Sports

Student-athletes mark off 2020-21 requirement at LMH Health Physicals Night in Tonganoxie
July 22, 2020
More than 50 Tonganoxie-area student-athletes took advantage of LMH Health’s Physicals Night last week at the Tonganoxie High east gymnasium. LMH Health is partnering with local school districts to administer the physicals on designated nights at various schools. Kansas State High School Activities Association regulations require that students participating in KSHSAA activities undergo physicals in advance of participation each school year.
Minnesota scores two in stoppage time, stuns Sporting Kansas City for 2-1 win
July 15, 2020
Kevin Molino scored in the seventh-minute of second-half stoppage time as Minnesota United rallied with two late goals to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday night in the MLS is Back tournament.
Indians, Chiefs, other teams pressured after Redskins drop nickname
July 15, 2020
CLEVELAND (AP) — The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. Now that the NFL’s Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice, the Indians appear to be the next major sports franchise that might assume a new identity.
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.
Loomis: Chieftain baseball had big plans for milestone year
June 24, 2020
An excerpt of this is from a message sent to the team the day we found out our season was canceled March 17. “I don’t really know where to start so I’ll just start typing. As I’m sure most of you have heard we will not be playing baseball this season. My heart is broken and my spirit is crushed. I feel like I’ve lost a huge piece of who I am. This baseball program is my world outside of my family. To be denied a year of it is so hard to understand.”
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. Kpreps.com 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.

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