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Shawn has been with The Mirror since 2001 and is the news editor.

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Tonganoxie High boys basketball game at home invitational canceled due to COVID-19 protocol with opponent
January 21, 2021
COVID-19 protocol has affected the Tonganoxie Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Tonganoxie-Jeff West game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday has been canceled due to quarantine protocol with the Jeff West team. Tonganoxie now will face the winner of the Thursday’s Eudora-Wamego game at 6 p.m. Saturday in the THS west gymnasium.
Tonganoxie High girls look to bounce back at home invitational
January 20, 2021
Tonganoxie High girls basketball coach Mitch Loomis didn’t anticipate the first round Monday’s Tonganoxie Invitational to play out the way it did. After all, Loomis saw his team rally from a 16-2 deficit Jan. 12 against state powerhouse Piper and actually take the lead in the third quarter, only to eventually fall by nine, 55-46, to one of the top teams in Class 5A.
Tonganoxie High debate team to compete at state Friday
January 15, 2021
Tonganoxie High debate teams members will take another shot at a state title this weekend. THS placed fourth at a Class 4A regional last month. The meet took place Dec. 18 and 19. As had also been the case throughout the fall season, regionals were held through a virtual format.
Tonganoxie High wrestling to host duals Thursday
January 14, 2021
The Tonganoxie High wrestling team is back in action this week. THS has a double dual Thursday at home against Piper and Spring Hill, with matches set to start at 5 p.m. at the THS gymnasium.
Tonganoxie officials to announce later this week status of next week’s City Council meeting
January 13, 2021
Tonganoxie city staff will let residents know later this week whether Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be the first in-person session since the COVID-19 pandemic began or whether it will be another virtual meeting. The expectation as of Tuesday morning was for the meeting to take place at the new Council Chambers at Third and Bury streets in the former public library building, according to Assistant City Manager Dan Porter.
62nd annual Tonganoxie Invitational starts Monday with girls games
January 13, 2021
The 62nd annual Tonganoxie Invitational Basketball Tournament is moving ahead with full brackets for both the boys and girls, though one bracket will look slightly different from its original plan. Bishop Ward had to back out of the girls tournament due to COVID-19 quarantine protocol. Enter St. Thomas Aquinas, the No. 2 team in Class 5A this season as of Dec. 22 rankings from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
McLouth High boys return to action with 2-3 record entering new year
January 7, 2021
McLouth High boys basketball returns to competition Friday with a home game against Jackson Heights.
Tonganoxie High wrestlers prepare to open 2021 portion of slate
January 7, 2021
Tonganoxie High varsity wrestling is back on the mats for dual competitions later next week after a long break. THS teams last competed just break in duals Dec. 22 at Ottawa. Tonganoxie High boys wrestling won a dual and finished tied in another at OHS.
Tonganoxie basketball to return to action Friday against Ottawa
January 7, 2021
Tonganoxie High boys and girls basketball teams return to the hardwood Friday with Frontier League games against Ottawa. The THS boys enter the game at 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Frontier League play. Meanwhile, the Tonganoxie High girls are 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play. Both teams are at home again Tuesday against Piper and then hit the road Jan. 15 to take on Spring Hill.
League of Kansas Municipalities membership fees aproved for 2021
January 6, 2021
Tonganoxie City Council members signed off on membership in the Leauge of Kansas Municipalities for another year. The total fee is just below $3,120.

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Tonganoxie High senior Morgan Brusven defends against a Holton player driving to the basket Monday in the first round of the Tonganoxie Invitational. THS had an early lead against the Wildcats, but but Holton won the game, 44-21, sending the Chieftains to the consolation bracket. Tonganoxie will play Wamego at 4 p.m. today in the west gymnasium.

2021 Tonganoxie Invitational Basketball Tournament girls bracket.

Tonganoxie City Council Chambers are moving to the former public library at Third and Bury streets. In-person meetings also available for viewing on a city YouTube Channel could start with the Jan. 19 regular meeting.

Tonganoxie High girls basketball coach Mitch Loomis talks to his team Friday at Louisburg. The Chiefatins fell, 59-47, in their season opener.

Nikki Beach speaks during Monday's special Tonganoxie USD 464 board meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. Some 60 student-athletes, parents, coaches, teachers, administrators and other patrons were on hand for the meeting. Beach, whose son is on the THS basketball team, spoke in favor of the school allowing extra-curricular activities to resume.

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