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Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Wellington 20 Mulvane 13

Andale 43 Collegiate 14

Andover Central 37 Arkansas City 6

Wamego 62 Abilene 12

McPherson 32 Augusta 14

Buhler 42 Circle 6

Argonia-Attica 77 Fairfield 8

Chase County 46 Oxford 0

Conway Springs 41 Sedgwick 35

Belle Plaine 27 Douglass 6


Wellington ends streak with Mulvane, eagerly awaits playoff seed

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington football team did it! The Crusaders ended its long losing streak with Mulvane winning week #8 20-13. As a result, the Crusaders are 3-5 and have pulled into a tie with Augusta and Ulysses.

According to the KSHSAA site, Wellington has -1.88 points. Augusta and Ulysses both have -2.63. That would give Wellington a No. 7 seed. However, Wellington lost to Ulysses so that has not been factored in. The KSHSAA will be announcing the playoff bracket soon.

We will have the full district standings and playoff pairings when it becomes available. In the meantime, here are the statistics for tonight’s game. Our story is also coming soon.

Mulvane 0 7 6 0 13
Wellington 0 7 7 6 20
W- Wright to Rusk 57 pass (PAT kick)
M- Ellis to Myers 14 pass (PAT kick)
W- Cullens 24 run (PAT kick)
M- Johnson 3 run (PAT kick no good).
W- Schettler run (PAT run).

RUSHING – M – Ellis 19-93, Myers 12-13. Total: 31-106. W – Schettler 20-169, Wright 10-24, Cullens 11-41. Total: 41-234.

PASSING: M- Ellis 9-19, 103 yds., o int. Myer 0-1.  W- Wright 10-20, 177 yds., 0 int.

RECEIVING: M – Comer 4-56, Myers 3-35, Seier 1-11, Dieker 1-1. W- Henry 3-90, Haskin-Ybarra 1-5, Schettler 2-49, Tate 3-23, Bannister 1-10.

Team stats Wellington Mulvane
Rushing 234 106
Passing 177 103
Total offense 411 209
First downs 11 9
Penalties 9– 65 8–55
Turnovers 2 0

Sumner Newscow live tweets… week 8 scoring update

Sumner County preview: Teams finalize playoff position tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And now we are here. Final weekend of the regular season in the 2020 Coronavirus season. Here’s what Sumner County teams need to do to assure themselves the best possible post-season outcome…

Class 2A District 6
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Garden Plain 4-0 6-1 16.15 1
Kingman 3-1 5-2 14.75 0.75
Belle Plaine 2-2 3-4 0 0.5
Chaparral 1-2 2-4 -7 0.333
Douglass 0-2 3-2 -21 0
Bluestem 0-3 0-6 -21 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Douglass at Belle Plaine – It appears Belle Plaine is in the playoffs regardless of what happens tonight. If the Dragons happen to lose, it would drop them to 2-3 for a .400 winning percentage which would be above Douglass’ 1-2 and .333 mark. Belle Plaine can sore up the No. 3 seed with a win.

Class 1A District 4
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Conway Sprgs. 5-0 6-1 21 1
Sedgwick 4-0 7-0 16.125 1
Remington 2-2 2-5 0 0.5
Elkhart 2-3 2-5 -8.6 0.4
Sublette 1-2 1-3 -4 0.333
W. Independent 1-3 1-5 -6.75 0.25
Johnson-Stanton 0-4 0-7 -17.6 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Wellington head coach James Ginter reflects on his daughter’s state championship and the future

Payton Ginter shares a laugh with her dad Wellington head coach James Ginter.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Payton Ginter, a Wellington High School senior, won the Class 4A Individual Girls Golf State Championship last Tuesday at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. She was the first high school golf state champion since 2010 at WHS. (See story here) We caught up with Wellington head coach James Ginter, who is also her dad, to get his thoughts on Ginter’s huge victory over the two-day event. 


1. What is your overall reaction to Payton’s big state championship victory?

My overall reaction of Payton’s individual state championship was and still is one of great elation. It’s hard to put into words what this experience meant to both of us. This journey started from the day she was born riding around in the golf cart. 

2.Were you surprised with the results?

I was not surprised by the results. Payton and I had many long conversations before the season began that she would have an excellent opportunity to win the state championship. Her results throughout the season definitely backed that up. Her season resulted in six first-place finishes out of 10 tournaments, never finishing below fourth place. That’s an incredible accomplishment when you’re competing against 40 and 60 golfers at each tournament.

3. It was a good four years. What did she do in the other three state tournaments?

Crusader preview: Wellington wants to end a 12-game losing streak to Mulvane

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been a streak as baffling as it is frustrating. When Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar was recently told it was 2005 since Wellington last beat Mulvane he said, “I was 19.”

Friday night, the opportunity presents itself. Wellington is actually favored to beat Mulvane Friday night.

“We are young, but if there is one team younger than us it would be Mulvane,” Aguilar said.

The Wildcats have one win, a 25-20 victory over Coffeyville – a team that lost to Labette County two weeks ago. The other five losses have been significant. It lost to Rose Hill by 40, Clearwater by 47, Andale and Collegiate by a combined 119-0.

So… this could be the year.

But Wellington must exorcise a lot of ghosts (good thing we are close to Halloween). Mulvane has won 12 straight games over the Dukes, three of those by a touchdown or less. Wellington doesn’t have that long of a streak with any other team. The Crusaders defeated Andale in 2011 and Collegiate in 2018. Both of those programs have administered some of Wellington’s biggest thrashings. 

Wellington Payton Ginter becomes Class 4A State Girls Golf Champion

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Payton Ginter is a state champion in Class 4A. Ginter culminated a four-year career, oftentimes as the lone Wellington competitor with an individual state championship medal.

Ginter follows Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk in Class 4A tennis in 2019 as an individual state champion. She is the first WHS golfer to win the individual state title since Myles Miller in 2010.

Ginter is also a four-time state qualifier, and her career can be charted by her progress in placing at state. She finished 45th in state as a freshman at state. She placed 13th in 2018, and in 2019 she finished fourth.

That led to her two-day performance at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course on a somewhat cold, cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Ginter, who finished third on her home course in the Wellington Golf Regional a week ago. She was in second place after the first day shooting an 82, trailing only Abaiegeal Donavan of Concordia, who tallied a 79.

Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Recent scores across the area…

WHS girls golf — Payton Ginter wins Class 4A state championship. Ginter – 158, Kasiah Richmond – 199 (33rd place). More details in a bit.

WHS volleyball 

Varsity (Tuesday):

McPherson defeats Wellington 25-15, 25-17.

Wellington defeats Mulvane 25-21, 25-19.

Junior varsity:

McPherson defeats Wellington 25-8, 25-20.

Wellington defeats Mulvane 25-23, 25-19.

WMS volleyball (Saturday)

Calli Hatfield, Rylee Rusk and Berkeley Wright named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk finish sixth at Class 4A state tournament.

Berkeley Wright

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week there will be three Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.  Wellington High School seniors Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk have been named Big Cheese Athletes of the week for finishing sixth at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka. Berkeley Wright, a Wellington senior quarterback, is named for helping lead his team to a 27-13 victory over Buhler.

Doubles partners Hatfield and Rusk entered the 4A tournament as a fourth seed from the Pratt Regional. They then proceeded to make noise by defeating the top seed from the Independence Regional in the first round, before losing a tough match to a Buhler duo in the second. They would go on to finish sixth place with a 4-2 record. Rusk became the all-time winning tennis player in school history.

During the same weekend, Wright helped Wellington pull off an incredible upset in Buhler. He threw for 59 yards, ran for three touchdowns, made two sensational quick kicks in the third quarter, and recovered a kickoff that gave Wellington field position at the 50 clutching to a 14-13 lead.

For their efforts, Hatfield, Rusk and Wright have each won free large delicious Big Cheese Pizzas at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Rusk/Hatfield place sixth in Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka

Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk finish sixth at Class 4A state tournament. (Photo by Carmen Hatfield)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Rylee Rusk and Calli Hatfield completed their high school tennis career with a sixth-place finish in doubles competition at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Topeka Saturday afternoon.

Rusk/Hatfield finished the two-day event going 4-2 and giving Wellington four team points. Wichita Collegiate won the team state championship.

“These two girls will be missed from our program and put their names with some of the top players in Wellington’s history,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “For Rusk, it has been quite a career. She was a four-time state qualifier and placed every year.”

Rusk also set the all-time win mark in WHS history with 118 wins beating Kylie Aufdengarten, who had 117. Rusk had paired with Aufdengarten in her junior year to win the doubles state championship.

Sumner Roundup: Caldwell gets back on track… Conway Springs keeps rolling… A&A finally sees its foe…


by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of Sumner County games…


Caldwell 42 South Barber 14

The Caldwell Bluejays got back on track and kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing 42-14 win over South Barber on Friday. At 4-1 only Norwich has a better record in the district, with Caldwell and two other teams with two losses each.

Caldwell got two touchdowns early and never looked back. The Bluejays led 28-0 by halftime.

Dawson Bristor completed four of nine passes for 77 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bristor also ran for 80 yards and had one touchdown on the ground.

Wellington explodes in 4th quarter, takes down Buhler 28-13

Trey Greenlee with the tackle. Photos by Eric Rinehart. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you were a betting kind of person, going into the fourth quarter you probably wouldn’t have taken the odds that Wellington’s football team would end the game in victory formation.

But that is what happened as the southern Crusaders erased a 13-7 deficit to go on to defeat Buhler 28-13 and secure its second win of the season.

It was almost breathtaking how everything came together for the Dukes in the fourth quarter. After two frustrating losses and three tough quarters, Wellington would score three touchdowns – all in the final eight minutes.

“We were making the kind of plays tonight that we haven’t been making the past two weeks,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “That was a good win for our program. And hats off to the defense.”

Sumner Newscow Friday night scoreboard…

Wellington 27 Buhler 13

Conway Spring 57 Stanton County 0

Garden Plain 55 Belle Plaine 24

Clifton-Clyde 64 Argonia-Attica 16

Central-Burden 66 Oxford 20

Andale 40 Clearwater 21

Rose Hill 48 Winfield 7

W. Collegiate 33 Halstead 0

McPherson 52 Mulvane 0

Caldwell 42 South Barber 14.

Sumner Preview: District playoffs on the line for several local teams

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is crunch time in high school football. Conway Springs is in good shape, as is Argonia-Attica. Belle Plaine and Oxford are currently in the playoffs but have some work to do. Caldwell is most certainly in the mix but after two losses need to right the ship. South Haven is in trouble.

The following are the district standings and preview and playoff analysis of the games ahead:

Class 2A District 6
District Overall Points
Garden Plain 3-0 5-1 15
Kingman 2-1 4-2 12
Belle Plaine 2-1 3-3 7
Chaparral 1-2 2-4 -7
Douglass 0-2 3-2 -21
Bluestem 0-2 0-5 -21

Belle Plaine at Garden Plain — Let’s not sugarcoat this game. Yes, Belle Plaine has outscored its last two opponents 108-0. But this is Garden Plain that defeated the Dragons 56-0 in the playoffs last season.

A lot can play out here for Belle Plaine. Assuming the Dragons lose to the Owls tonight (and we are not saying this is going to happen) that would drop Belle Plaine 2-2 in the district with a date with Douglass next week. Douglass and Chaparral’s game for tonight has been canceled due to the virus. That sets up all kinds of possibilities for the three teams Belle Plaine, Chaparral and Douglass vying for two playoff spots. That doesn’t take into account that the Belle Plaine-Douglass game might be canceled as well. 

Crusader preview: Wellington travels to Buhler desperately in search of a win (updated with district standings)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington has two things going for it when it travels to Buhler Friday afternoon. 1) It has played Buhler as well as any team in the past two years. 2) It could not possibly play as badly as it did last weekend.

Wellington will be traveling to Buhler in a game a week ago was rumored to be a no-fan event. Those restrictions have been lifted a little bit. There is a slew of COVID restrictions listed below. But the game will go on as scheduled unless something unforeseen will occur in the next 18 hours.

Known as the Battle of the Crusaders, Wellington and Buhler saw each other in playoff competition over the past two years. Wellington defeated Buhler 14-7 in the Sweet 16 of 2018. Last year, a low-seeded Wellington team nearly toppled Buhler at its place in the bracket game 19-7. The difference in that game was a fumble inside the Buhler 10 that led to a touchdown early in the contest. 

South Haven’s Grady Howell named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Grady Howell – South Haven football player

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Grady Howell, a junior for the South Haven football team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Howell was sensational in South Haven’s 68-60 loss to Stafford last Friday night. He had 18 carries for 156 yards and three touchdowns. He also had three catches for 43 yards with one touchdown. He had a two-point conversion run. But that’s not all he ran back two kickoff returns for a touchdown – one for 70 yards and another for 75 yards.

For his effort, Howell is a recipient of a Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. in Wellington. 

WHS Golfer Payton Ginter is off to state for 4th time, she will be joined with Kasiah Richmond

Payton Ginter qualifies for her fourth state golf tournament on Monday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Payton Ginter, a Wellington High School senior, qualified for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. This year she will be bringing along a teammate. Kasiah Richmond also qualified as a sophomore.

Wellington Golf Club was the host for a Class 4A Girls Golf Regional Monday afternoon. Three teams and top individuals not on the team have advanced to Class 4A State Golf Tournament at Emporia Municipal Golf Course on Oct. 19-20.

Kasiah Richmond qualifies for her first state tournament in high school.

Ginter finished with an 86, 16 over par, to place third for the event. Richmond finished with a 105, 35 over par.

Overall, Elly Bertholf of Winfield won the event shooting an 81 – 11 over par, followed by Jaela Albers, who finished 12-over for an 82. 

Wellington’s Calli Hatfield, Rylee Rusk are off to state in 4A

Calli Hatfield of Wellington (above) and Rylee Rusk (below) qualify for the Class 4A State Tournament in Topeka next weekend.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It may have not been the results the Wellington girl tennis team was hoping for, but the Crusaders will have representation in the Class 4A State Tournament in Topeka this weekend.

Wellington seniors Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk qualified for state after finishing fourth in a tough regional in Pratt over the weekend. The team’s finish on paper was a disappointment especially after winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League championship earlier in the week.

But the finish may be a blessing in disguise because it gives the Wellington duo an opportunity to make havoc at state. The placing was a bit misleading. Hatfield was battling sickness. As a result, the Wellington duo defaulted in the final third-place match. 

Wellington Middle School girls tennis team wins the Patriot League title

Wellington Middle School win the Patriot League Championship. (Click to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report – The Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis team brought home the team championship after competed in the season-ending Patriot League Tournament last week in Ark City.

The Knights won the seven-team tournament.

Individual places were:

•Kadynce Aufdengarten – No. 1 singles: first place;

•Addie Hinshaw and Sawyer Parkey – No. 1 doubles:  second place;

Belle Plaine cruises… Oxford overpowers Udall… A&A is still undefeated…

Sumner Newscow report — A roundup of Sumner County football games outside Wellington…

Belle Plaine 46 Chaparral 0 

Don’t look now but Belle Plaine is suddenly on a roll.  The Dragons were expected to have a barnburner against the Roadrunners, but it turned into a laugher. Belle Plaine opened with a 6-0 first-quarter lead by scoring quickly at the 10:29 mark.

Then an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tim Wiseman to Bible set the tone for the rest of the game early in the second. Belle Plaine would score three more touchdowns including an interception by McGinness to make it 32-0 at halftime. Belle Plaine would add two more touchdowns in the second half to blank the stunned Roadrunners.

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