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Lauryn Snipes named AV-CTL DIV Player of the Year (updated with stats)

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lauryn Snipes, a sophomore from Wellington, was named Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV Player of the year.

Avery Rusk was named to the second team AV-CTL DIV. Tayland French was named honorable mention.

Lauryn Snipes

Lauryn Snipes

Wellington finished 14-8 for the season losing to Rose Hill in the sub-state finals.

Snipes, a 6-0, sophomore, led the league with 365 points averaging 16.6 points per game. The closest competitor was Emma Chambers of Mulvane with 13.2 ppg.

Middle School auxiliary gym to be built south of Little Theater; Cum Laude program implemented…

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The future location of the Wellington Middle School auxiliary gymnasium has been changed.

At its Thursday meeting, the Wellington school board approved constructing the auxiliary gymnasium south of the east pod where the WMS Little Theater sits. The auxiliary gym was originally to be built on the lower level next to the cafeteria.

People familiar with the landscape on the east side of the WMS complex know that there are two tier levels with the middle school sitting above and the track and many out-buildings below.

PBA Architect in Wichita supplied three options to the board with cost estimates of where to new building will be constructed. Two of those options would construct the building below. It was estimated that not only these two options would be more expensive, but there were some significant logistical problems. 

Brian Buchanan named AV-CTL DIV co-coach of the year; Nance makes first team

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach, was named Ark Valley- Chisholm Trail League Div. IV coach of the year.

Buchanan coached Wellington to its first state tournament berth since 1957.

Brian Buchanan is named co-coach of the year of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

Brian Buchanan is named co-coach of the year of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

Trevor Nance

Trevor Nance

Trevor Nance was named first team AV-CTL DIV.

Freshmen A.J. Snipes and Ian King were named AV-CTL DIV.

The Crusaders finished the year at 12-11 overall and 3-7 in the AV-CTL DIV. Wellington won the sub-state championship in Winfield over Mulvane and Rose Hill.

Nance finished the season with 427 points. He was 179-of-327 for a 54 percent success rate. He was 61 percent from the free throw line going 69 of 113. 

Win $200 in the Pig Shack Barbecue – Sumner Newscow “Pig and Cow” Bracket contest

Sumner Newscow Pigshack tournament challenge

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Pig Shack Barbecue on 1102 North A Street and Sumner Newscow have teamed up for the “Pig and Cow Bracketbuster Challenge!” for the second consecutive year. The winner will win $200 in cash! Second prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue and third prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

After trying it online last year, we will be doing exclusively paper brackets, which can be found here.

Brackets can also be picked up at the Pig Shack at 1102 North A Street in Wellington. Remember all entries must be completed and handed in to the Pig Shack by noon on Thursday. Mail in brackets must be postmarked by Thursday to Sumner Newscow, ℅ Tracy McCue, 22 Sunset Road, Wellington, Kans. 67152. Late entries will not be accepted.

The rules are as follows: 

Sunday blog: Talking S.B. 7, court appointments, state tournament, U.S. flag photo…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, March 15, 2015…

1. Nixing the school formula…

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

If you were to make a movie about the 2015 Kansas Legislative session, would it be a murder mystery in which detectives try to determine who killed the Kansas state budget… or a situation comedy – featuring wacky Barney Fife legislators trying to figure how to refinance the state while also moving elections, prosecuting teachers, and declaring Fantasy Football an official sport?

Friday, the Kansas House attempted to fix the budget gap, by passing bill S.B. 7 – which dismantles a 23-year-old finance formula for Kansas schools. It’s being called the most important bill in 20 years. Of course the legislators have only spent a week prepping and passing it.

The “block grant” bill, if made into law, freezes the current funding to schools for two years while freeing up how schools can budget. The “weighted” formula for which schools get paid extra for educating “at risk” students would no longer be used.   

Caldwell boys finish third place in Class A Div. 2 tournament

Caldwell 3rd place winners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys basketball team wrapped up its most successful season in years with a 68-62 victory over Hutchinson Central Christian Saturday afternoon at the Dodge City United Wireless Arena to capture third place in the Class 1A Division II tournament.

The Bluejays would get 29 points from Colten Ward and six 3-pointers to capture the consolation crown. Caldwell went 2-1 for the tournament and finished 21-5 for the season.

Caldwell rebounded nicely from its loss to Sharon Springs in the semifinals the night before. The Bluejays never trailed in this contest, but HCC most certainly made it close down the stretch. The Bluejays led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter and was in front 37-28 at the half.

The Bluejays led 47-40 at the end of three quarters. Then they saw their lead evaporate to two very quickly – leading just 49-47 with 6:17 in the fourth quarter. 

Wellington’s Ryleigh Buck completes week with Team USA at Pan Am Qualifier in Dominican Republic

Rylee Buck USA baseball performance
Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier this week.

Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier this week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck of Wellington is returning home after spending a week with the Team USA Baseball Women’s National Team.

Buck, the daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck, helped the USA women’s team post a perfect 5-0 record at the Pan American Games Qualifier at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The team completed the undefeated week with a 3-0 victory over Venezuela on Thursday.

The next stop for Team USA is the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, Canada.

Buck still does not know if she will be part of Team USA for the official Pan Am Games. She will be participating in the Women’s National Team Trials to be held May 22-24 in a site that has yet to be announced. The trials will determine the final 18 players selected.

The Wellington High School junior played in three of the five games as a starting shortstop. In the three games she played, she was at bat eight times with one run, one hit, two RBIs, one walk, two strikeouts, three putouts, two assists, and was left on base three times. 

Wellington Lions, WMS students help raise Ethan Higginbotham wheelchair funds

Ethan Higginbotham wheelchair

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethan Higginbotham, a Wellington Middle School student suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is needing a wheelchair.

The previous wheelchair has been with him for years. But like every growing boy, he has outgrown it and needs another one.

Trouble is the new wheelchair – one with a power system – to accommodate the needs of Ethan comes at a high price to his family. The initial cost is $14,000 with health insurance paying $9,000.

So Wellington Noon Lions Club is coming to the rescue. The local service organization sold $10 “Blarney Breakfast” T-shirts to approximately 75 WMS students and teachers.

Speaking of which the Wellington Lions Club will be holding a Blarney Breakfast on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.

Hoffman, Kelley vote yes; Trimmer votes no on SB 7 abolishing 23-year-old school finance formula

Kansas State legislature news capitol

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both Kyle Hoffman and Kasha Kelley — who represent parts of Sumner County — voted “yes” on House Sub SB 7 today which is a controversial block grant bill that will radically overhaul the way schools are funded in Kansas.

Ed Trimmer of Winfield, a Democrat, voted against the bill this morning. Hoffman, a Republican, represents the 116th district encompassing western Sumner County and parts of Wellington. Kelley, a Republican, represents southeastern Sumner County and parts of Wellington. Trimmer represents the area around Belle Plaine and Oxford.

The Kansas State Senate is likely to take up the bill next week. Senate leaders must decide whether to debate their own version of the bill or merely concur with the house version. State Senator Steve Abrams, representing the 32nd District that encompassing Sumner County, is expected to cast his vote next week.

The bill barely passed by a 64-47 vote. When the initial vote was taken shortly after 8 a.m. this morning. The vote stood 62-57, one vote short of the 63 votes needed to pass legislation in the house. Five members were absent, including three Republicans who were expected to vote yes. 

Caldwell boys win first round state tournament game

Sumner Newscow news report

Sumner Newscow report — The Caldwell boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the Class 1A Division II State Basketball Tournament in Dodge City with an exciting 65-58 overtime victory over Grinnell-Wheatland-Grainfield Friday night.

Caldwell (20-4) will play Sharon Springs-Wallace County (22-2) on Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Dodge City Events Center.

The Bluejays survived a last second shot by a Thunderhawk player who took an inbound pass and threw up a prayer from over 25 feet. It banked in to send the the game into overtime to tie the game at 52-all.

A Sumner Newscow reader sent us this picture. Look at the clock on the far left and the Wheatland-Grainfield player shooting the last second shot. As you can see, the shot should have been voided, because he had not released the ball yet.

A Sumner Newscow reader sent us this picture. Look at the clock on the far left and the Wheatland-Grainfield player shooting the last second shot. As you can see, the shot should have been voided, because he had not released the ball yet.

Once in overtime, Wheatland would open the extra frame with a deuce. Then Kaden Hallen, who scored 28 points for the game, would hit a deuce and free throw thereafter.

Candidate’s forum tonight at Memorial Auditorium

School bond election 2015

Sumner Newscow report — There will be a Candidate’s forums at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium.  This one is hosted by the Women of Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. The three dates for forums are:

McFarland USA playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

At the Wellington Regent McFarland

This week at the Regent Theater: McFarland USA (see trailer below)

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

Rated: PG. Time: 2 hours 9 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. (C) Disney

Wellington falls to Basehor-Linwood 65-40 in first round of state tourney

Wellington's state appearance


Wellington brings enthusiastic fan base.

Wellington brings enthusiastic fan base.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s first taste of a state boys basketball tournament may have not been to its liking, but it was most certainly palatable.

The Crusaders would lose to Basehor-Linwood 65-40 Wednesday afternoon at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The final score was not a surprise because the senior laden state tournament savvy Bobcats were heavy favorites going in.

Still, Wellington put up a fight including an impressive first quarter in which the Crusaders led for much of the period. 

(Updated) WPD pulls out submerged SUV from Slate Creek in Woods Park Tuesday

submerged SUV feature
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled from Slate Creek.

2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled from Slate Creek.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 2001 Chevrolet SUV Tahoe was pulled from Slate Creek on the west side of Woods Park Tuesday afternoon.

The Wellington Police Department, acting on a tip from an 18-year-old male suspect, discovered the Tahoe which has been reported as stolen on Dec. 7, 2014. The vehicle was taken from a residence at 1200 North C Street. The vehicle was valued at $5,000.

According to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, the male came to the WPD office Monday evening to report that a Tahoe was in Slate Creek, just south of a railroad trestle dividing Woods Park and the Wellington public golf course.

“I’m not sure what his motivation was in telling us,” Heath said. “I guess he was wanting to do the right thing.”

Crusader Preview: Wellington heads to Salina for the 1st time in 58 years against a team that has been there often

10 things to know about Salina

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the Wellington boys’ first state tournament basketball game in 58 years…

1. Who, what, when, where

Wellington (12-10) will be the seventh seed battling No. 1 seed Basehor Linwood (22-0) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Sumner Newscow will be having a live feed. KLEY-AM, simulcast with Channel 5 and TuneIn Radio, will be broadcasting the game with Andrian Young.

There will be a send-off pep rally for the boys at 9:30 a.m. at the Wellington High School in the back parking lot near the locker room area. The band, cheerleaders, students and any fans who wish to show up will be in attendence.Crusader head logo

All schools will then be let out at 11:45 a.m. so people can attend. There will be a school fan bus going up for any student needing a ride. It will be $5 to get on. Students will need $7 admission fee into the game and concession food money. The bus is leaving at 12:30 p.m.

2. So how do you get there?

The trip will take two hours. Just take the turnpike, get off the exit 42 and take I-135 north and never get off (unless you have to go) until you reach Salina. Then turn right at the Crawford St. exit head east until you hit S. Front Street. It’s a little tricky looping around when you turn north, but by that time, you should be amongst plenty of cars.

3. The truth about Basehor-Linwood

Janette Moser wins high card advances to general election to face off against Jackie Glasgow

Janette Moser King of Spades

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Commissioners used a game of high card to determine who would be Jackie Glasgow’s opponent in the USD 353 At-large District 7 School Board race.

Janette Moser picked the card of king of spades. Carly Moberg chose a card and it was the six of diamonds. Moser is your winner.

It was probably one of those moments, you won’t see very often. But Moser and Moberg finished in a tie for second place in the school board primary held last Tuesday. They both tallied 61 votes apiece. The USD 353 primary race determined which two of the four candidates would be competing in the general election. After the votes were tallied by the Board of Canvassers, it was determined the two women were tied for second place with Glasgow getting 371 votes. 

Annarose White to start as Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director on March 16

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Annarose White has been hired as the new Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director, replacing Shelley Hansel, who has accepted a job as marketing position for Brookedale Senior Living which owns Sterling House in Wellington.

White will begin her duties on March 16. She is married to Phil White, the news director at KWME-KLEY radio in Wellington.

Annarose White

Annarose White

“I’m excited to join the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce,” White said. “Wellington is a great community and I look forward to helping promote the great tourism opportunities we have to offer -like our golf course, our unique museums and our great places to stay and dine.”

White is a 2012 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in Agriculture Communication and Journalism in agriculture. She has been a “From the Land of Kansas” Specialist from Dec. 2012 to Jan. 2015 which included the coordination of efforts between several state government agencies to expand technical assistance and providing farmers markets and farm stands throughout Kansas. 

It’s a tie! Moberg or Moser to advance to school general election on a luck of the draw tiebreaker

School bond election 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In one of the most bizarre developments in local politics seen in awhile, the Board of Canvassers on Monday officially tallied the vote of the March 3 school/city primary at the Sumner County Clerk’s office. And when the vote tallying was complete, two candidates vying for the second spot in the at large district 7 Wellington USD 353 school board race finished in a tie.

Carley Moberg and Janette Moser each received 61 votes. Therefore, Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. the Sumner County Commissioners will come up with some sort of tiebreaker whether it be the flip of a coin, drawing for straws or whatever, to decide who will run against Jackie Glasgow in the school board general election on April 7.

Janette Moser

Janette Moser

Carly Moberg

Carly Moberg

When the votes were counted Monday, Glasgow received 371 votes in last Tuesday’s primary. Fatema Yunker had 38. Because the primary decides who will be the top two candidates in the four person race, the commissioners have been called in to break the tie.

In the other primary race, four candidates were chosen to face off in the general election for the Belle Plaine City Council.

The official tallies are as follows:

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here!

Garage sale templete use this one

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 selling and hunting!

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