Remembering “Rocky” Welton: Legendary Buffs’ wrestling coach passes away on Independence Day at age 83

In the wrestling world of Kansas high school sports, one only had to mention the name “Rocky,” to know that someone was talking about Wallace W. “Rocky” Welton, the legendary coach who guided Garden City High School to six Class 6A state team championships in the 1990s. But to only identify the man who many deemed the “Father” of high school wrestling in Kansas would certainly seem to be short-sighted. He was more than a coach. Welton, who retired from GCHS in 1999 after that sixth state title, passed away in Abilene on Independence Day, July 4, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was 83. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Welton family has delayed any public memorial service.

Buffs’ Kansas Am hopes dashed on Friday

The final two remaining former Garden City High School golfers saw their hopes of making a deep run at the 110th Kansas Amateur Championship swept aside on Friday at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan.

Audrain, Specht advance in Kansas Am match play championship

Former Garden City High School standout Sion Audrain and current GCHS Buffaloes coach Trent Specht advanced to Friday's second round of match play at the 110th Kansas Amateur Championship on Thursday.

Former Buffs’ golfers open Kansas Am play in Manhattan

Three former Garden City High School golfers and current Buffs' coach Trent Specht opened play Tuesday at the 110th Kansas Amateur Men's Championship. The tournament is being played at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. There are 140-plus players in the field, who will play 36 holes of qualifying stroke play Tuesday and Wednesday and then determine the low 64 scores to advance to match play which will run Thursday through Sunday.

Buffs’ athletes, coaches happy to return for summer workouts

Whether you’re a student-athlete focusing on just one sport, or a multi-year, multi-sport competitor, the fact of just being able to return to the familiar surroundings of Garden City High School and its athletic facilities seems to be a beehive of activity these days. Thursday, June 25, marked the end of Week 2 of the summer conditioning and workouts for Buffs’ athletes as approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Buffs’ lineman Trey Nuzum garners top award at Blue-Grey college football combine

When he was a freshman playing varsity football for the Garden City High School Buffaloes, Trey Nuzum had a mentor for fast-tracking the learning curve of the nuances of playing both offensive and defensive line positions. That was when Demarcus Elliott was completing his senior season as a two-way lineman for a Buffaloes football team that reached the quarterfinals of Class 6A that season. Elliott was named one of the top linemen in the state of Kansas that fall.

GCHS to Implement Specific Rules for Summer Workouts

The following set of rules shall be in effect during the 2020 Summer schedule of workouts, practices, team camps, etc. for Garden City High School athletes, or anyone who will be participating in an event on the GCHS Campus:

GCHS Athletics Plan Summer Schedules

After the spring sports seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, USD 457 and Garden City High School began preparing for the re-start of summer athletic camps, clinics and scheduled workouts. All are in compliance with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the State of Kansas Health Department and Finney County Health Department. Buffaloes will begin their summer workouts on Monday, June 15.  Here is a roundup of each sport. Please be mindful that you can follow these sports on their respective social media platforms that also are listed.

Specht made big impact on Buffs’ golf programs in short tenure; coach departs for business career

In just two short school years, the always solid Garden City High School girls and boys golf teams enjoyed immense success under the guidance of Trent Specht. But Specht, recently seeing an expansion of his family, has decided to hang up the coaching and teaching duties, to exchange it for a job in Wichita with Edward Jones Investments. That will mean a move during the summer, with the search for his replacement now under way.

Coach Rod Robinson’s farewell tennis season never materialized

For the past two or three seasons, Rod Robinson had been contemplating his future retirement plans from teaching and coaching tennis in USD 457 in Garden City. After all, he had reached the age of 60 on New Year’s Eve, 2019, and had been teaching and coaching in the district for 28 years. It was, as he said with a glint of sadness, time to hang the coaching the racket up.