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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. 

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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. 

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. 

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.

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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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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.

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:

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.

Sunday blog: Talking city manager, salaries, Brownback commercial, Mulvane curse and Quinn’s thoughts

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Oct. 26, 2014…

1. City Manager search…

I’ve been in this business for 25 years and even to this day I’m still learning.

Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

So was the case this past month with the hiring of Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert — a man I have not personally met, but was impressive during a phone interview.

I knew the council was looking at Eckert for more than two weeks, but I was at a dilemma whether or not I should share information with the public. After all, my primary job is to inform the public.

I eventually decided it was a privacy issue and until his name became public I would not do anything. That time came on the Friday, Oct. 17 before the official meeting when the council released its agenda and the terms of the city manager agreement. 

Say it isn’t so Part 2 – Wellington girls eliminated by Mulvane in sub-state volleyball

Wellington sub-state

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — History is a long, long time. But it is hard to remember a combination where so much went wrong for the Wellington High School athletic program on the playing field and hard word.

On the cusp of the football team’s heartbreaking 14-7 loss to Mulvane, the Wellington volleyball team may have lost one even more emotionally distressing. Mulvane, at 9-28, stunned Wellington in the first round 25-18, 25-23. Wellington ends its best season ever with a 22-16 record.

The Crusaders may have never gotten out of their own sub-state anyway. Andale was a heavy favorite. But the Crusaders were hoping a large home crowd could lift them past the Indians in the championship set. After all the team had taken Andale to three games on Tuesday in Buhler. And three’s a charm. 

Say it isn’t so! Mulvane gets Wellington again, this time 14-7 in mind-boggling game

Wellington 7 Mulvane 14


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This one is going to hurt. Wellington lost a key district game to Mulvane 14-7. With the loss, Wellington drops to 1-1 in the district play. Ulysses beat Rose Hill 42-21. Wellington still is in the playoff hunt but its post season chances took a hit Thursday night. We will get into the district scenario at a later time.

Wellington will travel to Ulysses Friday night.

Former Wellington head coach Linn Hibbs used to say that if you win the turnover battle you are likely to win the game. So here’s the key stat of the game: Wellington 4 turnovers. Mulvane 1. 

10 things to know about Sumner County football this week for Oct. 24

10 things to know about Sumner football

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about Sumner County football this week…


1. What’s on tap…

Conway Springs at Belle Plaine
South Haven at Caldwell
Norwich at Argonia-Attica
West Elk at Oxford


2. So who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure of making the playoffs from Sumner County? …

Conway Springs, the No. 2 team in Class 3A, is in. The Cardinals won’t lose to Belle Plaine tonight and it is highly doubtful it will lose to Chaparral either. Mark them on your state playoff bracket.


3. Who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure not be making the playoffs from Sumner County?… 

Belle Plaine. The Dragons have Conway Springs and Cheney left on the schedule which makes it likely they will have their second consecutive 0-9 season. At the end of 2014, Belle Plaine will probably be saddled with a 19 game varsity losing streak.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day showing at Regent

Alexander at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (Movie trailer is below).


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


Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.

Wellington teen crashes vehicle into Belle Plaine lumberyard after car chase

Wellington to Belle Plaine crash

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 14-year-old male from Wellington drove into the Rothgeb Belle Plaine Lumber yard at 415 N. Logan Street after a car chase. He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, speeding and aggravated assault.

According to a Sumner County Sheriff press release, the juvenile male was running away from home. His name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

At about 5:20 p.m., Wellington police officers were called to the 600 Block South Woodlawn to investigate a single vehicle accident. Officers discovered a 14-year-old male had left residence at Woodlawn in a silver four-door 2014 Nissan Versa, which was a family member’s vehicle. He allegedly while backing up had struck a utility pole. The driver then left the scene and was traveling east on First Street by the Santa Fe yard office in Wellington. 

Part 2 of 2-part series: A brief stop in Wellington would soon become a new job for Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert signs

Part 2 of 2-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About the time the Wellington City Council was about to start its city manager search, Roy Eckert and his wife Jan were passing through Wellington.

They were coming back from a family gathering in Georgia on their way back to Montrose, Colo. where he had just resigned as county manager.

“We don’t like driving the interstate and like taking the “Blue Highways” through small towns,” Eckert said. “We stopped in Wellington on our way home and ate and got some ice cream. We were really impressed with what we saw.”

But it wasn’t a thought that lingered with them. They needed to get home, and they got back on U.S. 160 and headed west.

Little did they know at the time that brief stop would turn out to be so much more. 

Crusader preview: Wellington has not beaten Mulvane since 2005, this would be a good time to end that streak

Wellington vs. Mulvane preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Name the football team that the Wellington varsity has the longest losing streak against?

No it isn’t Andale or Wichita Collegiate.

Wellington is currently on a six game losing streak with the Mulvane Wildcats. The last time Wellington beat Mulvane it was in 2005, a 28-13 victory that probably no one really remembers except for the football players and their parents of that particular team.

Since that point, Mulvane has won. After two straight victories in 2006 and 2007, there were two years when the two teams didn’t meet. Then in 2010, Mulvane proceeded to rattle off four straight wins.

The frustrating thing is, none of those games were a beat down suffered by the likes of Andale. There were a lot of “what ifs” in all four games. 

(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

Roy Eckert signs

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account was written before he did so. We have also interviewed Eckert and hope to have second part of this two-part series with his interview completed on Thursday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The ball is now in Roy “Rick” Eckert’s court. Or maybe the better descriptive term would be “ballpoint” pen.

The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening approving a resolution to offer a city manager contract to Eckert, the former county manager at Montrose County. Now the only thing standing between Eckert and the city council is him signing the contract.

The contract, if signed, will go into effect on Nov. 10 and terminate at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016. The agreement shall be automatically updated on an annual basis unless notice to terminate the agreement is given at least 45 days before the expiration date.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields provided the total compensation package for Eckert which includes a base salary of $100,000, $500 a month for car allowance, $210 a month for health benefits allowance, and $100 a month for cell phone compensation package.

The comparison of Eckert’s agreement as compared to former city manager Gus Collins contract final agreement before resigning in May is as follows: 

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners of those tournament will advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Wellington and Argonia will be hosting sub-states. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine are going to Chaparral. Oxford travels to Yates Center and South Haven is at Dexter.

Information about each sub-state is as follows: 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The governor question








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