Inductees

2020 Hall of Fame Induction Class

STUDENT-ATHLETE

CINDY BENITEZ

Sport: Soccer

2006-2009

  • 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
  • 2-time NJCAA All-American at Butler Community College
  • 2-time MIAA All-Conference at Fort Hays State University
  • Inductee into Butler Community College Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Ranks in the Top 5 season and career  list in 20 categories at FHSU
  • Earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from FHSU in 2013

JON BIGLER

Sport: Wrestling

1978-1980

  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas
  • Master’s degree, Physician’s Assistant, Wichita State University

MIKE BRYAN

Sport: Football

1986-1988

  • GCHS Athlete of the Year, 1988
  • USA Today All-American High School, 1988
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century
  • 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Garden City C.C., 1990
  • Played offensive guard at the University of Wisconsin, 1991-1992
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, 1993

DEANN CRAFT

Sport: Basketball

1980-1982

  • No. 2 Career Scoring Leader: 943 Points
  • No. 1 Career Free Throw Percentage: 76.3
  • 1981 Wichita Eagle-Beacon 2nd Team All-State
  • 1982 Wichita Eagle-Beacon 1st Team All-State
  • 1980-1981-1982 Garden City Telegram All-Area Top 5
  • 1982 Topeka Capital-Journal All-State
  • Played collegiately at University of Central Florida
  • Senior season at UCF, averaged 20.9 ppg, top 40 scorer in NCAA Division I
  • 1987 No. 1 free throw shooting percentage in NCAA Division I, 92.6 percent
  • 20-year coaching career at high school, college and professional levels
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice

KATIE FORD

Sport: Softball

2004-2007

  • 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
  • School records for Career Wins, 55/Strikeouts, 678/ERA, 1.28
  • Pitched 3 No-Hitters, 2007
  • No. 5 All-Time in career strikeouts in Kansas High School
  • NJCAA All-American at Johnson County Community College, 2009
  • All-time Career/Single Season Winning Percentage at Univ. of West Alabama (.806/2010; .750 with W-L of 39-12
  • School record for most consecutive wins (13) at West Alabama
  • 2011 All-Academic Gulf South Conference 1st team
  • Bachelor degree in Mathematics at University of West Alabama
  • Master’s degree at Iowa State University

MIKE JOHNSON (Deceased, 2003)

Category: Student-Athlete

Sport: Football

1960-1962

  • 1st Team All-State Running Back, 1961
  • Played on Undefeated 9-0 1961 team, ranked No. 3 in Kansas
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century
  • College played at University of Kansas
  • Drafted in 1966 by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders
  • Signed to play with the NFL’s  Dallas Cowboys
  • Started 28 games, played in 54
  • Career 8 interceptions at defensive back; 5 in 1967

JIM MOORE

Category: Student-Athlete

Sports: Football/Basketball/Baseball

1989-1991

  • BASEBALL
  • Single season and career record-holder for home runs
  • 3-time All-Western Athletic Conference 1st team
  • 2-time Class 6A All-State 1st team
  • BASKETBALL
  • 1st, Career Rebounding – 462
  • 4th, Career Scoring – 783
  • 3rd, Career Steals -- 134
  • 2-time All-Western Athletic Conference 1st team
  • 4th, Career Assists -- 175
  • FOOTBALL
  • Top 11 GCHS Player/ Wichita Eagle for 20th Century
  • 3-time All-Western Athletic Conference, 1st team
  • 3-time All-State, 1st team
  • Named High School All-American by Parade/Street & Smith, USA Today, Athlon and Super Prep Magazines
  • Named Wichita Eagle’s Top 11 All-Decade Team for the 1990s
  • Runner-up Kansas Gatorade Football Player of the Year, 1991
  • Super 11, Wichita Eagle/Topeka Capital-Journal, 1989-1990
  • National Athlete of the Year by Bigger, Faster, Stronger magazine
  • Tied 5th Career Sacks: 12
  • 9th Career Tackles: 217
  • Played tight end at the University of Kansas 4 years
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business/finance at the University of Kansas

    STEWART NELSON

    Sport: Basketball

    1970-1972

  • 1972 State Tournament Most Valuable Player, Class 4A
  • 1972 State Tournament Runner-Up Team, Class 4A
  • No. 2 Career Scoring, 860 points
  • No. 1 Single Season Scoring, 516 points
  • No. 2 Career Rebounding, 427
  • Tied 1st Single-Game Scoring Record, 38 points
  • 1st Team All-State, Wichita Eagle/Topeka Capital-Journal, All Classes, 1972
  • All-Jayhawk Conference 1st team, 1973, Garden City Community College
  • Played 1 season at the University of Nebraska
  • Architectural degree from University of Nebraska
  • Member of Garden City High School Hall of Fame, 2013

    BRANDY PERRYMAN

    Sport: Basketball

    1991-1994

  • All-time Leading Scorer for GCHS, 1010 points
  • Tied Single-Game Scoring Record, 38 points
  • No. 1 Career Assists: 240; Single Season, 97, 1992
  • No. 2 All-Time Steals: 138
  • No. 1 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 42.5, 1991-92
  • Helped GCHS to 2 Class 6A state tournament appearances
  • Played at the University of Texas (1994-95 to 1997-98 seasons)
  • Career Free Throw Percentage Leader at Texas, 90 percent
  • 2-time NCAA Academic All-American and 1st team Academic All-Big 12

BRIAN POST

Sport: Swimming

1985-1987

  • 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
  • Member, Class 6A State 4x100-yard relay championship team, 1987
  • Tied for 1st All-Time Individual State Championships, 6
  • 1987 GCHS Swim Team Placed 2nd in Class 6A
  • Attended West Point Military Academy, 4-year letter winner
  • All-Conference in 100-yard backstroke at West Point
  • Received his Engineering Degree from West Point

COACHES

DAVE MEADOWS

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

WALLACE “ROCKY” WELTON

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
  • Member, KSHSAA and Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame

TEAMS

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

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
  • Defeated the Nos. 4, 1 and 2 seeded teams
  • Archie Gooden voted Most Valuable Player at State Tournament