GCHS soccer falls to Dodge, 2-1; swim 2nd





Garden City High School's girls soccer team came up one goal short on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss at Dodge City in a Western Athletic Conference game delayed one day due to high wind and chilly temperatures on Tuesday.

The loss dropped the Lady Buffs' season record to 5-4 and they are now 2-2 in the WAC. They travel to Liberal on Friday for a makeup game and then are on the road to Hays on Monday.

Maria Rodriguez provided the Lady Buffs with their only goal of the game, scoring on a free kick in the 10th minute when they had the wind at their back.

"They (Dodge City) went against the wind in the first half, so we knew we needed to get some goals there in the first half," said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "We just have to develop more consistency. We can't score 10 goals in one game (against Great Bend) and then struggle to get one goal in the next."

Dodge City took advantage of the wind in the second half, scoring its first goal on a free kick, too, this one from Tamela Rosales in the 43rd minute. Rosales scored the game-winning goal on a corner kick in the 59th minute.

"The wind helped them on that, but that's a goal you just can't give up," Padilla said. "They got their shots and made them. We had our shots and didn't."

The Lady Buffs finished with 11 shots compared to five for the Lady Red Demons. Ashlee Richman had two saves in net for the Lady Buffs.

Girls swimming

The Lady Buffs swimming team at Garden City High School traveled to Manhattan on Wednesday and came home with a runner-up team finish after scoring 436.5 points to winner Manhattan's 514.

Head coach Casey Wise said he moved some of his swimmers around in different events, some to give a break from their normal events, and some to see how they would compete in a new event.

"It added a little variety for the girls, and it seems to be working out," Wise said.

While there were no individual or relay firsts, the Lady Buffs scored in multiple events with a number of top five finishes.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Claire Schmidt, Kailee Stucky and Caroline Robinson went 4-5-6. Schmidt and Samantha Norton had third-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (1:14.30), 50-yard freestyle (27.02), and 100-yard freestyle (1:00.29). Stucky claimed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 6:46.80. Ashley Longoria and Erika Schafer went 4-5 in the 100-yard backstroke with marks of 1:16.57 and 1:17.01. Lindsay Bradstreet and Laura Richmeier went 3-4 in the 100-yard breastroke in times of 1:19.69 and 1:20.47.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Longoria, Bradstreet, Schmidt and Norton took third with a time of 2:08.96 while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Abigail Ginest-Dougherty, Longoria, Schafer, and Norton took third in 1:53.62. The 400-yard freestyle relay also took fourth as Ginest-Dougherty, Schafer, Bradstreetand Schmidt were clocked in 4:18.90.

"Manhattan's just a little deeper, but I thought the girls competed well today," Wise said. "We just wanted to give the girls a different look in some of the events."

The Lady Buffs are idle until May 8 when they travel to Salina South. They close out their regular season on May 15 at the WAC championship in Hays.

Boys tennis

The Garden City Buffs' boys tennis team will not be traveling to Goddard today for its invitational.

Instead, the Buffs will travel to Colby for a 3 p.m. Friday meet to be hosted by the Eagles.

Head coach Rod Robinson said his team would get more matches at the Colby tournament.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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