Boys tennis 2nd; soccer places 5th

4/7/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

BOYS' TENNIS

Juggling a lineup due to an injury paid dividends on Saturday for the Garden City Buffs' boys tennis team, and it propelled them to a second-place team finish at the Great Bend Invitational to open their 2014 season.

The Buffs finished with 37 points while Sterling captured the top team spot with 45 points. Great Bend was right behind the Buffs with 36 points, with Hoisington (31), Dodge City (27), Liberal (21) and Ellinwood (15) rounding out the team standings.

Dozie Ekweariri had injured a leg during spring break, and coming off that injury, suggested that he play doubles with Sebastian Kyaw, the likely No. 1 singles player for coach Rod Robinson. And the only two returners to the Buffs' varsity from a year ago made it pay off as they went 6-0 to win the No. 1 doubles division.

Assistant coach Scott Glass, filling in for Robinson who was away due to a death in the family, said the Buffs played well throughout the day, both in doubles and in singles.

"We had them in different pairs, and I think it really showed the versatility of the team to be able to switch," Glass said.

The No. 2 doubles team of Dylan Victor and Joe Basillo captured second place by going 5-1, losing only to champion Thomas Finely and Wyatt Rankin of Dodge City, 8-6.

"Dylan and Joe played some really good tennis, especially in the middle part of the tournament," Glass said. "In the Dodge City match, they lost the first seven games, then came back to win the next six before dropping the eighth game to Dodge."

Brothers Esteban and Julian Neave, who likely would have been playing doubles, took the No. 1 and 2 singles positions for Saturday's opener. Esteban finished 1-5 and sixth place while Julian went 2-4 and took fifth place.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

GIRLS' SOCCER

After battling a stiff wind in the first half of Saturday's fifth-place consolation game of the Goddard/Carroll Tournament, the Garden City Lady Buffs soccer team turned up the offensive heat and scored three goals to overcome a first-half deficit en route to a 3-1 victory over Andover.

The victory enabled the Lady Buffs to finish the week-long tournament with a 2-1 record and even their season record at 2-2. They are at Great Bend on Thursday.

Andover got its lone goal in the 35th minute on a 35-yard long shot that went in above the outstretched arms of Lady Buffs' goalkeeper Ashlee Richman.

In the second half, however, the Lady Buffs tied the score when Amber Miller scored on a give-and-go assist from Tiffany Butler in the 48th minute. Evelyn Rodriguez put the Lady Buffs ahead for good when she scored on an unassisted goal in the 68th minute. Her goal went by the lower side of the Andover goalkeeper into the back side of the net.

Rodriguez then finished off the scoring for the Lady Buffs when she took a corner kick from Lauren Walz and one-touched the ball into the left corner of the net.

"We felt pretty good coming out of the tournament with two wins," said GCHS head coach Joaquin Padilla. "We're a pretty good team when we play like we did in the second half.

The Lady Buffs finished with 11 shots to eight for Andover. Richman had three saves for the Lady Buffs while Andover had a pair of saves.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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