manson_trojans_logoManson                   7     23    35   35
Seattle Lutheran    8     15    27   42   

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Trojans traveled to West Seattle and took on Seattle Lutheran in a non-league game.  The game was very close throughout and came down to the 4th quarter.  Both teams had problems hanging onto the ball all day long with Manson putting the ball on the ground 6 times and turning it over twice. Seattle Lutheran posted 3 turnovers.  It was definitely a game of momentum which was either gained or lost by turnovers.  Both teams were running the ball effectively against eachother but neither team couldn't hang onto it. 

The Trojans went into the 4th quarter with an 8 point lead and the ball.  Seattle Lutheran's defense really stepped up in the 4th quarter and the yards were getting harder to gain.  But even then we were moving the ball fairly well and early in the 4th quarter had an opportunity to go up by 2 touchdowns with possession of the ball on Seattle Lutheran's 30-yard line. It was at that point that we had a costly fumble and the recovery was returned all the way to our own 20-yard line.  The momentum had shifted quickly and Seattle Lutheran not only capitalized on that turnover but then scored again in the first half of the 4th quarter bringing the score to 42-35. 

The boys didn't panic and put together a really good drive that took up most of the remaining portion of the quarter.  It came down to 4 plays to score with 8 yards to the end zone and we just came up short.  Seattle Lutheran's line did a great job up front and we had a hard time getting the push we needed.  I am proud of the boys and the effort they gave for the entire 4 quarters.  Again, we would like to thank all of the fans that traveled over to Seattle to cheer us on.  Surprisingly our crowd had just as much of a voice as did the home team's.  We will finish our season at home next Friday night, Senior Night, vs. Kittitas, November 8th, at 7:00 PM.    

Coach Ward

Passing Statistics:
Bo Charlton:  3/6, 45 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Statistics:
Alex Espinoza- 2 receptions for 20 yards and 1 TD
Jorge Juarez- 1 reception for 25 yards
Rushing Statistics:
Andre Hannah- 17 carries for 149 yards and 1 TD
Mike Pittman- 12 carries for 77 yards and 1 TD
Christian Lopez- 21 carries for 53 yards and 1 TD, also a 71 yard KOR for a TD
Jorge Juarez- 2 carries for 26 yards
Defensive Standouts for the Trojans:
Alex Espinoza- 4 solo tackles, 1 first hits, and 1 assists
Mike Pittman- 4 solo tackles, 1 first hits, and 2 assists, 2 fumble recoveries
Jorge Juarez- 3 solo tackles, and 2 assists
Joe Toolson- 2 solo tackles, 3 first hits, and 2 assists
Christian Lopez- 2 solo tackles, 2 first hits, and 1 assist, 2 caused fumbles

manson_trojans_logoIn yet another close and physical contest, the Manson Middle School girls basketball team beat Soap Lake.

This was the third meeting between the two teams and each proved to be a battle.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 9, but with each passing quarter, the Lady Trojans increased their lead to a final score of 24-18.

Alyssa La Mar, Sandra Diaz, and Angie Guillen each contributed 2 points a piece. Haley Williams scored 4, while Kayla Gosvenor added 6, and Megan Clausen led the team with 8 points.

manson_trojans_logoThe Manson Middle School Girls basketball team hosted Waterville on Tuesday, October 29th.

Another close game, Manson won 32-31. Sandra Diaz (8th grader) scored 3 points, Haley Williams (7th grader) scored 5 points, Angie Guillen (8th grader) scored 6 points, Kayla Gosvenor (8th grader) scored 8 points, and Megan Clausen (7th grader) scored 10 points.

It was a tough and physical game but the girls stayed strong and worked hard to get the win.

Very proud of them and it was a great way to end the season.

manson_trojans_logoManson         6     6     21   27
Bridgeport    7    22    29   29   

The Bridgeport Mustangs traveled to Manson on Friday night to take on our Trojans for Homecoming, and what a game it was.  It was really a tale of two halves.  Due to a couple of early turnovers and some dead ball penalties we allowed Bridgeport to get out to a 22-6 halftime lead.  Bridgeport did a great job of capitalizing on our early mistakes.  Then Bridgeport came out of half time and put together a very good 11 play drive and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 29-6. 

From that point on our defense really clamped down, holding the Mustangs to a total of 30 yards for the remainder of the contest.  Behind the strong running of Andre Hannah, Mike Pittman, and Christian Lopez and our well conditioned offensive line we were able to score a couple of touchdowns and chip our way back into the game.  We opened the 4th quarter with the score Bridgeport 29 and Manson 21.  The ball went back and forth for most of the quarter until the Trojans were able to cap off a 9-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Andre Hannah with just over a minute to play in the game.  The score was Bridgeport 29 and Manson 27 and we were in a position to go for the 2-point conversion for the tie.  I had a questionable coaching moment at that point and dialed up a play action pass that came up short.  It was well defended by the Mustangs.  With the way we were running the ball it's one of those calls that I will probably think about for awhile.  The boys played hard enough to win and showed the coaching staff and Manson fans a tremendous amount of character coming back from a 29-6 deficit.  I've known a lot of teams that would have thrown in the towel at that point but our boys didn't.  I would like to congratulate Bridgeport for well played game and thank all of the Manson Trojan supporters who came to the game and cheered us on.  Your presence was definitely felt on the field.  Our next contest will be in Seattle vs. Seattle Lutheran on Saturday, November 2. 

Passing Statistics:
Bo Charlton:  2/12, 25 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.
Receiving Statistics:
Jorge Tejada- 2 receptions for 25 yards and 1 TD
Rushing Statistics:
Andre Hannah- 26 carries for 223 yards and 2 TD's
Mike Pittman- 9 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD
Christian Lopez- 5 carries for 30 yards
Jorge Juarez- 2 carries for 4 yards
David Guillen- 1 carry for 10 yards
Bo Charlton- 1 carry for 2 yards
Jorge Tejada- 1 carry for -10 yards.
Defensive Standouts for the Trojans:
Andre Hannah- 5 solo tackles, 3 first hits, and 5 assists
Mike Pittman- 5 solo tackles, 2 first hits, and 6 assists

manson_trojans_logoThe Lady Trojan Volleyball team played three games last week and walked away with their first league win against Lake Roosevelt, but lost against Liberty Bell and Entiat.

On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Lady Trojans hosted Lake Roosevelt, beating the Lady Raiders in 5 games- losing the first two sets 24-26 and 18-25 before coming back to win the last three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-11 and 15-6.

Some match highlights include Raechel Vanderholm who served 15 for 15 with two aces. Kristen Gibson served 16 for 18 with 5 aces and Ruby Garcia served 17 for 19 with an ace. Leading the team in kills were Davia Walters, Baylee Ward and Maddee Ward with four each, Ally Paige and Jana Russell each added another two kills each. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza and Aylee Neff led in digs.

On Thursday, October 24th, the Lady Trojans traveled to Liberty Bell to take on a tough Mt. Lion team- and lost in four games with scores of 23-25, 12-25, 25-18 and 16-25.

Leading the Lady Trojan team were Raechel Vanderholm, serving 16 for 16 with one ace, Cynthia Espinoza served 14 for 16 with three aces. Leading the team in kills was Maddee Ward with three- with Davia Walters and Ally Paige each adding another two. The team had their career high blocks for the night with Davia Walters, Maddee Ward, Baylee Ward and Ally Paige each participating in 8 blocks- and Maddee Ward putting up 5 solo blocks and Davia Walters adding two more. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza and Aylee Neff led in digs.

Saturday, October 26th, Manson hosted Entiat Lady Tigers and lost in five games with scores of   20-25, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25 and 8-15.

Highlights from the game include: four kills each by Maddee Ward and Baylee Ward, with 3 aces for Baylee as well. Cynthia Espinoza and Ally Paige added two kills each and Cynthia added 4 aces to lead the team. Kristen Gibson and Ruby Garcia led the team in assists and Cynthia Espinoza led in digs.

The Lady Trojans will play their last two games of the season this week, both will be at home. On Tuesday, October 29th, Manson will host Oroville in their final league contest- JV starts at 6 PM with varsity to follow.

The Lady Trojan Volleyball team’s six seniors will be recognized at Senior Night on Friday, November 1st when they will host Riverside Christian in a non league match. Action starts at 5PM with JV starting first.