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Wellington’s Caleb Reichenberger, Belle Plaine’s Bo Gooch named Big Cheese Athletes of the week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We couldn’t narrow the selection, so for the first time ever we are choosing two Big Cheese Athletes of the Week from different schools.

Caleb Reichenberger, a Wellington High School senior, was chosen for helping Wellington to a 35-14 victory over Augusta. Bo Gooch, a Belle Plaine senior, was named after Friday’s big 41-40 win over Cherryvale.

Caleb Reichenberger

Reichenberger was part of a valiant defensive effort Friday night for the Crusaders. He was one of the leading tacklers, getting 5.5 tackle, including four sacks, helping the Crusaders hold Augusta to just 154 yards of offense – 100 if you don’t count the final drive. Reichenberger was also outstanding on offense. He caught one pass for a 34-yard touchdown. He also had an impressive 30-yard pass reception on a third-and-forever late in the game, which was all for naught because the official called a silly illegal player downfield penalty on Wellington.

Bo Gooch

Gooch had an outstanding night as quarterback for Belle Plaine in the Dragons dramatic win including scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. He was 17 of 30 passing for 364 yards and five touchdowns passes. He also had 44 yards rushing on 12 carries.

For their efforts, Reichenberger and Gooch will receive a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Through adversity, Belle Plaine football team wins a great, great game

Belle Plaine players celebrate after stunning victory over Cherryvale. (Courtesy photo)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  It had been a chaotic week for the Belle Plaine football players – all based on circumstances beyond their control.

So when Friday night’s game ended last weekend that saw Belle Plaine defeating Cherryvale 41-40 in dramatic last-second fashion, there was extreme emotion, elation, even relief.

“They were so excited,” said Josh Corbett, who became a head football coach for the first time last Friday. “There were a lot of things to that win.”

Belle Plaine football has been a struggling program. Just two years ago, almost to this day, the Dragons had shredded a 31-game winning streak against Northeast Arma – a convincing 48-0 win on the road. The Sept. 26, 2016 victory would have been the first varsity win since Oct. 19, 2012.

Before this season, the Dragons would win three more times – again to NE Arma and then to Leon-Bluestem twice. This season, though, things appeared to be different. Blessed with six seniors, who have stuck with the program through its trials and tribulations, Belle Plaine, now 2-2, has been a different team this year. They have been in three of their first four games and easily could have been 3-1.

Belle Plaine coach has been put on paid leave; Corbett named head football coach

Sumner Newscow report – The Belle Plaine school board voted to place a school-district employee on paid leave during a special meeting held Monday evening.

The board also voted to elevate Josh Corbett as the head football coach of the Belle Plaine team. Corbett will replace C.J. Madison who was a first year head high school football coach for the Dragons.

Coach Superintendent Jim Sutton Monday was mum to any further details. The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a complaint that involves a coach in the Belle Plaine school district.

GKN was the big winners of the 2018 Chili Cookoff

Sumner Newscow report — GKN was the big winner of the 2018 Wellington Fall-Fest Chili Cook off held in downtown Wellington over the weekend.

The winners are as follows:

People’s Choice: GKN.

Most Spirited: Cowley College – Sumner Campus.

First place: GKN.

For all the pictures of the downtown festivies, click here

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another 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 hunting!

Sunday blog: The fishy nature of how Christine Ford’s allegation against Judge Kavanaugh came about

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner Newscow — Last weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she had a letter, but at the time she didn’t announce by whom, that implicated Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a sexual assault that had happened 35 years prior.  Later in the week, the author of the letter, Christine Ford, came forward and announced that she was the person who had been assaulted.

John Munro

In the letter she claimed that in the summer of 1982, she went to a beer party in a home where the parents were away.  She claims she was dragged into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, who was 17 at the time, and was grouped. He allegedly had tried to remove her clothes, and had a hand over her mouth to keep her from yelling out.  Then, supposedly, a friend of Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, and she got up and ran into a bathroom and locked herself in.

However, through all of this she claimed she didn’t know who’s house it was, where it was located, how she had gotten there, and how she had managed to get home.  Also, she didn’t tell any of this to her parents, account she didn’t want them to know she was at a beer party.  And she claims she never shared any of this information with any of her friends.  Now come on, REALLY?  I’ve been around long enough to KNOW that this just isn’t something that young girls keep quiet about.  If she had any close buds, which I’m sure she did, she would have confided in them.

Juliette Hyer is crowned 2018 Duchess of WHS during homecoming ceremony

Juliette Hyer won the 2018 Duchess crown at halftime of the homecoming game. (Photo by Dustin Craig)

Sumner Newscow report — Juliette Hyer, the daughter of Ryan and Rebecah Hyer, has been crowned the 2018 Wellington High School Duchess, announced at the halftime homecoming ceremony Friday. Dakota Lynnes was her escort.

She is involved with Crusader Creators and Crusaders of the Stage. Her hobbies outside the school includes drawing and playing her instruments. She has received an abundant amount of art awards. Her future plans are to attend college and study anthropology.

The 2018 Duchess homecoming court (photo by Steve Sturgis) (Click on photo for larger version)

Caldwell improves to 4-0 with 32-12 victory over Argonia-Attica

A&A Masen McDaniel took over the reigns at quarterback Friday night to no avail against the Caldwell defense.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Caldwell scored three times in the second quarter and held Argonia-Attica’s offense in check for most of the game, emerging with a 32-12 win at home in a battle of undefeated Friday night.

Both teams were 3-0 entering the game, and both had been beating opponent by big scores.

Caldwell scored on its first possession when Dru Volavka scred from 13 yards out, capping a 5-play 50-yard drive.

Argonia-Attica quarterback Blake Harnden had long runs for apparent touchdowns on back-to-back plays the second time the team got the ball, but both were called back on holding penalties. The Titans also benefited from a running into the kicker penalty on a punt, but the drive eventually stalled deep in Caldwell territory when a fourth-down pass was incomplete.

Caldwell went on to score on its last three possessions of the second quarter to take a 26-0 lead at the half.

Wellington ‘Red’ rips Augusta 35-14 in front of packed homecoming crowd

It’s a fumble! Augusta had it deep in Wellington territory after a Crusader fumble a couple plays earlier. This time Augusta returns the favor. (Photos by Dustin Craig).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On a night when Wellington was missing some key parts of its offense, this was the night for the defense.

Using a tenacious defensive front that held Augusta in check all night, Wellington knocked out the Orioles 35-14 in front of a packed homecoming stadium at Seller Park. Wellington is now 3-1.

The Wellington defense stuffed Augusta to 146 yards of rushing, and 8 yards of passing by dominating the line of scrimmage. Oriole quarterback Jayden Wilson scrambled for his life going a paltry 3 of 11 for 8 yards, one interception and three sacks.

Throw out the 54 yards given up on the final Augusta drive by an obviously gassed Crusader defense, and Augusta was held to just 100 yards of offense.

Wellington’s defensive front held Augusta to just 8 net yards passing and 146 rushing for the night.

“We preached and preached all week that in order to be successful against Augusta’s flex bone offense, they had to contain the option,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “As you saw on the final drive, if you make a mistake on defense they can go for big yards.”

Crazy Rich Asians playing at the Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent Theater: “Crazy Rich Asians”

Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and language.)

Movie Synopsis: Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

CultureCow: Finally, some time to catch up on these shows I’ve been putting off

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hang up your headphones because it’s all about the screens this week, whether they be big or silver.  It’s September, which means a couple of things: the NFL is back, we all get off work for Labor Day, and there are bad movies in the theatersIt’s not anyone’s fault, but the September release dates are reserved for movies either not exciting enough to be a summer-block buster or too poorly written — if that’s even possible — or not scary enough to be a Halloween weekend draw.-

September is the annual doldrums we all have to put up with to enjoy the good stuff coming up, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad!  Bad movies have a lot to offer and allow for dark “action thrillers” like Peppermint (starring Julia Gardner of all people, the Capital One girl for Pete’s sake) to become painfully lacking-in-self-awareness comedies for our viewing pleasure.  Just to drive my point home, three September releases: Peppermint, The Nun, and Predator, have a combined Rotten Tomatoes score of 73 percent, which is less than every single Marvel movie, barring Iron Man 2 and Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk (unfair in my opinion). 

Turkey shoot to benefit Operation Holiday will be held Sunday at Trigger Guard

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Everyone experiences hard times in their lives, and some families may not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children, as they barely make ends meet paying bills and putting food on the table.

Operation Holiday began in Wellington to benefit local and area children who are less fortunate. Throughout the year, fundraisers are held, and new toys are donated, to ensure that all children receive a Christmas gift.

This Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., a Turkey Shoot will be held at the Trigger Guard gun range to benefit Operation Holiday.

There will be two different classes of regular turkey shoots, one for advanced shooters, one for youth and beginners, plus several knock-outs. Although not an actual turkey shoot, clay targets can be purchased for $8 per session for adults, and $5 per session for kids. There will be $25 paid out for the winners in the adult sessions, and $15 for the kids sessions. Depending on how many participants there are, several sessions may be held.

Hometown Sales & Lease is offering the lowest prices on furniture, electronics and appliances

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Tonight starts a weekend of Homecoming and Fall Festival activities

HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME vs. Augusta at 7 p.m. DUCHESS CEREMONY – halftime (around 8 p.m.), HIGH SCHOOL DANCE – After game.
SEARS HOMETOWN STORE here in Wellington is having a Grand Re-Opening event!  Stop by at 11 a.m. for their ribbon cutting and all day for 10% off your purchase and enjoy treats and live coverage from local radio stations!
FALL FESTIVAL from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown outside of Memorial Auditorium, Heritage Park and Antler’s Lot:

Crusader preview: Augusta comes to Wellington for homecoming weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington has looked rather good against teams not named Andale and Friday night’s homecoming game is another opportunity for the Crusaders to pick up another victory.

Still, prosperity tends to elude the Crusader program. Two key starters are out with mononucleosis this wee: offensive lineman Jake Soria and running back Grey Hatfield.

That most certainly can’t help especially Hatfield who ran for 196 yards and four touchdowns last week against Clearwater.

But that’s football, when there are 56 players on the roster, something is sure to happen usually in bunches.

Augusta comes into the game 1-2 after taking a 34-6 licking against Buhler. leading just 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and 21-3 at the the half. The Orioles had 29 yards passing and 81 yards rushing.

Augusta is young, returning four offensive and four defensive starters from a 5-4 squad. As always, Wellington has lots of distractions this weekend being that it is homecoming. A loss could damper the festivities.

Wellington-Augusta game at a glance:

Wellington Council approves trash improvements without automated curb service; swimming pool finances discussed…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington’s flirtation with an automated curbside trash service appears to be officially dead as the Wellington City Council voted 4-2 to issue $1.08 in general obligation bonds for refuse disposal improvements Tuesday.

The new bonds will fund $866,000 for building a new transfer station at the Wellington landfill south of town. It will also call for a new sanitation collection truck. Other fees include $86,000 for design, bidding and construction administrations services and $130,000 for a new backhoe.

A 20-year bond will have an average annual payment of $80,102 which is essentially the same amount of money in the Sanitary Utility and Equipment Reserve Funds.

“We are operating at a balanced budget,” said Jeremy Jones, Wellington Director of Public Works.

Feisty exchange aside, Wellington Council votes to complete the removal of 23 trees in downtown… now what?

Twenty three trees are being removed from the downtown area because the damage they are doing to the sidewalks.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 to continue with the process of removing 23 trees in the downtown area that are considered to be a public nuisance or creating sidewalks and curbing to crack.

The City of Wellington has already removed 18 of the 23 trees, and will finish the job in the foreseeable future. The vote came after a frank discussion between council members Kip Etter and Joe Soria concerning how the process went down.

Etter stated at the Tuesday meeting that he was concerned with the removal of some of the trees in the downtown area and would like to tap the brakes and assess the situation before going any further. He admitted he had texted city officials asking for a temporary halt to the process on Saturday and did speak to an employee of the tree service before doing so.

Soria said he thought Etter was out of bounds by using his authority to stopping the process, when it isn’t an individual city council member’s decision to make that call.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields said he did tell the tree service provider to stop for that day after contacting Etter, but it was a moot point because the tree they were removing in front of the Hometown Sales Lease on North Washington was the last tree the company was removing for the day.

While the verbal exchange may make for good gossip and social media chatter, the larger issue concerns the long term downtown beautification process.

(UPDATE 1:10 p.m.) Spencer decides not to prosecute Ashley Pearson for murder in Saturday morning stabbing incident

Kyle Hill and Ashley Pearson.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Attorney’s office has elected not to prosecute Ashley Pearson, 29, of Wellington on suspicion of murder in the death of her boyfriend Kyle Hill.

Hill died as a result of a stab wound that occurred at the residence at 315 North B Street on 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning in Wellington. Initially, Pearson declined to make a statement to Wellington police and suggested to the detective that he just take her to jail.

“She could have saved herself three or four days in jail had she talked to the detective that night,” Spencer said from his office today.

Based on evidence in the Wellington Police Department detective report, Spencer determined that Pearson was acting in self defense based on the actions of Hill of the night in question.

“On Sept. 17, Pearson provided a statement suggesting that she was acting in self-defense,” Spencer said. “The investigation is ongoing. Primarily, Ms. Pearson’s claim fits within the definition of reasonable self-defense pursuit to KSA 21-5222.

That statute states:

Koda becomes a Walmart truck driver – at least for the day

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a life no one would ask for. But for one day, Wellington Middle Schooler Koda Rentschler was the star of the show.

Friday morning, Walmart Heart truck drivers from across the U.S. descended on Wellington to make Koda an honorary truck driver. It was quite an event. It opened with a pizza party at the Wellington Middle School. Then he was escorted to the Wellington parking lot where his fellow peers were there to greet and cheer him. He ran through a lane created just for him as fellow students gave him high fives.

Koda Rentschler

Then he was greeted by a semi truck that sported his name and picture.

That led to a truck caravan of seven trucks with a Wellington Police Department escort. The parade, down U.S. 160 to the Super Wal-Mart Center store, was much like of one who is a dignitary. As the truck drove by for which he was a passenger, Wal-Mart employees held up hand-made signs singing his praises in front of the store.

As the trucks circled around the Wal-Mart building, he was again greeted by a crowd, this time the employees, friends and families. Hot-air balloons were then released sporting his name and information about him having Neurofibromatosis – a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord and nerves – so that people thousands of miles away could learn about Koda.

Then Koda went into Wal-Mart where he was presented with a plaque and served ice cream and cake. Koda was then given a shopping spree in which he could spend $600 which included a new I-Pad.

If only any one of us could be so lucky to have such a day, such a celebration. But the thing is, in life, Koda has been rather unlucky.

Koda’s life

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