Daily Archives: March 29, 2017

From South Haven to Ashland: students volunteer their labor to help wildfire ranching victims

The South Haven group of volunteers include: (Front row, L-R) Kayden Wolf, Shianne Howell and Ethan Theurer. (Back Row, L-R) Slate Van Zant, Garrett Howell, Cooper Wolf, Seth Stroman (FFA Advisor), Joe Cook, Luke Theurer (parent sponsor), David Clawson (rancher from Ashland), Colby Theurer, David Moreland and Slade Wiley.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — People who wring their hands bemoaning the future of today’s youth, never met this specific group of students from South Haven.

A group of 10 current and future South Haven FFA students with two adult sponsors spent 18 hours Saturday helping a rancher, they never met until Saturday, rebuild his charred ranch near Ashland, Kans.

The group left South Haven at 4:30 a.m., drove 180 miles for almost three hours to help David Clawson, a Clark County rancher, clean up his ranch after a devastating wildfire swept through the area.

The trip from South Haven took nearly three hours to make.

The ranch was part of more than 1,000 square miles of land that was devastated by wildfires in western Kansas and Oklahoma, south of Dodge City. The series of blazes is considered one of the largest outbreaks of fires in the state’s recorded history. In Clark County alone, it is believed ranchers lost about 2,500 adult cattle and at least 1,000 calves.

Senior-laden Wellington boys tennis team opens with 2nd place finish in home invite

Will Long, above, places first in No. 2 singles at Wellington Invitational. Above, No. 1 singles player Brock Edwards places first.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington boys tennis coach Allen Keller said this is the most talented group he has had since becoming the head coach here. Tuesday afternoon, underneath ominous cloudy skies, the WHS tennis team tested its worth with the season opening Wellington Invitational at Sellers Park.

Host Wellington finished second behind Class 5A power Goddard Eisenhower. The Dukes finished with 22 points, trailing the Tigers with 26. El Dorado had 18, Kingman 12 and Augusta 2.

Individually for Wellington, Brock Edwards would finish second in No. 1 singles; Will Long would place first in No. 2 singles; Jaden Adams/Carson LeGrand finished third in No. 1 doubles; and Reece Langford/Avery Rademaker placed third in No. 2 doubles.

The Crusaders are senior laden and experienced. Keller said the top four rated players are also extremely smart.

That tennis experience paid off especially in the singles division yesterday evening.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Cheerleading parents meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 29, 2017:


•Golf – JV at Winfield at 3 p.m.

•Boys Tennis – JV at Circle at 3 p.m.

•Varsity/JV Baseball at Andale at 4 p.m.

•Varsity/JV Softball at Andale at 4:30PM

•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.


•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.

•WHS track and field at Clearwater, 4 p.m.


•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.

Thursday menu:

Breakfast: Cheesy ham and egg casserole.

Lunch: Bacon Cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich.

Today’s News:

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wellington softball team sweeps; baseball team wins and then delayed; Oxford cruises

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington boys baseball and girls softball teams got off to great starts in their season debuts (although the baseball team has to go back to El Dorado to finish things up). The Oxford boys baseball team had a great Monday evening as well….

Girls softball – Wellington 16 El Dorado 5; Wellington 11 El Dorado 9

The Wellington girls swept El Dorado 16-5 and 11-9 before the thunderstorms arrived. In game one, Wellington would take a 6-0 lead after two innings and held a 9-0 advantage after three innings. El Dorado would shave the lead with five runs in the fourth inning, but the Lady Dukes would eventually win by run rule after six innings.

Madi Lewellen in her senior debut, held the Wildcats to four hits, allowing one walk and striking out 12. Brooke McCorkle was 3-of-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. Avery Rusk hit a trip and 3RBIs for the game.

Wellington receives 3.5 inches of rain overnight, no flooding reported

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington has received 3.5 inches of rain thanks to much needed moisture for last night’s storm that started around 8 p.m. Elsewhere, people have reported measurements anywhere from 2.712 inches 1.3 miles west of Wellington to 2.44 inches 8.84 southeast of Wellington to two inches in Mayfield.

The city of Wellington nor the Sumner County Emergency Management office have reported any flooding damage. Weather forecasts are calling for 80 percent chance of rain today with 50 percent chance through tonight. 

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