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10 things to know about Sumner County football going into week #2…

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things you need to know about Sumner County football games this week:


1. So what is the schedule for week #2?

Week #2
Conway Springs at Medicine Lodge
Belle Plaine at Garden Plain
Caldwell at Udall
CV-Dexter at Argonia-Attica
South Barber at Oxford
Sedan at South Haven


2. Anything unusual from week #1? 

Daeyln Haskins

Daeyln Haskins

How about this stat: Oxford’s Daelyn Haskins had seven touchdowns including two of those on kickoff/punt returns in the Wildcats 78-42 win over South Haven in the season opener.

Haskins may have broken a school record with his seven touchdowns in one game, Oxford head coach Shawn Burkes said.

His kickoff return for a touchdown tied the state record in eight-man football. He has eight of them over his career.

Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Goddard Eisenhower; Andrew Pelkey out for the season

Wellington- Goddard Eisenhower preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been awhile since Wellington has received really bad news on the medical front. But it got some this Wednesday.

Wellington’s strong side linebacker and all-state wrestler Andrew Pelkey is out with an ACL tear. He is most certainly out for the season in football and his senior season of wrestling is in jeopardy.

“This definitely hurts us,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “He was a leader on defense. Just a hard nosed kid, who we could count on week in and week out.”

Andrew Pelkey

Andrew Pelkey

It was not the kind of news Wellington wanted to hear going into Friday’s contest against the fast athletic Goddard Eisenhower Tigers.

To make up for the loss, Ryan is bringing in Zach Bodkins to fill the position and moving Connor Phelps to the outside.

Goddard Eisenhower is the newest school in the Wichita area – which was born just three years ago. It is a Class 5A school and plays in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. II. 

Sumner District Court Docket: Sept. 11, 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 complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Saturday’s Oxford Citywide Garage Sale participants are listed here:

Oxford garage sale story

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the list of Oxford citywide garage sale for this Saturday, Sept. 13.

The citywide garage sale starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until you are done selling and/or buying. Those having garage sales are as follows:

Oxford Chamberof Commerce Citywide Garage Sale
Address  Person/business holding sale
112 E. Main Retail Shop
120 North Colorado The Business
410 North Illinois Carter
514 North Illinois Osborn
314 North Kansas Shepherd
519 North Kansas Ferguson
519 North Kansas Sindelar
314 North Ohio Potucek/Surpless
310 North Osage Jones
410 North Water Oliver
311 South Iowa Robinson
202 South Kansas Eflin
217 West Maple Thompson

If you still need your garage sale advertised in Oxford put your ad in the comment section below or e-mail Kim Silhan at You can also contact Betty at the Oxford City Administration building at 620-455-2223.

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Three Wellington men to serve 30 days in jail for vandalism spree in January

Vandal guilty pleas

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three of the four Wellington men charged in the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties will serve at least 30 days in the county jail.

Eli Schmideler, 25,; Dylan Pacchelli, 21; and Cyrus Cunningham, 21, all of Wellington have pled guilty to criminal damage to property; and must pay restitution of $5,698 to several downtown property owners.

“It is my hope that people will realize that if you are going to vandalize downtown property or commit a similar offense, you will be spending some time in jail,” said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. “Hopefully, we will have fewer similar crimes in the future.”

A fourth person involved in the crime, Eugene McCormick, 21, of Wellington is still at large and has an outstanding arrest warrant.

Earthquake update: 2 earthquakes of 3.9 and 3.1 were officially recorded in Wellington; some say they felt a 3rd one as well

Earthquake update

Sumner Newscow report — Two earthquakes were reported in Sumner County on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey. One had a magnitude of 3.9 at 7:56 a.m. and the second was 3.1 at 10:23 a.m. There was also an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 centered near Medford, Okla. around 11:10 a.m. All three were felt in Wellington, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Emergency management officials in south-central Kansas say there were no reports of damage from the series of small earthquakes that shook Sumner County.

The U.S. Geological Survey says two of the quakes were centered southeast of Conway Springs.

Even at 91, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole commands the room – as he did Friday in Wellington

Bob Dole feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The distinguished U.S. Senator Bob Dole came to Wellington Friday afternoon. He sat in a wing pink chair and was ever bit the statesman.

Even at age 91, Dole commanded the room.

Dole is on a 105 Kansas county “reunion” tour. He stopped in at the Wellington Raymond Frye Complex late Friday afternoon.

His 30-minute speech was vintage Dole – packed with his wry humor and keen incite.

“I look back and can’t really think of anybody who wouldn’t vote for me,” he pondered. “Except maybe a couple of editors.”

Bob and Elizabeth Dole were on hand to meet with well-wishers and old political friends Friday in Wellington.

Bob and Elizabeth Dole were on hand to meet with well-wishers and old political friends Friday in Wellington.

When Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Shelly Hansel was wrapping up the program, Dole asked out of the blue who owned the Wellington Daily News. Hansel told him it was Gatehouse Publishing.

“Well that editor they did have, Jack Mitchell, was quite a guy. I liked him,” Dole said of the former publisher. Mitchell died in 2009.

Here were a few other things Dole had to say on his famous comrades:  

Wellington opens with 27-13 smashing of Augusta

Wellington over Augusta feature
Austin Dunn accumulates 133 yards and scores this touchdown to end the second quarter.

Austin Dunn accumulates 133 yards and scores this touchdown near the end of the second quarter. (Photo by Eric Rinehart)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Statistically speaking it should have been a rout. Wellington accumulated 426 yards in total offense to Augusta’s 199 for more than a 2 to 1 margin. But then there were those pesky turnovers.

The Wellington football team would beat Augusta 27-13 Friday evening in the season opener. The Crusaders will see better opponents this season than Augusta, so this may have been a good time to commit five turnovers – four of them recovered by the opponents.

While Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan said fans should not expect to see the same numbers quarterback Trevor Nance and receiver Colin Reichenberger would combine for compared to 2013, they still had quite a few.

Nance would throw for 280 yards, 154 of those to Reichenberger. Austin Dunn would be the workhorse for the Crusaders gaining 133 yards on 30 carries including the bulk of the yards late when Wellington was in need of winding down the clock to victory.

The Crusaders never trailed in this ball game and Augusta never made a significant run. But the Orioles never went away either.

Garage Sales for Sept. 5-7:

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. 5-7, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington Council has whittled City Manager job search to 3 candidates

Who will it be? Wellington City Manager

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer announced after two 15-minute executive sessions at the city council meeting Tuesday the job search for the new city manager’s position has been whittled down to three candidates.

Roger Stallbaumer

Roger Stallbaumer

Stallbaumer said the three candidates hail from outside Wellington. One is from Texas, one is from Colorado and one is from Kansas. They are all males, and he did not name the three candidates.

“Let me assure you that all three have a whole lot of experience,” Stallbaumer said. “And a lot of that experience goes well beyond just being a city manager.”

The Wellington City Manager search is being conducted by the Wellington council. The six-member board and Mayor Stallbaumer have been meeting in executive sessions throughout the summer, reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. 

Sumner County football begins tomorrow; here are 10 things you need to know…

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County football season will start tomorrow. Here are 10 things you will need to know…

1. Conway Springs will be in top form…

The Cardinals will be hosting the Bluestem Lions tomorrow in what should be an easy win for Conway Springs which is currently ranked No 2. in the preseason poll.

Conway Springs has 15 returning lettermen, seven offensive starters, six defensive starters to a 52-man roster.

Anyone who knows anything about Conway Springs, knows the program’s propensity to run. The Cards return over 2,000 yards and 33 TDs from the 2013 squad. Good luck stopping that Bluestem.


2. So will anyone in the Central Plains League be able to stop the Cards? 

Wellington football preview: A new season begins when Augusta comes to town

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — After endless summer workouts, late afternoon practices, media interviews, bonding, fussing, and speculation amongst friends, families and the world in general; a football game will be played.

Provided it doesn’t rain – and there’s 50 percent chance of that tomorrow night.

Wellington opens the season with Augusta at 7 p.m. at Sellers Park Friday. It will be nerve wracking to say the least for those closely aligned with the Crusader program. The words out there “this is your year,” is also mixed with uncertainty. The schedule is a brutal one and Augusta is one of those teams that the Crusader faithful have penciled in for a win.

But it is the first game. Anything can happen in the first game. Last year, Wellington was not expected to go up to Goddard and win, and did just that. Remember that trip to Andale in 2011? Wellington got itself a win ending years of futility with the Indians. Wellington hasn’t beaten Andale since, but it just illustrates how crazy the first game of the high school season can be.

This is what we know about Augusta… 

“Into the Storm” playing at Wellington Regent Theater

Into the Storm

This week at the Regent Theater: “Into the Storm.” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday 2, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sneak Peak tonight!: Middle School Special Screening is Saturday at 9:15 p.m. Wear your Knights t-shirt and get in for only $6!

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come.

Sumner Court Docket: Sept. 3, 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 complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellington volleyball team splits triangular: losing to 4th ranked Rose Hill, beating Winfield

Home opener in Wellington
Siarah Walker spikes it over against Rose Hill Tuesday.

Siarah Walker spikes it over against Rose Hill Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team has been touting its new improved product on the gymnasium floor. On Tuesday, many of the home town fans got to see this product in motion for the first time this season.

And what’s the verdict? Not bad.

Wellington would lose the first match to Rose Hill 25-23 and 25-18. But the Crusaders would rebound to win the second match over Winfield 25-7, 26-24. The Crusaders are now 5-3 for the season.

Labor Day Blog pt. 3: At Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio, it isn’t just about the dance

Michelle's Encore Dance Studio feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio, it is about keeping the dance simple. It is about age appropriate music and costumes. It is about affordable pricing and a budget friendly year end recital.

And it is about life.

If you act now, you can start a whole new season of dance for your child and see what Wellington’s now most established dance studio is all about.

This will mark Michelle Crittenden’s fifth season at the studio, located at 205 S. Washington. When people come to register there will be a full lineup of classes starting from the Itty Bitty to Combo Level 1 and II, to ballet, jazz, tap, pom, and hip hop. There is something for everyone Monday through Thursday.

Here are the dancers who started Tuesday at Michelle's.

Here are the dancers who started Tuesday at Michelle’s Encore Dance.

Classes started this week, but there is still plenty of time to register. Only you might want to act fast. These classes are filling up. Sumner County children are discovering that classes at Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio are a lot of fun. Parents are discovering just how affordable dance classes can be. 

Update: Vanessa Shawn, Wellington, issued inattentive driving warning in Tuesday’s guy wire collision

Wreck on U.S. 81

Wreck on U.S. 81  causes  outage Tuesday (Picture by Eric Rinehart)


Updated: Wednesday, 11:50 a.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Vanessa Shawn, 24, of Wellington was issued a notice for inattentive driving Tuesday by the Wellington Police Department after a one-car accident involving guy wires from a utility pole at the intersection of U.S. 81 and 4th Street in south Wellington.

The accident occurred a little before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Shawn, driving a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan southbound on U.S. 81, was following a 2008 Ford Escape, driven by Joyce Robinson, 55, of Wellington.

Robinson had stopped to make a left-hand turn off of U.S. 81 onto Fourth Street. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said Shawn allegedly may have been distracted and when she looked up, she could not stop in time. The minivan struck the right rear passenger side of the 2008 Ford, left the roadway and struck several utility pole guy wires before coming to a rest against the wire. 

Wellington places 2nd in very competitive tennis meet; Conway Springs wins

Season opening tournament

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs girls won the Wellington Invitational while the Crusaders placed second at the season opening tennis meet at Sellers Park Tuesday afternoon.

Conway Springs won the match with 22 points. Wellington finished second with 16. Buhler had 14 and Goddard Ike had 8.

The Cardinals finished first by sweeping both No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Wellington scored the bulk of its points in the doubles division. No. 1 doubles team Ryleigh Buck and Madison Adams won two of three, while Maggie Fink and McKenna Adams swept No. 2 doubles.

Madi Adams, one half of the Buck/M. Adams duo, helped pick up 2-of-3 victories.

Madi Adams, one half of the Buck/M. Adams duo, helped pick up 2-of-3 victories.

In off-the-court news Peyton Adams has been cleared to play tennis and will slowly be worked into the lineup, sources say.

“I was happy with the first meet,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “We actually split with Conway Springs as a team. We have more work but the potential is there.” 

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