GCHS athletes, coaches get all-conference honors
By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School has placed 10 athletes on the respective first teams of the Western Athletic Conference spring sports recently completed.
In addition, three coaches were honored as WAC coaches of the year, while one athlete was named athlete of the year in her sport.
GCHS track coach Mike Smith was named the WAC coach of the year for girls after guiding the Lady Buffs to a repeat of the WAC track and field championship, while junior Kayla Doll was voted by the coaches as the girls track athlete of the year.
Lady Buffs' softball coach Trina Moquett earned the WAC coach of the year after guiding the team to a share of the league title with Great Bend, and Casey Wise was voted the WAC swimming coach of the year for girls for the team's runner-up finish.
In girls soccer, senior Haley Brennaman, junior Maria Rodriguez and sophomore Megan Martinez were named to the first team, as the Lady Buffs finished second to Hays in the WAC. Freshman Ashlee Richman and sophomore Alyssa Martinez were honorable mention selections.
The Lady Buffs softball team had five of its team members named to the WAC first team, one more than co-champ Great Bend.
Pitcher/first baseman Dusti Befort, a sophomore, was among the five, which also included seniors Sierra Scott and Mekayla Guerrero and juniors Kennedy Brunson and Jamie St. Clair. Earning honorable mention honors were seniors Alyssa Greenlee, Casey Curran and Kori Thornton.
In baseball, senior pitcher Edgar Montoya and junior catcher Thomas Solorio were chosen to the WAC first team.
At the recent WAC track meet, Garden City High School also was presented with the State Farm Champions Cup for the second consecutive year.
The Champions Cup is a competition amongst the five WAC schools and covers 20 varsity sports for both boys and girls. Points are awarded for season league standings in each varsity spot on a 12-8-6-4 basis with no points awarded for fifth place.
This year, the Buffs accumulated 144 points to finish ahead of runner-up Great Bend's 124. Hays was third with 100, followed by Dodge City with 94 and Liberal with 48. The Buffaloes garnered WAC titles in seven sports — girls' cross country, boys' soccer, girls' golf, girls' volleyball and basketball, wrestling, girls' track and a share of first in softball. They were runners-up in seven other sports during the 2012-13 school year.