It's been a season of close matches for the Garden City Lady Buffaloes volleyball team and Thursday night's home triangular was no different for coach Trista Bailey's squad.
After dominating Ulysses in their first match of the night by scores of 25-15, 25-13, the Lady Buffs then fell in two close sets to rival Dodge City, 23-25, 23-25.
The split left the Lady Buffs with a season record of 11-10 and they only have Friday to rest up for a big day at the McPherson Invitational on Saturday.
It's been a season of near-misses for the Garden City Buffaloes' boys soccer team.
A youthful roster has provided a crystal ball into a future full of high hopes, and in the 2020 season that inexperience has resulted in a series of narrow setbacks for the Buffs and first-year head coach Jose Vital.
Thursday, Oct. 8, was another example as the Buffs dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to the Great Bend Panthers to close out their Western Athletic Conference season with a 3-5 record. They've lost a pair of 1-goal decisions to Liberal, one to Great Bend and a 2-goal setback earlier to Dodge City.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 It seems as though every Western Athletic Conference boys soccer match turns into a hotly-contested dogfight. Rarely do teams win easily and Tuesday, Oct. 6, was no exception again for the Garden City Buffaloes. The Buffs could not take advantage of 13 shots on goal in the first half before yielding … Continue reading Buffs’ boys soccer suffers another tough WAC loss
The final of five Western Athletic Conference tournaments proved to be a difficult one for the Garden City High School Lady Buffaloes.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Lady Buffs competed at the Great Bend Invitational, played over the Stonebridge Golf Club layout. It has been a course in recent years to cause problems for many of the best WAC golfers.
Tuesday was no exception as an 85 was the best score posted by any WAC golfer, that coming from WAC Player of the Year Taleia McCrae. She was joined by teammates to capture the top four individual spots as the Lady Indians cruised to a 344 total to win by 27 shots over Great Bend.
The Lady Buffs, meanwhile, shot a 384 (4 scores) to place fourth, finishing 8 shots back of third-place Dodge City's 376. Liberal was a distant fifth at 482.
All season, first-year head coach Logan Bevis believed his Garden City Lady Buffs tennis team would prevail in the Western Athletic Conference round-robin championship.
For most of what seems like a lightning-length season which began just barely a month ago, the Lady Buffs had proven they had the ilk to repeat as WAC titleholders.
On Monday, at Liberal's tennis complex, the Lady Buffs reaffirmed Bevis' prediction by claiming their fifth straight WAC crown and sixth in the last seven years.
Devin Chappel continued his strong 2020 fall cross country performances on Saturday, Oct. 3, when he captured the upper-class boys division title of the Newton Invitational.
Chappel covered the 5-kilometer layout in a time of 16:52.16 to win by 12 seconds over Cody Achilles of McPherson (17:04.62). Brody Hoff finished a strong fifth with a time of 18:14.31 but those were the only two high finishes for the Buffalo boys.
The Buffs' boys team finished fifth out of six teams with 93 points while Wamego captured the team crown with 48 points. Dodge City (55), Derby (76) and Campus (86) finished ahead of the Buffs. Liberal was sixth at 145.
The McPherson Invitational is always one of the toughest tournaments in the fall schedule for the Garden City High School girls tennis team.
Saturday, Oct. 3, was no exception as the Lady Buffs finished tied for third with McPherson White at 54 points while McPherson Red captured the title with 75 points and Hutchinson second with 68 points. Campus rounded out the top 5 with 38 points.
Garden City High School's football team had high hopes of getting back on the winning track on Friday, Oct. 2, at Liberal.
The Western Athletic Conference match-up pitted the 1-win Buffaloes against the winless Redskins.
But Friday night presented yet another struggling night for the Buffalo offense, as it committed five turnovers in what became a 20-6 loss to the Redskins, leaving the Buffs with a 1-4 overall mark and 1-2 in the WAC. Liberal has the same record in both categories.
Garden City High School's girls tennis team continued its strong showing in the 2020 fall season on Thursday, Oct. 1, by capturing first place in the Hutchinson Quadrangular.
The Lady Buffs, who are guided by first-year coach Logan Bevis, finished with 16 points while Hutchinson was second with 12, Dodge City third with 11 and Newton with 5 points.
Trista Bailey knew that her Lady Buffs volleyball team was improving as the 2020 season progressed through the month of September.
After starting out 1-5 with virtually an entire new starting lineup, the Lady Buffs had gone 8-2 since to provide them with a 9-7 record heading into the final month of the campaign.
On Thursday, Bailey got an idea just how much her squad had improved and they came home from one of the toughest days of the schedule, going 1-2 in a quadrangular at Wichita-Bishop Carroll.