Buffs’ bowlers grab WAC titles; boys basketball sweeps Dodge; Lady Buffs fall to Lady Demons basketball

BUFFS ROUNDUP: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020


Tuesday became a “Terrific Tuesday” for the girls and boys Buffaloes’ bowling teams during the Western Athletic Conference championship matches that concluded a nearly two-month round-robin dual schedule among the four competing schools.

The Lady Buffs repeated as WAC champions, dominating the rest of the WAC opponents and finishing with a 78-57 point victory over Great Bend. The boys Buffs, meanwhile, had to put their rally hats on and they did just that, edging out Great Bend, 68-63, to claim the league crown. They had trailed 51-49 heading into the final championship day which carried a total point count of 21. The Buffs got 19 of their 21 points compared to Great Bend’s 12.

It was a sizzling day on the lanes for the Buffs’ boys as they opened the competition in the American 10-pin format by rolling games (best 4 of 6 scores count) of 802-866-884. In that final game, the Buffs had individual games of 236 (Kaden Whitehurst), 231 (Caleb Carr), 204 (Ty Weilert) and 213 (Justin Erwin).


Over the 3-game 10-pin series, Carr topped the field with a career-best 717 series on games of 244-242-231. Kaden Whitehurst took second with a 655 series, rolling games of 201-218-236. Ty Weilert placed fifth at 590 (178-208-204). Great Bend’s Bryce Moore, though, captured Boys Bowler of the Year for a strong season and capped it off with a 610 series, placing third Tuesday.

In the Baker format (5 bowlers bowl 2 frames each, not consecutively), the Buffs won 7 of the 9 possible points, going 2-1 against Dodge City and Great Bend and sweeping all 3 points from Liberal.

On the girls side, the Lady Buffs entered the final bonus-point championship with a 15-point lead over Great Bend and they didn’t look back, also getting 19 points of the possible 21.

Three of the Lady Buffs’ All-WAC team (left) Holly Bridges, Angelina Leeper and Karly Larson. (Photo by Brett Marshall)

Great Bend’s Paige Wagner took first at 617 and Dodge City’s Camryn Lenz was second with a 615 series but then it was Karly Larson in third (601 series), Angelina Leeper fourth at 581 and Britney Cruz fifth at 537. Larson rolled games of 196-192-213, Leeper was at 179-188-214 and Cruz bowled 204-191-142.

In the Baker format, the Lady Buffs went 2-1 against Dodge City and Great Bend and then swept all 3 points from Liberal.

All-WAC selections

Selections are based upon a season-long competition in which all teams bowl home-and-home duals with each other, and then capped off by the big final championship day. The top six bowlers make all-WAC first team and the next six are named Honorable Mention.

Each of the Buffs’ girls and boys teams garnered four spots on the first team and then an additional two on the honorable mention list. Thus, all 12 of the Buffs varsity were either first or honorable mention.

On the girls side, Holly Bridges occupied the third spot behind Wagner and Lenz, Leeper was fourth, Larson fifth and Emilee Giger sixth. Cruz and Lilyann Leeper were honorable mention picks, finishing eighth and ninth overall.

In the boys all-WAC selections, Great Bend’s Moore took the Bowler of the Year honor, but the Buffs finished second with Kaden Whitehurst, third with Caleb Carr, fourth with Ty Weilert and sixth with Dionicio Resendiz. Jayce Farr and Justin Erwin were honorable mention selections in the eighth and ninth positions.

The Buffs teams will return to the lanes in Liberal on Monday, Feb. 24, for the Class 6A regional. The top 3 teams will advance to the state tournament, which will be March 5 at North Rock Lanes in Wichita.


Western Athletic Conference

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 At Liberal


Final WAC Point Standings

  1. Garden City, 78; 2. Great Bend, 57; 3. Dodge City, 36; 4. Liberal, 3.

American 10-Pin 3-Game Series:

Garden City, 748-762-741=2251; Great Bend, 699-732-700=2131; Dodge City, 660-585-683=1928; Liberal, 627-565-588=1780.

Garden City Individual Series:

  1. Karly Larson, 196-192-213=601; 4. Angelina Leeper, 179-188-214=581; Britney Cruz, 204-191-142=537; Holly Bridges, 169-191-154=514; Lilyann Leeper, 168-149-141=458; Emilee Giger, 119-159-160=438.

Baker 3-Game Series (3 dual matches)

Vs. Dodge City (2-1): 180-145; 134-181; 190-175; Series: 504-501.

Vs. Liberal (3-0): 180-138; 177-103; 201-131; Series: 558-372.

Vs. Great Bend (2-1): 163-133; 125-162; 224-170; Series: 512-465.

Total Pins (10-Pin & Baker Combined): Garden City, 3825; Great Bend, 3554; Dodge City, 3413; Liberal, 2994.


Final WAC Point Standings

  1. Garden City, 68; 2. Great Bend, 63; 3. Liberal, 26; 4. Dodge City, 17.

American 10-Pin 3-Game Series:

Garden City: 802-866-884=2552; Great Bend, 749-805-786=2340; Liberal, 755-627-621=2003; Dodge City, 611-592-630=1833.

Garden City Individual Series:

  1. Caleb Carr, 244-242-231=717; 2. Kaden Whitehurst, 201-218-236=655; 5. Ty Weilert, 178-208-204=590; Justin Erwin, 174-181-213=568; Dionicio Resendiz, 179-198-157=534; Jace Farr, 173-173-125=471.

Baker 3-Game Series (Duals)

Vs. Dodge City (2-1): 155-167; 181-150; 211-127; Series: 547-444.

Vs. Great Bend (2-1): 191-178; 199-181; 153-162; Series: 543-521.

Vs. Liberal (3-0): 178-158; 214-183; 211-145; Series: 603-486.



Two weeks prior, the Garden City High School boys basketball team shot 40 free throws, making 31 en route to a 57-42 road win at Dodge City.

On Tuesday night, it was a different path to victory for the Buffs as they used a dozen 3-point baskets, five each by Tae Rosales and Azavier Williams, as the home team prevailed by nearly the same margin, this time 68-54, at The Garden.

The victory enabled the Buffs to even their season record at 9-9 and improve to 2-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Buffs jumped out to an early 9-4 lead, only to trail 12-11 midway through before making a final 5-0 surge to take a 16-12 lead after the first quarter.

Dodge, though, got hot in the second quarter while the Buffs went a bit cold on offense, getting outscored 13-8 to fall behind by one point, 25-24, at intermission.

The Buffs warmed to the task in the final half, outscoring the Demons 19-11 in the third to move into a 43-36 advantage and then extended the final margin with a 25-18 surge in the fourth stanza.

GCHS vs Liberal High School
Garden City senior Azavier Williams scored 26 points Tuesday to help the Buffs defeat Dodge City 68-54 at The Garden.

Williams, a senior, led all scorers with 26 points while Rosales added 17 to the winning cause. They were the lone double-figure scorers for the Buffs. Dodge was led by John Johnson’s 13 points, under his 18-point, 17-rebound effort in the game at Dodge City.

The Buffs will hit the road on Friday for a WAC battle at Hays, set for an approximate 7:45 tip-off at the HHS gym. They will play their final regular season game at home on Tuesday, Feb. 25, against Liberal and then await pairings and seedings for the Class 6A sub-state the following week.


Dodge City (4-14/1-5)  12  13  11  18  —  54

Garden City (9-9/2-4)  16  8  19  25  —  68

Garden City (68) – Rosales 5 4-6 17, Williams 10 1-2 26, Flores 3 0-1 8, Tolbert 2 2-2 8, Wiese 1 0-0 2, Tanner 1 0-1 2, Guevara 1 0-0 2, Underwood 1 1-2 3. Totals 24 8-14 68.

3-point goals: Garden City 12 (Rosales 3, Williams 5, Flores 2, Tolbert 2).


The return match between the Garden City Lady Buffaloes and Dodge City’s Lady Red Demons proved to be a rough night for the host Lady Buffs, falling to their rivals by a 46-20 count in a Western Athletic Conference matchup at The Garden.

Dodge City led almost the entire game except for a few early moments. The visitors owned leads of 12-6, 26-6, and 35-12 at the quarter stops.

Amaya Gallegos scored six points to lead the Lady Buffs scoring.

The loss drops the Lady Buffs to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the WAC. Dodge City improves to 14-4 and 4-2. Next up for the Lady Buffs is a road test Friday at Hays with tip-off set for 6 p.m. at HHS gym.

Dodge city (14-4/4-2)  12  14  9  10  — 46

Garden City (9-8/3-2)  6  0  6  8  — 20

Garden City (20) – Calzonetti 3, Gallegos 6, Meng 3, Pickard 2, Turner 2, Rodriguez 1, Flores 3.

3-point goals: Gallegos 2, Flores 1.



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