Sumner NewsCow News and Sports for Sumner County Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:52:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sumner County farmer Tim Turek wins 2018 Kansas State Fair Market Wheat Show Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:52:28 +0000

Governor Jeff Colyer presents Sumner County farmer Tim Turek with 2018 Fair Market Wheat Show with gold watch.

Sumner Newscow report – Tim Turek was the winner of the 2018 State Fair Market Wheat Show.  Turek won the Eastern Sweepstakes and overall Grand Champion for his entry of Doublestop CL+.    Governor Jeff Colyer presented a gold watch on behalf of the Kansas Wheat Commission at the Kansas State Fair on Thursday, September 13.

The wheat was entered in the Sumner County Fair and submitted to the state level where it is judged and analyzed competing against other wheat entries across the state on judged on milling and baking quality, test weight, protein content, dockage and number of shrunken and broken kernels.

Several years ago the state of Kansas divided wheat entries into an Eastern and Western division due to the fact Western Kansas yields better wheat quality due to higher protein.  This is the first year an Eastern Kansas entry has won the Grand Champion title.   The shows Reserve Grand Champion was a sample entered by Craig Pringle from Cowley County. 

Turek is a fourth generation farmer in Sumner County, he has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University.

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Wellington Public Library to have demonstration on how to use an electric pressure pot Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:45:33 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the library meeting room, the Wellington Public Library will have a demonstration on the use of electric pressure pots. Samples will be given out. Electric pressure pots cook food quickly, economically and preserve a lot of the flavor and nutrients in foods.

Please come to see the presentation by, Bernadette Love, of the, K-State Research & Extension office.. Cost is free! Contact Shirley Hensley for more information.

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KanOkla is seeking a full time IT Services Technician Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:39:54 +0000

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Help wanted: Construction I-II-III Sumner County Road and Bridge Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:23:15 +0000 Construction I-II-III – Road & Bridge

$8.83 – $21.23 per hour Non-exempt

High school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must obtain and maintain a valid class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within three (3) months of employment.  2-5 years of construction and /or road maintenance work experience required or a comparable combination of education and experience. Much of the work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions.  Successful applicant will be drug tested.

Apply online at  Applications close 10/03/2018.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, ph 620 326 3395. EOE

Wellington’s Caleb Reichenberger, Belle Plaine’s Bo Gooch named Big Cheese Athletes of the week Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:30:28 +0000 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We couldn’t narrow the selection, so for the first time ever we are choosing two Big Cheese Athletes of the Week from different schools.

Caleb Reichenberger, a Wellington High School senior, was chosen for helping Wellington to a 35-14 victory over Augusta. Bo Gooch, a Belle Plaine senior, was named after Friday’s big 41-40 win over Cherryvale.

Caleb Reichenberger

Reichenberger was part of a valiant defensive effort Friday night for the Crusaders. He was one of the leading tacklers, getting 5.5 tackle, including four sacks, helping the Crusaders hold Augusta to just 154 yards of offense – 100 if you don’t count the final drive. Reichenberger was also outstanding on offense. He caught one pass for a 34-yard touchdown. He also had an impressive 30-yard pass reception on a third-and-forever late in the game, which was all for naught because the official called a silly illegal player downfield penalty on Wellington.

Bo Gooch

Gooch had an outstanding night as quarterback for Belle Plaine in the Dragons dramatic win including scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. He was 17 of 30 passing for 364 yards and five touchdowns passes. He also had 44 yards rushing on 12 carries.

For their efforts, Reichenberger and Gooch will receive a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

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Through adversity, Belle Plaine football team wins a great, great game Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:36:36 +0000

Belle Plaine players celebrate after stunning victory over Cherryvale. (Courtesy photo)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  It had been a chaotic week for the Belle Plaine football players – all based on circumstances beyond their control.

So when Friday night’s game ended last weekend that saw Belle Plaine defeating Cherryvale 41-40 in dramatic last-second fashion, there was extreme emotion, elation, even relief.

“They were so excited,” said Josh Corbett, who became a head football coach for the first time last Friday. “There were a lot of things to that win.”

Belle Plaine football has been a struggling program. Just two years ago, almost to this day, the Dragons had shredded a 31-game winning streak against Northeast Arma – a convincing 48-0 win on the road. The Sept. 26, 2016 victory would have been the first varsity win since Oct. 19, 2012.

Before this season, the Dragons would win three more times – again to NE Arma and then to Leon-Bluestem twice. This season, though, things appeared to be different. Blessed with six seniors, who have stuck with the program through its trials and tribulations, Belle Plaine, now 2-2, has been a different team this year. They have been in three of their first four games and easily could have been 3-1.

First was the game against Inman, a spectacular game that went into overtime. Inman would win it by converting an extra point in the extra frame and the Dragons did not. What might have been lost in that contest, was that Belle Plaine made a huge comeback in the fourth quarter.

In other years, the Dragons might have wilted. Not this bunch.

Belle Plaine then traveled to Kingman and recorded a 54-18 loss to a bigger Eagle team that is in the upper 3A Classification. Belle Plaine is 2A.

Then came the battle with Wichita Independent. Belle Plaine romped taking a significant five touchdown lead before Independent could get on the board.

But last Friday was different. This was about something more than football. It was about the power of players and teamwork.

Most every reader knows of the situation. You can read it elsewhere on this site. But Friday night, the focus was on the players. Cherryvale came into the game 2-1 and Belle Plaine knew it had its work cut out for itself.

Cherryvale opened with a 13-yard touchdown throw to take a 6-0 lead. But Belle Plaine came back with a vengeance. Quarterback Bo Gooch, a two-time athlete probably better known for his exploits on the basketball court, would throw a 48-yard arrow into receiver Tristan Warren for a touchdown. It was 8-6 after the first quarter.

Cherryvale then got going, scoring three of the next four touchdowns and taking a 26-14 lead into halftime.

Belle Plaine would come back to start the second half with a Gooch to Eli Wiseman touchdown. After a Cherryvale score, Belle Plaine went into the fourth quarter down 32-20. It had some work to get done.

Again Gooch, who had five touchdown passes and a touchdown run for the night, would connect with Eli Wiseman on a 56-yard touchdown throw. That made it 32-26.

Then Belle Plaine would take its first lead since the first quarter when Gooch hit Wiseman again on 47 yarder for six. Belle Plaine led 34-32.

Unfortunately, Cherryvale wasn’t going away. The Chargers scored on a one yard touchdown run. There was not much time left on the clock.

Then came the march. Belle Plaine would move inside the 10 and there they were with the clock stopped and 10 seconds on the clock. There were no timeouts.

“We called a pass play,” Corbett said. “And the hope was if it was incomplete we would have one more chance at the end zone.”

But Gooch could not find the open receiver and then he crossed the line of scrimmage at the 4, this was it.

He scored on a dive (see photo above). There was no time left on the clock.

Still, there was work to be done. Belle Plaine and Cherryvale were knotted at 40-all. There was the extra point that needed to be made.

Tristan Warren makes the extra point kick to win the game.

Things aren’t always easy in Belle Plaine, but that kick was. When the ball sailed through the uprights, the Dragons had won. The previous week was a distant memory.

“I think one of the things that made this game special is it is the first time the team won a close one,” Corbett said. “We have won game but they were lopsided. We have been in a lot of close ones. But this was the first time we were able to pull it off.”

Looking at the stats (see here), this game was even-steven the whole way. Belle Plaine had a slight advantage in total yards 435 to 400, had one extra first down 19 to 18. Cherryvale had two turnover’s to Belle Plaine’s none. The big difference was in passing. Belle Plaine had 364 to Cherryvale’s 106. However, Cherryvale had 294 yards rushing to Belle Plaine’s 71.

“I don’t think we are so much a passing team,” Corbett said. “I think we are a typical high school team that likes to rush. But we were behind all game and we were having success passing the ball.”

Now comes the rest of year. Belle Plaine is sure to return to normalcy. The next opponent will be home to Neodesha. The Blue Streaks are 0-4. Fredonia, Eureka, and then rival Douglass will follow. Those are teams Belle Plaine can beat. If things fall into place, the Dragons could easily finish 7-1 or at least 6-2.

Then the Dragons will be talking playoffs.

It appears that the ride for Belle Plaine is just beginning.

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:07:05 +0000 Wellington Police notes: Monday, September 24, 2018

5:59am Officers investigated a theft of fuel in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.

•1:49 p.m. Officers took a found property report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.

•4:06 p.m. Officers conducted a report of an abandoned vehicle in the 100 block W. 2nd, Wellington.

•5:03 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 300 block S. Keyes, Wellington.

•7:01 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of bag in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington.

•8:24 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. Olive, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Catherine D. Dugan, 61, Wellington and Derek C. Yunker, 33, Belle Plaine.

•8:45 p.m. Bryce T. Hansen, 34, Conway Springs, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.

•8:50 p.m. Catherine D. Dugan, 61, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disregard stop sign.

•9:15 p.m. Ronald D. Nissen, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration that was expired.

Belle Plaine coach has been put on paid leave; Corbett named head football coach Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:39:58 +0000 Sumner Newscow report – The Belle Plaine school board voted to place a school-district employee on paid leave during a special meeting held Monday evening.

The board also voted to elevate Josh Corbett as the head football coach of the Belle Plaine team. Corbett will replace C.J. Madison who was a first year head high school football coach for the Dragons.

Coach Superintendent Jim Sutton Monday was mum to any further details. The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a complaint that involves a coach in the Belle Plaine school district.

GKN was the big winners of the 2018 Chili Cookoff Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:01:07 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — GKN was the big winner of the 2018 Wellington Fall-Fest Chili Cook off held in downtown Wellington over the weekend.

The winners are as follows:

People’s Choice: GKN.

Most Spirited: Cowley College – Sumner Campus.

First place: GKN.

For all the pictures of the downtown festivies, click here

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