Busters golf in 18th; baseball sees awards
By ADAM HOLT
The Garden City Community College golf team is in 18th place out of 24 teams at the NJCAA National Championships after 36 holes of the scheduled 72-hole event.
Garden City has rounds of 302 and 299 for a total of 601, and is four shots back of 11th place and within 10 strokes of seventh place.
Midland (Texas) Community College leads at 575 at the tournament, being played at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. Fellow Jayhawk Conference teams include Johnson County, which is fifth at 585, and Dodge City and Hutchinson, who are tied for 13th at 598.
Individually, Trey Fankhouser leads the Broncbusters, and is tied for 14th at 1-over 145, with rounds of 73 and 72. Matthew LeGrange and Will Paulsell are tied for 58th at 151, Zach Dunlap is tied for 89th at 154 and Camrin Nissen is tied for 121st at 166.
Alex Forristal of Johnson County and Aksel Olsen of Wallace State (Ala.) Community College are tied for the overall lead at 140.
The tournament continues today and ends Friday.
Busters baseball honored
Six Broncbuster baseball players were named all-conference, and head coach Chris Finnegan was the Jayhawk West coach of the year when the conference announced its end of the year awards.
Finnegan took a team with only five sophomores and guided them to a 28-27 record, and 20-12 mark in division play. The Busters were a win away from taking a share of their second-straight Jayhawk West crown.
It was the second time Finnegan won the award, the other coming in 2009.
Pitcher Bradley Spires and designated hitter Rocky Desantis were named second-team All-Jayhawk West, while shortstop Tyler Alitz, outfielders Mason Fisher and Kaleb Zimmer, and closer Colton Kibler were honorable mention selections.
Desantis led Garden City with a .344 batting average and .552 slugging percentage, with five home runs, 15 doubles and 39 RBIs. Spires went 8-3 with a 5.13 ERA and a team-high 80 2/3 innings pitched.
Alitz led the Busters with 41 RBIs, and hit .274 with a .366 on-base percentage and .421 slugging. Fischer had a team-high .472 on-base percentage, which was third in the Jayhawk West. Zimmer posted a .326/.371/508 line with four homers and 15 doubles. Kibler appeared in 23 games and posted eight saves and a 2.67 ERA.
Fischer was the lone GCCC sophomore to be honored.