German-born Anne Combs teaches more than just the numbers

To Anne Combs, teaching Garden City High School freshmen algebra has some simplistic explanations with complex processes, but always with a solution in mind. That’s the approach the fourth-year GCHS math teacher takes when instructing her freshmen students in algebra and intensive algebra. “I always wanted to teach German since it’s my native language,” said Combs, who was born and raised in Lauchhammer, Germany, a city located about an hour south of Berlin close to the border with Poland. “I came here and wanted to work in the schools, but since they don’t have German, I had to look at something else. That’s how I came to teach math because it’s something I do love.”

Fisher, Buffs’ boys nab WAC titles; Sosa second in girls race; boys soccer blanked

The Garden City Buffaloes' boys cross country team came up with their best performance of the season on Thursday and it couldn't have come at a better time, as senior Ethan Fisher captured the Western Athletic Conference individual 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:34.74 that propelled his team to the title, narrowly squeaking past Great Bend, 41 points to 43.  The five counting times for the Buffs all finished among the top 13 runners at Sand Plum Trail, the Fort Hays State University cross country course. Meanwhile, freshman Jocelyn Sosa continued her strong rookie season by placing second in the 4,000-meter girls division, clocking a time of 15:42.21 to finish behind Great Bend senior Mayra Ramirez, who had a time of 15:19.34. The GCHS girls team placed fourth with 101 points while Great Bend captured the team title with 31 points.

Excitement surrounds annual Hatchet Game

The time is now. After an 0-3 start to the season, the Garden City Buffaloes are now 2-4 with two games to play. With playoff seeding also looming in the background, there’s only one thing on the minds of the Buffs this week: The Hatchet. At 7 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Stadium, the Buffs and … Continue reading Excitement surrounds annual Hatchet Game

Lady Buffs golfers roll to 6A regional title; boys soccer falls at Wichita North Cup

Another medalist honor for senior Alyssa McMillen, a runner-up finish from fellow senior Grace Yi, top 10 finishes from Ryann Warren, Rian Linenberger and Emma Kells all spelled a successful day on Monday, Oct. 14, for the Garden City High School Lady Buffaloes golf team. Those strong efforts propelled the Lady Buffs to a dominating Class 6A regional team title with a four-score total of 359, while Derby finished a distant second at 427, 68 shots behind. Dodge City took third to earn the third team qualifier for the Oct. 21-22 state which will be contested at Carey Park Golf Course in Hutchinson.

Northwest downs Buffs

The second-ranked in Class 5A Wichita Northwest Grizzlies proved its ranking was accurate on Friday night vs. Garden City. The undefeated Grizzlies ran for 443 yards in a 52-2 win over the Buffaloes on Friday. Garden City’s offense had trouble getting going against the tough Northwest defense, gaining 158 yards on 54 plays. Northwest improved … Continue reading Northwest downs Buffs

Former Buffs’ standout football players reunited on GCHS staff

When Cody Bernbeck played quarterback for the Garden City Buffaloes’ football team his senior season of 2011, little did the 2012 graduate realize what would be in store for him in his teaching and coaching future. The same held true for Asa Gottsponer, who played on the Buffs’ team and graduated a year after Bernbeck in 2012 as well as for Mitch Moore, a 2013 graduate, who snapped the ball to Bernbeck in the 2011 as the starting sophomore center for the Buffs football team. Today, not quite a decade later, the three former teammates have found their way back to Garden City High School and are now assistant football coaches on the Buffaloes staff, helping their former head coach and now boss, Brian Hill.

Lady Buffs tennis nabs 6A regional title; volleyball rolls; XC teams run at El Dorado

A pair of runner-up finishes, a third-place and a fourth propelled the Garden City Lady Buffs tennis team to the Class 6A regional team title on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the GCHS Tennis Complex. All six Lady Buffs thus earned a trip to the Class 6A state tournament, which will be played Friday/Saturday, Oct. 18-19 at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.