Four GCHS basketball players - two boys and two girls - were recognized for their efforts by being named to the All-WAC teams recently.
For GCHS students, faculty, administration and the Garden City community at-large, here are locations on the Internet to find information on Buffalo athletics. First, reading here at 1herd.blog, will be daily updates from the previous day's activities. Winter sports have just concluded and there are final stories here on boys swimming, boys and girls bowling, wrestling with upcoming basketball summaries next week.
Jose Vital-Caro was raised in Garden City, is a graduate of Garden City High School and has been employed at USD 457 at Kenneth Henderson Middle School for the past two years. He also has served as an assistant coach at the high school while coaching the KHMS Lady Falcons. Now, he has been named the head coach for both the Buffaloes’ girls and boys programs and started his duties on March 2.
Three Garden City High School wrestlers, who helped the Buffaloes to a fourth-place team finish at the Class 6A state tournament, were named to the 2019-20 All-Western Athletic Conference first team, announced Tuesday by the conference schools.
Kaden Whitehurst became the second Garden City High School boys bowler to win a Class 6A state individual title Thursday at North Rock Lanes in Wichita to lead the Buffs to a third-place team finish. Karly Larson, meanwhile, took third individually in the girls division to help the Lady Buffs also to a third-place team finish.
The Garden City High School girls and boys basketball seasons came to an earlier-than-desired end this week with Class 6A sub-state setbacks in respective semifinal road games. The Lady Buffs were eliminated from further postseason play on Tuesday, March 3, with a 53-45 loss at Hutchinson while the Buffs’ boys traveled to Derby on Wednesday, March 4, and suffered a 68-40 setback to the Panthers. Both teams finished their overall seasons with 10 wins and 11 losses.
In its illustrious history, dating back more than 50 years, few Garden City High School wrestlers have won more than two individual state championships. In fact, it didn’t happen until 2015 when Michael Prieto won his third, as did Tevin Briscoe, to become the first three-peat wrestlers for the Buffaloes program. Prieto would go on and embed himself into his own category in 2016 when he won his fourth straight gold medal. But now the Buffaloes’ elite fraternity has a new member in Jacob Holt, who captured his third individual title on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Hartman Arena in Park City. And he did so in dramatic fashion.
Garden City High School junior Anjelina Serrano placed fifth on Thursday at the Inaugural Kansas State High School Girls' Wrestling Championship in Salina, held at Tony's Pizza Events Center. Serrano, who had placed fourth a year ago in the unofficial state tournament, posted a 2-2 record in the one-day competition and finished her season with a 34-8 won-loss record.
In the aftermath of one of the best seasons in Garden City High School volleyball history, coach Trista Bailey has watched her veteran seniors make decisions on furthering their careers at the collegiate level. First, it was Reagan Karlin, who inked an NCAA letter to attend Division I powerhouse Creighton University in Omaha in mid-November. Now, two of her teammates -- Ashlyn Swan and Alli Meng -- have decided on their playing future at the community college level by signing NJCAA letters on Wednesday in the Media Room at GCHS.
It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster season for the Garden City Buffaloes’ boys wrestling team, but they will have their final opportunity to salvage some individual accomplishments and a high team finish when they open the Class 6A State Wrestling Championship on Friday, Feb. 28, at Hartman Arena in Park City.