GCHS Roundup: Tennis 3rd, swim 2nd in road meets





With Dozie Ekweariri winning the No. 2 singles title, and No. 1 singles player Sebastian Kyaw taking second, the Garden City Buffaloes' boys tennis teeam garnered third place in Friday's weather-delayed Hutchinson Invitational.

The Buffs finished with 18 points to finish in the middle of the five-team pack as Salina South won with 24 points and Hutchinson Blue was second with 22. Hutchinson Gold was fourth with 15 points and Dodge City was fifth with 13 points.

Ekweariri went 4-0 en route to his singles victory, defeating J.D. Warren of Salina South (8-5), Jacob Waldman of Dodge City (8-1), Elijah Ragoiza of Hutchinson (8-4) and Jack Fee of Hutchinson (8-0).

"Dozie had a strong day of serving and his defense was really good," said GCHS coach Rod Robinson. "He's so fast on the court. His first match was his toughest, and from there he just played better and better."

Kyaw, meanwhile, posted a 3-1 record as he defeated Logan Harner of Salina South (8-3), Dillon Burkhard of Dodge City (8-0) and Ben Montgomery of Hutchinson (8-0). His lone setback came against Collin Queal of Hutchinson (8-4).

"Sebastian, other than the one loss (to Queal, who is 16-2), dominated all the other matches," Robinson said.

In doubles competition, the No. 2 team of Austin Greathouse and Seth Dinkel finished fourth, going 1-3 in the round-robin format. Their lone victory came against Thomas Finley and Wyatt Rankin of Dodge City in a tiebreaker, 8-7(8-6). The No. 1 doubles team of Dylan Victor and Joe Basilio placed fifth, and didn't win any of their four matches.

"We had to pull up a couple of kids from junior varsity and they had a tough day," Robinson said.

The Buffs are right back on the courts today, with the McPherson Invitational scheduled to get under way at 9 a.m. It will be another tough outing as both Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles are placed together in the bracket.

Results in Scoreboard, Page D2.

Girls swimming

The Garden City Lady Buffs' swimming team used the first-place finishes of Samantha Norton and Claire Schmidt to place second on Thursday night in the 10-team Salina Invitational.

Those efforts were not enough to overtake nemesis Great Bend, who took first with 469 points to 420 for the Lady Buffs.

"We're making some progress in some places and the development of our depth is improving," said GCHS coach Casey Wise.

Norton captured her specialty in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:30.39, more than a second ahead of runner-up Toni Lehr of Hutchinson. Schmidt captured the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:16.02, nearly three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Leatha Craft of Salina Central (6:18.59).

Norton also claimed a solid second in the 100-yard freestyle by swimming a personal best 59.51 second race, the first time she's cracked the one-minute barrier.

Abigail Ginest-Dougherty took third in the 50-yard freestyle (28.09) while Lindsay Bradstreet and Laura Richmeier went 3-4 in the 100-yard breaststroke with marks of 1:19.52 and 1:23.08. Bradstreet also placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:22.20).

The Lady Buffs' relay teams placed second in the 200-yard medley (Ashley Longoria, Bradstreet, Schmidt, Norton) with a time of 2:08.30, fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (Bradstreet, Longoria, Erika Schafer, Ginest-Dougherty) in 1:54.94 and the 400-yard freestyle 4:14.77).

"We had a tough stretch of three meets in eight days and I thought the girls came through pretty well, dropping some times," Wise said. "All in all, it's been a good, tough stretch. We've been working on our endurance, just gritted our teeth and we've seen quite a bit of improvement."

Next up the for the Lady Buffs is the Hutchinson Invitational at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Results in Scoreboard, Page D2.

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