Garden City Buffaloes
Soccer, cross country have 'terrific' Thursday
By BRETT MARSHALL
They might just call it "Terrific Thursday" if you're on one of the Garden City High School fall sports teams.
The boys soccer team captured a 2-1 sudden death overtime victory against Wichita South in the semifinals of the Wichita South Titan Classic.
The girls cross country won their debut meet of the year, winning the Hutchisnon Invitational with three sophomores capturing the top three individual spots.
The Lady Buffs girls golf team continued their winning ways at the Dodge City Western Athletic Conference tournament at Mariah Hills Golf Course. Senior Mackenzie Thayer earned medalist honors while Abbey Campbell and Abbi Shaddix each tied for second with Campbell earning the scorecard playoff for the runner-up position.
The Buffs rolled to their fourth victory of the season to remain unbeaten when Juan Vicente took an assist from Juan Carlos Rodriguez three minutes into the sudden death overtime to knock off the host Titans on Thursday in Wichita.
Vicente had broken a scoreless deadlock with his first goal in the 70th minute when he took a pass from David Fuentes and scored for the Buffs. However, South answered in the 87th minute to knot the score and send it to overtime where the first team to score would win.
The victory puts the Buffs into Saturday's 3 p.m. championship game against Western Athletic Conference rival Great Bend.
The GCHS cross country team used the strong showing of its sophomore class to sweep both individual and team titles in the 4-kilometer race at Fun Valley.
Coach Krista Linenberger's squad finished with 29 points while Hutchinson was second with 37 and Hays in third with 55 points.
Chelsea Jackson captured the top spot with a time of 15:58 while her teammates Kayla Doll (16:06) and Alex Miller (16:10) fininshed second and third. The remaining two sophomores for the Lady Buffs were Neesa Harman in seventh (17:43) and Jessica Bernasky (18:50) in 16th. Freshman Katy Doll won the junior varisty competition with a time of 16:38 and Maria Rodriguez was second in 17:47.
"These girls continue to enjoy running, and they're just getting better and they're excited," Linenberger said. "It was a good opening meet for us and gave us an idea of where we are."
The GCHS boys placed third out of four teams with 60 points as Hays took team honors with 47 points and Goddard second with 58. Hutchinson was fourth with 64.
Top finisher for the Buffs' was Heath Winkleman in a time of 18:39 over the 5-kilometer layout. The Buffs "packed" well as Jacob Thomas was 10th in 18:40, Jalen Rowland 11th in 18:44 and Dalton Skipton 13th in 19:04.
"We really didn't know how the boys would do, but I think we've found we've got a lot of runners who are pretty close, so the packing will be important to how we do," Linenberger said.
The Buffs will next compete on Thursday at Hays.
Coach Lloyd Tiffany's Lady Buffs tuned up for Monday's upcoming GCHS Invitational by winning the 9-hole WAC tournament at Mariah Hills.
With Thayer shooting a 1-under-par 36, the Lady Buffs defeated rival Hays by 11 shots, shooting a 166 (four counting scores) to Hays' 177.
"The girls played well, it was another strong performance," Tiffany said. "Mackenzie had a very good round and the two (Abbey Campbell, Abbi Shaddix) played well, but struggled a little with their putting."
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the day came from sophomore Megan Steward, who placed eighth with a 46. Senior Anna Robinson and junior Audrey Gerber had 48s.
"Megan had her best round and she continues to get better," Tiffany said.
Freshman Lindsay Bradstreet had a 50 and senior Enjoli Stasser had a 58.
"I think we're getting improved efforts from those players who are going to strengthen us in the fifth and sixth spots," Tiffany said.
The Lady Buffs will host their 13-team invitational, which tees off at 1 p.m. at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.
The girls tennis team is the last GCHS fall sports team to begin competition and coach Rod Robinson's squad is ready for its opener on Saturday at Great Bend.
The Lady Buffs' first event will begin at 9 a.m. with a veteran cast of players — senior Kelsey Steward playing No. 1 singles, senior Virginie Kyaw at No. 2 and senior Mattie Silva paired with freshman Claire Schmidt at No. 1 doubles.
The No. 2 doubles will be senior Emma Corbett and sophomore Janette Martinez.
"We've improved a lot during preseason but the girls are really ready to play somebody else," Robinson said. "Kelsey has really worked hard through the summer, gone to camps and worked with a college coach."
Steward, who had a 13-16 won-loss record as a junior, qualified for the Class 6A state tournament but didn't win either of her matches. Silva, who had a different teammate last year in posting a 9-8 record in doubles play and won the team's ranking competition, opted to play doubles rather than singles.
"She's just a hustler and a good athlete," Robinson said of Silva, who is also coming off knee surgery her junior year. "We're happy with where we're at."
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