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Wellington cruises to a 54-32 victory; stays undefeated

Week #3 Wellington 54 Circle 32

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — You know when things are going well for a program? When a team wins by 22 points and everyone is ticked off after the game.

The Crusaders won 54-32 Friday night to improve to 3-0. The thing was it was 34-0 at the half and 41-0 near the end of the third quarter.

But with two minutes left to play, Wellington was holding onto a 47-32 lead and Circle was attempting an onside kick.

The Crusaders recovered and reinserted the starters. One play later, Beard was running through the Circle defense for a 45 yard touchdown and this game was over.

“The starters could do whatever they wanted tonight,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “I was very disappointed with our younger guys… The JV guys were either star-struck or something. They did an extremely poor job with execution. I’ve got to do a better job preparing them.”

2014 Wellington Duchess Candidates announced today

2014 Duchess candidates

2014 Duchess candidates.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Wellington Duchess Candidates were announced at the WHS today. Those named are from left: Taylor Altendorf, Jessica Reyes, Peyton Adams, Amy Diver and Bailey Altendorf.

The crowning will be held during Wellington High School’s homecoming slated for Oct. 3. The crowning ceremony will be held on Friday at halftime of the Andale football game. Hopefully, it won’t rain like it did last year.

When the Game Stands Tall is playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

Stand Tall at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “When the Game Stands Tall.” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Garage Sales for Sept. 19-21, 2014

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Sept. 19-21, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Belle Plaine hopes to get elusive victory over Bluestem; Conway Springs battles Garden Plain

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about Sumner County football going into week #3…

1. What’s on deck in Sumner County football tonight?

Week #3
Conway Sprgs. At Garden Plain
Bluestem at Belle Plaine
West Elk at Caldwell
Argonia-Attica at Central-Burden
Udall at Oxford
C-Vale-Dexter at South Haven


2. How long has it been for Belle Plaine? 

The last time Belle Plaine won a varsity football game it was Oct. 19, 2012. The Dragons would beat Douglass 19-14. It was a district game and the second to last game of the season. 

Week #3 preview: With another starter out for the season, Wellington hopes for success in Circle

Crusader nights vs. Circle

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan has been a head football coach for six years now – three of those in Wellington. He said in those six years, he never had a player suffer an ACL tear.

Now he has seen two in consecutive weeks.

Austin Dunn

Austin Dunn

The diagnosis came back on Wellington senior running back Austin Dunn’s knee Wednesday and it was an ACL tear much to the chagrin of the Crusader Nation. He is out for the year. This marks the second consecutive week Wellington suffered a huge loss. Andrew Pelkey, a starting linebacker, is out for the season with an ACL tear after the season opener.

You can’t sugar coat this one. This is a blow to the WHS football program. Dunn was the zig to Wellington’s throwing zag. He was a power back and kept the defenses honest thus allowing Trevor Nance to throw more openly to his receivers. He was good for a 3-yard pickup for a first down.

But you know what? That’s football and now Wellington must come up with another plan. 

Wellington girls tennis team is ranked No. 8 or “others” in Class 4A

Tennis team ranked eighth

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls tennis team is starting to get some statewide attention.

The latest Kansas Tennis Association rankings came out and Wellington is listed in the “others” in Class 4A. Remember, individual sports in Class 4A are not divided into two classifications like the team sports of football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball.

Wellington is one of eight teams mentioned in the latest Kansas Tennis Association poll which is heady stuff considering there is about 40 teams in the classification.

The tennis rankings which came out on Monday are as follows: 

Top 10 percent of Sumner County Seniors honored at KU Honors Banquet

KU Honors Program

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Honors Program held its annual banquet at the Wellington High School Commons Wednesday evening.

Howard Graham, the 2008 Associate Director for Academic Programs Office of first-year experience at the University of Kansas, was on hand to make the opening remarks. Shelley Hansel was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Han Wang was the vocalists and Joan Gonzalex was the pianist for the entertainment portion of the event. The list of honorary recipients for Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington are as follows (full sized pictures can be found here):


WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept 18., 2014:

•Varsity Tennis at Ark City 3 p.m.
•Cross Country at Chaparral 4 p.m.
•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.
•JV Tennis at WHS 4 p.m.

• WHS football at Circle 7 p.m.

•Varsity Tennis at Kingman 9 p.m.
•Varsity Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.

Thursday’s lunch: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks. 

Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of 2 crimes occurring Thursday

The video feature of theft

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of two crimes that occurred on the same night in Wellington.

The videos were released to the local media today in hopes of solving two crimes that occurred Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The first video deals with ATM footage that may or may not be related to the home invasion, assault and robbery of a 26-year-old Wellington man on the 600 South Block of South H (see story here).

The second video concerns a burglary of Soothing Vapors, an electronic cigarette business at the U.S. Post Office in Wellington (see story here). 

Both crimes are unrelated, the WPD said.

The assault/robbery video

Wellington Police Chief  Tracy Heath said this surveillance video came from an ATM machine at Emprise Bank in Wichita at 47th and Broadway Friday morning which was in line with two transactions which took place on a Discover Card that was allegedly stolen from the 26-year-old assaulted somewhere between 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Council upholds city ordinance allowing golf cart driving at night; but U-turns and J-turns are disallowed

Golf carts at night

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On its second try, the Wellington City Council adopted the 2014 Standard Transportation Ordinance which upholds a city ordinance on golf carts that is not congruent with Kansas state statute. It also outlawed U-turns and “J-turns” within the Wellington city limits.

Each year, the council adopts a STO, which is a list of traffic laws within the city limits. The golf cart and no U-turn rules are amongst a series of traffic laws adopted by the city council that is to be enforced by the Wellington Police Department.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath brought up a revised STO proposal at the first September meeting which included two changes:

1) Disallowing the use of golf cart between sunset and sunrise;

2) Not allowing a driver to make a U-turn within the Wellington business district whether it be at an intersection or in-between an intersection. 

Retirement reception for Wellington Fire Department employee Bill Hellard to be held Friday

Bill Hellard

Bill Hellard

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire Department employee Bill Hellard will be having a retirement party at the Wellington City Public Safety Building on Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.

There will be a come-and-go reception with cake and refreshments served. For more information contact: 620-326-7443. 

Wellington volleyball team beats Clearwater powerhouse; sweeps double dual in Mulvane

Wellington over Clearwater

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How big of win was it? Well, historically speaking the Wellington varsity volleyball team has never had much luck with Clearwater. When asked the last time Wellington beat Clearwater in volleyball nobody could really answer the question.

But the new answer is Tuesday night. The Lady Dukes beat Clearwater in Mulvane 17-25, 25-15, 25-23.

Earlier in the day, Wellington beat the host Mulvane 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.

The Crusaders are now 8-4. And that’s another stat worth noting. This may be the first time in years or ever that the Crusaders have a winning record at this juncture of the season.

As always Wellington head volleyball coach was pleased but not completely satisfied.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014:

•KU Honors Banquet. Meal starts at 6:30 p.m.

•Varsity Tennis at Ark City 3 p.m.
•Cross Country at Chaparral 4 p.m.
•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.
•JV Tennis at WHS 4 p.m.

• WHS football at Circle 7 p.m.

•Varsity Tennis at Kingman 9 p.m.
•Varsity Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.

Wednesday’s lunch: Soft chicken taco, tortilla chips/salsa, refried beans, corn, peaches.  

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The taking name off the ballot question


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This poll may need a little explaining. The Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Chad Taylor said he is withdrawing from the race in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Before his withdrawal, the race was a three-way race, with the candidacy of Independent Greg Orman going strong. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is a Republican, has refused to take Taylor’s name off the ballot.  Both sides are accusing the other of playing politics. The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of a political ploy to boost Orman and knock Roberts out of office. The Democrats are accusing the Republicans of their attempt to keep Taylor on a ballot as a way to split the vote and get Roberts back in office.

This case is currently in the Kansas Supreme Court. Kobach is stating that Taylor had failed to a statute that requires candidates to declare they are incapable of serving in order to withdraw. Taylor’s attorney says the Secretary of State can’t make that determination.

Should Secretary of State Kris Kobach take Democrat Chad Taylor name off the ballot for U.S. Senator?

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Sumner County Court Docket: Sept. 16, 2014 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaints have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellington Community Blood Drive to be held Friday, Sept. 26

Battle of the BadgesSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Community Blood Drive will be holding the “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 26 from 9:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 201 E. Harvey.

Visit to schedule an appointment. 

Wellington Cross Country meet brings in 525 runners; 17 Crusaders medal

Crossing Hargis Creek

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Cross Country Team hosted one of the premiere cross country meets in the state of Kansas Saturday on a nice chilly day at Hargis Creek.

There were 525 runners this year completing the races. Wellington had 17 medal winners.

Wichita West won the title with 23 points for the varsity boys, a 3.1 mile race that included a fantastic finish between Riley Osen of Winfield and Dominick Fonseca of Wichita West. Fonseca ran the 5,000 meter race (3.2 miles) in 16:16.9.

“It was a great race,” said Charles Wallace, Wellington head cross country coach. “You had the state runner-up in 4A and the state runner-up in 5A and it went down to the wire.”

The race changed a little bit for the middle schoolers because Wellington has a new timing system which required all runners to end up in the same location. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Sept. 16, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014:

•JV Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.
•Varsity Tennis at Conway Springs 3 p.m.
•Varsity/JV Volleyball at Mulvane 5 p.m.

•KU Honors Banquet

•Varsity Tennis at Ark City 3 p.m.
•Cross Country at Chaparral 4 p.m.
•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.
•JV Tennis at WHS 4 p.m.

• WHS football at Circle 7 p.m.

•Varsity Tennis at Kingman 9 p.m.
•Varsity Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.


Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, tossed salad w/romaine, applesauces, hot roll/jelly.

James Jordan to present a program on “Buckskin Joe”

James Jordan

James Jordan

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, September 22, James Jordan, editor of the Wellington Daily News, and former editor of the Arkansas City Traveler, will present the program “Buckskin Joe”.  Jordan will share tales and true stories of one of South Central Kansas’s early settlers and interesting characters to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Good Taste Chinese Buffet meeting room, 1311 E. 16th, Wellington.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; the meal at 5:30 p.m..

When James Jordan attended a story-telling seminar, he knew his next step was to find a character to portray.

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