August 3, 2018
Tonganoxie High School, home of the Chieftains.
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ACT scores have been released and 2019 Tonganoxie High School graduates tested above the state average across the board. The 2019 class had 84 seniors take the test. The 2015 class had 74, 2016 had 70 and then 2017 had the highest in the five-year period with 94. The 2018 class had 93 participants. State statistics show the number of seniors taking the ACT has steadily increased from 2015 (23,708) to 2019 (25,684).
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved various personnel moves at its Nov. 12 meeting. Contract and work agreements were approved for Melissa Starr, Tonganoxie Middle School paraprofessional; Tiffany Trent, Tonganoxie High School paraprofessional; Susan Gieber, THS-West cashier/kitchen utility; Andrea Putthoff, transportation para; Margaret Estes, van driver; Malissa Selene, bus driver; and Christina Jeanin, assistant THS girls basketball coach. A new position, Tonganoxie Elementary School early childhood special education teacher starting in January, also was approved.
And just like that, it’s now winter sports season. Kansas high school winter sports teams began the season with their first preseason practices Monday. Tonganoxie High has two new coaches at their respective helms. Mitch Loomis takes over as THS girls basketball coach after previously serving as an assistant. He takes over for Drew Williams.
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Tonganoxie USD 464 enrollment is up across the board. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips reports that total enrollment as of Sept. 20 was 1,965 students in the district. That’s up 20 from 2018. With regards to full-time equivalent the number is 1,941, up 6.5 from 2018. The adjusted FTE is up 13 to 1,980.8.
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team ran away with the Perry-Lecompton Invitational title on Thursday, while the THS girls just missed out on their own team championship. Senior Jake Edholm paced Tonganoxie on the boys side with a time of 18 minutes, 48.43 seconds. Freshman teammate Eli Gilmore placed fourth (18:57.81) and senior Dylan Graham fifth (19:06.67). Ben Farrar placed 11th (19:44.69), junior Jonah Stephen 16th (19:57.05) and junior Chas Gilmore 22nd (20:36.57). Freshman Brandon Wilson placed 40th for Tonganoxie (21:26.66).
Tonganoxie High girls golf just keeps hitting new milestones this season. The Chieftains won their first tournament in program history Wednesday, Oct. 2, with the lowest team score at Village Greens Golf Course near Meriden. Despite rainy weather and wet conditions, Tonganoxie won the tourney by nine shots with a low score of 385.
Chieftain recap: THS football remains undefeated, volleyball at Rossville tourney, soccer stringing together victories
Tonganoxie High football continues to roll in the early going of the 2019 season. THS dropped Eudora, 43-8, marking the second straight week the Chieftain defense held an opponent to a touchdown. Now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Frontier League play, the Chieftains have scored 42 or more points in all three contests.
Tonganoxie High volleyball couldn’t extend its early season winning streak Thursday at home against Pleasant Ridge. The Chieftains stayed undefeated in Frontier League play Tuesday with an exciting five-set victory against Piper in Kansas City, Kan., but THS couldn’t produce the same results two days later against PRHS. The Rams squeaked past the Chieftains, 25-23 and 26-24 before getting the sweep with a 25-20 victory in the third set.
The Tonganoxie High volleyball team won its home opener Tuesday in exciting fashion. Tonganoxie defeated Paola, 3-1, in the conference clash. THS and Paola played some thrilling sets, as three of the sets were decided by two points each. Tonganoxie won the first match, 28-26, and then Paola responded with a 25-23 victory.
The Tonganoxie High girls and boys cross country teams finished seventh and eighth, respectively, Saturday at the Wamego Invitational. Kristi Chambers led the THS girls team, finishing 22nd overall with a time of 22 minutes 40 seconds. Buhler won the girls meet with 25 points, while Baldwin was second with 81. Eudora placed third (111), Louisburg fourth (189), Towanda-Circle fifth (191), Augusta sixth (200) and Tonganoxie seventh (203). Pratt, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Andale, Wamego, Paola, Clay Center, Hayden and Abilene rounded out the rest of the field.
Tonganoxie High girls golf had another solid tournament, this time in a tourney Thursday at the Wamego Country Club.
The Tonganoxie High volleyball team won its home opener Tuesday in exciting fashion.
Tonganoxie High volleyball opened the season with a loss against Spring Hill, but bounced back with a win against Sumner Academy in a triangular Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. Spring Hill defeated THS, 25-8, 25-20, in the first match, but the Chieftains responded with a 25-15, 25-16 victory in the second match. Tonganoxie is back in action this coming Tuesday when Paola visits THS.
Tonganoxie High soccer played to a 1-1 tie with Maranatha Christian Academy on Tuesday in Shawnee. The season continues Sept. 12 with a 6 p.m. match at Paola. Tonganoxie’s next home match is 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at home against St. Mary’s Academy at Beatty Field.
Fall sports are getting into full swing this week. Tonganoxie High boys soccer opened the season this past Friday and THS football had its “preseason” contests with its first jamboree, but the rest of the sports will be getting the season started for real this week. John Tollefson’s THS cross country team opens the season at 9 a.m. Saturday against Lansing at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. The Chieftains’ first meet is Sept. 14 at Wamego. The Tonganoxie Invite is Sept. 24.
Tonganoxie USD 464 will have a fall kickoff event Friday at Beatty Field. Festivities will start at 5 p.m. at a food tent near the stadium. Free hot dogs, chips and water will be served. From there, students throughout the district will be recognized.
Tonganoxie just started preseason practices Monday, but the regular season soon will be here. Tonganoxie High boys soccer team is the first THS team to get the season started. The Chieftains open the season Aug. 30 at home against Kansas City Christian under coach Jon Orndorff. It will be the first competition on the new Beatty Field turf.
It’s almost here: a new fall sports season. Tonganoxie and McLouth teams will begin fall practices Monday. Tonganoxie High will begin a new season for cross country, football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls golf.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation is offering some added incentives to follow the National Football League this fall. The foundation is selling NFL Play Along tickets for the upcoming season. Funds raised will be used to support USD 464 schools, teachers and students. A $25 donation buys a single Play Along ticket good for the 17 weeks of the regular NFL season. Each ticket is unique with three different teams every week whose scores are added to determine a winner.
The Chieftain Singers vocal group at Tonganoxie High School has been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Associations In-Service Workshop in February. The event also is where the Kansas All-State Choirs, Bands and Orchestras perform. There also will be workshops for all music educators across the state. Officials selected Tonganoxie from a group of top choirs, making the Chieftain Singers the first USD 464 performance group to earn the honor. The Chieftain Singers will be performing in front of music educators who teach at K-12 and college levels. THS vocal director Tom Gifford submitted an audition recording this past spring for the workshop. The Chieftain Singers will perform for 30 minutes at the workshop starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 28.
Tonganoxie USD 464 will be offering an At-Risk preschool program for 4-year-olds for the 2019-20 school year at Tonganoxie Elementary School.
Tonganoxie High baseball knocked off an undefeated team on its way to a regional championship Tuesday in Iola. THS defeated Baldwin/Bishop Seabury, 11-10, in the Class 4A regional semifinal before dropping Iola, 8-5, in the regional championship.
THS finished the regular season 2-14-1 after falling Monday to Louisburg, 6-0, at home and thenWednesday to Kansas City Christian, 3-0, in Olathe. Tonganoxie looks to be the No. 11 seed in the Class 4-3-2-1A Northeast Section Regional. Pairings will be determined Saturday at a seeding meeting. The postseason will get started Monday.
Tonganoxie middle and high school students can get their sports physicals later this month. LMH Health will be offering the physiclals 6-7 p.m. May 20 at the Tonganoxie High School gymnasium. Cost is $25 for each physical, which requires no appointment. Half of the money taken for the physicals will be donated to the atehletic training sports medicine budget for the Tonganoxie school district.
The Tonganoxie High School Class of 1969 is celebrating its 50th year reunion with additional festivities surrounding this year’s annual alumni banquet. Class activities will kick off with a social from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Friday at Flashbacks, Fourth and Main streets in downtown Tonganoxie. A pulled pork dinner will be served for $13 a plate.
Weather permitting, Tonganoxie High School students will be all over town helping with cleanup efforts and other tasks Friday. It’s is the annual THS Community Service Day, which was moved from today due to inclement weather. Community Service Day is an annual event that puts THS students into the community helping with various projects, including improvements to school campuses and yard work for elderly residents.
Tonganoxie Middle School students wil be showcasing their talent Thursday at TMS. The TMS Fine Arts Night will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the middle school. Several activities will be taking place during the event. Guitar Club, Warrior Jazz Ensemble, vocal music classes, along with instrumental and vocal ensembles will perform in the TMS gymnasium.
Tonganoxie heads into play this week with a 7-5 record. The Chieftains swept Bonner Springs, 10-0 and 9-3, on April 16 in Tonganoxie and then followed up with a split against Spring Hill on Thursday in games that also were played at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Tonganoxie won the first game, 3-0, against the Broncos, but fell in the second, 5-3. THS actually had a 3-1 lead in the second game, but SHHS scored four unanswered runs in the later innings and earned the split.
Tonganoxie High soccer moved to 1-7-1 after Monday’s tie against Atchison at the Chieftain Park Sporst Complex. THS had a 4-0 lead in the match, but Atchison eventually tied it and the teams finished in a tie after overtime play. THS is on the road Thursday at Piper and back home Tuesday against Heritage Christian.
Tonganoxie High softball evened its record at 4-4 after Thursday’s 18-5 victory against Louisburg. THS also won the second game of a doubleheader April 9 against Paola, 7-4. THS was 4-4 overall and 2-4 in Frontier League play heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader at Bonner Springs. THS is back home Thursday agaisnt Spring Hill and then on the road Tuesday at Baldwin.
Tonganoxie High baseball ended up on the wrong side of a low-scoring Frontier League battle Tuesday. Paola eventually jumped in front in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second and two out, the Panthers’ Fletcher Aude drove in a run on an 0-2 line-drive single to left field. THS tied the game in the top of the sixth, but Paola answered in the bottom-half of the inning and held on for the 2-1 victory.
Tonganoxie High baseball put together a bit of a late rally in its first Frontier League contest, but the Chieftains couldn’t close the entire gap and fell, 6-2, to Spring Hill on Wednesday, March 27, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Spring Hill jumped out in front with two runs in the second and another in the third for a 3-0 lead. THS kept them scoreless in the fourth , but the Broncos replicated those previous scores in the fifth and sixth and took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Tonganoxie placed seventh in the Class 4A State Powerlifting Championships, thanks in large part to Cole Sample. The junior scored 10 of Tonganoxie’s 12 points in the meet March 2 at Basehor-Linwood. He placed second in the squat (485), first in the clean (320) and first in the bench press (320). His overall weight lifted was 1,145 in the heavyweight division. Nicholas Smith scored Tonganoxie’s other two points at 132.
A Tonganoxie wrestler will take an undefeated record into the postseason next weekend. THS senior Korbin Riedel won a Frontier League title Saturday with an 8-3 decision against Bonner Springs senior Joe Tapia (32-7) in the 152-pound division at Paola. The victory moved Riedel to 34-0 on the season. His quest for a state title will continue with competition Friday and Saturday in a Class 4A regional, also at Paola.
Tonganoxie High wrestlers had a good showing in De Soto. THS placed second at this year’s De Soto Duals tournament on Saturday. Tonganoxie opened with a 51-16 victory against Shawnee Mission South and then defeated Wyandotte, 57-12. In Match 3, Tonganoxie outlasted De Soto, 54-30, before winning the fourth match, 48-33, against Blue Valley Southwest. Tonganoxie went undefeated in pool play, which set up a championship dual against Olathe North.
The tradition continues at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s group of debaters brought home another state trophy for the THS debate team. This year, the four-speaker team did its part to add to the trophy collection. The team of Lauren Lawson, Payton Lynn, Blake Phillps, Bryn Reed, Jakob Edholm and Katherine Wombwell placed third at the Class 4A championships in Fort Scott. THS placed third with an 11-3 record.
A Tonganoxie High School student was killed and another injured in a double shooting Monday night in Kansas City, Kan. Kansas City Kansas Police identified the victim as Bradley J. Samsel, 18, Tonganoxie. He was a senior at THS. The second person shot in the incident, also a senior at THS, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in critical condition, according to KCK police.
Tonganoxie High placed fifth at its home dual tournament Saturday at the THS gymnasium. The Chieftains defeated Louisburg, 42-23, in the fifth-place match. Shawnee Heights won the tournament with a 63-15 victory in the championship dual. Lansing outlasted Frontenac, 39-25, for third and Independence doubled up Atchison, 54-27, in the seventh-place dual.
The Tonganoxie High powerlifting team has started practice, but its meets won’t be until the new year. The season starts Jan. 5 at McLouth. From there, they go Jan. 12 to Royal Valley near Hoyt. Jan. 26 is the Basehor-Linwood meet and Feb. 16 the team is at Horton.
It’s time for Tonganoxie High’s first home competition of the season. THS will be host to the Randy Starcher Memorial Invitational starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Teams coming to town for the longstanding tournament this year are Atchison, Eudora, Frontenac, Independence, Lansing, Louisburg and Shawnee Heights.
Tonganoxie and Louisburg played a tightly contested season opener for both teams Friday in Louisburg, but the Wildcats eventually would pull away for a 60-50 victory in what was the inaugural Frontier League game for THS and coach Phil Jones' first as head coach of the program.
The Tonganoxie High wrestling team opens the season today with two varsity meets. THS have split squads at Leavenworth and Wamego invitationals.
Here is this year's Tonganoxie High girls basketball roster:
Here is the roster for Tonganoxie High boys basektball 2018-19:
Here is a look at Tonganoxie High's 2018-19 wrestling roster:
Tonganoxie will continue to offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but they now will start at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at First Congregational Church at Fourth and Shawnee streets in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie High volleyball bounced back from a set 1 loss Saturday against Ottawa, but the Chieftains couldn’t push through and get the third set. THS, the No. 8 seed among a group of four substates, lost the first set to No. 9 Ottawa, 25-14. The team responded with a 25-18 victory in the second set, but Ottawa won the rubber set, 25-19. The loss ended Tonganoxie’s season at 15-21.
The school board unanimously approved a request for qualifications for architectural/engineering firms to develop the first phase of a long-range facility planning for the Tonganoxie High School campus to accommodate at least 650 students. Proposals are due Nov. 5, with the board set to review the proposals Nov. 12. Projected firms would be notified Nov. 13 and then the interview process would take place in December, with a firm selected in January.
Tonganoxie High cross country is continuing its pattern. With the exception of the Rim Rock Classic, the boys team has won every meet and the girls have been the runner-up. On Thursday at the Perry-Lecompton Invitational near Lake Perry, the boys again took first.
The Tonganoxie High girls golf team placed sixth last week at Village Greens golf course. Meghan Heskett placed 15th individually , as she shot a 100 on the day. The team competed again Monday in Garnett and will also compete Monday at Falcon Lakes Country Club in Basehor.
After taking fourth at its own tournament Sept. 22, the Tonganoxie High volleyball team continued its momentum with two victories Sept. 24 at home. THS defeated Kansas City Christian, 25-5, 25-11, and then Baldwin, 27-25, 25-13.
If you can't make it to tonight's Tonganoxie-Piper football game and you Midco is your cable provider, you can keep up with the game through the broadcast. The THS homecoming game is this week's Midco Game of the Week. The telecast will start at 7:05 p.m. from Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie High will try to beat Bonner Springs in football in two consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005 and 2006 tonight at Beatty Field. THS (1-2 overall and 1-1 Frontier League) takes on a Bonner Springs team (1-2 and 1-2) with a similar start. Tonganoxie got its first victory with a 34-6 triumph this past Friday against Eudora. BSHS blanked Eudora, 40-0, the week before. Bonner Springs opened the season with a 41-0 loss to Paola and also lost this past Friday in 24-23 defeat to Spring Hill at David Jaynes Stadium in Bonner Springs. Tonganoxie is 14-24-2 against Bonner Springs since World War II, according to THS alum and local football historian Jeff Hughes.
Tonganoxie High volleyball will take a 6-8 record into its home tournament tomorrow. THS will be home for an 8 a.m. meet as host to Ottawa, Eudora, Piper, Junction City, Gardner-Edgerton, Great Bend, Shawnee Mission Northwest, FL Schlagle and Topeka High. Tonganoxie lost Monday to Mill Valley, 25-10, 25-15, and Emporia, 25-18, 25-15, at Emporia. Bonner Springs won a Frontier League match, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16, on Tuesday at THS, but the Chieftains got back on track with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-14, sweep against Bishp Ward in Kansas City, Kan. THS is 6-8 overall and 1-3 in Frontier League play. The team also is home Monday against Kansas City Christian and Baldwin on Monday and Tuesday against Spring Hill. Tonganoxie returns to the road Sept. 27 at Louisburg.
The Tonganoxie High girls golf team recently competed at the Spring Hill tournament. The squad finished sixth with a score of 214. Highlights were Meghan Heskett shooting a personal best 47 and Lali Tanner shooting a 51. Tonganoxie’s next action is 9 a.m. Monday with the Jeff West Tournament in Meriden.
Eudora struck first, but Tonganoxie answered again and again. And again and again and again. In a battle of winless teams Friday, EHS struck first and led, 6-0, after a quarter. But Tonganoxie responded with what would be five unanswered touchdowns on the Chieftains’ way to a 34-6 road victory. Tonganoxie led, 14-6, at halftime and then 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Tonganoxie High cross country boys 1st, girls 2nd at McLouth; THS soccer loses close matches; golf continues busy schedule
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team won the McLouth Invitational, while the girls team took second Thursday at the Stan Braksick Sports Complex in McLouth. The boys won the meet with seven medalists in the top 25 and the overall champion, Calvin Morgan. Morgan won the meet with a time of 18 minutes, 4 seconds.
Eudora struck first, but Tonganoxie answered again and again. And again and again and again. In a battle of winless teams Friday, EHS struck first and led, 6-0, after a quarter. But Tonganoxie responded with what would be five unanswered touchdowns on the Chieftains’ way to a 34-6 road victory.
After scoring one touchdown in each of the first two games of the season, the Tonganoxie High football team will look to put more points on the scoreboard against Eudora, a team that also is ready to get its offense rolling. Both teams are 0-2 overall and 0-2 in Frontier League play.
Tonganoxie sports roundup: XC wins McLouth Invite; volleyball on 2-match win streak; golf places 4th; soccer with 2 tough losses
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team won the McLouth Invitational, while the girls team took second Thursday at the Stan Braksick Sports Complex in McLouth. The boys won the meet with seven medalists in the top 25 and the overall champion, Calvin Morgan.
Tonganoxie High trailed just 12-7 at halftime Friday, but the Chieftains couldn’t get any closer in the second half. Louisburg won, 27-7, spoiling Tonganoxie’s home opener and inaugural Frontier League game at Beatty Field.
After winning a thrilling first set against Paola, the Tongaoxie High volleyball team wasn’t able to gain momentum and fell, 3-1, Tuesday at Paola. THS won, 29-27, in the first set, but Paola came back and won the next three sets, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18, for the match victory.
Tonganoxie High split its first competition Saturday at University of St. Mary’s new cross country course in Lansing. THS won the girls dual against Lansing. The Chieftains scored 23 points to Lansing’s 32. Kristie Chambers won the dual with an individual time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds. Madelyn Batchel was Lansing’s top runner with a second-place finish and a 23:20 time. Katherine Wombwell placed third (23:54) and sister Heather Wombwell was right behind in fourth (24:03). Eva Romero finished fifth with a 24:05 time. Mathia Slinkard placed 10th (25:36), Brooklyn Lang 11th (25:43) and Lauren Lawson 12th (26:02) Macy Geiger placed 13th (26:29) and Natalee Shepard 14th (27:03).
Tonganoxie High volleyball is 1-1 on the season after splitting a triangular Thursday at home. THS lost to Spring Hill, 25-10, 25-19, but defeated Sumner, 25-12, 25-5. The Chieftains continue the season Tuesday with a road match at Paola.2
The Chieftain Stars dance team will be performing with 13 members for the 2018-19 school year. Captains are Reagan Arthaud, Bailey Bradley and Avery Moritz. Joining the captains this year are Anna Soetaert, Corinn Search, Aspen Moritz, Jillian Asmus, Merkaia Khanthaboury, Sadie Atchison, Harlei Hendrix, Alexis Kelly, Allyson Albert and Kobi Bearden.
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie High cheer squad has 14 members. Squad captains this year are Yareli Gardea and Trinity Touchton. Their fellow cheer members are Anja Bartels, Maddie Bell, Cadence Cole, Matt Burke, Kristi Chambers, Meghan Heskett, Emma Morgan, Ava Barbells, Macy Geiger, Stasi Johnson, Mikayla Rhoads and Jordon VanAnne.
Tonganoxie High School Homecoming will be Sept. 28. There will be a half-day of school that day and an afternoon parade, performances and student speakers on Fourth Street. Special activities to incorporate middle school and elementary school students also are being planned for that day. The parade is open to everyone, but students at TES and TMS can only attend if they go with parents or other means outside of school. A reception and induction of this year’s Tonganoxie Education Hall of Fame class also will take place that day. THS takes on Piper in the homecoming game, with homecoming royalty crowning taking place before the game and hall-of-fame.
The Tonganoxie High girls cross country team lost a strong senior class, but nine freshman have joined the squad. On the boys side, Chandler Hamman was the lone varsity runner lost to graduation from last year’s regional champion team. The squad will begin the season at 9 a.m. Saturday in Lansing.
The Tonganoxie High girls golf team now will have some experience when hitting the links this year. This year’s roster has seniors Savannah Adams, Adriana Dale, Laura Heskett and Brenn Shryock. Junior is Peyton Lynn and sophomores are Meghan Heskett, Cora Lanza, Kylie Rickard, Meghan Agnew, Morgan Brusven and Theona Vaughn.
Spring Hill, Sumner Academy come to town Thursday for first Tonganoxie High volleyball matches of season
Chrissie Jeannin will start her second season as coach of the Tonganoxie High volleyball team with a home match Thursday against Spring Hill and Sumner Academy. THS will look to improve on last years’ 14-19 record. Gone from last year’s squad are outside hitter Lauren Willson, who now is playing volleyball at Hutchinson Community College, outside hitter Cami Timm, who now is on the track team at Neosho County Community College and libero Makenzie Sample, who is playing softball at Fort Scott Community College. Seniors this year are middle hitter Corinn Searcy, setter Grace Wogomon and middle hitter Tahylor Knipp.
Tonganoxie High fall sports are just about here with preseason practices. A fall sports parent meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the THS campus. The meeting will be for parents of student-athletes in football, volleyball, cross country, girls golf and boys soccer. Fall sports practices will start Aug. 13.