Sports

Back to the pitch for Tonganoxie soccer
August 28, 2015
The Tonganoxie High soccer program has experienced unprecedented success under head coach Brian Kroll. Now entering his sixth year at the helm, Kroll has guided THS through several playoff runs, including a state runner-up finish in 2012. The squad became the first-ever THS team in any sport to compete in a state championship game.
Longtime educator, coach settles in as Tonganoxie High AD
Administrator served last 8 years in same position at Newton High
August 25, 2015
Brian Engelken did his student teaching in this area about 25 years ago in suburban Kansas City and always wanted to return to the area. He got that chance earlier this year. Engelken is Tonganoxie High School’s newest athletics director.
Tonganoxie’s midnight express
Some athletes celebrate early practice with breakfast run
August 19, 2015
The best part of running in the wee hours of the morning in Tonganoxie has to be the chocolate chip pancakes. That’s according to Tonganoxie High senior Leah Bartels, a member of this year’s THS cross country team.
British soccer camp returns to Tonganoxie
Fall registration starting at TRC
August 4, 2015
An annual camp in Tonganoxie had about 25 youths learning the ins and outs of soccer recently. The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp took place July 20-24 with youths ages 5-8 going in the morning and those ages 9-14 participating in the evening. Rains the first morning kept youths off the Chieftain Park field.
Busting moves, winning awards
July 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie High cheer and dance teams won several awards at a spirit camp last month in Salina. THS teams attended spirit camp June 16-19 at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Chieftain Stars dance team earned blue ribbons for its home routine and fight song performances, along with the overall camp leadership award. The team also earned 27 individual blue ribbons for individual dance routines and the Camp Drill Down Award.
Tonganoxie residents start sports equipment drive
July 22, 2015
­Local residents are starting a sports equipment exchange to help anyone in need of ball equipment. Slightly used soccer and football gear is being requested.
Tonganoxie swimmer places at Sunflower State Games
July 22, 2015
A Tongie Tidal Waves team member placed in a handful of events at the Sunflower State Games in Topeka. Lulu Myers-Arenth placed sixth in the 100 individual medley, seventh in breaststroke and eighth in freestyle. The Sunflower State Games started July 10 and run through Sunday.
Aspiring Spire from Tonganoxie
July 2, 2015
Sarah Ahart wanted to extend her playing career into college. The 2015 Tonganoxie High School graduate had been looking at Baker University and Kansas City Kansas Community College to continue her days of playing basketball. Then came the opportunity to play two sports.
New leader at the Tonganoxie High basketball helm
Longtime Free State assistant opens new era for THS girls
June 24, 2015
Matt Frost has eyed the Tonganoxie High girls basketball program for several years. A longtime assistant at Lawrence Free State, he has pursued coaching positions at a wide range of school, from Shawnee Mission East to McLouth, but has always had and interest in THS. In recent months, that interest was accelerated.
Tidal swim win in Leavenworth
June 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie Tidal Waves swim team notched a team victory last Friday at Wollman Aquatic Center in Leavenworth. Tonganoxie won the meet, 266-200. “The rain held off and we were able to have meet on time and completely,” said Janet Falk, Tidal Waves coach. The team again will be in action with a meet this Friday against Eudora at Tonganoxie Water Park. The meet starts at 7:30 a.m. and should run until 11:30 a.m. or noon.
Tonganoxie family tradition
Walker following in father’s footsteps
June 16, 2015
Tressa Walker examined her short list of colleges where she could continue her education and her athletics career. In the end, she went with a family favorite. Walker selected Ottawa University, her father’s alma mater. The Tonganoxie High School graduate will compete in track for the Braves.
Back on the court in Tonganoxie
June 10, 2015
Tonganoxie High boys basketball coach Shawn Phillips saw the makings of his 2015-16 boys squad last week for the first time. THS had its summer camp five days last week, with varsity and junior varsity players practicing in the mornings and freshmen in the afternoon.
Tonganoxie Tidal Waves swim team opens season with victory
June 10, 2015
The Tonganoxie Tidal Waves swim team opened its season Friday with a dual meet against Bonner Springs. Though early morning storms pushed the start of the meet back two hours, the weather eventually cooperated and the teams were able to compete at Tonganoxie Water Park.
Tonganoxie High has 6 all-league selections
June 10, 2015
Tonganoxie High had several student-athletes make all-league teams for spring sports. The Chieftains had six selections among three sports — softball, baseball and girls soccer. Here’s a closer look at each team’s selections.
MHS takes 3rd with exciting finish
June 4, 2015
The McLouth High softball team has another trophy to add to its collection, hardware the Bulldogs received after an exciting game Friday at the state tournament Saturday in Pratt.

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