With a youthful roster full of many underclassmen, the 2019 Garden City Buffaloes boys soccer team found itself battling some of the state's top teams in Western Athletic Conference opponents Dodge City and Liberal. After going through the regular season with a 3-4-1 WAC record, which put them in third place, the Buffs suffered an early exit in the Class 6A regional semifinals to end the season 7-9-1. Two of the underclass Buffs, who will return for their senior season in 2020, were named to the all-WAC first team. The honors were bestowed upon juniors Moses Lares and Jairo Castillo.
In her final season of playing for the Garden City High School volleyball team, senior setter Remi Vargas seemed to save her best for her finale of playing for the Lady Buffaloes. Playing the all-important setter position, Vargas was a key component of the Lady Buffs highly-successful season, which included winning the Western Athletic Conference title for the ninth straight season. For her efforts, Vargas, a 5-foot-4-inch performer, was named the WAC Player of the Year, marking the second straight season for a Lady Buffs player to be so honored, following her teammate Reagan Karlin's honor for 2018.
The first two days of November, along with the time change from Daylight Savings to Standard time over the weekend, brought an end to the fall sports season for Garden City High School teams. Volleyball, cross country and football all saw the curtain drop on the fall schedules as the Lady Buffs volleyball competed in the Class 6A state tournament in Salina, the girls and boys cross country ran at the state meet in Lawrence while the football team dropped its first-round 6A playoff match-up at Topeka High.
A stunning, Kansas high school football landscape shaking upset was not to be Friday night in Topeka. The Garden City Buffaloes -- who dealt with attrition and injuries all season -- ended their 2019 with a 48-14 loss to the Topeka Trojans in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Buffs end … Continue reading Buffs’ season ends in loss at Topeka
Thus far, every goal that was set back in the summer and pre-season practices has been accomplished for the Garden City High School Lady Buffaloes volleyball team. Winning the Maize and McPherson Invitational tournaments for the first time. Going undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference (10-0) and claiming their ninth straight WAC championship on their home court. Claiming their fifth consecutive Class 6A sub-state championship, thus ensuring another trip to the state tournament. All that is now in the past, and all that lays in front of the Lady Buffs are the remaining two goals – 1) Make it out of Pool Play on Friday to Saturday’s semifinals and then win a state volleyball championship for the first time in school history.
The 2019 boys soccer season came to an end Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Wichita Heights when the Buffaloes were blanked, 3-0, by the Falcons in the Class 6A Regional semifinals.
When the Garden City High School cross country teams gathered in mid-August to begin their preseason workouts, veteran head coach Krista Linenberger was assured of two things. First, she knew she had some experienced runners on the boys side in seniors Ethan Fisher, Santiago Nunez-Gonzalez and Austin Hess. She also realized early on that there were several youngsters who showed promise from the summer off-season runs. It was much the same on the girls side for the Lady Buffs with seniors Kaetlin Kohlhorst, Destiny Avila and Ana Casados returning from the 2018 squad. Two months later and with the regular season completed two weeks ago, and then running in the Class 6A regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Wichita, Linenberger found the answers to those questions about her youthful prospects.
The weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26 provided the Buffaloes athletic teams a couple of opportunities to qualify for state competition on Nov. 1 and 2, with volleyball and cross country teams in action at sub-state and regional events. In addition, the football and boys soccer teams had their postseason playoff pairings announced on Saturday as they begin play on Friday (football) and Tuesday (soccer).
Ethan Fisher and Jocelyn Sosa have little in common with their physical stature. Fisher, a senior, is tall and lanky while Sosa, a freshman, is short and slender. But they share a common bond and that is they love to run cross country races.
There's every good reason why the Garden City Lady Buffaloes golf team and coaches liked the new change in the Class 6A state golf tournament. Moving from a one-day, 18-hole format, to a two-day, 36-hole championship proved to be a positive for the Lady Buffs as they finished third in the team standings behind the individual runner-up finish of senior Alyssa McMillen, who lost a sudden-death playoff on the second hole after tying for first place with a 36-hole total of 157 (80-77).