First, they only had 5 days recovery time from their previous 5-kilometer race at Hays. Second, the layout at Tuesday's Ulysses Invitational turned out to be longer than the normal 5-ki layout, although nobody could tell coach Krista Linenberger the actual distance they ran.
The road to Dodge City for the Garden City Buffaloes boys soccer team didn't fare quite as well as the Friday road for the Buffs' football team as the Dodge City Red Demons blanked the Buffs, 2-0, Tuesday night at DC's Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Buffs scored runner-up 3 points in all four divisions -- No. 1 and 2 singles, and No. 1 and 2 doubles, to score 12 points and place second to champion Andover's 14 points. Campus was third with 9 points, Goddard-Eisenhower fourth with 8 points and Dodge City in fifth with just 1 point.
With an abbreviated tournament format this year, the Maize Invitational was divided into pool play and the Lady Buffs of Garden City came home with a solid 2-1 record.
That allowed coach Trista Bailey's squad to even their season record at 7-7 after a 1-5 start.
Sage Riggs continued her strong performance of the 2020 high school girls tennis season by claiming first-place Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Valley Center Invitational.
Riggs, a junior, won all three of her matches to capture the No. 1 singles title that helped the Lady Buffs to a third-place team finish with 12 points in what head coach Logan Bevis said was the toughest competition the team had faced thus far this season.
In the long history of the Dodge City-Garden City rivalry, which dates back to 1903, and more recently The Hatchet Game, dating back to 1938, it seems like big plays play a big role in the outcome of this storied matchup between the two Western Athletic Conference schools.
Friday night was no different as the Buffaloes survived a late rally by the Red Demons to escape with a 14-8 triumph at DC's Memorial Stadium to bring the Hatchet back to Garden City after a two-year residency in the Boot Hill town.
Garden City High School's girls volleyball went 2-1 on Thursday at the Ulysses Quadrangular, beating non-league opponents Pratt and Ulysses, but coming up short in a 3-set heartbreaker loss to Western Athletic Conference foe Hays High.
The Lady Buffs, seeing their record now at 5-6, defeated Pratt 25-21, 25-21 and then toppled host Ulysses 25-18, 25-22. In their final match of the night, the Lady Buffs opened the first set against Hays with a 25-14 win only to see the Lady Indians rally with set wins of 20-25 and 28-30 to drop the Buffs.
With all five runners placing in the top 15, the Garden City Buffaloes' boys cross country team edged rival Dodge City for the Hays Invitational title which was run over the Sand Plum layout outside Victoria, Kansas.
The Buffaloes finished with 44 points to slip past Dodge City's 46 points, which countered Dodge City's one-point win two weeks ago at Great Bend.
Garden City High School's boys soccer team hit the road Thursday for a Western Athletic Conference match-up with Liberal's Redskins only to return home after suffering a tough, 4-3, setback to the home team.
The Buffs saw their season record slip to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the WAC. They were coming off a 10-0 victory on Tuesday at home against TMP-Hays. The Buffs will return to WAC action on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a match at rival Dodge City with a scheduled pitch for 5 p.m.