As the winter sports season continues the basketball teams have been finding success early with the boys team going 7-1 and the girls going 6-2. With Elyssa Salazar and Julie Calzonetti leading the girls’ team in scoring, and Jarod Springston and Carlos Acosta leading the boys’ team in scoring they have had early success with their offenses. These teams have had many factors leading to their early wins.
The Firebirds flew past all the competition last weekend on the debate stage during the 109th annual Kansas state debate tournament. It was to prove once and for all which Kansas high school was the best debaters in the state. This year the Lawrence Free State Firebirds have taken the crown for the 6A two-speaker divisions. This was accomplished by Spencer Yost-Wolff and Max Lilich.
The Lions have proved they are the king of the debate ring. Garden City High School hosted the 6A and 5A state debate tournament for the third time in its history, which the Lansing high school Lions qualified for and attended. They drove 375 miles just for a chance to win the gold trophy. Their efforts were rewarded: this year in the 109th annual state tournament the Lansing Lions have taken home first prize in the two-speaker contest. These two students were Maddie Atkins (sophomore) and Salem Clemens (senior).
While most Garden City High School students were free to spend a long weekend hiding from the snow, debaters from across the state braved the weather for the state debate tournament Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12. This year’s contest was the third state tournament that Garden City has hosted in debate history. The privilege was finally granted after 3 years of offering.
What began in 2018 on December 22 has carried on into 2019 and shows no sign of slowing down. The federal government shutdown has been carrying on for more than three weeks. The gridlock in Washington has left hundreds of thousand of government employees in a financial rut, as well as the many parks, museums, agencies and Native American reservations funded by it.
The 61st Rocky Welton Wrestling Invitational, scheduled for Jan. 25-26 at Garden City High School’s The Garden, will be dedicated to Buffalo wrestling alumni. After the Friday opening day session, there will be a social reception for the alumni at Samy’s Steakhouse and Grille at approximately 9 p.m.
If it’s the final Friday and Saturday of January, and if you’re a wrestling fan, then Garden City High School and The Garden is the place you’ll want to be when the 61st edition of the prestigious Rocky Welton Invitational will be contested over two days of Jan. 25 and 26.
“It’s the top honor that high schools can receive for performing at the nationals,” Hilt said just a few days after receiving the invitation letter from the national office in Ohio. “We’re just so amazed because we didn’t get selected for the state festival for the play.”
For just the third time in the more than century-long history of the Kansas State High School Activities Association state debate tournament, Garden City High School will serve as the host site when the 109th state tournament for Classes 5A and 6A will come to western Kansas.
The winter sports calendar begins the first week of December and finishes with state tournaments in late February to mid-March. One month into the 2018-19 seasons, the athletic teams of Garden City High School have gotten off to strong starts.