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Wellington swim team open home season vs. Valley Center; release Swimmer Wall of Fame

The swimmers next to the “Swimmer Wall of Fame!” include: Georgia Shinliver, Owen Camblin, Abby Ybarra, Duke Shinliver.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Swim Team had its first home meet of the season when it hosted Valley Center. The boys came close, but would lose to Valley Center 140-100. The Valley Center girls beat Wellington 198-102.

The night was highlighted by the Wall of Fame being revealed. This is a wall of banners showcasing all of the Sailfish team records. The wall will be on the next display at the next home meet on June 18 and the second annual Swim-A-Thon on July 9.

Here is what occurred Tuesday night at the swim meet:

•There were 43 swimmers participating – seven new ones.

District Qualifiers– Caroline Mott in the 50 free, Owen Camblin in 50 free and 100 back, and Georgia Shinliver in the 100 fly.

Wellington Sailfish open season with Derby

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Sailfish, the youth competitive swimming club, has kicked off another season.

Wellington traveled to Derby on Tuesday, June 4. The meet was called off after event 16 due to the rainout. The rest of the meet has been rescheduled to June 27.

The district qualifiers included Caroline Mott in the 50 freestyle.

There were 36 swimmers participating. The Sailfish will be home Tuesday night.

Wellington Sailfish Coach Jensen Lynnes said.

“I am so proud of my swimmers working so hard to prepare for the meet in such a small amount of time. I am excited to see how they continue to grow and improve throughout the summer!”

The full results can be found here.

State tournament sites selection: 4A to Salina, 2A to Manhattan, 1A-D1 in Dodge City and 1A-DII in Colby

Crusaders at the state tournament in March.

Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas State High School Activities Association has selected sites for the 2025 KSHSAA state basketball championships. All seven sites have been hosted at least once previously.

After hosting the 1A Division I state championships last season, the Colby Event Center has been selected to host the 1A Division II state championships in 2025. The 2A tournaments will return to their traditional home at Bramlage Coliseum after a year’s hiatus.

The KSHSAA continues to have a strong relationship with Barton Community College, which has hosted the 1A Division II Tournaments for the last three years. Colby will be the fourth community to host the 1A Division II state championships since the class split into divisions in 2011. In 2019, Class 1A held a single tournament without divisions.

WHS Scholarship signing roundup: Zeka, Kessler, Walker, Dry, Smith, Cornejo, Baker, Fairbanks, Bevan, Saunders, Worley, Hunt

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The official signings of athletes and fine arts students to college scholarships have been a ritual that has grown in popularity. Wellington had 12 of them over the past six months.

Crusader logo for article.This year, we decided to do something different, putting all the signings in one montage, much like we do academic scholarships. Those Wellington High School seniors who have signed on to either play a sport, cheerlead, or participate in choir and/or fine arts were: Whitney Zeka, Katelyn Kessler, Conner Walker, Maggie Dry, Olivia Smith, Kyra Cornejo, Madison Baker, Anika Fairbanks, Beegan Bevan, Savannah Saunders, Hunter Worley and Aubrey Hunt.

We have collected pictures of them performing and signing. Special thanks to Katie Ford and the Crusader Yearbook staff for the signing pictures and a few of the action pictures.


Whitney Zeka at the homecoming parade last fall.

Whitney Zeka, the daughter of Blaine and Mary Zeka, has signed a scholarship to cheerlead at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Zeka will be majoring in business communications. Trinity Valley has won 13 national titles in cheerleading and a Netflix show called “Cheer.”

Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings: May 27 – June 3, 2024

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for May 27, 2024, through June 3, 2024, are as follows:

2024 Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV all league baseball and softball teams released

Sumner Newscow report — The Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV all-league selections for baseball and softball have been released. The selections were made by member coaches.

Wellington had three boys who made All AV-CTL Div. IV first team. Skyler Branam, a junior, was named twice as a first-team pitcher and outfielder. Tristan Tencleve of Wellington was named to the first-team outfield. Dusty Bannister was named first-team shortstop.

The Crusaders also had three players make the second team: Nick Giefer, jr., a second baseman; Emerson Brownlee, so., a utility player; and D. Bannister, jr., a pitcher.

On the honorable mention list, Hank Shinliver, so., was named as a catcher, James Redford, jr., as a first baseman and Milo Elder, so., as a pitcher.

State track pictures available

Sumner Newscow report — The track meet that was. Here are all the pictures of Sumner County athletes over the past two days. Just click here.

2024 State Track Roundup: Wellington’s Dru Zeka, Oxford’s Makhila Maupin steal the show

Dru Zeka places first in 400 meters.

Makhila Maupin finishes with state record in both 100 and 200 meters.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the 2024 Kansas State Track and Field Championship in the books, two Sumner County girls made their mark in what will be the final event for what once was Wichita State University’s Cessna Football Stadium.

Wellington freshman Dru Zeka came home with two first-place medals in the Class 4A high jump and the 400 meters. She also placed fifth in the long jump.

Oxford junior Makhila Maupin has two state championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters and a third-place finish in the 400. She also now holds two records in both Class 2A 100 and 200.

Overall, the Wellington girls finished in the top 10 with a sixth-place finish. Look out for next year as most of these girls are freshmen and sophomores. The Crusader girls were leading after the first day.

Arguably, the biggest state track meet yet, Cessna is a meet in transition. The east stands have been torn down and portable bleachers were brought in for this year’s event. The west side is still erect in its 1969-built glory, but it will be coming down very soon. The new facility, once built, will undoubtedly be sweet. Whether it happens to be completed next year is the million dollar question.

The following is a synopsis of what occurred this past weekend for Sumner County teams:


Wellington freshman Dru Zeka wins the Class 4A high jump

Dru Zeka shown here clearing the bar at 5-4 will win the Class 4A State Championship in the high jump.

Sumner Newscow report — Early this morning, Dru Zeka leaped her way to a state championship.

Zeka won the Class 4A high jump with a leap of 5-4. She defeated Ayla Klingberg of Rock Creek, who also cleared the bar at 5-4, the only other 4A girl to do so.  Neither could clear the 5-6 bar. Zeka then won the tiebreaker because she cleared the bar in the first attempt on the previous jumps.

It was quite the event, as sophomore Kylan Gregory placed sixth with a 5-2 leap.

Wellington has been busy this morning and we will have more details of other events including both Zeka and Cooper Hatfield qualifying for the finals in the 400 meters.

In the meantime, catch our live tweets on X here for the latest updates.

Regional roundup: Maupin wins 4 races… Oxford girls place 2nd… Dragon 4×100 relay team wins… South Haven girls have great day

Oxford’s Makhila Maupin was a four-time regional champion. 

Sumner Newscow report — The state track qualifiers have been set for next week at the Class 6-1A State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University.

Oxford girls will have quite a presence next week after finishing second at the Class 1A Regional in Eirie. Makhila Maupin was a four-time regional champion, winning in the 100, 200, 400, and as a leg of the 4×100 relay — which also included Addyson Cranmer, Yasmin Gardea and Mya Johnson.

Belle Plaine 4×100 relay team (Courtesy photo)

Elsewhere, the Belle Plaine 4×100 relay team consisting of Ryder Main, Ryder Slack, Bruce Lee, and Levi Christy placed first in the 2A Eureka Regional.  They ran it in 44.20.

The following are the state qualifiers for the six outer Sumner County schools: Oxford, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Argonia, Caldwell and South Haven. For the full regional track results, click here and find your classification in the right column.

Class 2A Regional – Erie (Oxford participating)

Team results

Wellington girls fall just 4 points short at the Class 4A track regional; Crusaders qualify 24 athletes for state

Wellington girls place second at the Coffeyville Regional meet. (Courtesy photo) 

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls’ track team was just four points short of winning its second regional championship in four years.

Wellington came away with 118 points, slightly behind Labette County with 122 at the Class 4A Regional in Coffeyville Thursday. It was a two-team race, as Chanute was a distant third with 89 points. Other team scores were Chanute 89, Rose Hill 79, Coffeyville 56, Winfield 49, Independence 26 and Parsons 19.

Dru Zeka was a four-time state qualifier.

Wellington had five regional championships. Dru Zeka had three of them in the high jump, long jump, and 400 meters. Isabelle Cullens won in the pole vault, and Kylan Gregory in the discus.

On the boys’ side, Wellington placed sixth. Chanute won the event with 143 points, Coffeyville 86, Mulvane 84, Parsons 70, Rose Hill 68, Labette County 34, Winfield 14 and Independence 14.

The Wellington state qualifiers.

Wellington will have 13 girls’ state entries and seven boys’ at the Kansas Track and Field Championships at Wichita State next weekend. Twenty-four athletes will be wearing Wellington red and silver at the nation’s largest high school track meet starting Friday.

Here is a list of the girls and boys who qualified for state from Wellington:

Wellington drops regional championship to Pratt 6-3 in error proned game

Kenny Redford gets a run in off a wild pitch in the top of the fifth.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball season came to an abrupt halt in the Pratt Regional Championship.

The Crusaders lost to host Pratt 10-3, ending one of their more successful seasons at 18-10. Wellington continues its lengthy drought of not making the state tournament—a streak lasting since the early 2000s. Wellington easily won the first game over Ulysses 13-1.

Wellington had three regular starters out of the lineup, including Skylar Branam, Hank Shinliver, and Brody Weir, who weren’t playing for a myriad of reasons. It was obvious in the championship game that this unit was not in sync. The Crusaders, who have improved dramatically late in the season on errors, returned to their old ways, making six errors in the championship game Tuesday night.

Of the 10 runs Pratt scored, only one was considered an earned run.

Pratt had opened the game by scoring on a Wellington error in the first inning. Then the Crusaders committed two more in the second to hand out a 3-0 Greenback advantage. Pratt would add one more in the third to make it 6-0. The Crusaders returned with a run in the fourth on a Kenny Redford single, who would eventually reach home on fielder’s choice.

Wellington boys qualify for state for 4th straight time with 3rd place finish at golf regional

Wellington boys golfers finish third in regional tournament.

Sumner Newscow report: The Wellington boys golf team is headed to state for the fourth consecutive year (excluding 2020 – the COVID year). The Crusaders finished third in the Class 4A Regional held in Wellington.

Wellington will play in the Class 4A state tournament at McPherson’s Turkey Creek Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday. The team includes Owen Farley, Derek Rausch, Ethan Brungardt, Colten Clift, Boston Lawrence, and Cameron Rosenberg.

Wellington shot a team score of 324 to finish third out of nine schools on a perfect spring day at the par-70 Wellington Golf Club. Independence won the event with a 314 and Circle placed second with a 320. Winfield missed qualifying for state as a team with a 357. The other team scores were: Augusta 370, Rose Hill 396, Labette County 409, Coffeyville 409 and El Dorado 424.

Owen Farley.

Crusader Owen Farley tied for fifth place with Conner Chadwell of Circle with an 80.

Brayden Kunz has been selected as a National Football Foundation Sunflower Chapter athlete

Brayden Kunz

Sumner Newscow report —  Brayden Kunz, a Conway Springs senior, has been selected as the National Football Foundation – Sunflower Chapter Scholar-Athlete.

Twelve Kansas high school senior football players were selected by the Coach Bill Snyder Family/Sunflower Chapter of the National Football Foundation as a 2023-24 scholar-athletes due to their performance on the field.

In addition to being one of the twelve selected in the state of Kansas, Brayden was selected as the overall representative of the state of Kansas. His honor will be included in the National Football Foundation publication to be shared across the United States.

Postseason roundup: Worley finishes 5th in 4A state tennis tournament…

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We are just beginning the spring sports post-season. Here is the latest coming down the pike in the final two weeks of the high school season…


Hunter Worley

Hunter Worley, a Wellington senior, completed his illustrious high school career, finishing fifth place in singles on Saturday, one day before graduating from WHS with honors.

The three-time state qualifier would go 5-1 at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.

Wellington would go 4-1, losing only to eventual singles state championship David Spies of Buhler. Worley scored 10 points single-handedly to give Wellington a tie for eighth place. Buhler won the team Class 4A state championship.

Worley opened the state tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Marello of Miege. That set him up in the championship quarterfinals, where Spies beat him 6-0, 6-0.

That dropped Worley on the consolation side, where he would go 3-for-3, beating Frank of Scott City 8-0, Nott of Scott City 8-5, and Marello of Miege again 8-2.



Hunter Worley is the Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Hunter Worley.

Hunter Worley

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Big Cheese Athlete of the week is Hunter Worley, a senior for the Wellington boys tennis team.

Worley is currently playing in the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka. He qualified after going 3-1 in the regional held in Winfield last week. He captured third place with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Carson Merrick of Independence.

For his effort, Worley is the recipient of a large, delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Wellington baseball team earns split with Mulvane, now awaits post-season seeding fate

Nick Giefer crosses home after a Dusty Bannister homer in a big second game for the Dukes.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Baseball is a strange game. Wellington was shellacked in the first game of its final doubleheader of the regular season, 13-1 – barely getting to the fifth inning at Hibbs-Hooten Field Tuesday afternoon.

Then came game two. The two teams might as well have switched uniforms because Wellington dominated 6-0 to earn a doubleheader split. Both teams head into the postseason awaiting their seeding fate. Wellington has a 17-9 record and appears to be seeded No. 8 in the Class 4A-West. Although the Crusaders are done with the regular season, Ulysses and Scott City which are ahead of Wellington in the standings have some baseball left to play.

Scott City is hosting Ulysses on Thursday. If Scott City completes a sweep, Wellington could jump to No. 7. Nevertheless, Wellington’s postseason appears to begin in either No. 1 Abilene or No. 2 Clay Center, to be played in a single-elimination tournament next week.

Wellington could have fallen into the depths of a No. 11 or 12 seed had it lost to Mulvane in game two. And it was looking like such a scenario was going to materialize after the Wildcats completely bruised the Crusaders in the first game.

2024 Wellington boys golf team places third at AV-CTL league tournament at Tallgrass

Four Wellington players made all AV-CTL. From left: Derek Rausch, Owen Farley, Colton Clift and Ethan Brungardt. 

Sumner Newscow report – The Wellington boys golf team placed third in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament held at Tallgrass Country Club yesterday afternoon, breaking a five-year winning streak.

The Crusaders lost to Wichita Collegiate, which won the tournament with a 328. Andale was second with a 354, and Wellington finished third with a 360. El Dorado shot a 410, Clearwater 414, and Rose Hill 424.

Owen Farley chipping at Tallgrass.

This year’s league tournament combined AV-CTL Div. 3 and 4. Collegiate was the overall winner among 12 teams. Wellington placed sixth. The full scores can be found here.

Four Wellington boys did make all AV-CTL. Owen Farley was the top Crusader golfer, shooting an 86, and was named to the first team AVCTL DIV. Derek Rausch was tied for 15th with an 89. Colton Clift had an 82 for 23rd place, and Ethan Brungardt was tied for 28th at 93. All three players were named to the second team AVCTL DIV.

Wellington’s Boston Lawrance shot a 99, and Cameron Rosenberg with a 100.

Area baseball/softball teams gear up for the post season

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A look at the postseason ahead for various spring baseball and softball teams. Official KSHSAA brackets will come out for 4A at the end of the week. Class 3A and 2-1A regional brackets for baseball are out. The softball 3A and 2-1A are out tomorrow.


Wellington baseball — The Crusaders continue to rise in the Class 4A-West ranks with a huge doubleheader with Mulvane today at Sellers. Wellington is sitting at 16-8, winners of 11 straight games. Tonight’s game will feature Mulvane at 15-8. The Wildcats have lost five straight – losing twice to McPherson and three eastern Kansas teams.

There are so many scenarios for the Crusaders, who could climb as high as No. 4 and host a regional or fall as far as No. 12. Here are the Class 4A-West standings as of this afternoon.

Wellington softball — The girls are fighting to just get into the postseason. They are currently No. 16 in the 18-team field. The bottom two are eliminated from post-season competition. A win in a doubleheader against Mulvane will go a long way to getting into the playoffs. Here are the Class 4A-West standings from No. 13 to the 18th position as of this afternoon:

Wellington’s Hunter Worley is headed to state after placing 3rd in the Class 4A Regional in Winfield

Hunter Worley in an earlier tournament in Wellington. 

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington got one state qualifier at the regional tournament in Winfield last weekend. Hunter Worley, a senior, has advanced to play singles in the Class 4A State Tournament in Topeka this Friday and Saturday at the Kossover Tennis Center.

Worley will be a No. 7 seed in the Class 4A bracket released Monday by the KSHSAA. He will receive a first-round bye before battling the winner of #10 seed L. Marello of Miege or #23 Wade of El Dorado.

Worley, who recently signed to play tennis at Seward County Community College, placed third in Winfield – considered the toughest in 4A across the state. Worley received a bye in the first round, defeated Lane Dobbs of Winfield 6-4, 2-6 (7) in the second, lost to Wyatt Shultz of Parsons, 6-0, 6-1, and defeated Carson Marrick of Indy 6-3, 6-0 for third place on Friday.

Unfortunately, Wellington did not get any other tennis player to state.

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