Category Archives: Sports

Second annual Crusader Baseball Golf Tournament slated for Sept. 12, sponsors needed

Wellington AD Luke Smith outlines fall season ahead… practice start-up dates… COVID sports rules

Above is the full virtual USD 353 Fall Sports meeting presentation by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether or not a full fall sports season will materialize ultimately depends on another COVID-19 outbreak. Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith held a 14-minute virtual fall sports meeting to outline what parents need to expect in the months ahead when it comes to sports.

Smith said this video is an overview of the WHS/WMS sports. Individual teams should have their own meetings leading up to the season whether that will be in-person or virtually will be left to them.


High School practice:

Football: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the high school practice football field.

Wellington High School football camp to start Monday, Aug. 10

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School Football Camp will be held Monday, Aug. 10 to Thursday August 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Wellington practice fields.

On Saturday Aug 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. there will be a conditioning test at the WHS practice fields.

Please bring your own water and mask.

Sunday feature: 25 years ago, Wellington joyfully held itself a Midwest Babe Ruth Regional tournament

The 1995 Wellington 13-15 year old Babe Ruth team. Click to enlarge.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Not to sound old or anything, but 25 years ago to this day, I was having a lot more fun.

And so was Wellington.

There were no cell phones, no pandemics, no mask mandates, no race riots, no mean-spirited social media posts, and politics were things to think about in November.

In August 1995, my two biggest concerns were a 9 1/2 month pregnant wife and a Wellington Babe Ruth baseball tournament.

Wellington hosted a 13-15 Year Old Midwest Plains Babe Ruth Regional Baseball Tournament that year. Wellington, perhaps the ultimate Babe Ruth town in Kansas history, had hosted many district and state tournaments and even hosted a World Series in 1971.

But this was bigger.

For me, looking back now, it is without a doubt the happiest memory I have as a Wellington Daily News reporter.

Lukas Scheufler of Wellington continues hugely successful summer golf season

Luke Scheufler

Sumner Newscow report — It has been a significant season for young Wellington golfers this summer. As Deitrek Gill won the World Teen Championship in Pinehurst, Lukas Scheufler was playing havoc as a darkhorse in the Kansas Amateur Match Play at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

Scheufler, son of Dr. Steve and Kitchel Scheufler, finished in the quarterfinals in the 64-player field. He would lose to Jared Helin, a Kansas State graduate and assistant coach for the university’s women’s golf squad, 1-up in the quarterfinal. Scheufler entered Saturday with plenty of momentum. He already had two big titles to his name this year, winning both the Kansas Junior Tour and the Kansas Junior Match Play Championship.

Helin was the oldest player in the tournament while Scheufler was 17-years-old.

Wellington’s Deitrek Gill wins the World Teen Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Saturday

Deitrek Gill is seen with his championship cup after winning the World Teen Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Deitrek Gill of Wellington has made national headlines by winning the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation World Teen Championship for 2020 for 15-18 boys Saturday in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Playing on the prestigious Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, Gill would win the three-day event over the nation’s best young golfers to win the cup. Gill shot a 71, 72, and 72 for a 215 score to become the only golfer to finish below par in this year’s event.

He defeated Solomon Petrie of Akron, Ohio, who shot a 217 for second place. See the full results here.

Deitrek Gill with trophy.

Gill, son of Chad and Carissa Gill, was one under par at the end of the three-day event.

“It’s unbelievable,” Carissa Gill said from Pinehurst. “Coming in, Deitrek’s goal was just to be in the top half of the main event so he could qualify to play the famous Pinehurst No.2 course. We were pleasantly surprised at how well he has played.”

Gill is actually in three events at the World Championship and is still playing golf at Pinehurst at this writing. He participated with his dad in the parent/child championship, which they won on Tuesday. Today, he is playing in the Van Cup which is a Ryder Cup event with the top eight golfers in the tournament. Usually, this is the U.S. vs. International event. But this year’s event is a little different in that International players are unable to compete due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Wellington PSQ training will resume next week starting Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press statement by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith:

“We will be starting back up summer conditioning (PSQ) next week on Monday, July 27. Following the local recommendations we will be once again outside at the track:

Monday through Thursday

High school: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Middle school: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Monday and Wednesday

Elementary: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

KSHSAA encourages student-athletes to wear masks

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by the Kansas State High School Activities Association:


Based on Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 (released July 2, 2020), and unless specific guidance within your county indicates otherwise, masks or other face coverings should be worn by participants in any organized sports activity anytime participants are around others and unable to maintain 6-foot physical distancing.

Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are engaged in high-intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask or face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. Additionally, masks should not be worn during activities that cause the mask to become wet. The KSHSAA encourages coaches to consider alternative activities if adequate physical distancing cannot be maintained in the absence of the participant wearing a mask.

2020 Wellington Match Play tournament results

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the results of the Wellington Match Play Tournament held this past weekend at the Wellington Golf Club:


First Round

#1 Myles Miller 6 and 4 over #16 Adam Ricke.

#9 Tyler Ybarra over #8 Jesse Ybarra.

#13 Chad Gill 1 up over Jordan Tompkins.

#12 Derek Harrison  2 and 1 over #5 Gary Richmond.

#2 Nick Becker 2 and 1 over #15 Virgil Anderson.

#7 Ty Wilson 1 up over #10 Ben Heasty.

#14 Blake Bales over #3 Dustin Crutcher.

#6 Peyton Linker over #11 Brad Stocking.

Second Round

Collin Koester honored as a Kansas National Football Foundation scholar-athlete

Collin Koester

Sumner Newscow report — Collin Koester, a quarterback/linebacker for Conway Springs, was one of eight Kansas High School senior football players selected by the Coach Bill Snyder Family/Sunflower Chapter of the National Football Foundation as a 2019-20 scholar-athlete.

Koester joins Trey DeGarmo, Andover Central; William Deschamp, St. Thomas Aquinas; Tyler Green, Mill Valley/Shawnee; Max Kalny, St. James Academy; Ethan McMillian, Bishop Carroll; Rylan Miller, Shawnee Mission North; and Kai Wernli, El Dorado.

Koester was the leader of the Conway Springs football team. He led the Cardinals with 1,447 all-purpose yards, 1,94 rushing with a 10.7-yard average.

Wellington High and Middle School PSQ schedule, rules and forms

Sumner Newscow report — All students who want to participate in school-sponsored summer team camps and games must be in attendance for PSQ for 10 days prior to the events in all sports except football where you need 15 days of PSQ per KSHSAA rule.

High School PSQ:

Boys meet from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Girls meet from 7 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

Middle School and Elementary PSQ start next Monday, June 22.

Wellington Chamber announces annual golf tournament is slated for Sunday, Aug. 2

Sumner Newscow report — The 16th annual Wellington Area Chamber Golf Classic will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 at noon with a shotgun start at the Wellington Golf Club.

Entry fee will be $80 per player including a golf cart, bottled water, meal and prizes to be provided. There will also be a beer cart on the golf course during play. Prizes and meal at WGC Pavilion will follow the tournament. There will be a hole-in-one contest along with several raffle prices.

Additional prizes include closest-to-the-hole #6 and #11 and longest drives #12 and #18.

There will be a sponsor a hole for $100. Turn in the entry form at Wellington Golf Club by July 31. Entry form can be found here

Kanden Young, Kylie Aufdengarten named Outstanding WHS Male and Female Athlete for 2019-20

Sumner Newscow report — Kanden Young and Kylie Aufdengarten were named Outstanding Wellington High School Male and Female Athlete for the 2019-20 school year. The presentation was made during a virtual presentation of the 2020 Class Night. To see the full video of the event, click here. Other award winners will be featured soon. 

“This was one of the closest votes we had,” said Luke Smith, Wellington Activities Director.

The outstanding senior athlete award is given to the recipient who not only excels in their sport but is a multi-sport athlete and is an exceptional student.

The biographies of Young and Aufdengarten are as follows: 

Wellington school to start conditioning the week of June 1 from 7 to 8 a.m. at the track

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Luke Smith, Wellington Activities Director dated Tuesday, May 26:


“With the changes to the phase-out plan and dates, we have made changes to our Summer Conditioning/PSQ program.

With the approval of the state and local health department, we will be starting High School conditioning the week of June 1, from 7 to 8 a.m. at the track. Groups will be kept to 15 maximum and rotate around the track to maintain social distancing.
From June 8 – June 19 we will then start HS only PSQ (weight training), we will follow our original plan as before just moving the date form June 15 to June 8 to align with Phase 3.

Wellington High School released summer weights and condition program

Sumner Newscow report — The following is an outline of the Summer Weights and Condition program by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.

We will start PSQ when we are in Phase 3 of the reopening plan, which right now is scheduled for June 15. For the first two weeks, we will only have high school students coming to PSQ

Phase 3: June 15- 26: High School only

1) Adhere to social distancing guidelines established by the Governor and Sumner Co. Health Department. (PHASE 3)

a) Mass Gatherings of no more than 90 individuals are allowed. We will limit 30 people max in each location: (weight room, main gym, aux gym) or conduct conditioning outside to help maintain social distancing

b) Maintain 6 ft. of social distancing with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.

2) Adhere to KSHSAA Guidelines:

2020 Wellington track and field team had 65 athletes, and 9 returning state qualifiers… but no season

Gavin York would have returned as a junior as a two-time returning state qualifier.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the past three weeks, Newscow has been doing stories on “what might have been” on Wellington spring sports teams. The last story is about track and field – perhaps the “granddaddy of them all” when it comes to spring sports.

“Boy, this is a little hard to think about,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head track coach about what could have transpired in 2020. “Because with track you just never know. It isn’t like with football or basketball where you somewhat have an idea what a team will do. With track, there are so many variables.”

Eric Kop in hurdles in 2019.

For instance, in 2019, Wellington’s Eric Kop became the first male athlete in years to win the school a Class 4A state championship. He placed first in 110-meter hurdles with a 14.55 time and came in second in the 300.

“He came out of nowhere,” Aguilar said. “We knew he had a chance of being pretty good at the beginning of the season. But I had no idea he was going to win a state championship.”

So we will just speculate, which is essentially what we have been doing anyway with 2020 spring sports since we are in the middle of a pandemic.

The Wellington boys tennis team had everybody back for what looked like to be a very good season

In 2019, Wellington won the regional tournament as was looking forward to good things in 2020.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys tennis team were regional champions in 2019. And everybody was returning. Suffice it to say, Wellington had high hopes for 2020.

“It would have been an exciting season,” said Chad Whaley, Wellington boys tennis coach and new father of a baby boy this week. “We would have had everybody back. I really thought we could have had all six players (two doubles and two singles) in the state tournament.”

It isn’t a reach to say this. Wellington had two singles players and a doubles team reach the state tournament in 2019. A Class 4A Regional usually has six teams with six singles and six doubles teams qualifying for state.

Wellington would win the regional in Winfield by one point in 2019. Hunter Bryant and Tyler Brown both qualified in singles and John Long and Kade Adams were doubles state qualifiers.

Austin Soles signs with Southwestern College to play basketball

Austin Soles signs with Southwestern College. (Courtesy photo by Steve Sturgis) (Click to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report — Austin Soles, (front, center) has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Southwestern College. Soles is a Wellington High School senior and has started the past two seasons for the Crusaders. He is pictured with his parents, Traci and Billy Soles. Others in the photo include Wellington High School basketball coaches (back row, from left) Rick Roitman, Joe Newman and Matt Metcalf. 

In 2020, Wellington’s softball team wouldn’t have beaten Andale, but they might have been pretty good

Rylee Rusk was set to pitch again for the Crusaders in 2020.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The  2020 Wellington High School girls softball team would have been an interesting team to watch in 2020. There would have been a few returning starters mixed in with an influx of new talent.

Wellington head coach T.D. Buck said it was quite possible the Crusaders could have defeated every other team on their schedule with the exception of Augusta and Andale. In 2019, Augusta defeated Andale 5-2 to win the Class 4A state championship.

“It would have depended on our pitching,” Buck said concerning Wellington’s success. “In softball, there are three things you need to win: pitching, hitting and great defense. I would say great pitching is the most important because you can effectively shut down your opponent.”

Wellington had two starting pitchers in 2019: Brooke McCorkle and Rylee Rusk. McCorkle graduated and is now attending Mississippi Valley State where she pitches and plays first base.

The 2020 Wellington High School boys golf team may have been something special

Editor’s note: We are starting a series called ‘What might have been’ – stories of Wellington High School spring sports teams that obviously didn’t get to play their season due to the pandemic. But nevertheless, the teams are worthy of a little recognition and maybe some harmless speculation of how the year may have unfolded. We will start with the Wellington High School boys golf team.


Wellington boys golf team places 2nd in Dodge City (courtesy photo) (Click on photo for larger version).

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes a high school sports program is a perpetual struggler. Sometimes a program is a dynasty. Most likely programs fall somewhere in between.

But for the WHS boys golf program throughout the 23 years, there has been a bit of a cloud hovering above — that same cloud that hovered over teams like the Kansas City Chiefs or the Chicago Cubs for years.

Not since 1983, Wellington has won a state championship in boys golf. It seems like incredible bad luck because there have been some very, very good golf teams to go through WHS. Yet, something unconventionally wacky would happen in the 18-hole state tournament to prevent the Crusaders from winning a state championship trophy.

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