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Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Carson LeGrand

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students, who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We will be featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation. Next year, we hope to expand the coverage to include the Valedictorians of other schools.

Our first featured Valedictorian is Carson LeGrand.

Parents/guardians: Shelley Hansel and Bryce LeGrand. 

List of high school accomplishments.  National Honor Society, Rotary Scholar, Junior Lions Club Award, KU Honors Scholar.  

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Attend Hutchinson Community College for Sports Management. 

Favorite past time: Skateboarding.

Lincoln Place will become the property of the City of Wellington

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — After a brief executive session Tuesday night, the Wellington City Council announced that the Lincoln Place building issue may be resolved. More than a year ago the building was closed down due to concerns over its structural stability. The city blocked off the sidewalk and then finally blocked off the street itself.

The property owner closed the building, and had been waiting on a settlement from the insurance company.

While exact numbers were not given, the city has agreed to “take ownership” of the building and will receive the insurance money on the building. The owners are going to sign over the building to the city, Mayor Shelley Hansel said after the meeting, and the city will receive the insurance settlement to deal with the building.

The demolition of the building was going to cost well over $100,000 according to estimates, and the city had been waiting to see what the insurance company was going to do, and what the property owner was going to do, before acting.

Council member Jan Korte said it looks like the city will come out ok on the deal, meaning the building issue will  be resolved and the city will not have to spend a lot of money.

Oxford wins the Sedan Regional Championship – heads to state for 2nd time in 3 years

Sumner Newscow report — For the second time in three years, the Oxford baseball team is returning to state. Oxford defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter 14-4 to capture the Class 2-1A Regional at Sedan Tuesday night. 

The Wildcats, at 20-1, are heading to the state tournament in Great Bend on Memorial Day weekend. The Wildcats have been to 10 state tournaments. Last time was in 2015 when the Wildcats finished fourth.

“I’m very proud of this group of young men. What a great three years of baseball it has been with them,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head baseball coach. “What a fun ride so far, I know the boys are looking forward to going back to Great Bend next week for the 2A-1A state tourney.”

Oxford would run rule Central Burden in the semifinals 12-2 after receiving the first round bye. It then set up a showdown with Cedar Vale-Dexter for the Regional Championship. Both teams, regulars in the top 10 Kansas Baseball Coaches Association poll for Class 2-1A, had split during the regular season. Both teams were slated to play in the Walter League Johnson Tournament Championship in Winfield last weekend, but that game was rained out.

“This was the game that everybody wanted to see,” Green said. “Two solid ball clubs battling it out for a trip to Great Bend.”

Ty Wilson named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ty Wilson, a junior for the Wellington High School golf team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Wilson had a sensational week, racking up two seconds in both the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. II tournament at Hesston and then, more importantly, at the Independence Class 4A Regional. He helped the Wellington golf team to its first state qualifying performance since 2011. All six starting WHS golfers will be competing in the Class 4A State Tournament in Wamego next Monday.

Wilson shot a 74 in Hesston, three over par, losing only to Peyton Austin, Woody Austin’s son, who shot a 71. Then this Monday, Wilson shot a four-over par 75 score, placing second.

For his effort, Wilson receives a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave.  

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The gun shop question

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  We received an e-mail from a Wellington resident who said he is working for an entrepreneur. He was wanting to do some market research using our marketing data.

He states:

“I was working for him and he has really made me see how great it is to start a business from the ground up. I have been doing some research on opening a gun shop in Wellington and am currently doing some market research. It appears the closest shop would be in Winfield so this could be good for Sumner County. I am still a minimum of a year out on this and before I go through the very long and in depth process, I was hoping you could put a poll up to gauge interest on your site. Just a simple would you patronize a local gun shop or something simple like that.” 

Here you go…

Would you personally support a gun shop in Sumner County?

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Wellington City Council to discuss resolution on Westborough Addition tonight

Curb and guttering will be part of the discussion tonight concerning a resolution about fixing roads in the Westborough Addition. This picture was taken after a big rain storm last week illustrating the issue of drainage in the area. 

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow The paving of streets in the Westborough subdivision will once again be on the agenda tonight at the city council meeting. After several discussion, the council will ultimately decide whether or not to pass a resolution concerning the street improvement project at the Westborough addition in west Wellington. The meeting begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. (see full agenda here).

The matter was discussed at length at the latest city work session held Thursday.

People in that subdivision have filed a petition asking for their streets to be repaired. They will pay part of the cost, around 10 percent, and the city will finance the $1 million project with bonds.

The resolution is asking whether or not to pave the streets without curbing and guttering. At the last meeting councilman Kip Etter wanted that included because city staff said it would make the streets last longer. The people presenting the petition did not ask for curbing and guttering. That could be added later.

Mayor Shelley Hansel said at the meeting, she had heard from people who are part of the petition, and they just want paved streets. She said they are more interested in just having the streets paved and didn’t want curb and guttering.

Wellington girls season ends on a Winfield walkoff double

Madi Lewellen came in relief to secure victory over Rose Hill in game one. McKenna Jones is pictured above.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington had one bad inning, and though they chipped away at the deficit, they lost to Winfield 7-6 in the regional finals Monday. Wellington held off Rose Hill and won 14-13 in the first game of the day.

Wellington head coach T.D. Buck said in Crusader Club earlier in the day, said this regional was anyone’s for the taking. And boy that proved to be the case.

Winfield’s Abby Cantrell smacked in a walk off double with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run to secure the Vikings their first state tournament berth in years. She was also the winning pitcher for the Lady Vikings.

Winfield scored six runs in the second inning, and only two of those were earned runs. The Lady Crusaders, plagued by errors all year, had two errors in the inning alone. Ali Tate had a bases loaded triple to drive in three runs, and then scored on a bad throw to account for the fourth run. Another bases loaded single earlier in the inning had scored two more.

Wellington golfers qualify as a team at Independence regional; Wilson finishes 2nd

2017 Wellington golfers becomes the first state qualifying WHS team since 2011.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time since 2011, Wellington High School is sending a golf team to state.

The Crusaders placed second by shooting a state-qualifying 360 team score, Monday afternoon. Chanute won the tournament with a 330. Other scores were: Winfield 364, Labette County 386, Independence 394, Coffeyville 400 and Mulvane 437.

Ty Wilson finishes second.

Wellington will now play in the Wamego Country Club in the Class 4A State Golf Tournament on Monday, May 22.

Wellington’s Ty Wilson finished second with a four-over par 75 score. He shot a 35 on the front and 40 on the back to become the Crusaders’ lone medalist. Austin Liudahl of Chanute won the regional with a 72 — 34 in and 38 out.

Other individual Wellington scores were:

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2017:

Brock Edwards finishes ninth in 2017 Class 4A State Tournament

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington senior Brock Edwards finished ninth place in the Class 4A State Tennis tournament at Prairie Village-Harmon Park Tennis Complex in the Kansas City area. 

Brock Edwards

Edwards went 5-2 in the tournament. He would beat Isaac Stringer of Parsons 6-0, 6-1 in the first round; lose to Jarrod Nowak of McPherson 6-1, 6-1; defeat Matt Schultz of Ottawa 9-0; defeat Gavin Crowe of Winfield 9-8 (6), lose to Luke Bass of Independence 9-2, defeat Jared Smart of Buhler 9-2 and defeat Payton Graves of Paola 9-4.

It was Edwards first state tournament medal after being in the big show for four consecutive seasons. 

The defining moment for Edwards may have been his battle with Crowe in the consolation bracket.

Edwards fought from behind the entire match, saved a couple of match points against him and finally tied it up and 8-8, according to WHS head tennis coach Allen Keller. In the 7 point tie-breaker to determine the match, and fighting cramps, Brock again came from behind, finally tied it up at 7-7 before he strung two points together and won 9-7. 

Sunday blog: Why are conspiracy theories so popular?

The Lockness Monster created a stir that will not die.

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — Since President Trump started running for the White House, a new expression has come to the fore, and that expression is “Fake News.”  I think we all agree that even a particular slant or style of wording can generate fake perceptions —- I devoted an article to that very fact a few weeks back.

Robert Escandon

However, we are often willing participants in the whole fake-news deal.  Conspiracy theories are a version of fake news, as is belief in things for which evidence is weak at best, or non-existent, at worst.  I’ve wondered for a few years why we actually relish news that is borderline or even imaginary.

Take that favorite journal The National Enquirer.  Every week it haunts the checkout shelves at the supermarket announcing some gory news (often about a celebrity who is dying) or some useless bits of tittle-tattle.  Probably the “news” is sourced secondhand from some minor world-news source as if it is credible and then regurgitated as fact.

Some years ago, the editors excelled themselves.  There on the front cover, was a grainy black and white photo of a B52 bomber surrounded by gray rocks.  The headline read “B52 Bomber Found on far Side of the Moon!  Next week, the same picture was displayed, except the B52 wasn’t there anymore!

Wellington High School says goodbye to Dorothea Kelley

Drama students hugged on the stage after hearing the announcement that their teacher Dorthea Kelly was moving on to Campus High School.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — At the end of this school year, students, staff, and the community as a whole, will say goodbye to Wellington High School drama teacher, Dorothea Kelly.

“There was a job opening nearer to my home, teaching a subject I love,” Kelly said. “I will be teaching drama and theatre at Campus High School in Haysville.”

Kelly made the announcement of her departure to her drama students at the year end banquet held at the WHS auditorium. The announcement brought many tears.

Kelly has taught here since 2007, and instructed classes in drama, debate, forensics, college public speaking, speech, English 10, English 11 and English 12.

“I love the connection with the students and seeing in their eyes that “AhHa!” moment,” Kelly said. “That moment when they suddenly understand or when they realize they have achieved what they were working toward.”

Kelly leaves behind a very diversified list of subjects. And it will be hard to replace her. According to sources, Goddard High School had to look all the way to Louisiana before finding a drama teacher this spring.

Edward Glover, 45, Wellington faces 2 felony counts for break-in and extensive damage to Memorial Auditorium

Upper third seating deck at Memorial Auditorium was damaged this week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It usually is a busy time at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce office at Memorial Auditorium. But on Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m. it got a little too busy.

Edward Glover

Edward Glover, 45, of Wellington was arrested, charged and is now confined at Sumner County jail after causing extensive damage to the upper seat deck area at Memorial Auditorium.

He is awaiting possible felony charges from the Sumner County Attorney’s office for criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. He currently has a $5,000 bond.

According to Wellington Police Captain Paul Nefzger, Glover caused over $2,000 worth of damage to ceiling tiles, electrical fixtures and drywall in the northeast part of the Memorial Auditorium gymnasium.

No one knows exactly how he got up there or how long he was there. But he created attention to himself when he allegedly set off the building’s fire alarm at approximately 11:30 a.m. There were at least three Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce employees working there at the time.

Chris Kop, Jaycee Schettler named senior male and female athletes of the year

Chris Kop and Jaycee Schettler.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Chris Kop and Jaycee Schettler have been named Wellington High School Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year Wednesday evening at the year-end WHS Athletic Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

The awards ceremony/banquet returned to the evening for the first time in five years. It had been held the previous four years during the morning before school hours.

Fifteen teams were recognized at the banquet.

Kop is a two-sport athlete. He was a member of the Wellington High School football team. He was a running back, who finished the year with 315 yards on 64 attempts. Kop is currently a shot put/discus thrower in track and has accumulated several first place finishes. He recently placed first in the Wellington Invitational with a shot put throw of 46’11” and the discus throw of 148′ 1″.

Schettler is a three sport athlete. She is best known in track where she is a 100 and 200 meter sprinter. Recently, she finished second in the Wellington Invitational with runs of 27.73 in the 100 meters and 27.73 in the 200 meters.

The refurbished Crusader Head of 1964 – is about to get a new home

Wellington High School Principal Adam Hatfield and 1964 graduates David Klein and David Carroll.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A lot of things happened in 1964. President Lyndon Johnson was re-elected. The Civil Rights movement was in full swing. Soviet leader Khrushchev fell from power. And in Wellington, the first class to start as sophomores in the “new” high school on A Street graduated.

And to commemorate the event, members of the Class of 1964 decided to build a metal-like Crusader head that sat proudly on the upper south side of the WHS gymnasium. There it would sit to greet many WHS students, who would attend USD 353 for the next four decades.

On Monday, the 37-pound four-foot high metallic Crusader head, was officially reborn. Two members of the Class of 1964 — David Carroll and David Klein — came to the Wellington School Board meeting Monday night to unveil the refurbished Crusader head. It will soon be erected in the “newest” high school circular commons where students gather to eat.

The Crusader head was on the southwest corner wall from 1964 to 2016. But in many ways its visibility became so much less pronounced as the years wore on. In the late 1960s, with a burgeoning student population, the school board went back to the voters to ask for the construction of “pods” – extra classroom space. As a result, the Crusader head was obstructed to the west by the new buildings and could only be seen from the south parking lot.

KSHSAA announces post-season baseball and softball pairings

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced the pairing for the baseball and softball post season tournaments this morning…


Class 4A- Wellington, May 15-16

Play in game – May 15

#4 Mulvane (7-11) vs. #5 Winfield (5-14), 2 p.m.

First round – May 15

#1 Andale/Garden Plain (17-3) vs. winner Mulvane-Winfield, 6 p.m.

#2 Maize South (15-5) vs. #3 Wellington (9-11), 4 p.m.

Championship game – May 16, 5 p.m.

Full bracket can be found here.


Class 3A- Douglass, May 15-18 (Belle Plaine participating)

Brock Edwards named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brock Edwards, a Wellington High School senior tennis player, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Brock Edwards

On Monday, Edwards qualified for his fourth consecutive state tournament berth with a third place finish in singles in the Class 4A Regional in Pratt. Edwards would beat Trey Paul of Ulysses and Nick Orth of Larned to qualify for state and would go on to finish 3-1 last weekend.

Edwards will now play at Prairie Village-Harmon Park Tennis Complex in the Kansas City area Friday in hopes of garnering his first state tournament medal.

For his effort, Edwards receives a FREE delicious large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Avenue. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The air conditioner question







So have you caved and already turned on the air conditioner this season?

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Sports today: Wellington softball/baseball teams sweep Senior Night; Oxford baseball team cruises in WJL Tourney

Jacelyn Buck, Wellington shortstop, makes a huge catch in the top of the sixth inning against McPherson to thwart a rally in game one.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team closed down the regular season with two huge wins against Goddard and McPherson. The Wellington girls softball team swept McPherson in its final appearance at Worden Park this season. The Oxford baseball team cruises through the first two rounds of the Walter Johnson League Tournament. And we even have some junior varsity track results…


Triangular kings

The Wellington baseball team has had plenty of peaks and valleys this season. But Monday few would argue was the peak performance of the year as the Crusaders pieced together a significant couple of victories against McPherson and Goddard.

Wellington would beat McPherson 6-5 in an afternoon game. The Crusaders then turned around and defeated Goddard 4-1 in the nightcap.  In both games, Wellington would rally to win.

In game one, after taking an initial 1-0 lead in the first, the Crusaders would knot the game at 2-all in the bottom of the fourth thanks in part to a sacrifice bunt by Chantz Daugherty.

Then in the fifth, Wellington would score four more runs to take a 6-5 lead. They would preserve the lead for the win. 

150 years later, Caldwell is still the ‘Toughest Town on the Chisholm Trail’

Caldwell’s Chisholm Trail Fest was a huge success this weekend with a plethora of activities including the work of this diligent blacksmith.

Sumner Newscow report  — People from across Kansas and Oklahoma gathered in Caldwell to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. The Chisholm Trail Fest lasted three days and included a plethora of activities recognizing those days when the Wild West was young, and Caldwell was anything but mild.

Much like the old west, this weekend featured a gun fight, street dance, pub crawl, ghost tours, dressing in western gear, saloon girls, poker games, a street dance and much more. The big moment came at high noon on Saturday when the Kansas-Oklahoma Proclamation Exchange was made. A horseback rider from Kansas came into town carrying the proclamation signed by our governor. His journey lasted 152 miles from Abilene to Caldwell and when he arrived he handed the proclamation from the rider from Oklahoma, who took it south. It was indeed a big, big Saturday in the Border Queen city.

The Cowboy exchange was held at high noon in downtown Caldwell.

Then came “The Gangs of Wild West Caldwell” show, complete with the reinvention of the Caldwell Talbot Gang Shootout, Can Can dancing by both the Border Queen Bellas and Delano District’s Delano Dollies, and dozens of spirited actors including area news personalities, performing on the street near the Chisholm Trail Event Arena immediately following the proclamation handoff.

For more pictures of the event click the “read more” button or click here for the full Chisholm Trail Fest 150th Anniversary photo gallery taken by Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz. 

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