In front of 140 people, the Dodge City Community College Athletic Department hosted their annual Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday evening, where they celebrated seven new inductees at the local Knights of Columbus.
The Conquistadors inducted six individuals on Saturday night including, Byron Winans, Frank Morton, Emma Filiaga, Galen Frick, Amanda Best and Casey Malek. Alongside these individuals, Dodge City also inducted the 1976 National Champion women's track team.
"I want to say a huge congratulations to all of our inductees," athletic director Jacob Ripple said. "This class definitely had representation from different great time periods for different teams at Dodge City. It was great to see so many who had not been back to Dodge City Community College for a long period of time and see them reunite with others from their time at Dodge City. It's always special to have alumni back, but when you are honoring this many it is extra special."
Winans, the founder of Winans Oil Company which is based in Dodge City, has been able to be very generous to the community of Dodge City with the help of his wife Beverly. Winans also has been extremely supportive of Dodge City Community College and Dodge City Community College Athletics. For years, Byron was a loyal supporter of Conquistador athletics and made sure that he helped teams to have the opportunity to succeed at a high level.
After not competing in a rodeo until his freshman year of college, Frank Morton joined the rodeo team at Dodge City Community College and qualified for the NIRA College National Finals in 2010 in the bareback. He also competed in the KPRA Circuit while still in college, winning the Year End Average in the bareback at the KPRA Bareback Finals.
Emma Filiaga played volleyball at Dodge City from 2009-2011 under coach Shaun Pohlman. Having a lot of success in her sophomore year, Filiaga finished the year with the awards of, MVP of the Jayhawk Conference, KJCCC First Team, KJCCC Western Division First Team, KJCCC Western Division MVP and was also named to the NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention team.
Galen Frick played basketball at Dodge City from 1963-1965 and played a vital role in helping Dodge City to their first National Championship in 1964. Frick scored 16 consecutive points in the championshp game, scoring 24 total and also pulling down 11 rebounds. Frick then helped Dodge City to a 29-2 record the next season, finishing fifth in the nation.
Amanda Best played softball at Dodge City from 2011-2013. To this day, Best still holds many records as the career home runs leader with 34, hitting 17 in each season which is also a single season record at Dodge City. Best is also fifth in runs scored, second in hits, fifth in doubles, third in RBI and second in batting average.
After spending 40 years at Dodge City, Casey Malek retired last year. Malek started at Dodge City Community College in 1977 as an assistant men's basketball coach. After transitioning to the role of the head coach in 1980, Malek spent eight years at the helm of the program. Malek was able to post an overall record of 152-85 as the basketball coach. He then moved over to the golf team and led the Conquistadors for 21 seasons, winning six Conference Championships, five NJCAA District III Championships, and only finished outside the top-three in the district three times. Along with serving as the interim women's basketball coach in 1991, Malek also served two stints as athletic director, serving from 1995-2000 and 2011-2012.
With Dodge City getting to host the very first NJCAA Women's Track and Field Championship, the Conquistadors were able to come out on top, beating out 16 other teams. Dodge City was able to score a total of 128 points at the meet, edging out Flathead Valley by just seven points. The next closest school was Highland with 67 points. The women's track and field team, coached by the late Donnis and Bob Schmitt, consisted of 10 athletes which included, Linda Austin, Charmane Kuhlman Kandt, Nicky Proehl Holloway, Glenda Riney Davis, Doreen Tracy Ewing, Lucia Von Lintel, Connie Zveglich, Carlene Thompson Wilkening, Brenda Crockett Roenbaugh and Lynn Head. Along with the athletes, Dodge City also had a manager in the 1976 season, Terri Headrick Abbot. In the 1976 NJCAA National Championship, Charmane Kuhlman Kandt won three individual titles, taking the Long Jump, 440-yard dash and the 220-yard dash, to become the high point award winner in the meet.