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Former Mirror sports editor creates bobblehead ballpark as ode to Opening Day
April 1, 2020
When Opening Day is canceled, a Royals fan must improvise. As the pandemic continued and residents worked to keep their social distance, Justin Nutter got creative. It’s easy to forget that this would have been this day or that would have started that day during the current situation, but the former Mirror sports editor celebrated Opening Day with several Royals in the comfort of his own basement.
Mirror to post series of online polls featuring state basketball teams starting Wednesday
March 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled pretty much everything this spring. That meant, of course, no filling out brackets or watching copious amounts of basketball in March. Readers might not get to fill out a bracket, but The Mirror is offering a series of online polls asking readers to pick which teams would have won their respective state basketball tournaments this year.
STATE CHAMPS: Tonganoxie High girls powerlifting wins 4A title for 1st time; Sample sets new record
March 11, 2020
Tonganoxie High keeps adding state championships to its resume. The latest happened Saturday when the THS girls powerlifting team won the program’s first team title in school history. THS scored 78 points, which put the Chieftains just ahead of Piper, the host school for this year’s Class 4A championships. The Pirates scored 77 points as runner-up.
Miege outlasts Tonganoxie High for boys substate basketball title
March 11, 2020
As any Class 4A school knows, drawing Bishop Miege in a postseason bracket usually means a tough test is ahead. Tonganoxie had the opportunity again Saturday when the Chieftains faced Miege on Saturday in Roeland Park.
Tonganoxie High boys basketball rallies, holds on for thrilling 2-point victory at substate
March 5, 2020
Phil Jones thought his Tonganoxie High boys basketball team might have put together its most complete team game Wednesday against Paola. The THS coach couldn’t have asked for much more than that in the most important game of the season. Tonganoxie played Paola at home in a Class 4A substate semifinal game that served as a rematch between two Frontier League foes.
Deja two: Tonganoxie High nabs pair of state titles at KSHSAA 4A boys wrestling in consecutive years
01:34 p.m., February 28, 2020 Updated 07:02 p.m.
Tonganoxie High boys wrestling went from zero to four in about a year. The Chieftains had come oh so close in the past getting their first state champion in program history and then came last year, when Tonganoxie secured to state titles. And then came this year, and the serendipitous scenario played out again. Tonganoxie senior Connor Searcy and sophomore Grayson Sonntag won state titles Saturday at the Kansas Class 4A Wrestling Championships at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina.
Colvert becomes 1st state medalist in Tonganoxie High girls wrestling history despite KSHSAA rule
February 27, 2020
The rookie did pretty well in the inaugural year of a new state-sanctioned sport. And though a technicality is preventing her from a chance to win bronze, Thursday was an historic day for Tonganoxie High freshman Holly Colvert. Competing at the first KSHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Salina, Colvert fought her way through the consolation bracket.
Tonganoxie High freshman Colvert competes in inaugural KSHSAA girls state wrestling championships
February 27, 2020
Tonganoxie High’s first state qualifier for girls wrestling competes today at the inaugural KSHSAA state championships in Salina. THS freshman Holly Colvert Colvert (25-7) opens the state tournament against Wichita North junior Angelina Gillegos (8-14). The winner will take on Junction City senior Elisa Robinson in the second round. Robinson earned a first-round bye at state. Colvert punched her state ticket when she placed fourth in the 191-pound division Feb. 15 in the East Regional at Paola.
Tonganoxie High guaranteed 3 state berths, hoping for more after Day 2 of 4A regional wrestling
February 22, 2020
Tonganoxie High boys wrestling has 11 of 13 wrestlers still alive entering Day 2 of its KSHSAA Class 4A regional in Louisburg, with three of those wrestlers already guaranteed state berths. Grayson Sonntag, Gabriel Bailey and Connor Searcy all advanced to championship matches in their weight divisions. The rest of the remaining wrestlers still competing have one loss, so they must win some matches today to guarantee a state berth. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to state, which will be Feb. 28 and 29 at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. Tonganoxie also was in fourth place as a team heading into Day 2.
Rookie to state: Tonganoxie High girls wrestling freshman becomes 1st state qualifier in inaugural season of KSHSAA sport
February 19, 2020
A Tonganoxie High freshman made history Saturday. Tonganoxie’s Holly Colvert will be the first THS student-athlete to advance to state in girls wrestling. Colvert punched her state ticket when she placed fourth in the 191-pound division in the East Regional at Paola.
Tonganoxie High basketball teams pushing for higher seeds
February 18, 2020
The Tonganoxie High boys team dropped three straight heading into this week, but the Chieftains still are in position to host at least one Class 4A substate game next month.
McLouth High boys basketball holding on to top spot in substate pairings
February 17, 2020
McLouth High boys basketball will try to hold on to the top seed in its Class 2A substate with a handful of regular-season games left. The Bulldogs are 12-4 overall and 9-3 in Northeast Kansas League play after Monday’s game against Jackson Heights. McLouth currently is the No. 1 seed in the Horton Substate.
Tonganoxie High boys wrestlers Sonntag, Bailey, Searcy all earn gold at Frontier League Championships
February 15, 2020
Tonganoxie High had three boys wrestlers snag conference titles Saturday at the Frontier League Championships in Ottawa. Grayson Sonntag (120), Gabriel Bailey (145) and Connor Searcy (220) all earned gold medals Saturday. Sonntag, who placed third at state this past year, and Searcy, who became Tonganoxie’s second state champion a few matches after Korbin Riedel became the first in program history last year, are a combined 71-3 heading into their Class 4A regional next weekend.
Colvert makes history as 1st Tonganoxie High girls wrestling team member to earn state bid
02:10 a.m., February 15, 2020 Updated 11:38 a.m.
A Tonganoxie High freshman made history Saturday.
Spontaneous wish upon a star for Tonganoxie couple
February 14, 2020
The stars seemed to align just right for a magical football season in Kansas City for the Chiefs Kingdom. The same could be said for Steve and Paula Gish as they got to see the Chiefs’ biggest star shine bright in the Magic Kingdom. The Tonganoxie couple had made plans months ago to spend the first weekend in February in Florida for Steve’s birthday. Paula’s sister lives near Sarasota, Fla., and it’s become a nice getaway and place to celebrate Steve’s birthday, which is Feb. 6.

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