Monthly Archives: September 2017

Wellington falls to Wichita Collegiate 27-13 in see-saw battle

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On a night when Wellington could have literally laid an egg with the circumstances surrounding the death of a classmate, the Crusader football team gave Wichita Collegiate all it could muster before succumbing 27-14 at Sellers Park.

The Crusaders fell to 4-2 and now wait on the diagnosis of star running back Joe Ybarra who was carried off the field on a gurney. Whether it is a hyperextension over a ankle break is anyone’s guess, but it looks serious.

On the gridiron, Collegiate would outdistance Wellington 294 to 269 yards. Wellington would give up 89 of those yard on the first drive to open the game. That is the second week when the defense had its worst drive to open the game. 

Wellington-Collegiate live tweets; Week #5 score updates

Stephen Jamerson, 16, Mayfield: March 15, 2001 – Sept. 28, 2017

Stephen Jamerson

Stephen Thomas Jamerson, of Mayfield, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 28, 2017 near Wellington at the age of 16.

Stephen was born the son of Stephen “Travis” and Shannon Richelle (Thomas) Jamerson on Thursday, March 15, 2001 in Wellington.

He was a Junior at Wellington High School where he was a member of the WHS Band and the Clay Target Shooting Team. Stephen was an employee at Braums in Wellington and worked in all areas of the store. He was particularly proud to be a Jr. Instructor at the LB School of Self Defense where he was a 3rd Degree Brown Belt.  Stephen loved animals and nature and always enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. 

Lois Anne ‘Suzie’ Arnold, 80, of Wellington: Aug. 12, 1937 – Sept. 28, 2017

Suzie Arnold

Lois Anne “Suzie” Arnold, of Wellington, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at her home in Wellington at the age of 80.

Suzie was born the daughter of Michael and Lois (Koehler) Sanford on Thursday, August 12, 1937 in Fargo, North Dakota.

On August 27, 1988, Sue and Robert (Bob) Arnold were united in marriage in Dodge City. Together they celebrated 29 years of marriage.

Suzie was a long time resident of Dodge City before moving to Wellington in June of 2006. Suzie had a long successful career in the restaurant industry. She managed the Hitch N Post Truck Stop in Dodge City for many years.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Community mourns loss of 16-year-old WHS Junior, who died in auto accident Thursday

Stephen Jamerson

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  — Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Wellington High School junior who died after an automobile accident.

On its Facebook business page, L.B. School of Self Defense in Wellington was the first to make a public tribute to Stephen Jamerson, 16, of Mayfield who was killed in a one-car accident Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 160 and Edwards Road – about three miles west of Wellington. Jamerson was Junior Instructor at the LB School of Self Defense where he was a 3rd Degree Brown Belt. 

Four USD 353 counselors were on staff today to speak to students during the day, who learned of the news while coming to school. Many students then left early for the day to mourn the loss of their friend. Jamerson was a current member of the WHS Band and the clay target team in 2016-17. He was known as a quiet and happy student, among his peers.

Jamerson was leaving from work and traveling westbound on a 2006 Honda Shadow motorcycle on U.S. 160 when he approached two vehicles who were stopped at the 200 block intersection. A flatbed pickup was turning south and a 2005 Pontiac driven by Oma Milledge was stopped waiting for the driver to make a left hand turn. According to the press release, Jamerson struck the rear end of a 2005 Pontiac. 

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Sports Today: Wellington JV tennis team finishes 3rd in league meet…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School and Middle School teams were busy on Thursday :


The Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division 3-4 Junior Varsity tennis tournament was held at Collegiate. Welington placed third as a team. The results are as follows:

No. 1 Singles: Lexi Saffell, 2-1, second place overall.

No. 2 Singles: Calli Hatfield 2-1  2nd Place overall

No. 1 Doubles: Natalie Henning and Olivia Brand, 1-2, fourth place overall.

No. 2 Doubles: Adaysia Love & Jennifer Walters, 2-1, fifth place overall.

Team Standings

Royce Edward Tatum, 78, Hollister, Mo.: Oct. 23, 1938 – Aug. 22, 2017

Royce Tatum

There will be a memorial service for Royce Tatum this Saturday at the Wellington American Legion at 4 p.m. The following was an obituary on Aug. 29.

Royce Edward Tatum, age 78, of Hollister, Missouri, died August 22, 2017. He was born October 23, 1938, in Carthage, Missouri, to Edward and Elsie Tatum. Royce was joined in marriage to Paula on October 15, 1960. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Royce proudly served in the U.S. Army. He loved his work as a mechanic. Royce retired from the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Unified School District #353 in Wellington. His pastimes included fishing and spending time with family. In all that he did, he was personable and positive. His beloved dog Deacon will miss him. Most notably, Royce will be missed as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

(Updated) A juvenile boy was killed on a motorcycle west of Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — A boy was killed Thursday night when his motorcycle crashed into a car west of Wellington.

Capt. Mike Westmoreland with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office told KAKE News the crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 160, three miles west of Wellington. He said a truck stopped to turn onto Edwards Road, and a car stopped behind it. The motorcyclist for some reason did not stop and crashed into the car.

The name of the victim has not been released. Westmoreland added the drivers of the truck and car were not hurt.

In a press release issued by Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener it states:

A Wellington High School student was tragically killed in an accident last evening.  The district Crisis Team is in place this morning to help both students and staff.

We are unable to release the student’s name.
Our thought and prayers go out to the family and the school.

Wellington to stay in 4A Div. 1… Volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf assignments announced

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusaders will remain in Class 4A- Div. 1, but falling to the lower division in 4A is becoming a closer reality.

Wellington had 467 students, after reporting 478 in 2016. The drop in 11 students, puts the Crusaders as the second smallest school in the 32-team Class 4A Div. 1. Wamego is the smallest at 441. Hays is the largest at 791. See divisional breakdown here.

Class 1A also divided up its divisions. Caldwell is Div. 1 while South Haven and Argonia are Div. 2. So everything is now set for what classifications schools are playing in the post season this year and in football in 2020.

With the divisional announcements, so were the volleyball sub-state assignments announced. The girls tennis and girls golf assignments were also released this week by the KSHSAA. Here are the sub-state assignments involving Sumner County teams for 2017.


Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Wichita Collegiate this Friday at Sellers Park

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Minnesota Twins are in the playoffs. So what does that have to do with the Wellington Crusader football team?

The Twins just became the first team in Major League Baseball history to make the playoffs one year after losing 100 games. And it illustrates that each year is its own animal. The Kansas City Royals won’t be winning the World Series this year, nor will the San Francisco Giants or New York Mets. They are already yesterday’s news.

So with that in mind, let’s look back at the Wellington Crusaders, who were 0-9 in 2016. But there is no telling how far this Crusaders squad can go in 2017.

Wellington suffered a setback against Andale 38-0 last week. Nevertheless, the Crusaders are not any worse off than they were a week ago when the world was brighter at 3-0. That’s the difference between Andale and Rose Hill. The Wellington football hasn’t changed an ounce. And this week the Crusaders have an opportunity to pull off a big win against Wichita Collegiate at home.

But it will be tough. Collegiate comes into the game with a bruised ego after losing to Mulvane 35-19. The score was a surprise because up until that point the Spartans looked like the only team who could challenge Andale for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.

Erma Oleen Durst, 72, Belle Plaine: Feb. 6, 1945 – Sept. 23, 2017

Erma Oleen Durst

Erma Oleen Durst 72 yrs old, Belle Plaine Ks, died September 23rd 2017 at Wesley Medical Center MICU in Wichita Ks.  Oleen was born February 6th 1945 at St. Josephs Hospital in Concordia Ks to James L Swengel & Ella M (Wilson) Swengel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson Brandon.

Oleen married Stephen Durst February 6th 1978 at Lavern’s Marriage Parlor in Miami Oklahoma.  Oleen brought 2 sons to the marriage and were later joined by a granddaughter (the prettiest baby ever born), a great granddaughter and 2 great grandsons.
Oleen retired as a Toll Collector on the Kansas Turnpike in November 2011 after 22 years of service.  She loved her family, her dogs, her hobbies and cooking but not always necessarily in that order.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Duchess candidate voting is going on today

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017:


•Cross Country at Wedgewood Golf, 4:30 p.m.

•9th volleyball at Wellington, 5 p.m.

•JV AV-CTL tennis at Wichita Collegiate, 10 a.m.


•Football, Wichita Collegiate, home, 7 p.m.


•JV Volleyball at Valley Center, 8 p.m.

Tomorrow’s breakfast: Biscuits and gravy.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, September 27, 2017:

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Jack Barnes, 80, Wellington: Feb. 11, 1937 – Sept. 26, 2017

Jack Barnes

Jack Barnes, of Wellington, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at his daughter’s residence in White Oak, Texas at the age of 80.

Jack was born the son of Calvin and Georgia (Holder) Barnes on Saturday, February 11, 1937 in Houston, Texas. Jack grew up in Northeast Oklahoma and he served his country for 5 years in the United States Navy.

On July 1, 1960, Jack and Barbara Warehime were united in marriage in Neosho, Missouri. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2011. 

In April of 2014, Jack found love again with Melva Schalk.

Sumner County 4-Hers return from Japan with a wealth of knowledge and experience

4-Hers Grayson Pray and Zia Gaines attended a 4-H exchange trip to Japan this summer. This picture was taken before their trip that started in late June.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — As part of a 4-H foreign exchange program, Zia Gaines of Wellington and Grayson Pray of Bluff City, visited Japan for two months this summer, in order to gain a cultural experience.

“When we first got there, a lot of people had culture shock but me,” Pray said. “I wasn’t actually that culture shocked, maybe because I studied Japan before I went there. The second month while in Osaka, I was in culture shock, because of how much the cities differed.”

The program that 4-H partners with in Japan is Labo, formerly English Laboratory, which teaches Japanese children English. In exchange, American students learn about the Japanese language and culture. Gaines and Pray helped teach the Japanese students English.

Japan, unlike Kansas, has lots of mountains, lots of people, and not much space.

“We went to lots of events with them, it was really fun,” Gaines said. “The kids were all amazing, I love all of them.”

While teaching students English in Labo, Gaines and Pray met students with an age range of one year to 22 years of age.

Sport today: WHS tennis team takes Kingman; volleyball teams win and win again…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington tennis team wins another tournament, Crusader volleyball teams triumph in Winfield; and we have WMS volleyball scores from Monday night.

Wellington girls tennis

The fourth ranked Wellington girls tennis team won the Kingman Invitational against five other teams. The Crusaders scored 34 points while Buhler had 24, Valley Center 16, Kingman 14, Haven 6, and Nickerson 3.

Mekenna Adams

“It was a great first place finish as a team,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “We didn’t drop a match on the day.”

MeKenna Adams became the sixth Wellington Crusader to surpass the 100 career win mark. She joins: Erianne Adams with 100, Dani Anderson 105, Kailey Jenkins 107, Kaitlyn Buck 114 and Lexis Hibbs 114.

The individual scores from yesterday are as follows:

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