When Nathan Morren walked off the courts at the 2019 Class 6A state tournament, he knew that his senior season in 2020 would look incrementally different. For more than one reason. He knew that he would no longer be playing doubles with his older brother, Tyler, who graduated in 2019 and headed off to Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. The two had teamed up to produce a stellar 29-6 season record for the Garden City High School Buffaloes.
In a typical state high school championship track and field meet at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium, it would be relatively easy to see who placed first through eighth in a single running event. Unless, of course, there was a need for a photo finish to determine which runner crossed the finish line first.
Emma Dirks had been swimming for the better part of her youthful years, including her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons as a member of the Garden City High School Lady Buffs swim team. So it would be natural that she was looking forward to closing out her high school career with the sport that she loves most.
Kaylee Bridges knows what it feels like to be without a sport in which to compete. In the fall of her junior season at Garden City High School, Bridges suffered an Achilles injury that sidelined her for six months to recover just in time for the spring 2019 track and field season.
Noah Ortiz was excited about the prospects of his senior season on the Garden City High School golf team. After all, he had been playing his sophomore and junior seasons in the shadow of two-time Class 6A state champion Sion Audrain, who had graduated in 2019 and headed off to the University of Kansas to play for the Jayhawks. Ortiz had been an honorable mention all-Western Athletic Conference selection his junior year, highlighted by a medalist performance at the Ulysses Invitational and an eighth-place finish at the Class 6A regional tournament.
Four GCHS basketball players - two boys and two girls - were recognized for their efforts by being named to the All-WAC teams recently.
For GCHS students, faculty, administration and the Garden City community at-large, here are locations on the Internet to find information on Buffalo athletics. First, reading here at 1herd.blog, will be daily updates from the previous day's activities. Winter sports have just concluded and there are final stories here on boys swimming, boys and girls bowling, wrestling with upcoming basketball summaries next week.
Jose Vital-Caro was raised in Garden City, is a graduate of Garden City High School and has been employed at USD 457 at Kenneth Henderson Middle School for the past two years. He also has served as an assistant coach at the high school while coaching the KHMS Lady Falcons. Now, he has been named the head coach for both the Buffaloes’ girls and boys programs and started his duties on March 2.
Three Garden City High School wrestlers, who helped the Buffaloes to a fourth-place team finish at the Class 6A state tournament, were named to the 2019-20 All-Western Athletic Conference first team, announced Tuesday by the conference schools.
Kaden Whitehurst became the second Garden City High School boys bowler to win a Class 6A state individual title Thursday at North Rock Lanes in Wichita to lead the Buffs to a third-place team finish. Karly Larson, meanwhile, took third individually in the girls division to help the Lady Buffs also to a third-place team finish.