K-State players end threat of boycott over Floyd tweet
July 8, 2020
Kansas State football players have called off a threatened boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd. The decision, announced on social media by several players, follows moves by the school to address diversity concerns.
Kansas football suspends voluntary workouts after 12 positive COVID-19 tests
July 8, 2020
An uptick in positive COVID-19 tests has led the Kansas football program to suspend its voluntary summer workouts, KU officials announced Friday morning. Twelve football players have now tested positive for COVID-19, and KU is requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for all football players and staff members. The number of positive tests is four times what the figure was on Monday morning, the last time the program released information about testing. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control (have) made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” KU coach Les Miles said in a statement.
Tonganoxie High releases additional information about 2020 graduation
June 17, 2020
More details about commencement exercises for the Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 are being released. Graduation will take place at 6 p.m. June 30 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Class members will have graduation rehearsal at 11 a.m. June 29 at the stadium, which is home to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.
Wittman: Tonganoxie High softball had tough group of seniors poised for big year
June 11, 2020
Editor’s Note: The Mirror is asking spring sports coaches to pen open letters to their student-athletes, team parents and fans, or whomever they wish to address their open letters about their lost seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letters will be published in the coming weeks.
Workouts start June 15 for Tonganoxie High student-athletes
June 4, 2020
Summer strength and conditioning programs in the Tonganoxie school district are set to begin in Monday. The programs at Tonganoxie high and middle schools are to get started June 15. All students in grades 7-12 who plan to participate in athletics during the 2020-21 school year are eligible to participate.
KSHSAA expects Wichita’s Cessna Stadium to host state track meet for at least one more year
June 4, 2020
Plans to tear down Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium have been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, but the venue may not have hosted its last state high school track meet. The stadium was empty this past weekend, when the 2020 all-classes state track and field meet was supposed to take place. But Bill Faflick, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, said he expected the 51-year-old stadium to still be standing for the 2021 meet.
His next step: Tonganoxie High AD looking to start new chapter in Peru
June 4, 2020
Brandon Mellen’s vision when he took over as Tonganoxie High’s athletics and activities director was to help move THS forward. Teams recorded various firsts and reached new heights for their prospective programs during Mellen’s three years in Tonganoxie.
KU coaches, former Jayhawks speak out about racism
June 4, 2020
Amid the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, University of Kansas athletics leaders and several other sports figures with KU ties are speaking out. In a joint statement issued Saturday by the athletic department, 13 KU coaches and Athletic Director Jeff Long called for an end to racial divides and violence. “We join together as an athletic department, united in hopes to end the unconscionable acts of racism,” the statement said.
Sandburg: Tonganoxie High boys golf 2020 had potential to be year of firsts for program
May 28, 2020
The most WONDERFUL time of the year was taken from us this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were two weeks into quarantine when KSHSAA canceled all spring sports. I remember the day because I was talking with Jackson Vorbeck and Caeden Woods in the parking lot of Falcon Lakes right before it happened. It came a bit as a shock, but I was upset for all the opportunities the kids would lose. The first lost opportunity was for the seniors, Jackson Vorbeck and Dylan Reynolds. They lost the final season of their high school career and a big chance to make it to state again. Dylan would have gotten his first opportunity at a state tournament, but Jackson would have made his fourth straight appearance at state as part of the team.
Tonganoxie High athletes to be honored at statewide prep event
April 22, 2020
More than 20 celebrity athletes, including PGA golfer Gary Woodland, will present Best of Kansas Prep awards this summer to standout Kansas high school student-athletes in June during a virtual show. Several Tonganoxie High student-athletes have been invited to the show, which now will take place June 18 as a virtual event due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, in its third year, originally was scheduled for June 25 at the Stormont Vail Events Center in Topeka.
Website creates online bracket to detremine best high school helmet
April 22, 2020
A Kansas high school sports website is doing its best to keep some sort of sports activity going. has created the 2020 Kansas Helmet Project with the Best Helmet Bracket. The website’s “selection committee” picked 60 teams for seeds 1 15 in four regionals. Online users decided the final four spots of the 64 team tournament through a Kpreps poll. The top four teams from that poll earned the No. 16 seeds.
Regents approve Wichita State proposal to tear down four-decade site of state high school track and field championships; smaller facility proposed
April 16, 2020
One of the nation’s largest outdoor track and field meet won’t be happening next month at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also uncertain how many more of the state track meets will take place at the stadium. The tradition-rich Kansas State High School Activities Association Track and Field Championships bring athletes from across the state to one venue because all six high school classes compete in their respective events at the stadium on the Wichita State University campus.
Tonganoxie High seniors miss out on chance to leave mark on softball program
April 15, 2020
Before Tonganoxie’s softball season was canceled because of the pandemic, coach Stephanie Wittman went through the schedule with her team, marking off games she thought the team had a good chance to win with a green highlighter. By the end of the session, all of the games on the schedule had been marked off. “All of them were green, as in we could beat them,” THS senior Lauren Gray said. “That’s when it hit me that we could really do something this year.”
Miles for Marilyn virtual race still nets $2,500 for THS scholarships
April 15, 2020
This year’s Miles for Marilyn 5K Race and Walk went virtual — and still raised $2,500 in the process. The fourth annual race, which benefited scholarship opportunities to graduating Tonganoxie High School seniors, originally had been scheduled for this past Saturday.
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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.