Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Wellington girls knock off Winfield – to play Rose Hill for all the marbles Saturday

Wellington starters were all smiles late in the fourth quarter. But it was tense for awhile.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It wasn’t always pretty, but the Wellington girls basketball team took care of business with a 57-38 victory over Winfield Friday night in Rose Hill.

The Crusaders, 16-5, now play in their fourth consecutive sub-state championship against No. 4 ranked Rose Hill Saturday at 6 p.m. Wellington needs a big crowd for this one.

Much like the boys game the night before, Wellington girls had a sluggish first half, leading 22-18 at intermission. But in the third quarter they came out firing on all cylinders to pull away from their lower seeded opponent. Wellington would outscore Winfield 22-10 in the third to lead 44-28 going into the fourth.

“We had a heart-to-heart talk with them at halftime,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “We didn’t yell, we didn’t scold. We just discussed what Crusader basketball is all about.”

Before intermission, Wellington was slumping having gone four minutes without a field goal and one measly free throw to show for its efforts against a team it had beaten by 29 during the regular season. Winfield was tasting upset, down by four at the break.

Listening tour brings out many inquiries on budget override and Medicaid expansion

Kyle Hoffman and Larry Alley addresses constituents at Argonia Community Center.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Town Hall meetings across the U.S. have suddenly become volatile affairs. The listening tour, sponsored by State Farm Insurance that involved Sumner County Republican legislators, was a little more congenial. Still, there were some concerns expressed by a few people in the audience.

Anita Judd-Jenkins, right, meets with people Wellington event including Jennifer Biehler.

Representatives Anita Judd-Jenkins (80th District – R) and Kyle Hoffman (116th District – R) and 32nd District state senator Larry Alley (32nd District – R) spoke at the legislative coffee at Wellington Coffeehouse #7. Hoffman and Alley then broke off and spoke in Argonia and Conway Springs on Thursday.

The two biggest issues on everyone’s minds is the budget and Medicaid expansion.

While the meeting in Argonia for which Sumner Newscow attended was pretty much tranquil, there were more fireworks in Wellington especially on the subject of Hoffman and Alley’s voting not to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto on H.B. 2178.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this week here

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of March 3-5, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Updated sub-state schedule and scores: Caldwell girls, Wellington boys in sub-state championships

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the latest update of sub-states involving Sumner County basketball teams:

Monday –


Class 2A – Bluestem 44 Oxford 23.


Class 3A – Cheney 37 Conway Springs 34

Class 3A – Caney Valley 60 Belle Plaine 28

Class 1A – Argonia 44 South Haven 25.

Tuesday –


J.P. Weigand has 2 great auctions on Saturday and Sunday

Wellington’s dominating second half performance leads to sub-state win

Cade Phelps leads Wellington to victory with 18 points including three 3-pointers in third quarter.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — After splitting in the regular season, the sub-state first round game between Wellington and Rose Hill boys basketball game looked on paper to be a barn burner.

It wasn’t.

The Crusaders buried Rose Hill Thursday on its home court 59-44 to advance to the sub state championship game. It will play Mulvane on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats beat Winfield earlier in the evening 60-47.

Sparked by a Cade Phelps barrage in which he knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter, Wellington opened up a double digit lead and never looked back.

“He was feeling it,” said Rick Roitman, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “What impressed me even more is after that moment, we never allowed Rose Hill back in it. We’ve lost 12 games this year and nine of those losses we had leads, sometimes double digit leads.”

The Crusaders would outscore Rose Hill 22-14 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the fourth to pick up the 15-point win.

Wellington girls start post-season play tonight against Winfield with hopes of big things to come

2016-17 Wellington Crusader girls team will play Winfield tonight in the first round of sub-state. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the Wellington girls, tonight is the final post season run for two of head coach’s Eric Adams seniors, who has been with him since he took the Lady Dukes head coaching job.

Lauryn Snipes

Tayland French

Tayland French and Lauryn Snipes were freshmen when Adams took the head coaching job after Kevin Hackerott resigned to take a similar job in Goddard.

They have been together for four seasons, and tonight when Wellington plays Winfield at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Rose Hill Sub-state, it will be one last journey.

“It is very sentimental,” Adams said. “At senior night the tears were flowing. I hate to see them go.”

It’s been a pretty good journey for the two. Wellington has been to the sub-state championship game during their freshman through junior years. They have been to state once and helped the Lady Dukes finish third in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina in 2016.

Of course, the final chapter has not been written. That starts tonight at 6 p.m. Adams and the rest of the team hopes it is a good one. Wellington, at 15-5, battles Winfield at 9-11 in the first round. If Wellington can get past Winfield, then it is very likely it will play Rose Hill for a fourth time this season.

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