Sports

New Tonganoxie High track open to runners, walkers for now
August 17, 2017
Patrons are now free to walk on the new track at Beatty Field. Tonya Phillips, interim USD 464 superintendent, told the board at Monday’s regular school board meeting that work on the track is finished other than painting lane lines and other markings. Until then, visitors can walk and run on the renovated track, which now is red.
Tonganoxie High girls golf era begins this fall
August 17, 2017
Just like that, Tonganoxie High has another sports program. The school board approved the new sport by a unanimous vote at a special meeting this past Thursday. On Monday, at its regular meeting, the board approved Doug Sandburg as the girls coach. Sandburg also coaches the boys team. He started with the program in 2009, serving six seasons before taking over as head coach in 2015. The girls season is in the fall and the boys season in the spring. Sandburg said Monday he’s still working on the lineup for Tonganoxie’s newest team. THS is slated to compete in six tournaments this fall.
Tonganoxie teams get early start
August 16, 2017
The early birds were out and about Monday morning. Tonganoxie High opened the fall season with 12:01 a.m. practices Monday, continuing a tradition that the THS cross country team started several years ago. THS cross country coach John Tollefson said he was excited for his team to get the season started.
Fall sports start Monday with midnight practices in Tonganoxie
August 10, 2017
And so it begins. One of the first signs that summer vacation is drawing to a close is the start of fall sports season. KSHSAA teams can begin practice Monday. And, as has been customary in Tonganoxie in recent years, Tonganoxie High teams won’t be wasting any time, as teams will start their first practice at midnight Monday morning. For the THS cross country team, the season will start gathering at the high school and then going for a run around town. Parents and other volunteers post up along the route to make it a safe route in case there is traffic. And of course, the runners will be hitting the pavement in the dark. Monday starts the 2017 season for THS cross country, football, soccer and volleyball, as does it for McLouth cross country, football and volleyball.
Go on red with new Tonganoxie High track
August 8, 2017
The new track at Beatty Field definitely has school spirit. Workers painted the track red on Monday. The track previously was black and now, of course, is Tonganoxie High’s primary school color. It’s also become a popular color for tracks across the country.
Rickard ready to embark on college career at Ottawa
August 3, 2017
Keaton Rickard weighed his options in continuing his football career at the college level. In the end, he opted to head south. Rickard signed earlier this year to play football at Ottawa University. He also seriously considered the short trip north to Leavenworth and University of St. Mary. He also had his eye on the short trip west to Washburn in Topeka.
Fall sports teams to get season started Aug. 14
August 3, 2017
Tonganoxie and Mclouth fall sports seasons soon will be starting. Preseason practices begin across the state Aug. 14.
Baker bound for THS cross country and track alum
August 3, 2017
A major, a coach and future teammates helped solidify Emily Chambers’ decision to continue her running career in Baldwin City. Flanked by her parents, Jason and Jenny Chambers, Emily signed with Baker University earlier this year to run cross country and participate in indoor and outdoor track for the Wildcats. “When I took my visit, the school just seemed perfect,” Chambers said. “There were a few upperclassmen who came and had lunch with me. They had nothing but great things to say about Baker.
New THS activities director taking over in Tonganoxie
AD, also a 2nd assistant principal, settling in before school year
07:57 a.m., August 2, 2017 Updated 12:02 a.m.
Mr. Random is in his first month as activities director/assistant principal at Tonganoxie High School. Actually his name is Brandon Mellen, but he jokingly refers to himself as Mr. Random because he has a variety of interests and experiences. Mellen, who started July 1 in the Tonganoxie school district, played basketball at Emporia State, coached college basketball at Fort Scott Community College and Baker University, served as a “ball boy” on the sideline for Kansas football games in Lawrence and officiated high school basketball.
Tonganoxie High football alum going with tradition at Benedictine
July 26, 2017
The opportunity to play football at a tradition-rich school with an established coach sold Michael Mast on continuing his career at Benedictine College. “I think what stood out to me the most about Benedictine was the tradition it had there and more importantly, Coach Wilcox,” Mast said.
Baseball wish upon a star in Tonganoxie
Local youth to play baseball on national stage
11:28 a.m., July 21, 2017 Updated 11:28 a.m.
A soon-to-be Tonganoxie High School freshman will be playing baseball on the national stage next month. James Eaton will compete for the 13-and-younger USSSA All-American Central Region team Aug. 6-12 at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.
Final Tongie Tidal Waves laps or 2017
July 14, 2017
The Tongie Tidal Waves concluded yet another season with the league championships June 30 at Tonganoxie Water Park. Unfortunately, younger swimmers didn’t get to complete their league championship races because of inclement weather June 29. The Tidal Waves still at an awards night this past week. “It’s hard to imagine that our swim season has come to an end,” said coach Janet Falk. “However, all of the swimmers and families are excited and looking forward to returning next summer for another fun-filled season.”
Tonganoxie turf talk
July 14, 2017
The grass could be greener year round at Beatty Field in the coming years. Michelle Kuhns with Hellas Construction spoke to the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board during its regular meeting Monday about artificial turf.
Tongie Tidal Waves take 2nd at conference championships a Tonganoxie Water Park
July 3, 2017
The Tongie Tidal Waves finished the season with league championships Friday. Inclement weather canceled Thursday’s planned competetion for youths ages 5-10. However, the 11-18 divisions were able to compete Friday as planned.
KSHSAA classes to change in 2018-19
June 28, 2017
Classifications will be shifting for Kansas high school sports starting with the 2018-19 school year. Kansas High School Activities Association schools recently voted whether to adopt reclassifications for football and all other sports. The two proposals passed with the required number of votes, 145 for football and 177 for the other sports. For football, 6A and 5A will stay with 32 teams, while 4A no longer will have divisions. That class also will go to 32 teams. The 3A members will be the next 48 largest schools, the same number of teams that will be in 2A. Previously, football had a Class 2-1A level, but moving forward 1A will have its own 11-man level. All remaining 11-man teams will compete in 1A.

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