Category Archives: GCCC

Kris Baumann leaves Garden City for Trinity Valley



The Wichita Eagle

Garden City Community College men’s basketball coach Kris Baumann is leaving the Broncbusters after six seasons, announcing Monday that he will be the new coach at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

Baumann went 120-65 in six years as the Broncbusters’ head coach, his crowning achievement being the Region VI title in 2009 – Garden City’s first Region VI title in over 50 years.

Baumann, who was hired by Newman athletic director Vic Trilli, made it to Wichita for the Region VI quarterfinals five out of his six years. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Garden City.

Baumann met with GCCC athletic director Bob Larson on Sunday and GCCC president Dr. Herbert J. Swender on Monday.

Tuesday morning, he was cleaning out his office at the Perryman Athletic Complex and preparing to drive down to Athens, Texas.

“(Garden City) has been home for me for a long time now and never in my wildest imagination did I think I would spend six years here,” Baumann said. “Garden City is a special place to coach because of the legacy of coaches and the way the community supports the school and the teams … on the junior-college level, it’s remarkable.”

Texas JuCos have a distinct advantage over Kansas JuCos – specifically in basketball – when it comes to recruiting. In Texas, schools get 12 full scholarships and a lot of times. Baumann, who starred at Idaho in the late 90s, will also have access to the Dallas metroplex to recruit – just an hour drive from Trinity Valley’s campus.

“The biggest difference between (the Jayhawk) and Texas is the scholarships,” Baumann said. “And that frees up some money in other places, like with the operating budget.”

Baumann also spent three years as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College.

Here’s our November 2009 profile of Baumann after winning Region VI and headed into the 09-10 season.

Here’s the Athens Daily Review story on Baumann’s hiring.

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Lucas Aslin out at Garden City CC



News out of Garden City today as GCCC football coach Lucas Aslin has decided to resign after four seasons. Aslin went 20-18 in his time there – but posted losing records and missed the Region VI playoffs the last two years. This one was coming from a long ways off – and to Aslin’s credit he’s always been upfront about his prospects. This year, to the ire of some Garden Citians, he said that if he wasn’t succesful coaching at GCCC he would go back to high schools – he coached at Derby before coming to the college ranks. If that’s what he wants, I’d think he’d be a candidate for whatever big HS jobs come open in the offseason in Kansas.

Bottom line? The Busters were a hair’s breath from a national title 10 years ago under AD Bob Larson. Five years ago, JJ Eckert took them to a bowl game. This year, they went 3-6. The school takes pride in its history of having nationally-ranked JuCo teams and they’ve been mediocre for too long now.

Here’s the full release from GCCC, below the jump:

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Former Garden City CC defensive end Brett Spresser dies in grain elevator accident

Just got word that former Garden City Community College defensive end Brett Spresser has died in a grain elevator accident. It’s the second time this week tragedy has hit the Jayhawk Conference — Hutchinson Community College outfielder Sean Banks died in a grain elevator accident last Thursday.

Spresser, 21, was from Gem and played for the Busters in 2007 and 2008.  I interviewed him numerous times and it was obvious he had a way about him that made everybody comfortable. He seemed almost painted off some old football serial novel from the 1950s  — 6-foot-5 and almost 300 pounds but quick as a cat, dusty blonde hair and a mischievous look in his eye but a kind word for all who crossed his path. And man could he play.

My deepest condolences go out to Spresser’s family and my heart goes out to his beautiful baby girl — he’d recently become a father for the first time.

Spresser was part of GCCC football coach Lucas Aslin’s first recruiting class. When I contacted Aslin tonight the first thing he told me was what a great kid Spresser was and how much he’d be missed. Aslin, obviously, was torn up.

He will be missed, truly.


Bucket/Zak Vanlooy/SOA



Don’t know if you caught my Jayhawk Conference previews, but in case you didn’t … here’s my men’s story on Garden City Community College coach Kris Baumann, and here’s my women’s story on Hutch shooting guard Heather Robben.

Impressions? Both came off well. Of course, if you’re ending up as our season preview story it usually means you’ve had some type of success. And with both subjects, they’re coming off Region VI titles … you get the point. And as for Baumann’s knickname, Bucket? He’s still not saying how he got it. Just the generic “my teammates and coaches gave it to me” line. Aside from that, I was happy with the story.

Friends redshirt freshman center Zak Vanlooy — a 7-footer from Michigan — is the subject of Tuesday’s KCAC men’s preview and UMKC transfer Jessica Halsig, who should be the man for Friends this year — is the women’s subject. Newman on Thursday.



Washburn scores 82/No. 22 Busters upset



Holy Moly.

Here’s this: Washburn just threw up an 82-spot on New Mexico Highlands tonight in Topeka. That’s 82 points. That’s a 61-7 halftime lead. That’s a school-record for points. Sophomore quarterback Dane Simoneau only played the first half, but he made good use of his time with four touchdown passes and 127 yards passing.

Oh, and Zach Watkins had five more tackles.


Here was a big WOW that came across my desk a couple of hours ago — No. 22 Garden City Community College upset by Air Force Prep 20-13 out in Colorado Springs. Were the Busters thinking ahead to Cessna and Butler? Probably. On a side note, while I was covering the Busters for the GC Telegram back in the day (actually just a couple of years ago) I got super duper sick headed out to Colorado Springs to cover a GCCC-AFP football game. It’s a three hour drive from Garden City to Colorado Springs and my plan was just to head another hour up the road after the game to hang out with family. I got about two hours in and after having to pull over at least 10 times … I finally checked into a hotel room, called my editor and told him it wasn’t happening, called my Grandma B to tell her I wasn’t coming … and then had about 18 hours of fever dreams and tiny sips of Gatorade, in which I thought I hallucinated a K-State game against Colorado playing on the TV. Not pleasant. But the Busters won that day. Trust me, this one isn’t going to play very well in the WK.

Tomorrow, look for scores updates from the MIAA and Jayhawk as I get them. All … night … long.

I’m out. TA

Vincent Banks is a Broncbuster



So it’s 2003 and there’s this kid, Vincent Banks, and he’s really good at basketball. Like he’s-one-of-the-best-high-school-players-in-the-country good. He’s from Atlanta, so there’s no shortage of exposure. He decides to go to Miami, but doesn’t qualify academically. So he goes to prep school for a year then heads to Cincinnati to play for Bob Huggins. He ends up a partial qualifier for the Bearcats and has to sit out a year and then, finally, when he’s going to be the focus of Cincy’s offense … he decides to leave school for personal reasons, leaving Huggy Bear and Cincy and the whole lot of them feeling foolish for going to bat for him. And then he gets on a plane from Sydney to LA and nobody sees him for almost six months.

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Cobb to Garden City, Chippeaux to Tabor

A couple of small college moves around the state that could have big impacts next season, with a pair of 6-foot-7 forwards finding their college homes.

Region VI champ Garden City Community College made a big splash — quite literally — by signing 6-foot-7, 240-pound Ronald Cobb out of Wichita Southeast. Cobb is a nice player who seemed to be playing his best basketball at the end of the year in the Buffs’ run to a Class 6A runner-up finish and averaged 8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He put together a nice string of double-doubles at th eend of the year and showed that he’s got a great upside. GCCC coach Kris Baumann thinks Cobb can develop into a mid-major Division I player.

“He’s not an above the rim guy, but he’s got a high basketball IQ,” Baumann told me Sunday night. “We feel like he’s a great addition.”

Goddard’s Ryan Chippeaux (10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds) picked Tabor — which also beat out Garden City, amongst others. He’s another player with a lot of upside — don’t think that he won’t be one of the top players in the KCAC someday. 6-foot-7 and can run. That’s all I’m saying.

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Garden City’s run ends/First-ever Johnny Drama Award/Alex Melugin

Garden City Community College’s epic postseason run ended Thursday night with a loss to Connors State in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Tournament.

The Broncbusters have put on a heck of a show, and because of my fondness for this team … I’m going to honor them with the first annual Sunflower Slate Johnny Drama Award.

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Go Johnny, Go, Go, Go



Quick question: If Johnny Be Good – aka Bryce Brown — picks Kansas State on Monday, would that make him more popular than the governor? Just a question … talk amongst yourselves.

Ok, back on topic.

Kansas is Ground Zero for NJCAA national tournaments this week, with the men at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson and the women at Salina’s Bicentennial Center. Your Region VI teams — Garden City for the men and Hutchinson for the women — don’t have a lot of name recognition but both have solid resumes. I talked to both coaches on Sunday night, Garden City’s Kris Baumann and Hutchinson’s John Ontjes, along with first-team all-Jayhawk West pick Heather Robben, a Maize H.S. product.

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