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Wellington teams are officially heading to Buhler, Argonia girls qualify for sub-state

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is official. Both Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be traveling to Buhler on Tuesday. Both teams will be playing on the same evening, an anomaly that only occurs when the boys and girls play the same team in the same location. Since 4A-West is a 16-team bracket, that doesn’t happen often.

See Class 4A sub-state boys bracket here.

See Class 4A sub-state girls bracket here.


The Class 1A regional championships have been set. So have all the teams advancing to the Class 1A sub-state next week. 

Andale sweeps Wellington, Crusaders prepare for sub-state

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up their 2019-20 regular season losing two competitive games against Andale Thursday evening.

Wellington boys fell 56-50 while the girls lost 47-42. Now the two teams await their sub-state assignments which will be released by the Kansas State High School Activities Association on Saturday morning.

The way it looks now, both Wellington teams will be traveling to Buhler. For the boys, Wellington appears to be the No. 13 seed and will play No. 4 Buhler. Wellington girls are the No. 10 seed and will be traveling to Buhler the No. 7 seed. These are all tentatively. The official bracket will be released tomorrow.

(Updated with 2A sub-state pairings) Sports roundup: Wellington girls win, 1A Regional 1st round is complete, more…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class 1A regional semifinals are set, and after two nights of play, the top home seeds advanced as expected. In other news, Wellington girls pulled off a huge come-from-behind win, Conway Springs got big wins and Belle Plaine girls won by one point.

Girls: Wellington 67 Collegiate 60

Wellington found itself down 25-6 in the first quarter as Collegiate opened on a red-hot shooting streak. The Crusaders, which had previously beat the Spartans 51-25 in January, would spend the final three quarters coming back and winning.

Wellington outscored Collegiate 18-11 in the second quarter to make it a more manageable 36-24 deficit in the half. The Crusaders then outscored the Spartans 21-10 and going into the fourth, was trailing by one, 46-45. 

Tuesday night scoreboard…

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Collegiate 65 Wellington 36

Belle Plaine 59 Medicine Lodge 52

Conway Springs 43 Chaparral 27

Rose Hill 54 Andale 52 (OT)

Clearwater 69 Mulvane 63

Collegiate JV 58 Wellington 45

Wellington C 43 Collegiate 41


Wellington 67 Collegiate 60

Caldwell 44 Udall 37

Argonia 56 Central 19

Chaparral 33 Conway Springs 30

Belle Plaine 57 Medicine Lodge 56

Andale 41 Rose Hill 31

Clearwater 41 Mulvane 35

Wellington JV 27 Collegiate 22.

South Haven teams advance to second round of regional with victories over Oxford

Cooper Wolf scores 32 points for South Haven as the Cardinals advance to the second round.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both the South Haven boys and girls advanced to the second round of the Class 1A Central-Burden Regional with victories over Oxford teams Monday night.

South Haven boys defeated Oxford 59-49. Earlier in the evening, South Haven girls won 40-21. The Cardinals advance to the semifinals where the boys will play Udall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The girls will play the winner of Argonia vs. Central-Burden on Friday. Time has yet to be set for that game. Oxford boys season ends at 7-13 while the girls were 4-14.

In the boys’ contest, South Haven staved off a feisty Oxford unit that would never let the Cardinals get too far ahead. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter before the Cardinals took a double-digit lead. And even then Oxford was never out of it, whittling the lead back to seven with the ball.

Wellington, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs teams position themselves for sub-state, Class 1A Regionals start tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas High School basketball post-season starts tonight in Class 1A. Class 2A sub-state assignments will be released on Wednesday. And the Class 4A sub-state pairings will be released on Saturday.

Here is everything you need to know about your team in the week ahead …



Boys AV-CTL DIV standings
League Overall
Collegiate 7 1 15 3
Andale 6 2 13 5
Clearwater 5 3 13 5
Rose Hill 3 5 9 9
Wellington 2 6 6 12
Mulvane 1 7 8 10

Sub-state standings (as of Feb. 24)  

Boys Basketball
Seed Class 4A-West W L
1 Augusta 14 4
2 Andale 13 5
3 Clearwater 13 5
4 Abilene 12 6
5 Buhler 11 7
6 Rose Hill 9 9
7 Nickerson 9 10
8 Mulvane 8 10
9 Wamego 8 11
10 Chapman 7 12
11 Ulysses 7 12
12 Wellington 6 12
13 Circle 5 13
14 El Dorado 5 14
15 Holton 4 14
16 Clay Center 4 15
17 Winfield 3 15
18 Pratt 2 17

Analysis: Thanks to two wins over Rose Hill and Mulvane, Wellington is securely away from the No. 17 and 18 slots, which would have eliminated the Dukes from post-season tournament competition (although the No. 17 and 18 teams can play one another in a non-consequential game on Monday). All regular-season games, including Wellington’s game with Andale, will be factored in for sub-state positioning (in years past the last regular-season game wasn’t).

The Crusaders are currently 6-12 and are seeded No. 12 giving them a first-round game at Buhler at this time. But the Crusaders have Collegiate and Andale this week and that could drop Wellington to 6-14. Wellington’s biggest worries are Circle and El Dorado, which could overtake the Dukes in the standings. If one or both teams overtake the Crusaders in the standings (and Circle owns the tiebreaker after beating Wellington earlier this year), then Wellington is likely of traveling to either Abilene or Clearwater.

Regional host Wellington gets 4 wrestlers to state

Kanden Young wins the regional championship at 195.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington wrestlers have qualified for Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tony Pizza Center next weekend.

Brennan Cantrell at 113, Kanden Young at 195, Kenny Fehrman at 220 and Hagen Wright at 285 have advanced to the next round after the two-day regional held in Wellington this weekend.

The four wrestlers will join Anna Cullens at 109 and Kaitlyn Hain at 130, who qualified for the girls’ state wrestling tournament to be held this Thursday.

Overall, the Crusaders placed ninth with 76 points. Andale won the event with 157 points followed by Pratt with 139 (full team scores below).

Wellington hit the cycle with its four wrestlers. Young finished first. Fehrman placed second. Wright came in third. Cantrell tallied in fourth.

Cheney outlasts Belle Plaine 56-51 to capture Central Plains crown

Austin Hilton kept the Dragons in the game with three 3-pointers.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the Central Plains League title on the line, Belle Plaine boys knew they had their work cut out for them when No. 6 in Class 3A Cheney came to town.

The Dragons, also No. 6 but in Class 2A, took Cheney down to the wire before falling 56-51 in front of a packed Belle Plaine gymnasium. Cheney led for most of the ball game, but could never shake the Dragons. Belle Plaine had a couple of opportunities to tie the game in the final minute but a couple of 3-point attempts would not fall.

Cheney sealed the deal with two Harrison Voth free throws with 6 seconds to play. Belle Plaine falls to 15-4. The loss did not significantly affect the Dragons as far as post-season positioning is concerned. Belle Plaine is pretty much locked in as a No. 2 or 3 seed in the Sedan sub-state next week.

Friday night scoreboard…

Wellington Regional wrestling – Crusader results:
Championship finals:
195 – Kanden Young.
220 – Kenny Fehrman.

Consolation semifinals:
113 – Brennan Cantrell.
145 – Montana Heacock.
285 – Hagen Wright.

Consolation quarterfinals:
132 – Austin Harriger.

Boys Basketball 

Clearwater 53 Wellington 29

Andale 59 Mulvane 51

Collegiate 60 Rose Hill 45

Cheney 56 Belle Plaine 51

Medicine Lodge 41 Conway Springs 32

Caldwell 54 Central 49

West Elk 64 South Haven 53

Sedan 53 Argonia 13

Cedar Vale Dexter 42 Oxford 25.

Girls Basketball

Wellington 54 Clearwater 41

Andale 62 Mulvane 27

Rose Hill 50 Collegiate 38

Cheney 58 Belle Plaine 36

Conway Springs 48 Medicine Lodge 37

Caldwell 41 Central 12

Cedar Vale-Dexter 44 Oxford 38

West Elk 44 South Haven 33

Argonia 52 Sedan 44

Wellington Regional Wrestling results live twitter feed

Wellington to host 14-team Class 4A Wrestling Regional, Friday-Saturday

Kanden Young at 195 will be one of two Wellington wrestlers who will be competing tomorrow as a KWCA top-ranked grappler. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time in more than 25 years, Wellington will be hosting a high school boys regional wrestling tournament. The Class 4A tournament, one of four in the state, will begin Friday at 2 p.m. and runs through Saturday. Wrestling starts on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Other schools participating will be Andale, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Holcomb, Hugoton, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, Ulysses, Wichita Trinity and Winfield.

Wellington has not hosted a high school wrestling regional since 1993 when the Class 5A Regional came to town in what is now the Wellington Middle School.

The regional will determine which top four wrestlers per weight division will advance to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina on Feb. 28-29.

Wellington will have six wrestlers, including:

5 Sporting Things: Wellington b-ball teams roll, Argonia girls win, Green gets victory No. 200 and more…

South Haven’s Sydney Bacon gets her shot blocked by this unidentified Argonia player in the South Haven-Argonia girls showdown. Story of the big game is below.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five sporting things in Sumner County …

1- Wellington varsity teams are 4-0 since Feb. 11 bye… 

Don’t look now but the Wellington varsity basketball teams are on a roll – and at the right time. Since the start of the second rotation of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV, the Crusaders have swept Rose Hill, and now Mulvane.

The Wellington boys defeated Mulvane 69-61 Tuesday night avenging two previous losses to the Cats. They won this game on Mulvane’s court, after previously losing in Wellington and in the Chaparral Tournament.

“We continue to play good basketball for another game and as a result pulled out a big win against a much improved Mulvane team,” an ecstatic Wellington head coach Joe Newman said. 

KSHSAA releases Class 1A Regional basketball seedings

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released the Class 1A Regional tournament brackets today. All other classifications do not have regionals and will start sub-states a week later. Those brackets won’t be released until next Wednesday.

All four Sumner County teams are in the Burden-Central Regional. The first two rounds are elimination games. The Regional Championship will not be elimination rounds but will be used to seed for the sub-states ahead.

Here are the brackets:

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Tuesday night scoreboard…

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Wellington 67 Mulvane 61

Belle Plaine 49 Chaparral 43

Conway Springs 51 Douglass 27

South Haven 58 Argonia 12

Udall 57 Caldwell 42

Oxford 72 Flinthills 38

Clearwater 56 Rose Hill 53

Collegiate 66 Andale 54


Wellington 61 Mulvane 37

Belle Plaine 49 Chaparral 35

Conway Springs 51 Douglass 22

Argonia 49 South Haven 43

Caldwell 49 Udall 30

Flinthills 42 Oxford 34

Andale 50 Collegiate 21

Clearwater 45 Rose Hill 44.


Wellington’s Anna Cullens and Kaitlyn Hain named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Anna Cullens

Kaitlyn Hain

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week’s Big Cheese Athletes of the Week are Wellington High School wrestlers Anna Cullens and Kaitlyn Hain, who have qualified for the first KSHSAA All-Class Girls Wrestling Championships in Salina on Feb. 27.

Cullens, a freshman, won the 109-weight division at the All-Class West Regional at McPherson held last Friday and Saturday by decisioning Isabell Ortiz of Laken 8-6 in the championship finals. She defeated three other girls to reach the finals on Friday. She received a first-round bye in the 12-wrestler field at state with a 23-1 record (see bracket here).

Hain, a sophomore, qualified for state at 130 after finishing fifth, going 5-2 over the two-day event. Hain, at 26-4, will wrestle in the first round against Montana Grahem of Meriden-Jefferson West with a 16-5 record (see bracket here).

For their effort, both Cullens and Hain receive a free large delicious pizza from Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

The ‘everything you need to know’ about Sumner County team’s post-season basketball chances

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas High School basketball post-season is just two weeks away for Class 4A and 2A, and next week for Class 1A. A lot is still left to be determined.

Here is everything you need to know about your team going down the stretch…



Video: Wellington after win over Rose Hill on Friday

Boys AV-CTL DIV standings
League Overall
Collegiate 5 1 13 3
Andale 5 1 12 4
Clearwater 3 3 11 5
Rose Hill 3 3 9 7
Mulvane 1 5 8 8
Wellington 1 5 5 11

Sub-state positioning: Wellington is currently No. 13 in the 18-team Class 4A-West field. There is a log jam of teams with 10 to 12 losses: Wamego 7-10, Chapman 7-10, Ulysses 6-11, Circle 5-11, Wellington 5-11, El Dorado 5-12, Holton 4-12. See full standings here.

Analysis: The Crusaders would help themselves immensely if they could sneak out a victory in Mulvane tonight. The Wildcats have the same record as Wellington league-wise but have beaten the Crusaders twice this season already. The final three games for Wellington are Clearwater, Collegiate and Andale. That’s a rough road and is one reason why tonight is so important.

Central Plains League
Boys Standings
South Div. Lgue. O-all
Belle Plaine 9 1 14 3
Chaparral 5 5 8 9
Medicine Lodge 4 6 8 8
Conway Springs 2 8 5 12
Douglass 0 10 2 15
North Div. Lgue. O-all
Cheney 10 0 15 2
Garden Plain 8 2 12 5
W. Trinity 6 4 6 11
Kingman 4 6 6 11
W. Independent 2 8 4 13

(Updated) Anna Cullens wins regional wrestling championship; Hain qualifies for state; Wellington finishes 10th

Anna Cullens

Updated – Anna Cullens, a Wellington freshman, made school and state history becoming the first 109 pound weight division regional champion. Saturday afternoon. Cullens defeated Isabell Ortiz of Laken for the regional championship with an 8-6 decision.

Kaitlyn Hain, a sophomore, also qualified for state at 130 pounds. After being thrown in the losers bracket, Hain would defeat Reese Kohr of Cottonwood Falls pinning her at 2:41. She would then pin Kate Jennings of Brookville at 3:51 to secure a state qualification.

Hain would lose to Ashlynn Goodwin of Wichita by pin at the 4:40 mark. She ended the day placing fifth with a  3:47 pin over Porsch of Hoxie.

Wellington finished 12th overall with 50 points. Great Bend won the tournament with 123 points. 

(Updated with Newman quotes and stats) Bring out the brooms, Wellington teams sweep out Rose Hill

Tanner Meyer helps lift Wellington to victory thanks to 12-of-13 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — No one forgot the crown this homecoming Friday, but did anyone bring the broom? That’s because Wellington swept away Rose Hill Friday night in two incredibly exciting games.

The Wellington boys defeated Rose Hill 60-57 while the Crusaders girls eked past the Rockets 52-50.

For the boys, it was the first league win of the season, beating a team that they lost to 59-51 at their place.

Wellington head coach Joe Newman stated:

Friday night scoreboard…

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Wellington 52 Rose Hill 50

Belle Plaine 51 Conway Springs 39

Andale 53 Clearwater 34

W. Collegiate 61 Mulvane 39

Argonia at West Elk

Caldwell 55 Sedan 22

Oxford 42 Central 15

South Haven 58 Flinthills 51.


Wellington 60 Rose Hill 57

Belle Plain 54 Conway Springs 49

Argonia at West Elk

Sedan 63 Caldwell 58

Central at Oxford

South Haven at Flinthills

Andale 67 Clearwater 37


Thursday night scoreboard…

Wellington wresting: 

Mulvane 58 Wellington 15

Results: Brennan Cantrell at 113, Kanden Young at 195 and Kenny Fehrman at 220 were victorious.

WMS basketball:

7th A – Wellington 83 Rose Hill 11

Scoring: Brody Weir 24, Carter Burnett 23, Skyler Branam 13, Nick Giefer 10, Owen Farley 6, Grady Norris 5, Dusty Bannister 2. Wellington 7A is 9-0.

7th B – Wellington 44 Rose Hill 10 

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