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No disciplinary action to be taken after Wellington-Circle scuffle Friday

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Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas State High School Activities Association has told that there will be no disciplinary action taken after a scuffle took place with about two minutes to play in Friday night’s game between Wellington and Circle. Jeremy Holaday, assistant executive director of the KSHSAA, said the state received reports from all parties — Wellington, Circle and the officials. He said the schools will decide what they think is appropriate, and the KSHSAA will take no action.

The lone ejection according to the report was a Circle player, who was thrown out shortly before the game was called. The game ended early with Wellington winning 58-8. 

Wellington High School initiates first-of-its-kind aviation program

First of its kind aviation
Members of Wellington and state of Kansas first High School Aviation Class.

Members of Wellington and state of Kansas first High School Aviation Class.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Fourteen students at Wellington High School are taking the first of its kind aviation class this year.

Patrick Hamlin, manager of the Wellington Municipal Airport, along with Wellington Middle School Sixth Grade World History instructor Brandon Wilmoth, are instructing the class, called Aviation Exploration. The program was initially approved by the Wellington School Board last spring in hopes of spawning more aviation classes elsewhere.

“It started out as an idea with a group of people in Kansas Community on Aerospace Education which I’m a member of,” Hamlin said. “The idea grew from there.”

John Deere tractor accident leaves one injured north of Argonia

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Tractor accident, north of Argonia.

Tractor accident, north of Argonia.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An accident involving a John Deere tractor and a Pontiac Grand Am occurred on 800 North Argonia on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 12:43 p.m.

Austin David Merrick was driving the 4455 John Deere tractor southbound. Daniel Poljansek was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north bound. According to the Sumner County Sheriff report, Poljansek crossed over into the south bound lanes/ditch and struck the tractor on the right side taking out the front wheel and double back wheels.

Sports Today: WHS tennis team wins at Kingman; V-team finishes 3rd…

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner NewscowThe following are results of recent local sporting events in Wellington and the surrounding area for this weekend and the sports schedule for the rest of the week. If you have a score and/or news that is not included in the list of events below, tell your coach or send us a report at


Kingman Invitational – Saturday

Team scores: Wellington 36, Conway Springs 30, Chaparral 19, Haven 15, Kingman 6, Douglass 6, South Barber 3.

No. 1 singles Abby Lowe.  2-1. thrd place.  WHS tennis coach Brian Aufdengarten quote: Abby was the No.3 seed and came up just short against Wagler from Haven 5-7.  Wagler was the state runner up in 3A doubles last year.  Abby won her other pool play match and then won 7-1 for third.

Sunday blog: Talking Circle scuffle, Southwest Airlines, Chiefs and more…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow   Five Cueball thoughts for Sept. 20, 2015…

1. This weekend

I spent the weekend out of state thanks to a very good friend who graciously took me to a big-time college football event. But I heard all hell broke loose near the end of the Circle-Wellington football game Friday night. See, what you guys do, when I’m gone. I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE FOR FIVE SECONDS!!!Testy final minutes

But from what I took from reliable Internet gossip and teenage and reporter storytelling, a scuffle broke out at the end of a 50-point football game. Allegedly, even some Wellington fans got into the act by yelling at Circle players, which begs me to question: Why would anyone still be at a 50-point football game?

Since I wasn’t there, I can’t comment who was right or wrong or provide any details whatsoever. I do know being a sports editor here for more than two decades, Circle fans are always a rather interesting lot. So the events that transpired Friday night surprised me not in the least.

But seriously, here’s my hope…

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Updated: Final scuffle overshadows Wellington’s dominating 58-8 Circle victory

Testy final minutes
Wellington dog pile

Circle had little offense and little defense Friday night.

By Tracy McCue and James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington scored on seven of eight possessions and blew out Circle 58-8 Friday on the Crusaders’ home field. But the game ended with a little over two minutes left to play after a fight broke out between Circle and Wellington players on the Wellington sidelines.

A few punches were thrown, as well as some shoving and several unsportsmanlike flags that were thrown. With Wellington ahead by 50 points the coaches and referees decided to end the game.

Wellington coach Tyler Ryan gathered his players and had them stay in a huddle for awhile as the Circle team left.

According to an article on the website, school administrators from both schools are planning to review film to gain clarity on the situation.

KSHSAA Football Administrator/Assistant Executive Director Mark Lentz also responded to a request by

The KSHSAA takes all matters that involve player disqualifications, coach disqualifications or incidents that lead to ending a game early seriously. I have had an opportunity to visit with only one of the schools involved in the game last night. We will also review the game report from the officials. Once we have had an opportunity to visit with both schools involved and review all reports we will work with the schools on a resolution to this matter. At this time, not all parties have had time to file their reports as to the incident.

There have been several different media versions to what had happened Friday night. Sources have said that Circle players were frustrated and words were exchanged that resulted in a scuffle on the Wellington sidelines. After a conference involving officials and coaches, the game was called early.

Shaun the Sheep is playing at Wellington Regent

Shaun the Sheep at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Shaun the Sheep  (see trailer below)

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

Rated: PG Time: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. (C) Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 99%. Audience review: 82% approval.

Sumner County Court Docket: Sept. 17, 2015 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.


Garden Plain and Conway Springs to meet… A&A is hoping to continue winning streak…

Sumner County week #3
Sept. 4 A&A 56 Sedan 12 Med. Lodge 52 B. Plaine 0 Central 66 Caldwell 42 C. Springs 53 Bluestem 8 S. Haven 44 Oxford 22 S Haven 44 Oxford 22
Sept. 11 A&A 60 CV-Dex 14 G.Plain 54 B. Plaine 8 Caldwell 52 Udall 24 C. Springs 34 Med. Lodge 7 S. Barber 54 Oxford 6 Sedan 36 S. Haven 20
Sept. 18 Central at Argonia At Bluestem at West Elk Garden Plain, home at Udall at CV-Dexter

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It should be a great weekend of Sumner County football including a big tilt between Conway Springs and Garden Plain. 

Garden Plain at Conway Springs

The Cardinals of Conway Springs have reloaded and will be looking to continue their winning ways while hosting Garden Plain Friday.

Conway Springs has outscored two opponents 87-15 in its first two games.

Crusader preview: Wellington can’t afford to overlook Circle

Crusader nights vs. Circle

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusaders have had a couple of games to get used to the new Wing-T offense. They host Circle, a team that has not won a game in more than a year. Still the Crusaders can not take this game for granted. 

Wellington got its running offense going last week in a 36-26 win over Goddard Eisenhower, after stumbling in the opener against Augusta.

Circle has struggled so far in two games, losing its first two games by a combined score of 109-14.

Connor Phelps has led the Wellington rushing offense so far with 287 yards on 46 carries for a hefty 6.24 yards per carry average. Phelps ran for 195 in last week’s win. Remington Gilkey has run for 121 yards on 25 carries.

The Crusaders have not yet gotten their passing attack going, completing three of nine passes over the first two games. The new offense is more run heavy, so don’t look for the ball to be sailing through the air a lot.

35 Sumner County seniors recognized at KU Honors Banquet Wednesday

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Wellington KU honorees silly

McKenna Oathout, Ryleigh Buck, Allison McCue, and Madison Adams.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The annual Kansas University Honors Program was held at the Wellington High School on Wednesday. The top 10 percent of the senior classes of the seven Sumner County high schools — Wellington, Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Oxford and South Haven — were recognized in the Commons area.

Those who were recognized were (see bigger versions of pictures here):

Winning from Wellington

Movement afloat to bringing Miss Wheat Capitol pageant to Wellington

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by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  The Miss Wheat Capitol Pageant may return to Wellington, if the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has anything to do with it.

“We are trying to revive the Miss Wheat Capitol Pageant,” said Annarose White, WACC Executive Director “We are considering making it a dual crowned event by adding Miss Sumner County.”

The first pageant took place in 1993 with a theme of “Love Is A Wonderful Thing.” It is a qualifying pageant for Miss Kansas.

White said if the community is interested in hosting a pageant, it would need to be between the months of September and February. The Miss Kansas Pageant is in June.

In order to host a pageant, a board of directors would have to be established before scholarships could even be collected. Originally, there were 10 people on the board and a panel of five judges. A financial advisor and legal counsel would also be needed.

Sumner County Health Director addresses concerns about Whooping Cough

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On Monday, Wellington USD 353 school district announced that there was a confirmed case of a student contacting Pertussis, i.e. Whooping Cough (see story here). 

Due to the many questions people have had with the virus and vaccinations in general since that announcement, we have asked Laura Rettig, director of Sumner County Health Department and Sumner County Home Health Agency for an online interview session… 

Sumner Newscow — In layman terms define what whooping cough is.  

Rettig: Pertussis commonly known as Whooping Cough is a contagious disease caused by bacteria.    

Incubation period is commonly 7 to 10 days, with a range of four to 21 days. The initial symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and mild cough) of Pertussis are similar to the common cold and can last one to two weeks.

Wellington splits home opener: Beats Mulvane, loses to Clearwater

Wellington's home opener
Siarah Walker spike

Wellington’s Siarah Walker.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusaders played one of its two triangulars Tuesday in front of a raucous crowd, winning the first match against Mulvane 25-15, 25-12 before losing the nightcap to Clearwater 25-22.

Wellington is now 7-5 for the season. The junior varsity team swept the competition including a tough three-set victory over Clearwater.

The statistics for the games are as follows:

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The busy weekend it was in Wellington…

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Sumner Newscow report — Those people who say there is not enough to do in Wellington are not looking hard enough. Here were three events just this weekend. Our community reporter Amber Schmitz was there on the scene to capture the images.

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On Friday, Washington Elementary held its annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser at the school. Funds were raised to purchase iPads and Chromebooks for the students. Click here for all the action at Washington Elementary on Friday afternoon. Jog-A-Thon & Castaneda 099

Oxford Citywide Garage Sale is Saturday, Sept. 19

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Oxford is having itself a citywide garage sale next Saturday, Sept. 19

The citywide garage sale will start at 8 a.m. and last until you are done selling and/or buying.

Sumner Newscow and the Oxford Chamber of Commerce are teaming up so that you can advertise your garage sale to those throughout Sumner County. To advertise your garage sale contact Betty at the Oxford City Administration building at 620-455-2223 or e-mail Kim Silhan at There will be a $5 fee to have your ad placed on a map that will be distributed throughout Oxford at these various locations: 

Jo Treadway is 1st Crusader to run 5K sanctioned run at Wellington Invite

Running country feature
Chance Hamel of Wellington finishes eighth.

Chance Hamel of Wellington finishes eighth.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There were 584 runners completing from sixth to the senior grade who ran at the annual Wellington Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday.

Jo Tredway

Jo Tredway

Joanna Tredway made history by being the first girl from Wellington High School to complete the newly sanctioned 5K race recently adopted by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The state of Kansas was one of the last states to adopt the national standard of 5K i.e. 3.2 miles. Before it was a 4K race for girls. Treadway finished with a 23.29 time for 19th place.

Thus she has set the standard for WHS and is in the history book.

On a much rather cool September Saturday morning, Wellington cross country runners finished with 13 personal records and 24 medalists. The Crusader runners are not at full strength with some battling nagging injuries.

“In other sports like football, you can tape up an injury and go after it,” said Charles Wallace, Wellington head cross country coach. “But because cross country is such a repetitive sport and you are using the same muscles, if you’re injured we tell them to take it slow because those injuries will be nagging you all season.”

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