Sports

Linenberger: Who needs superstitions for Tonganoxie High football’s Friday the 13th playoff battle
November 13, 2020
When it comes to sports, you might as well open Spotify, search “Stevie Wonder” and crank that “Superstitious” up to 11. I brought an extra KU shirt along to watch the 2008 Final Four games — a wardrobe change was warranted in the National Semifinal game against North Carolina. And then, in the final 2 minutes of regulation in the title game against Memphis, clung tightly to a shirt that read “Don’t Stop Believin’” purchased at a bar in College Station, Texas, after KU dropped Texas A&M during that magical Orange Bowl season.
Nutter: Savoring normal in extraordinary fall season in Tonganoxie
November 12, 2020
Years from now, when we tell our grandkids stories about 2020, “normal” isn’t a word we’ll toss around too frequently. March Madness ended before it started. The Olympics were put on hold for the first time ever. Everything from weddings to middle school gym classes were moved to Zoom. Election Day lasted roughly 90 hours, give or take a few.
Tonganoxie High boys soccer falls to eventual state champion in quarterfinals
November 11, 2020
Tonganoxie High got a late goal in its Class 4-3-2-1A state quarterfinal match, but it wasn’t enough to get the Chieftains a spot at state a few days later. THS lost, 3-1, Nov. 3 to Bishop Miege at Beatty Field. The loss ended a big season for Tonganoxie, which went 11-5 and won a regional championship.
Tonganoxie High football now top-ranked team in 4A
November 11, 2020
Based on new rankings, Friday’s playoff game between Tonganoxie and Bishop Miege will be a battle of the top two teams in Class 4A. It’s hard to argue against that opinion, as kpreps.com earlier this week announced that Tonganoxie is the new No. 1 team in 4A and Bishop Miege No. 2.
Familiar foe: Tonganoxie High drops Lansing, now prepares for rematch with 6-time defending state champ
November 11, 2020
And here it is. Tonganoxie High will play in the Class 4A state sectionals for the second year in a row after dropping former Kaw Valley League foe Lansing this past Friday. The game was tight in the first half, but THS capitalized on Lansing miscues in the second half and turned a 14-10 lead into 28-10.
Former Tonganoxie High standout returning to alma mater in unique position for playoff clash
November 6, 2020
Mason Beach has found his way back to his old stomping grounds. But the Tonganoxie High alum who enjoyed much success in front of the home crowd at Beatty Field will be roaming the opposite sideline tonight. Beach, a 2018 THS graduate, is the quarterbacks coach at Lansing, and the Lions will be in Tonganoxie to take on the Chieftains at 7 p.m. for a Class 4A regional playoff clash. “I’ve given plenty of thought to it,” Beach said earlier this week. “It will be weird being on the other sideline.
McLouth High boys take 3rd at state
November 1, 2020
The McLouth High boys cross country team has a state plaque. MHS finished third at state Saturday in Victoria, with junior Jared Plake placing in the Top 20 for the Bulldogs. Plake finished the race in 17 minutes, 13.7 seconds.
Gilmore, Chambers finish in Top 10 in respective races for Tonganoxie High cross country
October 31, 2020
It was a Top 10 type of day for Tonganoxie High cross country at state. Senior Kristi Chambers placed seventh at the Class 4A girls state meet today at the Wamego Country Club. And then sophomore Eli Gilmore placed fourth in the boys race.
Tonganoxie High boys soccer wins regional title with shutout of Bishop Ward
October 30, 2020
Tonganoxie High is headed to the Class 4-3-2-1A state quarterfinals. The Chieftains handled Maur Hill-Mount Academy, 6-0, in the regional finals Thursday at Beatty Field giving THS its first regional title since 2017. Tonganoxie improved to 10-4 with the victory, while MH-MA ended its season at 4-9-1.
McLouth volleyball reaches 2A substate finals
October 29, 2020
McLouth High volleyball was a victory away from a state berth. The Bulldogs were the No. 3 seed in the Jefferson County North Regional in Class 2A. MHS defeated No. 6 Riverside (4-28) in two sets, 25-18, 25-15 and then No. 2 Maur Hill-Mount Academy (17-5) in two, 25-22, 25-22. Host school JCN, though, proved too be too much for the Bulldogs. The Chargers won substate title match, 25-16, 25-21, improving to 32-5 on the year.
McLouth High boys cross country wins regional; boys take 2nd
October 29, 2020
McLouth High will be sending both cross country teams to state in Class 2A. The MHS boys won the Turner Regional on Saturday at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kan. The MHS girls placed second as a team.
Reaching her goal to a tee: Tonganoxie High’s Brusven places 10th at state golf
October 29, 2020
Morgan Brusven welcomed the not-quite-so-windy conditions on Day 2 of the Class 4A Girls State Golf Championships at the Emporia Golf Course. The Tonganoxie High senior shot a 95 on a windy first day Oct. 19 through 18 holes, but improved the next day, shooting an 87 with more ideal conditions.
Kietzmann scores 4 goals as Tonganoxie High wins playoff opener in winter wonderland
October 29, 2020
Cuyler Kietzmann turned a hat trick — and another goal for good measure — Monday in Tonganoxie High’s 6-2 regional victory against Maur Hill-Mount Academy on a frigid and snowy night at Beatty Field. Kietzmann scored four goals for the Chieftains in one of just a few games that were played Monday due to field and weather conditions.
McLouth High football ends season early
October 29, 2020
McLouth High was supposed to play its regular-season finale this past Friday against archrival Oskaloosa, but the Bears had to cancel due to COVID-19 cases on the team. With the cancellation, both teams finished the season 0-7. The Bulldogs had a demanding schedule that included games against state powerhouses Rossville and McLouth.
Chambers, Gilmore to represent Tonganoxie High cross country at state championships
12:00 a.m., October 27, 2020 Updated 08:28 a.m.
Kristi Chambers and Eli Gilmore will be representing Tonganoxie High at the Class 4A State Cross Country Championships. Chambers, a THS senior, placed sixth in the girls race at the Baldwin Regional on Saturday with a time of 20 minutes, 36.45 seconds. The state berth means that she is a four-time state qualifier at THS. Gilmore also had a big day in the boys race. The sophomore placed second with a 16:34.73 time. Chambers will look to build on her previous performances at the state meet in Wamego, including 17th-place finish last year.

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