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Wellington lose another heartbreaker at Clearwater; Chaparral Tournament is next

R.J. Clift with the free throws in the third quarter.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One thing you can say about this Wellington boys basketball team is they are entertaining. Games decided in the final seconds are the norm.

Wellington lost to Clearwater 45-44, losing on an Indian 3-pointer with five seconds left.

This one is tough to take for Crusader fans because Wellington had erased a 5-point deficit in less than 30 seconds and held a 44-42 lead with 10 seconds to play. But after a timeout, the Dukes needed to make an inbounds pass. Clearwater was able to get the tip-in and create a turnover. The Indians then proceeded to nail a 3-pointer on the right-wing perimeter. Wellington was unable to score thereafter.

“The kids are trying and playing their hearts out,” said Joe Newman, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “There is still plenty of the season ahead and these close games will pay off for us in the end.”

As far as the fateful inbounds play, Newman stated:

Wellington girls get huge league win with overtime bruiser in Clearwater

It was a defensive tussle between Wellington and Clearwater Friday night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington girls wrestling team is grappling at Wichita West today. The Crusader girls basketball team already had its wrestling match in Clearwater Friday. Wellington defeated Clearwater 50-46 in overtime and in doing so grabbed the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV lead.

Wellington is currently 4-0 in the AVCTL-DIV and now leads both Andale and Clearwater by a game in the league title chase (see standings below). This league race is far from over, but the Crusaders will go into the second half of the AV-CTL season with both Andale and Clearwater at home.

These two top 10 teams physically went after one another. After the game at least three Wellington girls were limping.

“These were two great teams in a great atmosphere — that is what you work for in June and July,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “The teams both had adversary throughout the game and handled it head-on.”

Friday night scoreboard…

Clearwater 44 Wellington 43
Andale 66 Mulvane 50
Rose Hill vs. Collegiate (rescheduled for Jan. 22).
Conway Springs 52 Garden Plain 33
Argonia at Cedar Vale-Dexter postponed.
Flinthills at Caldwell – Postponed until Jan. 31
West Elk 59 Oxford 28
South Haven 59 Central-Burden 52.

Wellington 50 Clearwater 46 (OT).
Andale vs. Mulvane (rescheduled for Feb. 3).
Collegiate vs. Rose Hill (postponed)
Argonia at Cedar Vale-Dexter (postponed).
Flinthills at Caldwell – (Postponed until Jan. 31)
Oxford 43 West Elk 33
South Haven 49 Central 23.

We will have details of these games tomorrow.

Wellington teams go into Clearwater tonight with key games… especially for the girls

Airalyn Frame in an earlier game vs. Andale.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be returning to action tonight when they travel to Clearwater. These will be big Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV games. For the girls, this game could go a long way to determining who wins the league title.

First of all, ticket purchases in Clearwater are all digital. Digital tickets can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase tickets at the gate using a debit/credit card.  Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m. The C boys and JV girls start at 4:15 p.m. with the JV boys at 5:45. There is no C girls game.

The Wellington vs. Clearwater girls game is must viewing. Wellington is ranked No. 3 while Clearwater is No. 6 in Class 4A in the latest KBCA poll (see here).

2022 South-Central Border League Basketball Tournament bracket released

2022 SCBL Tournament bracket (Click to enlarge)

Sumner Newscow sports calendar: Thursday, Jan. 13 – Tuesday, Jan. 18

On tap this weekend in sports:

Thursday, Jan. 13

HS WRESTLING: Girls and boys at Rose Hill at 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14 

HS BASKETBALL: Wellington at Clearwater – JV girls, C boys, 4:15; JV boys, 5:45; V girls 6, V boys 7:30.

Belle Plaine at Wichita Trinity.

Garden Plain at Conway Springs.

Oxford at West Elk.

Argonia at Cedar Vale-Dexter.

HS WRESTLING: Halstead boys tournament, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15 

Chaparral Roadrunner Classic tournament bracket released

Sumner Newscow report — The 2022 Chaparral Roadrunner Classic tournament bracket was released this morning. This is a boys-only tournament.

The Conway Springs boys (6-3) are the top seed and will battle #8 seed Ark City. On the other side of bracket on Thursday. No. 2 Circle (5-3) battle No. 7 Wellington (3-6). The two teams will battle the winner/loser of Clearwater/Belle Plaine in the semis.

Click to enlarge.

Wellington girls remain at No. 3 in Class 4A in latest KBCA poll

Sumner Newscow report — The first Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll of 2022 came out and the Wellington girls are ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. The Crusader girls did not move up or down from the previous poll when it rose from No. 6 to No. 3 with its upset of Andale.

Wellington had a quiet week with a victory over Mulvane last Friday. Bishop Miege is No. 1 in Class 4A followed by Wamego at No. 2. Big game for Wellington on Friday when it travels to Clearwater. The Indians are No. 6. Andale is ranked No. 5.

Elsewhere there are no other ranked Sumner County teams. Of teams of interest, Andale boys broke into the top 10 in 4A at No. 8. Norwich and Attica boys are also ranked.


Conway Springs Izic Billups named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Izic Billups

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Izic Billups, a 6-2 senior for the Conway Springs basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

The Conway Springs team is on a roll having won three straight games and is 6-3 for the season. Part of the reason is Billups, who has had a phenomenal week.

In a 45-41 victory over Chaparral a week ago Billups had 27 points going 8-of-13 from the field with seven (!) three-pointers. Then on Friday’s 44-36 victory over Medicine Lodge, Billups was a more quiet four points but accounted for six steals. On Tuesday, Billups scored 18 point as Conway Springs dominated Belle Plaine 65-29.

For his efforts, Billups is a recipient of a large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Tuesday night scoreboard –

Wellington vs. Collegiate (rescheduled to Feb. 8).
Clearwater 38 Mulvane 36
Andale 51 Rose Hill 41
Conway Springs 65 Belle Plaine 29
Oxford vs. Caldwell
Udall 62 South Haven 43

Wellington vs. Collegiate (rescheduled to Feb. 8).
Andale 55 Rose Hill 2
Clearwater vs. Mulvane (rescheduled to Jan. 21).
Conway Springs 34 Belle Plaine 26
Oxford vs. Caldwell
South Haven 43 Udall 13

Roundups of various games:

There will be no basketball game tonight vs. Wichita Collegiate

Crusader logo for article.Sumner Newscow report — Due to health guidelines, there will be no basketball games tonight in Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate. Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith said there will be a scheduled makeup game for boys and girls on Feb. 8. 

Wellington-Collegiate JV boys game has been cancelled for Tuesday

Sumner Newscow report — Due to COVID concerns, the junior varsity boys basketball game has been cancelled for Tuesday night’s home game vs. Wichita Collegiate.

So there is now just two games for Tuesday. The C team boys will be playing at 5:45 p.m. The varsity boys will be playing at 7:30 p.m. There will be no girls’ game.

Wellington basketball teams get back on the hardwood: girls win, boys lose

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington basketball teams got back on the hardwood Friday night for important Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. 4 showdowns with Mulvane.

The No. 3 ranked Wellington girls picked up where they last left off with a 56-37 victory over the Wildcats, while the boys lost another close one to Mulvane 53-45.

The Lady Dukes improved to 8-0 and is currently in the No. 1 seed of the Class 4A-West standings at the moment with only St. George-Rock Creek (6-0) undefeated amongst 16 teams (see standings here). This means if Wellington continues to win it would have a home-court advantage in the postseason.

Friday night scoreboard…

Mulvane 53 Wellington 45
Rose Hill 52 Clearwater 36
Garden Plain 65 Belle Plaine 53
Conway Springs 44 Medicine Lodge 36
Cedar Vale-Dexter 62 South Haven 37
Caldwell 60 Pretty Prairie 51
Sedan 76 Oxford 45.
Wellington JV 52 Mulvane 50
Wellington C 68 Mulvane 34

Wellington 56 Mulvane 37
Clearwater 45 Rose Hill 26
Garden Plain 40 Belle Plaine 37
Pretty Prairie 62 Caldwell 13
Sedan 56 Oxford 27
South Haven 37 Cedar Vale-Dexter 16
Wellington JV 36 Mulvane 14

Due to health concerns there will be no Wellington-Collegiate girls games on Tuesday

Sumner Newscow report — Due to health guidelines for Wichita Collegiate, the Spartans will not be able to play any girls basketball games on Jan 11 at Wellington.

“We will work to reschedule these games but no date has been set yet,” said Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.

Wellington and Collegiate will still play all three boys’ games. Here is the new schedule:

•4:15 p.m. — C boys game (main gym)

Sumner County sports on tap this weekend …

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the sports calendar for the next week:

Friday, Jan. 7


Wellington Crusader Club will return next Monday.

Crusader logo for article.Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Crusader Club will be returning next Monday at Big Cheese Pizza at noon on Monday.

The coaches in attendance will be wrestling coach Mitch McComb, boys basketball coach Joe Newman, and weightlifting coach Ross Foley. These meetings are open to the public and you do not have to be a member of the club to attend.

Tuesday night scoreboard…

South Haven 30 Attica 29
Winfield 33 Rose Hill 23
Nickerson 52 Andale 48
Clearwater 56 Halstead 52
Chaparral 50 Conway Springs 32
Burrton v. Argonia
Oxford v. Moundridge

Clearwater 60 Halstead 30
Collegiate 59 Augusta 28
Rose Hill 86 Winfield 45
Andale 74 Nickerson 21
Attica 61 South Haven 30
Norwich 48 Caldwell 33
Burrton 59 Argonia 40
Moundridge 60 Oxford 30

(Updated) Wellington boys get 2nd straight win; girls stay undefeated

Jack Wright scores 14 points against Winfield, including four 3-pointers in the first half.

(Updated with Joe Newman quote 12-23-21) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One thing you can say about this particular group of Wellington boy Crusaders: they keep things interesting.

The Wellington boys defeated Winfield 71-70 in overtime thanks to a 2.9 second 3-pointer by Banks Hinshaw. In an earlier game, the Wellington girls stayed undefeated with a 57-34 victory over the Vikings.  Chad Whaley got his varsity debut as a head basketball coach. Joe Newman was out with the flu.

The Crusader boys will go into Christmas break on a two-game winning streak with a 3-4 record. And like the Rose Hill game on Friday, it came down to the final possession.

After beating Rose Hill by one the week before, the Crusaders again were staving off a last-second buzzer-beater. Frustratingly, unlike the Rose Hill game, Wellington was doing so after blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead.

“We are having a hard time with people pressing us,” Whaley said while wearing a bright red ugly sweater. “We need to get more aggressive and force them to foul and get ourselves to the free-throw line. Someone needs to step up and be a leader.”

Dec. 21 KBCA poll rankings: Wellington girls rise to No. 3 in Class 4A

Sumner Newscow report — The Dec. 21 Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll came out and Wellington girls are ranked No. 3 in the state in Clas 4A.

The Crusaders climbed three notches this week from No. 6 to No. 4 in the third poll released by the KWCA. Wellington achieved this after beating Andale which was the previous No. 3 team. In last week’s poll. Wellington was ranked below Louisburg, Andale, Paola, and Clearwater in the Dec. 14 poll – all teams that lost last week. Wamego, which is undefeated, was not ranked in the top 10 on Dec. 14 but leapfrogged Wellington to secure the No. 2 position.

Andale slipped to No. 5  while Clearwater is at No. 8 this week.

Elsewhere, there are no other Sumner County basketball teams on the list.

The next rankings are Jan. 11. The Dec. 21 rankings are as follows:

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