Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Monster 2nd quarter key in 45-7 Tonganoxie High victory; THS still undefeated heaidng into Week 9
October 21, 2017
The floodgates opened midway through the second quarter Friday for the Tonganoxie High football team. THS led Piper, 7-0, when Connor Searcy scored on a 9-yard run with 7:58 left before halftime. On the next play, Tonganoxie recovered the kickoff. Moments later, quarterback Mason Beach found Zac Morgan for a reception and Morgan ran it in for a 23-yard pass play.
Tonganoxie High boys soccer ties KC Christian on Senior Night, finishes regular season unbeaten
October 20, 2017
Tonganoxie High boys soccer has finished the regular season without a loss. THS celebrated many upperclassmen with Senior Night on Thursday against Kansas City Christian at Chieftain Park. The two teams then battled for two halves and two overtimes before finishing in a scoreless tie. Now 14-0-2, Tonganoxie is two wins from matching the school record for victories in a single season as THS enters the postseason.
Tonganoxie VFW Women’s Auxiliary hosting Saturday BBQ for Vietnam vets
October 20, 2017
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 Women’s Auxiliary is having its Vietnam Veteran Commemoration Barbecue this weekend. The event will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post Home, 910 E. First St. The RSVP deadline was last week, but call Cindy at 785-478-1546 to check whether spaces still are available.
Skeleton search starts Friday in Tonganoxie
October 20, 2017
Halloween fun soon will be returning to Tonganoxie. The annual Skeleton Scavenger Hunt will help folks get into the holiday mood. The six-day hunt starts Friday and finishes up Oct. 26. There will be 250 skeletons available, so the contest is open to the first 250 participants. Clues can all be found inside the Tonganoxie city limits. Multiple clues will be given. Those clues will lead hunters to the next clues or bones. Once the skeleton is completed and turned in, folks will receive a Gambino’s coupon for a free pizza and will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $10 cash prizes from Skeet Real Estate.
Shutout showcase for Tonganoxie football as THS moves to 7-0
October 20, 2017
Tonganoxie High used a solid ground attack Friday to neutralize Atchison in a 49-0 district game victory. THS (7-0 overall, 4-0 Kaw Valley League and 1-0 district play) amassed 364 rushing yards — averaging just more than 8 yards per carry — in a game that the Chieftains controlled from the beginning. Dalton Bock again led the team in rushing with 251 yards on 25 carries. Korbin Riedel generated 81 yards on 14 carries and Justin Hand 32 yards on six carries. Riedel had three touchdowns and Bock two. Tonganoxie had 90 yards in the air, including two touchdowns.
Tonganoxie High cross country boys nab 2nd, girls 3rd at final KVL meet
October 20, 2017
The Tonganoxie High boys and girls cross country teams again finished as two of the top teams in the Kaw Valley League. In the final KVL race in history, the boys placed second and the girls third Thursday at Wyandotte County Park. Lansing won the boys race with 20 points. Tonganoxie took second with 45, while Basehor-Linwood scored 77 for third. Bonner Springs placed fourth (115), Piper fifth (121) and Turner sixth (155). Basehor-Linwood won the girls races with 23 points. Lansing took second with 47 and Tonganoxie nabbed third with 71 points.
Tonganoxie High volleyball wins Senior Night, prepares for substate
October 19, 2017
Substate approaches this weekend at Piper, but the Tonganoxie High volleyball team had some final tuneups before the postseason. Tonganoxie won a four-set match against Turner on Oct. 10 in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains outlasted the Golden Bears, 25-10, 24-26, 25-20, 25-12.
Linwood News: Adult fairy gardens
October 19, 2017
The Linwood Library is bringing fairy gardens to an adult audience with its fairy garden workshop, which starts at noon Saturday. Registration is required for the event. Participants will need to bring their own container, but the library will supply dirt, some plants, and guidance. Participants may bring any extras they desire. Admission is free.
Tonganoxie soccer seeks unbeaten mark
October 19, 2017
The Tonganoxie High football team keeps pushing toward an undefeated regular season, but the Chieftains still have tests against Piper and archrival Basehor-Linwood that will determine the team’s record as THS looks to make a playoff run. For their counterparts on the pitch, the THS boys soccer team has one more match in the regular season — Senior Night on Thursday at home against Kansas City Christian.
Tonganoxie school district to pay Kleidosty through January
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 will pay Chris Kleidosty through the end of January 2018. The board approved Kleidosty’s resignation at the Oct. 9 meeting, with Board Member Phillip Welsh voting against the resignation. After the vote was taken, former board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked about when the resignation went into effect.

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Sierra Staatz and Gage Smith are THS Homecoming royalty for 2017. The two were crowned Friday at Beatty Field before the Tonganoxie-Turner game Oct. 6, 2017.

Tonganoxie High School is celebating homecoming this week. King and queen candidates this year are, from left, Alyssa Scott, Logan Beach, Lauren Willson, Samuel Sigourney, Faith Creten, James Breedlove, Cami Timm, Gage Smith, Mia Bond, Caden Searcy, Sierra Staatz and Mason Beach. Crowning will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at Beatty Field.

Residents line Fourth Street on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2017, to honor Chief Petty Officer Charles Nathan Findley.

Tonganoxie High's Mackenzie Sample celebrates with teammates during a match earlier this season against Eudora in Tonganoxie.

Brian Welsh stands near a wall at the former Tonganoxie Elementary School. Welsh and his classmates signed the wall as sixth-graders back during the 1994-95 school year.

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