GCHS Legends to be inducted into the Buffalo Athletics Hall of Fame

Eight individuals, two legendary coaches and two state championship teams are among the inaugural class of inductees into the newly-formed Garden City High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Formed in the fall of 2018, the GCHS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee evaluated more than 100 former GCHS student-athletes, coaches and teams before narrowing the final ballot to approximately 30 nominees in the three major categories – student-athlete, coach, team.

The inductees cover a wide-range of athletic teams and time periods at Garden City High School – football, basketball (boys and girls), wrestling, soccer, softball, and swimming.

Inductees include student-athletes Brandy Perryman (boys basketball), Stewart Nelson (boys basketball), DeAnn Craft (girls basketball), Jim Moore (football/boys basketball), Mike Bryan (football), Mike Johnson (football), Brian Post (boys swimming), Cindy Benitez (girls soccer), Katie Ford (softball), Jon Bigler (wrestling); coaches include Rocky Welton (wrestling) and Dave Meadows (football) while the two teams are the 1966 Class AA state championship boys basketball and the 1999 Class 6A state championship football squads.

“Garden City High School has a rich history of students, staff, and teams performing at high levels while representing their school and our community”, said Dr. Steve Karlin, Superintendent of Schools.  “This outstanding inaugural class for the Garden City High School Athletics Hall of fame establishes another way in which exceptional members of the Garden City High School family are recognized for their accomplishments. Congratulations to all of the inductees!”

Thon was especially pleased with the professionalism demonstrated by the Committee in its extensive work on evaluating nominees and the voting process itself. Committee members who were nominated were not able to cast a vote for themselves, and it took a minimum of six votes of the nine-member committee to be elected.

“I think the Committee did an outstanding job over several months of evaluation in the final voting. This first class is representative of the outstanding student-athletes, coaches and teams we’ve seen at GCHS for many years,” Thon said in announcing the class. “We couldn’t be happier with this group and we think we still have many, many deserving people who will be considered for induction in the coming years.”

The first induction ceremony will take place on New Year’s Eve, Dec., 31, 2019, at the gala Buffalo Ball at The Golf Club at Southwind.

In addition to Thon, the Committee was comprised of long-time teacher and retired softball coach John Ford, retired Garden City Telegram Sports Editor Brett Marshall, and former GCHS student-athletes Dan Fankhauser, DeAnn Craft, Stewart Nelson, Sadie (Ochs) Giedd, Michael Collins and Gaye (Stones) Beasley.

For more information, contact Drew Thon at mthon@gckschools.com


The 2019 Garden City High School Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class:


Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Basketball


  • All-time Leading Scorer for GCHS, 1010 points
  • Tied Single-Game Scoring Record, 38 points
  • 1 Career Assists: 240; Single Season, 97, 1992
  • 2 All-Time Steals: 138
  • 1 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 42.5, 1991-92



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Basketball


  • 1972 State Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 1972 State Tournament Runner-Up Team
  • 2 Career Scoring, 860 points
  • 1 Single Season Scoring, 516 points
  • 2 Career Rebounding, 427
  • Tied 1st Single-Game Scoring Record, 38 points
  • 1st Team All-State, All Classes, 1972



Category: Student-Athlete

Sports: Football/Basketball


  • Tied 5th Sacks: 12
  • 9th Career Tackles: 217
  • 1st Career Rebounding: 462
  • 2nd Career Scoring: 783
  • 3rd Career Steals: 134
  • 4th Career Assists: 175
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Basketball


  • 2 Career Scoring Leader: 943 Points
  • 1 Career Free Throw Percentage: 76.3
  • 1982 Wichita Eagle-Beacon 1st Team All-State
  • 1980-1981-1982 Garden City Telegram All-Area Top 5
  • 1982 Topeka Capital-Journal All-State



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Football


  • 1st Team All-State Running Back
  • Played on Undefeated 9-0 1961 team
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century
  • College played at University of Kansas
  • NFL Player for Dallas Cowboys



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Football


  • GCHS Athlete of the Year, 1988
  • USA Today All-American High School, 1988
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century
  • 1st Team All-NJCAA at Garden City C.C.
  • College Played at the University of Wisconsin
  • Played on 1988 Rose Bowl Champion Team



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Soccer


  • All-Western Athletic Conference, 2007-2008-2009
  • All-Area Garden City Telegram, 2006-2007-2008-2009
  • All-State Class 6A, 2006-2007-2008-2009
  • Career Scoring Leader: 157 Goals
  • Single-Season Scoring Leader: 40 Goals
  • Semifinalist, Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, 2009



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Softball


  • Career Wins/Strikeouts/ERA: 55/678/1.28
  • Pitched 3 No-Hitters, 2007
  • All-Western Athletic Conference, 2004-2005-2006-2007
  • Western Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Year, 2007
  • Garden City Telegram All-Area, 2004-2005-2006-2007
  • Hutchinson News Pitcher of the Year, 2007
  • Kansas Softball Coaches Association All-State, 2005-2006-2007



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Swimming


  • Class 6A 100-Yard Backstroke Champion, 1985-1986-1987
  • Class 6A 200-Yard Individual Medley Champion, 1985-1986-1987
  • Class 6A State Record, 200-Yard Individual Medley, 1987
  • Tied for 1st All-Time Individual State Championships, 6
  • 1987 GCHS Swim Team Placed 2nd in Class 6A



Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Wrestling


  • Class 6A State Champion, 98-pounds, 1978
  • Class 6A State Champion, 105-pounds, 1979
  • Class 6A State, 3rd Place, 112-pounds, 1980
  • Garden City Telegram All-Area Team, 1978-1979-1980
  • 1st Two-Time State Champion in School History



Category: Coach

Sport: Football

1988 to 1999

  • 87 Wins, 34 losses (.719 %)
  • 1st All-Time Wins/Garden City High School
  • 1999 Class 6A State Championship Team
  • 1990-1991-1998 Class 6A State Runner-Up Teams
  • 12 Seasons With Winning Record (No losing seasons)
  • School Record 10 Wins Twice
  • 1992 Kansas Shrine Bowl West Head Coach



Category: Coach

Sport: Wrestling

1985 to 1999

  • Coached six Class 6A State Championship Teams (1990-91-92-93-98-99)
  • Career Dual Record: 200-50-4
  • Coached 11 Individual GCHS State Champions
  • Coached 18 Individual GCHS State Runners-Up


Category: Team

1999 Football

  • Head Coach: Dave Meadows
  • Class 6A State Champions
  • Season Record: Won 9, Lost 3
  • State Championship Game: Garden City 14, Olathe South 7


Category: Team

1966 Boys Basketball

  • Head Coach: Curtis Shipley
  • Class AA State Champions, 1966
  • Season Record: Won 21, Lost 4 (Most wins in a season by a GCHS Boys Team)
  • State Championship Game: Garden City 62, Pittsburg 48

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