Daily Archives: March 9, 2017

Wellington falls to Bishop Miege in first round of state tournament 63-49

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader season came to an end on a spirited 63-49 loss to three-time defending state champion Bishop Miege Thursday night in the first round of the state tournament at the Tony Pizza Center in Salina.

Lauryn Snipes

Wellington was trailing 47-45 at the 4:25 mark of the fourth quarter when Miege brought the ball down court hit a layup, created a steal and then buried a trey to take a 52-45 lead.

The Crusaders, who were down as many as eight points in the first half against the Stags, seemed to not have have anything left in the tank to make a trademark comeback. The hard charging Miege team would go on to win by 14 – a score not indicative of the game.

This was clearly the best team Wellington played all season. Miege was quick, fast, and had deft three-point shooting stroking six of them in the first half alone and seven for the game.

Belle Plaine stuns No. 2 seed Galena 63-62 in 1st round state game

Peyton Nolan scores 16 points to help lift Belle Plaine to victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine head coach Joe Newman thought Caleb Sturgeon made two, maybe three, 3-pointers all season. He made two today – both very late. They were essential to the Dragons’ 63-62 upset of Galena in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson.

The Dragons, a seventh seed, will advance to the second round in their first state tournament performance in 11 years.

“He wouldn’t have been the first player for me to choose to make a three that late in the game,” Newman said. “But he did exactly how he was taught in practice.”

With the game tied at 57-all at the minute mark, Belle Plaine spread the floor and isolated the senior in the corner. His shot beyond the arch was money and the Dragons took a 60-57 lead. They would not relinquish the lead thereafter.

Everett Hearlson, 61, Wellington: Feb. 12, 1956 – March 4, 2017

Everett Hearlson

Everett T. Hearlson, II, 61, of Wellington, died March 4, 2017 at his home.  He worked for many years as a machinist for Richardson Machine Shop.

Everett was born on February 12, 1956 in Topeka, KS to Everett T. Hearlson, Sr. and June L. (Ingles) Hearlson.  He was a 1974 graduate of Wellington High School.  After high school, Everett served four years with the United States Army from November 1974 to November of 1979.

He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and going to gun shows.  He loved his nieces and nephews.  He was a very loving person and will be greatly missed.

Fredrick ‘Rick’ Jones, 72, Wellington: July 19, 1944 – March 7, 2017

Fredrick ‘Rick’ Jones

Fredrick “Rick” Melvin Jones, 72, of Wellington, died March 7, 2017 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, KS.  He was a machinist for Plessey Welco where he worked for 42 years.  He retired in 2004.

Rick was born on July 19, 1944 in Norwich, KS to Melvin Earl Jones and Mary Olive (Hettick) Jones.  He was raised in Argonia and was a 1962 graduate of Argonia High School.

Rick married Carolyn Coon on February 8, 1964 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anthony, KS.

Rick was predeceased in death by his parents.

Wellington student body has send-off pep rally for girls basketball team

The Wellington Student body holds pep rally for the WHS girls basketball team.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School student body and Eisenhower Elementary school students were on hand to wish the Crusader girls basketball team good luck going to state. There was a sendoff pep rally this morning. One hour later, the girls boarded the bus and headed to Salina to battle the Bishop Miege Stags at 8:15 p.m. at the Tony Pizza Center.

Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game. We will also have live tweets of the Belle Plaine vs. Galena game in Hutchinson at 3 p.m.

Caldwell girls are eliminated from first round of state tournament over Otis-Bison

Sumner Newscow report — The Caldwell girls found a bad time to turn ice cold from the field.

Caldwell girls were eliminated from the Class 1A Division II state tournament in Dodge City losing to Otis-Bison 53-46 Wednesday afternoon.

The Cougars would outscore the Bluejays 5-2 in the final minute after Caldwell narrowed the margin to two on a Hanna Stuewe steal and layup at the 1:29 mark.

The wheels literally fell off the Caldwell bandwagon thereafter as Stuewe fouled out and the Bluejays couldn’t get a shot to fall thereafter. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

$1,000 Scholarships available for Sumner County students through Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund, affiliated through the Kansas Star Casino, is providing a one-time $1,000 scholarship award for students who will be enrolled full-time in post-secondary classes in the fall following high school graduation.

All high school seniors graduating from Sumner County and Mulvane school districts who qualify will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary accredited education. Last year, 327 graduating seniors in the Class of 2016 were awarded a scholarship. The application process for the Class of 2017 will begin on March 10, 2017 and complete by April 14, 2017.

Here are the stipulations of the scholarship:

Arlene Schultz, 92, formerly of Wellington: May 5, 1924 – Feb. 15, 2017

Arlene Schultz

Arlene L. Schultz, age 92, loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, died peacefully on February 15, 2017 at the Sunnyhill Adult Care home, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Local arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. To leave an online condolence please visit

Arlene was born May 5, 1924 in Traer, Kansas, the daughter of Marion R. Little and Emma Little Heyen. She resided for many years in Wellington, Kansas graduating from Wellington High School with the class of 1942.

A wartime bride, Arlene married Johnnie F. Schultz, on December 25, 1943 in Tampa, Florida where Johnnie was receiving training in the United States Army Air Corp.

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