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Softball finishes regular season


Following a win over Washburn Rural on May 7, Manhattan High Softball gained the Centennial League Championship before racking up a win and a loss in a Senior Night double header against Hays and Salina South last Thursday to finish the regular season.

The game against Washburn Rural was one of the best games MHS has played recently.

“It went really well,” sophomore Kat Ball said. “I thought we were working together and we were great as a team.”

That level of teamwork helped MHS in Thursday’s win against Hays with the score 4-0, but wasn’t enough to push them past Salina South as the home team lost 9-6.

“The game Friday against Salina South and Hays was definitely a challenge,” Neitzel said. “Those two teams are better than some of the teams we have seen this year so we were definitely challenged.”

Ball agreed that working together as a team was what helped MHS through the two games.

“I think I played pretty well,” Ball said. “I tried just helping my teammates and bringing them up. I feel like we are a family so really if i don’t do as good it doesn’t matter as long as the team does well.”

Between the two games Manhattan recognized the seven seniors who are on the softball team: Neitzel, Kailey Wetherington, Jaden McGee, Anna Wollenburg, McKenzie Reid, Taylor Riffel and Macey Pecenka.

Going forward, the Softball team still has the opportunity to work together and make it through playoffs.

“I just think that we can hit a lot better than we did on that day,” Neitzel said. “So I think that if we play one of our best games in Regionals we have a really good chance of going to State.”

Manhattan starts Regionals today against Lawrence Free State.

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Peyton Berry
Peyton Berry, Staff Writer
Peyton Berry is a 14-year-old freshman. Throughout a normal school day, Berry looks forward to journalism and history class. A few of her hobbies are golf and softball. Since the start of this school year, Berry’s biggest achievement has been passing qualifications for the golf team. Throughout her life, her parents have always been her biggest supporters and her inspiration.   She describes herself as one who is very helpful, always willing, and kind. Whenever struggling with something, the first thing that she does is talk to someone about what is bothering her, and if that is not an available option, she turns to sports. If Berry could go back to one place again, she would choose Saint George, Utah. As Berry describes what it is like there,   “Utah definitely had a desert feel to it, it was kind of hot there, it was sunny, but it was like, the weather was nice and everything,” Berry said. “Oh, and the sunrises there are beautiful.”   She chose to take 21st Century Journalism for mainly one reason, “I’ve always kind of liked writing.”   If Berry had a time machine, she would tell herself to not give up and to always push herself through the toughest moments. Berry has a specific way of dealing with stressful situations or people. Berry said, “I always tell them everyone has a chance to try a new thing out, and sometimes people don’t think that you can do it, but you actually can do it.”  When asked what her biggest learning experience has been, Berry said, “Probably when one of my teachers from a few years ago explained how they went through a hard time, and how they got through it. The teacher shared some ways how in how they managed to get through those hard times.”   Berry wants it to be known that she is always trying her best. Berry said, “I’m always trying my best, even though sometimes it might not seem like it.” She has a few words of advice for incoming high-schoolers, “try joining classes that offer volunteering at a school event.” By Otis Mazurkiewicz Staff Writer

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