Sports

Postseason begins today for some Tonganoxie High teams
May 15, 2017
The postseason starts today for some Tonganoxie High teams. Tonganoxie golf opened its Class 4A regional at 8:30 a.m. in Atchison against Atchison, Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Miege, Bonner Springs, Jeff West, Ottawa, Piper and Spring Hill at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie.
Tonganoxie High grad Ben Johnson wins Missouri Valley Conference decathlon title for Wichita State
May 13, 2017
Ben Johnson is the new Missouri Valley Conference decathlon champion. The Wichita State sophomore scored 7,053 points in the decathlon, winning the event at the MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at WSU’s Cessna Stadium.
Masterful day for Tonganoxie High golf as Chieftains win 1st KVL title since 2012
May 11, 2017
Tonganoxie High has a league title in 2017. The THS golf team won Monday’s Kaw Valley League Tournament at Falcon Lakes in Basehor. The Chieftains won the event with a low score of 329, 34 strokes ahead of runner-up Basehor-Linwood (363).
Tonganoxie’s Johnson breaks record again, now in Top 25 in nation
May 11, 2017
LeeRoi Johnson continues to amend the record books this season. The THS junior broke his own school record in the discus by some 15 feet Wednesday, May 3, at Piper. He broke his own record with a throw of 191 feet, 4 inches, which currently puts him in the top 25 in the country among high school throwers. His throw was 40 feet ahead of Ottawa senior Brock Reed’s throw of 151-4 for second place. Tonganoxie junior Kyle Snyder took third with a 145-6 throw.
Tonganoxie High sweeps Paola in softball
May 10, 2017
Doubleheaders against future Frontier League foes Spring Hill and Paola provided an interesting outcome among the three teams. Paola swept Tonganoxie on Thursday, 12-2 and 14-7 in Tonganoxie. The next day, the Chieftains had to face Spring Hill, a team that had swept PHS earlier in the week.
Tonganoxie High softball improves to 10-2 after doubleheader splits
May 3, 2017
Stephanie Wittman’s Tonganoxie High softball team no longer is undefeated, but a doubleheader split is the next best thing. The Chieftains are 10-2 after splits the last two weeks. Turner blanked THS, 5-0, in the first game April 20, but Tonganoxie won the second game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.
Tonganoxie tough at Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic, reaches title game for first time in school history
May 3, 2017
Tonganoxie High has participated in the Butch Foster Memorial Classic for several years. It’s been a chance for THS to play in an actual stadium, as the tournament always takes place down the road at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains historically have done OK at the event, a victory here or there, but never a big tournament run. This year, THS was a No. 8 seed at 1-8 entering the tournament, so on paper THS wasn’t a favorite. That mattered little once the Chieftains took the field this year.
Tonganoxie High golfers take 2nd at Atchison Invitational
May 1, 2017
Tonganoxie High was four strokes away from a tournament title last week. THS golfers finished with a 316 Thursday at the Atchison Invitational, just behind champion Kansas City Christian, which won the tourney with a 312.
Loading the schedule in McLouth
April 26, 2017
In 11-plus seasons under coach Ballard Patterson, lopsided wins have become a theme for the McLouth High softball program. With a roster full of young talent and the team’s first-ever state championship in mind, the longtime coach decided it was time for a change of pace. Patterson has loaded the Class 2-1A Bulldogs’ schedule with traditional powerhouses from larger classes, giving his team a steady diet of stiff competition leading up to next month’s regional tournament.
Coach K’ stepping down at Tonganoxie
Kroll ending stint as THS’ winningest soccer skipper
April 26, 2017
In 2008, Brian Kroll arrived at Tonganoxie High as an assistant boys soccer coach, joining a program that had experienced some success in its first 16 seasons, but very little since the turn of the century. He took the reins as head coach two years later and has since transformed the Chieftain program into one of the area’s elite. Now, after rewriting the THS history books for nearly a decade, the man known to his players as “Coach K” has decided it’s time to pass the torch.
Tonganoxie baseball getting ready for Butch Foster Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
April 26, 2017
The Chieftains head into the Butch Foster Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 1-8. They play Perry-Lecompton (7-2) at 5 p.m. Thursday. If the Chieftains win that game, they play at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A loss puts them at 5 p.m. Friday. They then will play at noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturday depending on how the fared Thursday and Friday. Other teams in the tourney are Spring Hill (7-5), Baldwin (5-5), Paola (7-4), Basehor-Linwood (4-7), Holton (1-8) and Bonner Springs (9-4).
Tonganoxie High girls soccer blanks Ward, 10-0
April 26, 2017
Tonganoxie has another victory on the season after Friday’s 10-0 shutout of Bishop Ward. THS (2-5-1) swept Ward on the season with the victory, as Tonganoxie also shut out BWHS, 6-0, earlier this year.
Tonganoxie High softball moves to 9-1 after split with Turner
April 26, 2017
Tonganoxie is 9-1 on the season after getting shut out against Turner last week. The Chieftains held off Lansing, 7-6 and 9-7 on April 18 and then fell, 5-0, to Turner on Thursday. Trailing 2-0 late against Turner in Game 2, Tonganoxie rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh for the thrilling victory.
Tonganoxie track has some KU Relays representation
April 26, 2017
Tonganoxie track will be back to a more normal schedule heading into the final month of the season. Some THS track team members have competed at Wichita State University and Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, but the full team will return this week to competition on high school campuses.
Tonganoxie’s Johnson heaves best discus throw in state at WSU meet; MHS athletes join THS competitors in Wichita
April 19, 2017
A Tonganoxie thrower now leads the state in discus after his final throw this past weekend at Wichita State University. LeeRoi Johnson, competing with fellow Chieftains at WSU’s high school pre-state meet, launched the discus 176 feet, 2 inches on his sixth and final throw. That marks the top throw so far in the state and puts him near the top 50 nationally. That throw came in the elite division, one of three at the WSU meet. There also were 1A-3A and 4A-6A divisions. Johnson also won the shot put in the 4A-6A division with a 48-0.75 throw.

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