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2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest – Maneth Family – 6-30-19

Harvest time can be an opportunity for new blood to come into their own.

Many of the families that farm the ground in Kansas hope to pass the tradition on to a child. In those families, the kids will start at an early age helping out.

During harvest that could mean driving the grain cart or a combine, maybe helping fix a breakdown, or manning the truck to help move from field to field that also has the extra fuel and the cooler of “refreshments”.

When one of those children get old enough to farm on their own, it is a time when their ground is added to the list of fields to cut.

On a Sunday Afternoon, I took some time to join Michael Maneth and his sons Bryce and Colton. They were cutting some ground that Bryce recently took over.

Bryce drove his combine in addition to an uncle cutting with a second one. Colton took the important job of driving the grain cart, under the watch of his grandfather, Dale Brady.

The yields were good, but you could see Bryce planning on how to get more out of the field with each pass.

Below are some of the pictures I took in the field:

Otis-Bison Football vs Central Plains 9-15-17

The third week of the season saw two Central Prairie League powers face off. The Otis-Bison Cougars traveled to Central Plains to battle the Oilers.

The Cougars came into the game with an undefeated two and zero record. Central Plains started the night at one win and one loss on the season.

The first half saw both teams grinding out every yard they could. Both sides tallied a touchdown, but failed to convert a two point play. Central Plains’ speed kept the Otis-Bison back field contained from the large runs they normally would rip off.

With the second half, the larger bench of Central Plains became an overwhelming advantage. They could sub players in and out while Otis-Bison only had a few players that could rotate. That reserve dwindled more as the night went on and injuries mounted for the Cougars.

When the final horn blew, the Central Plains Oilers won the game with a score of 36 to 12. Both teams left the field with a two and one record.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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St. John Girls Basketball versus Central Plains 12-13-16

The St. John Lady Tigers traveled to Claflin to face the Central Plains Lady Oilers.

Central Plains graduated two of their best players last year, but this year’s team kept the momentum going as they cruised to a 87 to 41 victory.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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4A Division II State Championship Hayden vs Pratt 11-26-16

For every Elven Man team in Kansas, they desire to play on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Playing on this day means they made it to the State Championship game.

This year, the Class 4A Division II Championship pitted the Hayden Wildcats of Topeka against the Pratt Greenbacks.

Hayden entered the game with an 8-4 record, but most of those losses came to teams in higher classifications. Pratt only recorded one loss on their way to the game, and that was from a very highly ranked Hoisington team.

The Wildcats won the coin toss and received the ball. Pratt’s defense immediately asserted their dominance and forced a three-and-out. Then the offense took over and scored their first touchdown easily.

Hayden would score two touchdowns on the day, but those could not compare to the onslaught from the Greenbacks. Pratt went on to win the game, and the State Championship, with a score of 48 to 14.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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