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FOOTBALL’S TRIP TO YUMA, AZ On Dec. 3 the no. 1 broncbuster football team will look to keep their undefeated streak against no. 2 arizona western in the el toro bowl for the njcaa national championship for the first time since 2001. There will be a broadcast at on Dec. 3 at 2 PM cST. Please tune in or go out and support our Broncbuster Football team to hopefully a strong and proud victory. The drive down will be long, so any type of support will help. Go Busters.

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Opportunity to help the community

BY CAMILA APONTE The Fill a Ford donation drive has been benefiting the community for years in ways that better the holidays for a lot of kids. Fill a Ford charities include a Ford pickup truck being filled with donations of different items for different causes. The Fill a Ford donation drive has been open for donations all week with donation boxes set up around campus. Last night at the men’s and women’s basketball games there were free hot dogs provided along with the opportunity to donate. Today from from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Ford pickup, donated by Burtis Motors, will be parked outside the John Collins Vocational Building in the parking lot. The toys donated must be new and unwrapped. Toys have been delivered to many kids each Christmas with the help of the Salvation Army and the individuals that donate. After the toys are donated to the Salvation Army, they’ll be delivered to

children in need on Christmas day. The Fill a Ford donation drive is sponsored by the Collegiate Farm Bureau and GCCC’s Block and Bridle club. Behind the coordination of this charity, Ag Instructor Cindy VenJohn, said “It’s a great way for the college to give back to the community.” Being the holidays, it becomes especially crucial to contribute. Every donation, every bit of effort, and every sense of compassion is set to be a building block to what Christmas can be. “The holidays are times of happiness and good spirit.” Avein Ortiz said, a regular donator from Garden City. “The feeling I get when I donate new toys to the Salvation Army, knowing that I’m elating even one child’s Christmas, is just phenomenal. There are many less fortunate children in our community whose parents just can not afford to get them much or

Dakota Britton | gc3 Media Students from the Collegiate Farm Bureau helped with the coordination of the Fill a Ford charity that partly took place at the Women’s and Men’s basketball games on Nov. 30, in front Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex where they held open toy donations.

even anything around Christmas and remembering back to how fun and joyous Christmas was for me growing up, I would hope that every kid could experience that joy as well.” Of course Fill a Ford isn’t the only opportunity to impact lives this holiday season; there are many different organizations around the

community and even on campus that can benefit from donations. On campus, the Campus Closet is always open for donations. Social Science Instructor and founder of the Campus Closet, Tammy Hutcheson said, “At this time the most needed items would be complete meals that are shelf stable. Dietarily, it helps students

be food secure.” The Academic Building is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the school week. It’s around this time of the year that people’s appreciation is shown most for the people around them, so be attentive to the different opportunities presented and better the community.

Stocking drive in honor of Travis Bachman’s memory By Gladys Landeros Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 would have been Travis Bachman’s 40th birthday. Bachman was killed in Iraq on Aug. 1, 2007. On Tuesday, Bachman’s memory was honored with the 10th annual Travis Bachman Memorial Christmas Stocking Drive. “I think that makes this year a little extra special,” Brandy Unruh,

Department of Public Safety Director said. “I knew Travis Bachman as a friend before he passed away and I worked with his family at the [Garden City] Police Department.” Unruh was a School Resource Officer at Kenneth Henderson Middle School after Bachman passed away and she recalled the school donating approximately 160 stockings and she has been involved ever since.

“Travis’ family and friends work very hard to keep his memory and his wishes alive through this stocking drive,” Unruh said. Unruh said she believes helping out with this stocking drive is important, not only important for her, but for her students because some of them are in the military or considering joining. It shows her students the love and appreciation we have for our soldiers. “I have known several people

who have served in different branches of the military and served overseas,” Unruh said. “I have a cousin who serves as a Marine and some of my current students are serving our country as well. I have heard from many soldiers that a message from home, whatever that message may be, means a lot and they appreciate those touches from home.” The Garden City Community College is doing its part to help

support the Travis Bachman stocking drive. Through donations this year we are able to send 42 stockings and we collected $160 to help send the stockings to the soldiers according to Unruh. “Last year, we (GCCC) sent 33 stockings,” Unruh said. “I look forward to doing this as a project at GCCC again next year and thank everyone who participated this year.”

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What’s Christmas really about?

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Holiday’s may bring out our inner materialistic side BY NYVIA DELACRUZ With Christmas around the corner; this is your friendly reminder that money can’t buy happiness. The height of the holiday season comes with a heightened sense of materialism. During this season we are bombarded with imagery that convinces us we need new and nice things, not just for ourselves but for our friends and family. It is the season of giving and receiving and of course, popping price tags. The National Retail Federation has forecasted holiday sales to raise 3.6 percent from last year, that is $655.8 billion. The numbers show that holiday sales have been on a steady increase

for the last couple of years, is it because with social media we feel the need to own and show off the latest trends? Maybe you don’t care about gifts during the holiday season, maybe you keep it strictly religious and hold it to be a sacred time for family and friends, but even if that is the case, there is still no escaping the consumerism pull of America. It surrounds us in every form of media; TV, magazines, social media, advertising etc. The message is this, if you consume or buy more goods then you will be more happy. The idea that material possessions somehow equates to personal and social well-being is constantly perpetuated through today’s media and really is just an illusion.

According to Psychology Today, multiple studies show that materialists, compared to non-materialists, have lower social and personal well-being. I conducted a poll on the GC3 Media Twitter account to see what people’s true feelings were when they think of Christmas. Out of 77 respondents, 26 percent said they think of gifts when they think of Christmas, 12 percent said food, 14 percent said religion and 48 percent said family and friends. While nearly half of the respondents value family friends during the holiday, it is apparent that the second most valued thing is gifts, even over religion. Most people are unaware of their

materialistic ideals, it is something that is subconscious. No one likes to admit that they’re a materialist but more often than not, they are. Realizing that there is more to life than acquiring the latest innovations in technology and trends in fashion is the first step to shattering materialistic ideals. However, it still is nowhere near easy, it is drilled in our heads from the time we’re young that we must work hard so we can live luxuriously; it is the American dream, it is also a mass marketing ploy that peaks during this season. By all means splurge on yourself, friends and family if you have the money to do so, but remember that money can’t buy happiness and neither can gifts.

GC3 media says farewell to staff members BY SHANYA SMALL Farewells are sometimes considered the hardest thing to do as a person grows. As this semester at Garden City Community College ends, GCCC will be saying goodbye to a handful of students, who may be graduating or moving on to do something else. Some students who are moving on include those from GC3 Student media staff. “I’m not really sure what I expected when I came onto staff. I knew it was going to be different from high school,” Editor-in-Chief Taelor Oller said. “I knew there were going to be deadlines and it was probably going to be a new experience.” Oller started on staff to be a writer, but the encouragement of other staff members and the former Journalism Advisor, Laura Guy, led her to gain a

passion for writing, and photography. She also gained knowledge on page design and the other aspects of journalism; these things led her to become Editor-in-Chief of the Silhouette newspaper. “The parts that I like the most is when when everyone comes together, I feel like when we have our mindset in the right place we really mesh and make a great team,” Oller said. “We’ve made some good memories.” Oller, even though it was a hard decision to make, decided to step away from journalism to further her education in other aspects and graduate on time. “I came on wanting to do video and broadcasting but there really is no broadcasting program here. I didn’t actually expect to write and like it, also being in a leadership role is not at all what I expected to do,” Breakaway Editor-in-Chief, Nyvia Delacruz said. Delacruz, after this semester at GCCC plans to move on to a university and

continue her path in mass communications. “I don’t know if I want to be on a newspaper staff, I just know that I want to work in some area of journalism or media,” Delacruz said. “Coming into media I did not know I was going to be part of a newspaper staff. I came into media to do photography,” Photographer Gladys Landeros said. Landeros began as a photographer but also dabbled in writing, but soon realized that journalism might not be the right path for her. Landeros will continue to work on her photography skills by completing the offered photography class on campus. GC3 Student media will be losing a total of 5 people on staff. Including Editor-inChief Taelor Oller, Breakaway Editor-inChief Nyvia Delacruz, photographers Anna Gonzales, Gladys Landeros, Perla Herrera, and Reporter Shanya Small. “I feel like I’m going to miss having a voice and being able to write about the things I’m passionate about,” Delacruz said.

Oller and Delacruz both, leave advice for those who are planning to stay on staff, and those who are coming onto the staff. “Have confidence in yourself,” Oller said. “Nyvia and I didn’t now what to expect this year, we were new editors with only one year of experience so we were terrified. But to be honest we made it through and we really had some kick-ass papers. So just have confidence in yourself in everything.” Delacruz shared some of her advice. “I want people to care about it and If you are going to be here, care. Don’t be here to just take pictures because you think it’s going to be like vogue magazine,” Delacruz said. “I think people who come in should have a genuine passion for journalism and covering the campus.” As these students move on to continue their paths in education, they will leave the journalism department in the hands of Journalism Advisor, Daniel Reyes, and hand off the role of Editor-in-Chief to current staff member Cort Peterson.

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Campus Voices: Worst present I ever got was... BY ORIANA PEREZ

“The worst Christmas present I have ever gotten was when I was little and my toy car came broken.” - Dezmond Johnson Alabama

“My aunt Marjorie when I was a kid gave me a footie pajamas with mouse ears on the hood.” - Jeremy Gigot Endowment Director

“When my ex boyfriend got me a mini straightener knowing that my hair was long and thick. I could barely straighten my bangs.”

“My mom gave me a sewing machine that she found in her closet.”

- Alexis Saenz Human Resources Assistant

- Shaycin Koehn Sublette, Kansas

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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BY KYAUNNA LIBBY If you were enchanted by Hagrid’s magical creatures in the Harry Potter films, you can expect to find even more wonderment from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling. This newest story from the wizarding world is set in New York City and follows Newt Scamander, an introverted magizoologist from England, played by Eddie Redmayne. Only moments after Scamander arrives, the movie bursts into action when mischievous magical creatures escape from his peculiar briefcase due to a mix up with a non-magic man named Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Folger. Then, not only does Scamander have to cleverly recapture them, he has to avoid the Magical Congress of the United States of America. MACUSA wants to execute him for exposing the wizarding world to the non-magic

world while bringing creatures deemed too dangerous into the United States. However just as the audience is laughing at the endearing personalities of the creatures, the dazzle from this main plot gets stolen when a seemingly unnecessary subplot is introduced involving second salemers. The second salmers are non-magic people who believe that witches exist and have their minds set on eradicating them, as in the historic Salem Witch Trials. Audiences can expect the new separate characters to turn the vibe into a dark creepy feeling, especially when a little girl is seen chanting an anti-witch song while her abusive mother looms in the background. It isn’t until the end of the movie when the two plots finally come together and make sense. Some may find this frustrating or confusing while others may enjoy the twist. You will have to see for yourself how Scamander manages to capture his creatures, became a hero, and evaded punishment from MACUSA by the end of the two hour movie. I rate Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4 out of 5 stars because Newt and the creatures are wonderful and we finally get to see how a “muggle” would react to the magic world, which gives us more than a few laughs. However, the characters are not as beautifully developed as in Harry Potter and the plotline sometimes felt disorganized.

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GCCC spreads holiday cheer

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LEFT: Make it, Take it Tuesday, Nov. 29 student gather to create Christmas ornaments out of paper, stockings, and pictures out of foam. There was also drawings for prizes every 20 minutes. Prizes included candy and T-shirts in the Beth Tedrow Student Center. RIGHT: Warren Fouse Science & Math Building are in the jolly christmas spirit by putting up their colorful christmas light and there tree.

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Finals stress week

BY JOSHUA IRSIK Finals week is rolling in fast, in fact it’s NEXT WEEK! The end of the fall semester and final exams can be a very difficult time for students as trying to find the right balance between studying, work and life can be stressful. Disability Ser vices and C o m p l i a n c e C o o rd i n a t o r Melanie Hands, offered some good test taking skills. “Start earlier than you think you need to,” Hands said. “If you develop a study strategy for your final it should relieve some stress off of you. In all reality it should have been a habit you developed throughout the semester.” Once a strategy has been developed, it’s crucial to be aware of your finals schedule so that one is not caught off guard. A crucial piece of advice is to use free time wisely. This means not staying up until 3 a.m. and playing video games then passing out without getting some studying in, leads to a stressful morning. Running out of the door with a Pop-Tart in hand, trying to cram all the chicken scratch notes onto the back of a napkin while only having three minutes to get to class. “Knowing your finals schedule, developing a timeline to study, looking at when the finals are and looking at what materials you can have for the final,” Hands said. “Gauge your study time on what you struggle with and devote more time to that subject(s).” A study tip that Garden City native Abigail Guerrero utilizes

“Start earlier than you think you need to, if you develop a study strategy for your final it should relieve some stress off of you.” - Melanie Hands

Disability Services & Compliance Coordinator

is breaking down finals material into smaller sections. “I prioritize which parts of the test I know I struggle with the most and I study those sections first and give them the most attention,” Guerrero said. “Then I review the other parts of the test that I know I excel at.”. Even though finals are a stressful time, keeping an open mind is key to a stress free testing environment. For Benjamin Celis, Chile, there is a particular study

method he has not participated in that he would like to be a part of. “I would want to be in a study group,” Celis said. “I’ve never been in one.” Among the many struggles a student encounters when faced with multiple tests besides the solitude, is the lack of confidence. “I like to remind myself that I’m going to give it my all and do my best and that’s all I really can do,” Guerrero said. “That thought repeated in my head along with slow breathing helps me get a hold of myself in order to be able to focus on what’s important.” Some of the mistakes students fall prey to are ones Hands warns against. “Get started early,” Hands said. “Stop [cramming] the night before the exam; you either know it or you don’t. Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon in ACAD1106 “How to Survive Finals week” will be held to help students with preparation and test taking tips. apply at

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Countdown to Christmas 25 Days of Festive Fun BY DAKOTA BRITTON

Christmas is the time that college students yearn for, from the first day back at school after summer break. It’s the time to relax, spend time with family, eat filling food and make many memories. This list guarantees a jolly season and some great memories. Have a great Holiday Break! 1. Decorate for Christmas 2. Watch Christmas Movies with your friends and family 3. Make Reindeer food 4. Go to the annual Garden City Christmas Parade 5. Go look at Christmas lights 6. Volunteer 7. Make ornaments 8. String popcorn 9. Go watch the Nutcracker 10. Tuba Christmas 11. Go to a cookie exchange 12. Make apple cider 13. Go caroling with your friends 14. M a k e h o m e m a d e Christmas cookies 15. Carriage Ride- Downtown Garden City

16. Build a gingerbread house 17. Deliver gifts to your neighbors 18. Go to a Christmas party 19. Hang some mistletoe 20. Send a care package to a Soldier 21. Make homemade hot chocolate 22. Wear Christmas hats and ugly Christmas sweaters and do a photo shoot 23. Enjoy time with being with family 24. It’s Christmas Eve, plan a Christmas Eve meal and read The Night Before Christmas 25. It’s Christmas, open up presents and have fun with your family

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GC3 Band to march at El Toro Bowl

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Members of the GCCC marching band warm up before running through their half time show next the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts building in preparation for their half time show at the El Toro Bowl.

By Cort Peterson As the Broncbuster band marches the football field each home game, they are also marching their way to new opportunities and experiences. The band has the opportunity to perform at the championship bowl game on Dec. 3 in Arizona; featuring the Broncbuster football team. “After brushing off the dust

today at band practice I can undoubtedly say that my band is ready to perform at the bowl game without a hitch,” Drum Major Heather Rundell said. “Being a drum major for a band our size is unbelievably amazing! The way all of us band kids have worked together and gotten things accomplished this semester is like the icing on top of the cake.” With eyes toward the bowl game the band made the decision

to put their two concerts for the semester into one on the 29th “Combining the two concerts actually worked out well as we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the concert band portion,” Director of bands Casey Hands said. The concert featured four songs from the Jazz Band, “In The Mood” arranged by Joe Garland,

“Deck the Halls” arranged by Mike Collins-Dowden, “Pink Panther” arranged by Henry Mancini, and “Santa’s in Town” arranged by Fred Coots. The newly formed woodwind and brass choirs each played one song, the brass choir played “Christmas in Brass” arranged by David Uber and the Woodwind Choir play “Bolero” arranged by David Marlatt. “They have been a great addition to the music department and offer opportunities for musicians to perform in a small ensemble setting,” Hands said. The Concert was concluded with two songs performed by the full 61 person band. The band played their annual song “Canadian Brass Christmas Suite” arranged by Paul Murtha and “White Christmas”, a new take on the classic ,arranged by Garden City’s Own Coord. of Marching Show Design/Fine Arts Retention Christopher Johnson.

“I arranged white Christmas for my band in Dighton when I taught there,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t find any good slow Christmas tunes in our library so I thought it would be neat to put something in front of them that could be world premiered. I lose myself and lose track of time when I write music. Hours feel like minutes. I enjoy the break from life and its worries that I get when I’m writing. It’s fun to craft original sounds.” The band has been busy constructing their halftime show then had to turn around and put together an entire concert in four rehearsals. “The concert was amazing,” trumpet player Donald Gaspar said, “as nervous as I know the directors were about the whole ‘four rehearsals’ it shows that we care enough and want this hard enough to get a spectacular performance.”

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GCCC’s Jazz Band perform a piece in the auditorium at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts building on Nov. 29 for their Winter Concert.

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International club meeting/activity 6 p.m. Downstairs in the student center


Guitar and Rock Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium



Winter break beings!



Christmas Day


Vespers Christmas Choir concert 3 p.m. Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium Concert Reading 6 p.m. Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium

Christmas Eve Hanukkah starts (ends Jan. 1)

Kwanzaa starts (ends Jan. 1)

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Joel Williams, Pheasants Nest, Australia, (an hour south of Sydney) spent time with his family on Wed. Nov. 30 and explored the Garden City Community College campus.

Family travels approximately 9,147 miles to visit son, brother. By Camila aponte “Joel has always wanted to come to America to play soccer. He wanted to see how far he could go in the sport...this was the means of doing it, to study whilst he played,” Rod Williams, father of Joel Williams said. “He’s basically done it himself; he pursued the idea.” Embarking on his first plane ride, which included crossing a small pond known as the Pacific Ocean, Williams arrived at Garden City Community College after more than 30 hours of travel to become a member of the men’s soccer team. Williams’ experience is one that very few other families experience. “Once we got the notification that he was coming to Garden City, the firm that we were talking to about the recruitment were telling us how wonderful it was here,” Rod Williams, said.

“They were saying that if you’re going to go anywhere, it’s one of the picks. The environment, the friendliness of the people, the security, the safety.” Williams’ parents’ views about sending their son far away to college never wavered and after the positive feedback from the recruitment firm, their sentiments were reinforced. “We were sold quite a high expectation and standard of the college and it’s lived up to those expectations and more,” Cameron, Joel’s older brother, said. The Williams’ arrived in Garden City on Tuesday, Nov. 22 during Thanksgiving Break and the campus ambience was quite different to when classes resumed the following Monday. Since their arrival, Joel’s family has explored their son’s new world as much as possible. They’ve driven around Garden City even visiting

Lakin, Dodge City and Ulysses and attended a Broncbusters basketball game. “I went and watched my first ever basketball game,” Rod Williams said. “I loved it, I thought it was awesome! There was so much activity, so much color and sound and movement, it was awesome.” Touring the campus, Joel’s family found the interactions they had with college employees warm and welcoming. The Williams’ were ecstatic at getting the chance to meet GCCC President, Dr. Herbert Swender. “He [Dr. Swender] was so welcoming,” Rod Williams said. “We wanted to chat away; we spent half an hour talking to him.” Moving away to attend college is always a challenge, even moreso when it’s half the globe away. With such a great distance, the Williams’ shared some concerns

they had. “Before, I would have images of Joel sitting in a room by himself knowing he’d just written a text message, sensing that he was a bit down I’d be thinking he’s there by himself,” Maree Williams said. Now that the Williams’ have had the opportunity to experience a segment of what life for Joel is like in Garden City and the kind of support system he has to lift him, most of the apprehension has been eased. “He’s instantly got a group of companions,” Rod Williams said. “That great connection, and the familiarity is just so wonderful for him. They’ll [soccer team] support each other really well.” The soccer season may not have ended on the note that Joel Williams, his parents, brother or team, envisioned, but now Joel can continue to train, prepare, and focus on his prosperous

future in soccer. “He’s absolutely loved soccer since he was 7-years-old,” Maree Williams said. Prov i d i n g s o m e s a g e l y advice, like only a father can, Rod Williams had a humorous take on his son’s new soccer adventure. “He’s found that his level of performance in Australia is quite high,” Williams said. “He’s come here [America] and now he’s gone from being the big fish in a little pond to being a little fish in a big pond.” Regardless of the hardships that Joel and his family have encountered, they have absolutely no doubts about Joel’s well being and ability to prosper at GCCC. When asked about their overall experience and impression of what they’ve seen here, the family simply stated, “We’re amazed.”

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Broncbusters defeat Pirates

Mens basketball dominates Independence with 95-63 blowout; win streak at 3 games By Juan Maldonado The Broncbusters squared off against conference rival Nov. 30 at home against Dodge City Community College; scores were not available at publication. On Nov. 26 the Busters marked their independence in a blowout win against Independence Community College 95-63. The win brings their overall record to 8-1 and 4-1 in conference play. Four of the men’s basketball players scored in double figures; Naradain James, Mansfield, Ohio, Aaron Ray, Middletown, N.Y., Ben Howze, Pensacola, Fla., and Josh Fleming, New Haven, Conn. The Busters are riding a 3-game winning streak after falling to Barton Community College on Nov. 16. “We needed that wake up call,” Head Coach Brady Trenkle said. “You stop working as hard to win and then somebody hits you and

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knocks you out and you respond in two ways, you either quit or decide to work harder and the guys decided to work harder.” In the previous three games the Busters defeated their opponents in blowout fashion. Against Independence the Busters outrebounded them by 18. “We have a knack at rebounding,” Trenkle said. “Which is one thing I haven’t had to teach this team, they’re really good at it.” The run-and-gun Busters shot lights out connecting on more than half of their field goals and the defense would not let Independence breathe as it held Indy to 34 percent from the field. “We executed on every play and went full speed,” Fleming said. “We have a good depth chart, the bench knows the same plays as the starters.” The season is still young but the fast-paced offense has proven to be a key element in their play this year. The team’s communication has

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Naradain James, Mansfield, Ohio, soars through traffic on a layup attempt, James would finish the game with 17 points. GCCC defeated Independence Community College at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex on Nov. 26.

grown as the amount of turnovers slowly decreases game by game. “[We’re] still trying to get the swing of things,” Ray said. “It’s still the beginning of the season and I’m

starting to get into playing mode. Everything has come day-by-day through practice. It starts with the coaches when they tell us to stay focused, sometimes we don’t

play hard and that needs to be a consistant.” The Busters are averaging 93 points a game while dishing out nearly 20 assists. The flow of the game seemed to favor the them with their constant outlet looks that led to fairly easy baskets. The constant movement can cause the players to drain energy quickly. “There’s 12 guys,” Trenkle said. “More importantly it tires [the opponent out]. There’s times where I need to slow them down, but I haven’t had to yet.” Overall Trenkle was impressed by his team’s performance on the offensive and defensive end. “The team played hard,” Trenkle said. “If you hold a team to 62 points you’re going to win. If you just sit down and guard I don’t know who can beat you.” The Busters will travel to faceoff against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons on Dec. 3 the game will start at 7:30 p.m.

Track team talented, tough; ready for 2017

Coach Ray Putnam and Coach Doug Marshall have confidence that the track and field team will meet high expectations this upcoming year. The team is looking better than last year with higher numbers of talented freshmen and stronger sophomores. “The newcomers look pretty good,” Marshall said. “We have a few standouts, I won’t name any names, but we do have a couple kids that look better than some of the

sophomores that we had last year. It’s definitely exciting to get talent to match that of the returning talent that we have from last year too.” Not only is the new team talented, the overall mentality has improved too. “This team is more focused and more mature than last year’s team,” Putnam said. “We’re just going to have a team that’s well disciplined, well willed, and follows expectations.” To prepare for the upcoming season, the athletes are working on

form and mental toughness. “Obviously we want to get a lot faster and stronger, but we really push the kids to make it through every workout the way they’re supposed to make it through it,” Marshall said. “The biggest thing is to make the kids realize that they have more than what they’re giving.” To challenge the wealth of talent, the team will be competing at some of the most ambitious meets available. “We’ve got a pretty tough

schedule,” Marshall said. “We open up at the University of Nebraska. That’ll be a tough one. Pitt State is always a tough one in Pittsburg, Kansas. As far as indoor, those will be the toughest ones outside of regionals and nationals. In outdoor we go to Texas relays and TSU relays, those two will be really big. At Texas relays we will see LSU, Texas, a lot of the big Division 1s. I know Texas relays will be a highly competitive meet. Outside of that, regionals and nationals. We face some good

competition in the regular season to get us ready for postseason.” Putnam and Marshall expect both the men’s and women’s team to be top contenders in Region VI and to finish in the top 15 at nationals. “The women’s team is going to score points at nationals,” Putnam said. “I really believe we are a top 15 team on the women’s side. We got some depth, some speed, and some jumpers. We have some top notch multis. On the men’s side I would be disappointed if we weren’t in the top 10.”

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SILHOUETTE | December 1, 2016

Last second bucketWomen elevates Lady Busters knock off Dodge City 66-64; sit at 5-4 By Anna Gonzalez


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FAR ABOVE: Kavita Akula, Bhilai, India, dribbles the ball down the court on Nov. 30 at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex. ABOVE: Tioannia McKee, Garden City, goes up for a jump shot against Lady Conquistadors on Nov. 30 at the DPAC.

On Wednesday, the Lady Busters picked up their third conference win against Dodge City Community College 66-64 at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex; full results were not available at press time. Head Coach Nick Salazar said that he is expecting less mistakes from his team going into Wednesday’s game against the Dodge City Conquistadors. “I hope that we can find a way to win, I think that after our analysis of Dodge City we feel like we are the better team and with the conference schedule the way it is you can’t afford to lose at home,” Salazar said. “My expectation is that we build off of Saturday and that we don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over we just try and learn one game at a time and just try and build it and get better and better.” The women’s basketball team has had it’s ups and downs so far this season from losing to teams like Barton County, Cowley County and Allen County but those losses will not stop them from finishing the season strong. The Lady Busters are sitting at an overall record of 5-4 and 3-3 in conference play. Aside from struggling with the little things, as every team does, Salazar added that the team’s chemistry has improved from last years team which was made up entirely of freshmen.

“It’s remarkably better than it was last year,” Salazar said. “Last year we had eleven freshman and freshman are young and sophomores are young too but freshman are especially young. There was quite a bit of freshman drama back and forth last year and we don’t have that this year and I think you just have to take your hats off to the sophomores who returned, who have been there and done it, who do their best to keep the team together and cohesive. I give credit to the returners for that they’ve taken ownership of their locker room” On Nov. 26 the Lady Busters picked up their second conference win against Independence Community College 57-54. Salazar said that Saturday’s win against Independence was a huge relief for the Lady Busters knowing that they have been struggling with a three-game losing streak. “It was a big relief because we had dropped a few ball games. It’s so early in the year and you don’t want to panic but I know that our players are still young people,” Salazar said. “We lost to a couple of teams we probably shouldn’t of lost too. For that reason it was a big relief because Independence [Community College] is very good and when you beat a good team it just reaffirms for them it gives them a shot of confidence and what they’re doing is the right things and that’s just our goal is to get

them to do those things more and more because that’s how you have success.” Tionnia McKee, Garden City, had a game high of 18 points on 7 of 14 from the field while DeRae Lewis, Oklahoma City, added 14. The Lady Busters were playing without starter Monica Barefield, Joliet, Illinois, due to a family emergency. Garden City had a late start on offense missing nine of their 12 shots followed by five turnovers in the first quarter. The second quarter is where the pace began to pick up when McKee scored a 3-pointer that gave the Lady Busters their first lead of the game. With a layup that gave the Lady Busters a 25-20 edge with minutes to play in the first half. Garden City did not score again the rest of the quarter while the Pirates scored five points to tie the game at 25 at the end of the half. The Lady Busters scored 13 points in the second quarter while the Lady Pirates had nine. Entering the second half, the Lady Busters were scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game when Garden City native Jessica Carrillo scored two free throws in the third quarter. Garden City had 18 points to end the third quarter. Lewis and Mckee combined to score 12 of Garden City’s 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Busters will travel to Hutchinson Community College Dec. 3 game tip off is 5:30 p.m.



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