three previous meets, one on the road and two at home, the Tidal Waves are undefeated.
Looking back at statistics leaders for 2018 Tonganoxie High baseball
June 13, 2018
The Tonganoxie High baseball team is coming off an exciting end to the season with a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A Division I state baseball tournament. Here’s a closer look at this seaon’s statistics, with rundown of team leaders in various categories. Statistics are listed with players’ last names. Here’s a full list of the state roster: Seniors Tanner Thoemke, Dylan Kleidosty, Chandler Hamman, Grayson Gilbert, Ty Gambril, Timothy Peel and Terry Thompson; juniors Matthew Perich, Ethan Basler, Bronson Cunningham, Ralphie Miller, Jess Collier, Austin Fisher, and Brett Ingerson; sophomores Jayden Wilson, Cooper Cunningham and Caden Woods; and freshman James Eaton.
Tongie Tidal Waves win first meet; home opener is Friday at Tonganoxie Water Park
June 13, 2018
The Tongie Tidal Waves opened the 2018 swim season with a victory. Tonganoxie defeated Lansing, 723-504, last week on the road. Supporters will have options the next few weeks to see the team. The Tidal Waves are home the next three Friday mornings for meets at Tonganoxie Water Park. Each meet is set to start at 7:30 a.m. and usually concludes around noon.
Delay didn’t deter Tonganoxie High baseball against top-seeded Paola
June 7, 2018
Rain and lightning delays kept pushing back Tonganoxie’s state quarterfinal game against No. 1 Paola on May 24 at Soder’s Grove Field in Emporia. After a few hours of delays, Tonganoxie finally took the field. The delay didn’t seem to bother the upstart Chieftains.
Furious rally highlight of state run for Tonganoxie High softball
June 7, 2018
As the temperature kept rising on a humid morning in Emporia, the Tonganoxie High softball team seemed to be cucumber cool. Tonganoxie opened its Class 4A Division I state tournament with a quarterfinal game against Andale. THS struck first on a Brenn Shryock slap hit that scored Audrey Miller, who originally got on base with a double that nearly cleared the fence. THS was cruising with a 1-0 lead when Andale answered with four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.
Upset special: Tonganoxie High baseball knocks off Atchison, Piper, earns 1st state berth since 2014.
May 16, 2018
Cinderella is wearing some shiny Tonganoxie High baseball cleats. THS, which entered Tuesday’s Class 4A Division I regional with a 4-14 record and the No. 4 seed, knocked off No. 1 Atchison and then No. 2 Piper for its first state berth since 2014.
Tonganoxie girls 4th at league track meet
May 16, 2018
Corinn Searcy got a gold medal for the girls team at league, as did the 4x400 team. Searcy placed first in the 400 with a 1:00.13 time, just ahead of teammate Sierra Staatz (1:00.55).
Tonganoxie High boys track 2nd at final Kaw Valley League meet
May 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie High boys track team made a push for a Kaw Valley League title on Wednesday, May 9. THS finished the meet in second place with 133.5 points. Piper won the meet with 160. The Chieftains were able to finish ahead of Lansing, which took third (119.5) in the final KVL meet in history. Basehor-Linwood placed fourth (85), Bonner Springs fifth (59), Turner sixth (44) and Ward seventh (4). THS placed fourth on the girls side with 87 points.
Tonganoxie High golfers state bound after taking 2nd at Atchison Regional
May 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie High golf team has a shot at winning a state title next week. The Chieftains placed second in a tightly contested Class 4A Regional on Monday in Atchison. Holton won the meet with a 345, while Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood each scored a 346. Thanks to a tiebreaker, THS placed second and BLHS third at the regional. Jeff West wasn’t far behind in fourth with 352.

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