By BRETT MARSHALL
At Topeka, the Garden City Lady Buffs tennis team captured three medals in the Washburn-Rural Invitational on Tuesday.
Leading the way was Noemi Oshika at No. 2 singles with a runner-up finish by recording a 2-1 record.
Oshika, a foreign exchange student at GCHS, was playing in her first varsity tournament for the Lady Buffs and was playing in place of Allison Doll, who had a previous school commitment.
"She really played well and did a great job," GCHS coach Rod Robinson said. "It was a pretty good day for her and I think everyone was excited for her."
Oshika defeated Carly Anderson of Washburn-Rural (8-4) and Raquel Lopez of Baldwin (8-7, 8-6 in tiebreaker) before losing to Madison Foster of Topeka-Shawnee Heights (8-0).
Both doubles teams garnered third-place medals and finished their day with 2-1 records.
Claire Schmidt and Shai Cartmill, at No. 1 doubles, defeated Claire Meyers and Serena Peters of Washburn-Rural, 8-2; lost to Megan Moller and Michelle Boegel of Topeka Hayden (8-5) and then defeated Anna Fritz/Annie Tessendorf of Washburn-Rural, 8-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Tania Carmona-Pastrama also was third with a 2-1 mark. They defeated Hannah Pearce and Kelsey Adcock of Wamego, 8-4; lost to Mazie Kolterman and Chelsea Herrarte of Emporia, 8-3; and then defeated Jenna Wilderman and Sarah Knight of Topeka-Seaman, 8-4.
Jannette Martinez, playing at No. 1 singles, took fourth, going 2-2 in her matches. She defeated Baylee Cox of Washburn-Rural, 8-1; and McDaniels of Baldwin, 8-6, but lost matches to Ashley DeBauge of Emporia, 8-0 and to Seiki Anderson of Emporia, 8-2.
"I thought the girls handled the competition well," Robinson said. "Everybody but one got a medal and that's always a good day."
There were no team scores compiled. The Lady Buffs will host their own GCHS Invitational on Saturday at the GCHS Tennis Complex. Play is expected to start at 9 a.m. and 14 teams, two from Garden City, will compete.
Other teams in the field include Maize South, Wichita West, Pratt, Hays High, Great Bend, Dodge City, Liberal, Cimarron, Meade, Scott City, Ulysses and Colby.
At Dodge City, the Garden City Buffaloes were shut out by rival Dodge City, 2-0, to fall to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Buffs gave up two early goals and never fully recovered, although they out-shot the Red Demons 11-7.
"It's always tough at Dodge City," GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "I thought we got some good shots, but their goalkeeper made some great plays."
The Buffs had many close calls, with as many as a half dozen shots ricocheting off the goal posts, Padilla said.
"We hit a lot of good shots, but we just didn't make them," Padilla said. "The main thing now is to stay close to them in the WAC since we get them at home the next time."
Mario Lopez and Tim Schaum scored the Dodge City goals, both unassisted, and those came in the fourth and 18th minutes.
"We could have played better in the midfield," Padilla said. "We had a couple of errors and they cost us. After that, I thought we played pretty good."
Garden City goalkeeper Israel Reyes had six saves while his Dodge counterpart, Pablo Llamos, had eight.
The Buffs will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Great Bend for another WAC contest.