Buffs’ athletes, coaches happy to return for summer workouts

Whether you’re a student-athlete focusing on just one sport, or a multi-year, multi-sport competitor, the fact of just being able to return to the familiar surroundings of Garden City High School and its athletic facilities seems to be a beehive of activity these days. Thursday, June 25, marked the end of Week 2 of the summer conditioning and workouts for Buffs’ athletes as approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Buffs’ lineman Trey Nuzum garners top award at Blue-Grey college football combine

When he was a freshman playing varsity football for the Garden City High School Buffaloes, Trey Nuzum had a mentor for fast-tracking the learning curve of the nuances of playing both offensive and defensive line positions. That was when Demarcus Elliott was completing his senior season as a two-way lineman for a Buffaloes football team that reached the quarterfinals of Class 6A that season. Elliott was named one of the top linemen in the state of Kansas that fall.

GCHS to Implement Specific Rules for Summer Workouts

The following set of rules shall be in effect during the 2020 Summer schedule of workouts, practices, team camps, etc. for Garden City High School athletes, or anyone who will be participating in an event on the GCHS Campus:

GCHS Athletics Plan Summer Schedules

After the spring sports seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, USD 457 and Garden City High School began preparing for the re-start of summer athletic camps, clinics and scheduled workouts. All are in compliance with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the State of Kansas Health Department and Finney County Health Department. Buffaloes will begin their summer workouts on Monday, June 15.  Here is a roundup of each sport. Please be mindful that you can follow these sports on their respective social media platforms that also are listed.

Specht made big impact on Buffs’ golf programs in short tenure; coach departs for business career

In just two short school years, the always solid Garden City High School girls and boys golf teams enjoyed immense success under the guidance of Trent Specht. But Specht, recently seeing an expansion of his family, has decided to hang up the coaching and teaching duties, to exchange it for a job in Wichita with Edward Jones Investments. That will mean a move during the summer, with the search for his replacement now under way.

Coach Rod Robinson’s farewell tennis season never materialized

For the past two or three seasons, Rod Robinson had been contemplating his future retirement plans from teaching and coaching tennis in USD 457 in Garden City. After all, he had reached the age of 60 on New Year’s Eve, 2019, and had been teaching and coaching in the district for 28 years. It was, as he said with a glint of sadness, time to hang the coaching the racket up.

With an eye on the future, GCHS Lady Buffs’ Hailey Enriquez will stay close to home

Little did she know that on May 16, 2019, the Class 6A regional championship would be the final time to don her Garden City High School Lady Buffs uniform. That was the day Hailey Enriquez and her Lady Buffs played host to Topeka High for a chance to land a berth in the state quarterfinals. But a late goal on a penalty kick by the Lady Trojans would result in a heartbreaking 1-0 setback that ended a season in which Enriquez and her teammates captured the Western Athletic Conference championship with a 5-0-3 record and an overall 11-2-5 mark.

One final season of baseball ends up as a lost chance for Carson Tanner

His final basketball season had just been completed with a sub-state basketball loss the first week of March. It was planning to be a normal transition into the spring sports and his senior year of playing baseball at Garden City High School. But things didn’t materialize that way for Carson Tanner, his three senior teammates and the rest of the Buffaloes’ baseball team and other spring sports squads as the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak stopped everything and everyone in their track.

Yaz Vargas misses final season to lead youthful Buffs softball

There was never a moment that Garden City High School softball coach Trina Moquett didn’t think Yazmin Vargas was going to be a standout player for her Buffaloes team. She was proven correct in her assessment of Vargas’ abilities when she first became the starting shortstop on a team that would finish third in the Class 6A state tournament for the program’s best performance there. Then, after three seasons of playing for Moquett, the speedy Vargas had established herself as one of the premier players in GCHS history.

Stars align with 4 Lady Buffs volleyball players becoming Lady Busters at GCCC

BUFFS ROUNDUP: Friday, April 17, 2020 VOLLEYBALL Sometimes things just have a way of working out. Sometimes the stars simply align themselves properly without any explanation. How else would you analyze the recent announcement of four starters off the 2019 Garden City High School volleyball team signing NJCAA letters-of-intent to play next season at Garden … Continue reading Stars align with 4 Lady Buffs volleyball players becoming Lady Busters at GCCC