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Wellington ends season with 19-0 loss to Ulysses; finishes year at 5-4

Week #9 score

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the fourth year in a row, Wellington will be on the outside looking in of the Class 4A playoffs after losing to Ulysses 19-0 Friday night on cold windy night in western Kansas.

In a gutsy effort by a depleted Wellington roster, the Crusaders saw their playoff hopes fade away in the fourth quarter when Ulysses pieced together two touchdown drives.

The Crusaders, who sniffed the end zone all night but could not get in, would effectively end their season on a screen pass that fell short inside the 20 with a little more than two minutes to play.

If defense can’t win you a championship, it can bring you at least respectability. Ian Rudzik, who is getting offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and others, was held below 100 yards by the stingy Crusader defense. 

Live Wellington-Ulysses tweet; week #9

Don’t forget about Countryside Motors All Day event!

The staff of the Countryside Motors were dressed for Halloween this morning.

The staff of the Countryside Motors were dressed for Halloween this morning.

Don’t forget to come out to the Countryside Motors for the all day even. Prizes will be award for age groups: 0-3 years, 4-10 years, 11-14 years. Adults can sign up for additional drawings.

There’s tons of fun for everyone! 

Trick or Treat down the street begins at 4 p.m. today

Sumner Newscow report — Don’t forget to participate in the Trick or Treat Down the Street in downtown Wellington this Friday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Post your FREE garage sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Rose Hill upsets Mulvane 28-22; Wellington can take district with Ulysses

Crusaders Week 9A game

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class 4A Division 1 District 7 has officially become the craziest district in Kansas. Tonight, Rose Hill upset Mulvane 28-22.

What does that mean? Wellington can now win this district with a victory in Ulysses. It can make the playoffs provided it loses by 10 points or less.

Mulvane and Rose Hill played on a Thursday. The Rockets would win to improve to 1-2. Mulvane would fall to 1-2. This means if Wellington wins over Ulysses that would put the Crusaders at 2-1 tied with the Tigers at 2-1. But that would give Wellington the tiebreaker because it would have the head-to-head victory over Ulysses. 

Greg Orman, Paul Davis pass through Wellington Thursday morning

Kansas U.S. Senator candidate Greg Orman was in Wellington today.

Kansas U.S. Senator candidate Greg Orman was in Wellington today

Sumner Newscow report — Greg Orman, the Independent Candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, swung through Wellington Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day Kansas Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Davis made an appearance in Wellington.

Both challengers are in heated battles against Republican incumbents. Orman is an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate battling Pat Roberts, a Republican incumbent. Davis, a Democrat candidate for governor, is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.

The election will be held Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 

Wellington to take long trip to Ulysses with still a playoff berth on the line

Wellington-Ulysses preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The trip to Ulysses has loomed all season.

And couple that with a stunning 14-7 loss to Mulvane, and a massive number of injuries, Halloween night could be frightful for the Wellington football team. But despite everything, this one undeniable fact remains. Wellington is still in the playoff hunt.

OK, the Crusaders do need some help. Most likely they need to win and do so by a certain number of points. They also have to become Rose Hill fans tomorrow – because of a convoluted district playoff point system.  We explained it all in another article here.

The Crusaders will also have to deal with a running back named Ian Rudzik. He is 6-2, 220 pound, junior, who has run for 1,718 yards this season – which would be already be close to a Wellington rushing record. Last week he throttled Rose Hill with 263 yards. The week before he had 186 yards against Mulvane.

But Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan made an important point. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014:


• JV Scholars’ Bowl at Augusta 4 p.m.

• Scholars’ Bowl at Wichita- Independent  4 p.m.


• Football at Ulysses.

For the Wellington 7th grade team, 2014 had little go wrong

7th grade triumph

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is hard not to like the Wellington seventh grade football team — unless you are an opponent.

In 2014, the seventh Knights were 7-0. They had great skilled players, great line, great depth, great work ethic, and great attitudes. And they won every game except one by at least 20 points.

They are your 2014 Pioneer League Champions.

So what will the future look like? We have been here before, great Wellington Middle School teams which for whatever reason can’t achieve similar success in high school.

“I don’t think there are any guarantees,” said Wellington seventh grade head coach Mitch McComb, who is in his seventh year. “But I like the depth of this particular group. In other classes I coached, I may have had three or four standout players. This group has a lot more ‘good’ football players.”

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The major Sumner County election races


The following are four polls on races of consequences on next Tuesday’s Sumner County election ballot. We asked who you would vote for as governor last week. You could still vote here.

This is an unscientific poll. Use the poll results at your own discretion.

Who will you vote for Kansas U.S. Senator?

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Who will you vote for Kansas Secretary of State?

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Who will you vote for State Treasurer?

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Wellington voters only - Will you vote for a one cent sales tax to fund SRMC; sunset current half-cent

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KanOkla is seeking a full time customer consultant

kanokla networks new logo 10-29-14KanOkla, a leader in the rural telecommunications industry, is seeking a full time customer consultant. This position requires someone that is self-motivated and works well within a team providing exceptional customer service.

Responsibilities include answering customer questions by phone or in person, accepting payments, and assisting new customers; assisting marketing with direct mail, monthly bill inserts, typing content on websites, working as a contributing member of our KanOkla team.


Successful candidates should possess the following:

Campaign update: sales tax forum tonight, Paul Davis, Greg Orman campaigns going through Wellington Thursday

Sumner County 2014 election

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the following candidates coming through Wellington this week.

The scheduled is as follows:
Tonight, Tuesday, October 28-  Community Information Meeting  about the sales tax issue for SRMC-6:30 at Raymond Frye Complex.

Thursday, October 30- Gubnatorial candidate Paul Davis will be at the Daylight Donut Shop around 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 30- U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman will host a meet and greet lunch in the basement of the library at noon.

SRMC to hold information meeting on Sales Tax Initiative


Wellington can still get to the playoffs; but you may need a math PhD to figure how

Football playoff confusion

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ok, after studying the various tie breaking scenarios, it appears that the Wellington football team can go to Ulysses this Friday and win and NOT make the playoffs…

Or it could lose to Ulysses and still go to the playoffs. It is a wacky scenario based on tie breaking points in District 7 that includes Wellington, Ulysses, Mulvane and Rose Hill.

Last Friday, when Mulvane went into victory formation late in the game against Wellington after securing an apparent 14-7 victory, Mulvane coach Dave Fennewald didn’t do his team any favors. It could come back to haunt the Wildcats because they failed to secure additional points.

Remember, Wellington’s Connor Phelps late 9 yard touchdown late against Rose Hill two weeks ago? That gave Wellington seven points to work with because the Crusaders won by 13 instead of 6.

Confused? We haven’t even started. Just remember this. District 7 will take a champion and a runner-up to battle District 8 teams in the first round of the Class 4A Division 1 playoffs. Despite Friday’s loss, Wellington still has a good chance of being one of those two teams. Here’s how:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014:


Choir concert, 7 p.m.



• JV Scholars’ Bowl at Augusta 4 p.m.

• Scholars’ Bowl at Wichita- Independent  4 p.m.


• Football at Ulysses.

Countryside Motors has a Halloween Costume Contest and Games Galore

Halloween Countryside story

Argonia girls advance to Class 1A- Div. II state volleyball tournament with win over Caldwell

Argonia Red Raiders logoSumner Newscow report — The Argonia girls volleyball team will be going to state tournament for the second consecutive year.

Argonia defeated Caldwell in the sub-state championship at its home gymnasium with a 25-15, 25-19 victory over Caldwell.

The Red Raiders opened with a 25-10, 25-11 win over Elk Valley in the first round. Caldwell staved off Norwich in a thriller 26-24, 28-26 in the other match to set up the all Sumner County sub-state championship showdown.

No go on the Crusader bus to Ulysses

Crusader head logoSumner Newscow report — If you are taking a trip to Ulysses for the Crusader football game, it won’t be by fan bus. Wellington resident Lori Phelps said there were not enough takers. There were 28 people who signed up for the 54 seat charter bus for the final regular season game between Wellington and Ulysses on Friday night.

Ulysses is a four hour and 40 minute trip or 253 miles one way. Wellington is still in the district hunt and can still make the playoffs with a win in Ulysses and Rose Hill victory over Mulvane.

“I think if we had won at Mulvane we might have had more interest, but maybe not,” Phelps said. 

Come out to the annual Turkey Supper in Corbin on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.

Corbin Turkey supper

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — There are only two annual events that really bring the little town of Corbin alive: The Turkey Supper and Summer Softball Tournament.

It is now that time of year for the United Methodist Women of Corbin to prepare food for over 500 people who will converge on the town on November 5, 2014 for the turkey supper. As the valets (yes, we put the men to work, too) park cars and seat the guests in order in the Church sanctuary, the food line starts moving close to 5 p.m. It is non-stop until after 7 p.m. as the church finally empties out.

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