The mystery of where, when and against whom was solved early Saturday morning for the Garden City High Schools spring sports teams with a couple of draws by lot.
That’s how the final brackets were determined for the Class 6A softball and baseball pairings for regional tournaments that get under way this week for Garden City High School teams.
Add in a solid No. 5 seed for the Buffaloes’ girls soccer team and the week’s postseason carnival can now begin.
The Buffs’ softball team, which finished with a 15-5 record, drew the No. 4 seed after being tied with three other teams for second, third, fourth and fifth.
That draw left the Buffs paired against No. 13 Hutchinson (5-15) and that game will be at home at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tangeman Sports Complex.
The other half of the semifinal bracket will have Western Athletic Conference rival Dodge City (15-5) taking on No. 12 Wichita West (5-15) at 3 p.m. The two winners will face off for the regional title and a berth in the state tournament at 6 p.m.
Coach Trina Moquett’s squad will be seeking its third straight appearance at the state tourney, scheduled for May 24 and 25 in Lawrence. The Buffs had a breakthrough season in 2017 when they placed third, going 2-1 at the state event.
Should the Buffs and Dodge City win the semifinal games, it would be the third game to be played by the WAC rivals, with each posting a 5-3 win in the May 1 doubleheader that determined the league title, in favor of the Red Demons.
The GCHS girls soccer team finished its regular season nearly a week ago with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Liberal and that allowed the Buffs to finish their slate at 10-3-3.
Thus, the Buffs solidified their No. 5 seed in the 16-team western division of Class 6A.
By virtue of that seed, the Buffs, who captured the Western Athletic Conference title, have earned a regional semifinal home game, to be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Hutchinson (6-10-0) at Buffalo Stadium.
A victory would send them into the regional finals against the winner of the No. 4 Wichita East (11-3-2) versus No. 13 Wichita South (5-10-0). If East prevails, the game would be played in Wichita and if South would upset the Blue Aces, and the Buffs capture the Hutch game, they would host on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Buffs’ baseball team, which has struggled to a 5-15 record this season, was assigned the No. 11 seed and they will face No. 6 Topeka-Washburn Rural at 2 p.m. Thursday in Manhattan at the Tointon Family Stadium.
In the other semifinal, it will be No. 3 Manhattan (13-7) against No. 14 Wichita Southeast (2-17). Those two winners will play for the regional championship and a berth in the state tournament at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The Buffs’ golf team will compete Monday in the 6A regional at Dodge City’s Mariah Hills Golf Course. A top three finish by the Buffs would send the team back to the 6A state tournament on May 21 at Ironhorse Golf Course in Leawood.
Junior Sion Audrain is the reigning 6A state champion and will be looking to defend his title if the Buffs qualify as a team, or if he earns one of the individual qualifying spots.
Track and Field
The GCHS track and field teams will wait until Friday for their regional at Wichita Northwest.
The Buffs tuned up for regionals by placing second at last Thursday’s Western Athletic Conference meet in Dodge City.
To qualify for the state track meet, scheduled for May 25 and 26 in Wichita, an individual or relay team must place in the top three at the regional meet.