The middle day of the three-day, three-town Clarion Inn Roundball Classic is in the books after Friday’s doubleheaders in Garden City, Holcomb and Scott City. In Garden City, the host Lady Buffs won their matchup with Coronado, Colo., 53-39, while the boys survived a 60-59 nail-biter in the nightcap. At Holcomb, Palmer Ridge, Colo. dropped the host Lady Longhorns, 48-35, while the boys used the hot-shooting of Jackson Stoppel (23 points) for a 79-68 triumph. Scott City, meanwhile, swept a twinbill on the Beavers’ home court with a 54-40 girls win over Wichita Trinity and then the boys concluded with a 60-40 victory over the visitors.
Following Tuesday's disappointing season-opening road trip to Guymon, Okla., which resulted in tough losses for both the Lady Buffs and the Buffs, the teams bounced back with strong performances in Thursday night's opening games of the 2019 Roundball Classic at The Garden.
Make it 2-for-2 at the early outset of the 2019-20 swimming season for the Garden City High School Buffaloes boys team. The Buffs made it two straight team titles with a resounding 84-point triumph over host Great Bend (386-302) to capture the Panther Invitational on Tuesday. With all five Western Athletic Conference schools competing, the Buffs gave an early snapshot of what may occur later in the season when they defend their 2019 league title. Dodge City, Hays and Liberal were a distant third, fourth and fifth among the six-team field.
The Garden City High School girls and boys basketball teams opened their 2019-20 seasons on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Guymon, Okla. Both teams came up on the short end of close scores in their opening games.
It was a big and busy weekend of wrestling for the Garden City High School wrestling teams as the Lady Buffs began a new program with their first team tournament in Valley Center on Friday, Dec. 6, while the boys headed to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies to participate in the Best of the Best Duals at Pine Creek High School, just outside of Colorado Springs.
After three full weeks of preseason practices, the Garden City High School girls and boys basketball teams will not only open their season this week on Tuesday at Guymon, Okla., but will then play three consecutive home games, Thursday through Saturday, in the annual Roundball Classic at The Garden. It will be a quick turnaround for the Buffaloes' squads, with the Guymon game slated to be on the road, and that leaves them just Wednesday to prepare for the back-to-back-to-back tripleheader of games in the Classic.
Garden City High School swim team couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2019-20 season than what they achieved Thursday at the Salina South Invitational. The Buffs, under head coach Brian Watkins, captured first place in the team competition with 451 points, an impressive 77 points ahead of runner-up Salina South's 374. Campus was third with 353, with Salina Central (341), Great Bend (314), Hays (222) and Liberal (85) rounding out the team scores.
The 10th annual Brown and White Dual concluded Tuesday night after a big evening of youth wrestling, middle school matches and duals for the varsity Brown and White. At the end of the matches, Garden City High School's boys squad is now set for the 2019-20 season-opening tournament which will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. The varsity Lady Buffs will travel to Valley Center on Friday for their first tourney of the season.
Winter sports practices officially began the week of Nov. 18 and the season openers for all sports will start anew in December, with boys swimming, girls and boys basketball, wrestling and girls and boys bowling occupying the athletic schedule over the next few months.
A pair of Garden City High School Lady Buffaloes athletes have been named to their respective all-state teams for their 2019 performances of the just recently completed fall seasons. Alyssa McMillen, the runner-up in Class 6A at the state girls golf tournament, was one of six players named to the All-State first team in a vote of the Kansas Golf Coaches Association. Reagan Karlin, a senior outside hitter for the Lady Buffs volleyball team, was chosen to the first team Class 6A squad by the Kansas Volleyball Association.