2013 Telegram All-Area Fall Sports Team

11/29/2013

David Amaro, Jr.

Garden City, soccer

The 2013 soccer was memorable for a number of reasons.

The Buffaloes went 13-5 and won their second-straight WAC title. They made it all the way to the regional finals.

For junior David Amaro, beating Dodge City at home in overtime was the single most memorable in his season.

The all-league, all-area player led the team in assists with 12 to go along with his five goals.

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Beating Dodge City at home in overtime.

Favorite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Favorite food: Pizza.

Favorite class in school: US history.

Person I most admire: My mom.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Favorite moment: Going to Denver for the Sueno MLS tryouts and making the top 30 out of 600 players.

Jessica Ast, Sr.

Cimarron, golf

As a senior, Jessica Ast accomplished something no other girls golfer, until this year, has ever done.

She was a co-champion at the state 3A golf meet held at The Golf Club at Southwind.

In an unprecedented move, officials allowed her and Cheney’s Brooklyn Lonker to finish play after darkness stopped the tournament after the second playoff hole rather than return the next day to resume play.

As far as anyone at the state level can remember, that had never been done before.

But doing things unconventionally is what Ast is about.

This was only her second year of playing golf--ever. So to finish as a regional champion and share the state title, that’s just par for the course, in her book.

To top things off, Ast and her fellow Lady Bluejays brought home a regional team title and finished third at state.

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Winning individual titles at regionals and state.

Favorite athlete: Blair O’Neal.

Favorite food: Spaghetti.

Favorite class in school: Physics.

People I most admire: My parents.

If I could meet one person, it would be: My grandma.

Favorite pastime: Playing piano.

College I plan to attend: Kansas State University.

Area of intended study at college: Pre-Dentistry.

Rebecca Avelar, Fr.

Stanton Co., cross country

And a freshman shall lead them.

So sayeth the book of improbabilities, but that’s how it happened for Stanton Country cross country runner Rebecca Avelar.

The freshman ran a 16:13.68 at the state 2A meet in Wamego, placing third individually and helping the team place fifth.

The only two runners to beat her were both juniors who ran sub-16:00 times.

Avelar also found success at the Hi-Plains League meet on her home course, placing first.

She followed that with a second place at the regional meet.

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Teammates Jenna and Haley putting 20 banana peels on my seat on the bus.

Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps.

Favorite food: Buffalo wings.

Favorite class in school: Biology.

Person I most admire: God.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Michael Phelps.

Favorite pastime: Watch “Pretty Little Liars.”

College you plan to attend: Kansas State University, even though I’m not a senior yet.

Erik Barragan, Jr., 

Garden City, Soccer

Two seasons into his varsity prep career at Garden City High School and Erik Barragan is establishing himself as one of the all-time great players for the Buffs.

Barragan just completed his junior campaign with the Buffs, helping propel the team to a 13-5 season record and a repeat championship in the Western Athletic Conference.

The forward finished the season with 25 goals and added in eight points. His goals broke the previous school record of 24 goals in a single season. Now, after two seasons, Barragan has scored 44 goals and recorded 16 assists.

“He just has a knack for being in the right place, and he’s got that extra knowledge of how to get in position to score,” GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla said. “He’s difficult to stop once he gets into a 1-on-1 situation.”

Barragan also was a repeat performer on the all-WAC team.

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Most memorable moment for 2013 season: Breaking the school goal scoring record of 24 goals.

Favorite athlete: Messi and Neymar.

Favorite food: Chinese.

Favorite class in school: Physics.

Person I most admire: Cristiano Ronaldo.

If I could meet one person, it would be: David Beckham.

Shai Cartmill, Soph.

Garden City, Tennis

One could make the case that Shai Cartmill came from out of nowhere during the 2013 fall tennis season.

In just her first year of varsity tennis, the sophomore paired up with three-year starter Claire Schmidt to form one of the top doubles teams in western Kansas.

Runners-up in the Western Athletic Conference to Great Bend, the doubles tandem won the Class 6A regional to advance to the state tournament in Maize.

A cold, rainy opening day at Maize for the state tournament delayed the Lady Buffs, and perhaps that halted some of their momentum that had been gained during the season.

Two losses at the state tourney dampened what otherwise was a standout campaign for the Lady Buffs’ duo. They finished with a 29-10 record.

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Most memorable moment for 2013 season: Winning Class 6A regionals.

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams.

Favorite food: Steak.

Favorite class in school: World History.

Person(s) I most admire: My parents.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Serena Williams.

Favorite pastime: Practicing sports; listening to music and hanging out with my family.

Season highlights/honors: Winning regionals and the team title at Hutchinson. State qualifier in doubles. All-Area fall sports.

Erik Chaparro, Fr.

Garden City, cross country

Erik Chaparro tasted success early in his high school cross country career.

Just a freshman, Chaparro was part of the boys team that came out of nowhere and won the regional title.

Being a member of that team afforded him the opportunity to compete at the state level where he made the most of that chance, placing 19th.

With that taste of success, Chaparro now looks forward to better things next season, and his performance was enough to get him named to his first all-area sports team.

Chaparro’s state time was 16:41, just a second slower than his second-place time at regionals.

The freshman ran the first meet of the season in Great Bend as a junior varsity runner, finishing in 18:15. That was faster than all seven varsity runners, so he earned his spot on varsity and from there just got better.

Two weeks later at Hays he ran 17:46, then followed that at Rim Rock in Lawrence in 17:29, the site of the state meet, where he improved by 65 seconds five weeks later.

A veteran of the middle school program, Chaparro said that watching the high school team grow together during the fall was one of the highlights of his season.

That, and winning a regional boys title with a number of young runners stepping up when they needed to.

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Running a 16:41 at state, finishing 19th.

Favorite athlete: the entire GCHS cross country team.

Favorite food: just about everything.

Favorite class in school: Biology.

Person I most admire: Goku.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Nina Dobrev.

Favorite pastime: Eating, walking my dogs, running.

Katy Doll, Jr.

Garden City, Cross country

Sometimes overshadowed by her senior teammates, Katy Doll has played a vital role in the success of the past three seasons for the GCHS girls cross country team.

At this year’s state meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Doll finished 19th individually to earn a medal and help the Lady Buffs repeat as the Class 6A state team runner-up. Her time of 16:08 was 34 seconds faster than she ran earlier in the year at the same course.

Of the nine meets in which the Lady Buffs competed, Katy finished among the top 10 on five occasions. She had five top five finishes, with a third at Hesston her top finish. Her fastest 4-kilometer time of the eyar came at El Dorado where she was clocked in 15:36.00. She also helped the Lady Buffs repeat as Western Athletic Conference and regional champions.

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Most memorable moment for 2013 season: Chile Pepper Festival cross country meet in Arkansas.

Favorite athlete: Gabby Douglas.

Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese.

Favorite class: Science.

Person I most admire: My sister, Kayla.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Gabby Douglas, Olympic champion.

Pastime: Running and socializing.

Season highlights: Rim Rock KU Classic; Chile Pepper Festival, Arkansas.

Honors: Team Western Athletic Conference champions; Team Regional champions; Team Class 6A state runner-up; 19th medalist at state meet.

Kayla Doll, Sr.

Garden City, Cross country

The senior-dominated Lady Buffs cross country team has progressively improved each year, and Kayla Doll’s 2013 performance was no exception. 

This season, she had her best finish at the state meet with a 12th place standing in a time of 15:54.00 for the 4-kilometer race. That helped the Lady Buffs repeat as the Class 6A state runner-up, equaling their best finish in school history.

Doll was consistent throughout the season, placing second to teammate Alex Miller on five occasions and third on another. She placed 16th among nearly 400 runners at the prestigious Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., while earning a 30th place in the demanding Rim Rock Farm Classic in late September.

With plans to major in pre-med, Doll is looking at the possibility of running at Kansas State University next year.

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Most memorable moment of 2013 season: When both girls and boys teams won Class 6A regionals. It was an exciting day and a great accomplishment for GCHS cross country.

Favorite athlete: Kara Goucher or Lolo Jones.

Favorite food: Peanut butter.

Favorite class in school: Sugar Beet (Newspaper).

Person I most admire: My mom.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Kara Goucher.

Favorite pastime: Going to the lake, spending time with family and friends, and running.

College I plan to attend: Kansas State.

Area of intended study: Pre-Med.

David Fuentes, Sr.

Garden City, soccer

Nothing could have been much better for senior David Fuentes than to have beaten league rival Dodge City twice.

That would have meant the Garden City Buffaloes had beaten the Red Demons in the regional final.

Instead, they fell 1-0 to end a 13-5 season, which included a second-straight WAC title.

Earlier in the season, the Buffaloes fell to Dodge City 2-0 on the road. They avenged that loss with a 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo Stadium.

The winning goal went to David Fuentes.

The senior named that shot his most memorable moment of a successful season, while winning the WAC title again was the season highlight.

Fuentes was the team’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and five assists. He was also named to the all-league first team.

Fuentes is undecided as to a future college, but he would like to study in the medical field.  

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Scoring the winning goal in extra time against WAC rival Dodge City.

Favorite athlete: Andres Iniesta, Floyd Mayweather.

Favorite food: Pasta.

Favorite class in school: Weight training.

Person I most admire: Mom and Dad.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Eminem.

Favorite pastime: High school soccer.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of study: Medical field.

Kelli Holthaus, Sr.

Greeley Co., cross country

In her four years as a Lady Jackrabbit cross country runner, Kelli Holthaus has experienced almost as much success as anyone can.

This year Greeley County won its second straight 1A title and third in the past four years.

The only “blemish” was a runner-up finish three years ago.

And Holthaus was a member of all four of those teams.

That also means the senior was on the all-state cross country team all four years of high school.

Her fifth-place state finish this year (17:02.05) was a spot higher than in 2012 (16:35.4), and 10 better than in 2011 (17:23.07).

Her freshman year she placed 18th (17.40.39), which means she medaled all four years.

The harrier plans to attend Kansas University and study dentistry.

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Most memorable moment of the 2013 season: Winning the team title at state.

Favorite athlete: Thomas Robinson.

Favorite food: Pasta.

Favorite class in school: Art.

Person I most admire: Grandma.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Paul Walker.

Favorite pastime: Being with friends and family.

College you plan to attend: Kansas University.

Area of study: Dentistry.

Chelsea Jackson, Sr.

Garden City, cross country

When she was a freshman runner for the Lady Buffs, she was the lone qualifier for the Class 6A state meet in Lawrence.

That was the race where she was stepped on from behind, lost her sock and shoe, but still raced the remainder of the 4-kilometer event and finished 31st.

Since then, Jackson, a small, but powerful runner, has two 28th place finishes at the state meet in a field of more than 100 runners that has produced two team state runner-up finishes for the Lady Buffs.

Like her teammates, Jackson excelled throughout the 2013 season, placing second behind Miller in the Western Athletic Conference championship, and garnering four third-place finishes (also behind teammate Kayla Doll). Her best time came at El Dorado where she was clocked in 15:04.00. She placed 24th at the prestigious Chile Pepper Festival in a field of 400 runners and was 48th in the elite Rim Rock Farm Classic in late September.

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Most memorable moment of 2013 season: Running through mud in Fayetteville, Ark. with 400 girls at the Chile Pepper Festival meet.

Favorite athlete: Kara Goucher (marathon runner).

Favorite food: Pancakes with peanut butter.

Favorite class: English.

Person I most admire: Coach Linenberger and coach Algrim.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Taylor Swift.

Favorite pastime: Spending time with friends or performing with modern show choir.

College I plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Health science, nutrition/physical exercise science.

Season highlights: Running personal best of 15:04 at El Dorado; Winning WAC team title; Regional team title; State runner-up team.

Honors: All-state academic.

Claire Schmidt, Jr.

Garden City, Tennis

There’s not much that Schmidt won’t try on the tennis court.

As a freshman, she was paired with senior teammate Maddie Silva, and the duo responded by qualifying for the state tournament with a sixth-place regional finish. 

Then, her sophomore year, Schmidt earned the No. 1 spot on the Lady Buffs and played singles during that 2012 season. Again, she qualified for state, and also was unable to crack the winning column at state.

This season, she paired with sophomore rookie Shai Cartmill and the pair put together one of the best seasons in recent school history. They compiled a 29-10 record, won the 6A regionals and advanced to the state, where they lost two tough matches.

Both return next season, and only time will tell whether or not Schmidt will play singles, or doubles. 

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Most memorable moment of 2013 season: Winning doubles title at Regionals.

Favorite athlete: Maria Sharapova.

Favorite food: Spaghetti.

Favorite class in school: Sugar Beet (Newspaper).

Person I most admire: My grandma.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Pope Francis.

Favorite pastime: Spending time with family and friends; swimming and dancing.

Season highlights: Regional doubles champion, Class 6A.

Abbi Shaddix, Sr.

Garden City, Golf

The Garden City senior golfer made a run at a state individual title in mid-October when she shot a 74 on the par-72 home course at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

Shaddix, who had placed sixth the year before, helped catapult the Lady Buffs to a surprising third-place team finish, with only Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest, who successfully defended her 2012 title with a 1-under-par 71.

Shaddix completed a stellar senior season at GCHS, and has now signed a letter-of-intent to play golf at the University of North Texas in Denton. She will graduate in December and enroll in the spring semester at UNT, but will not participate on the Mean Green’s team until the fall of 2014.

The four-year varsity golfer leaves GCHS as one of its all-time greats, having repeated as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after sweeping all five individual league events. She also garnered medalist honors at the 6A regional in Hutchinson with a 1-over-par 72.

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