Sumner NewsCow News and Sports for Sumner County Sat, 24 Oct 2020 14:43:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Playoff brackets released: Wellington hosts Ark City… other Sumner County pairings… Sat, 24 Oct 2020 14:25:09 +0000 Sumner Newscow report — Wellington will be hosting Augusta in the first round of the Class 4A West playoffs next Friday. The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its playoff brackets this morning.

In other bracket news, Belle Plaine travels to Hillsboro in Class 2A. Conway Springs gets a bye, Argonia/Attica hosts Macksville, Oxford travels to Sedan, and Caldwell hosts Wilson. The brackets involving Sumner County teams are below. The full brackets can be found on the KSHSAA website here:

Class 4A-West

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Class 1A

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Class 8-man Div. I east

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Class 8-man Div. 1 west

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Class 8-man Div. 2

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Sumner Newscow scoreboard… Sat, 24 Oct 2020 04:52:15 +0000 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 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 04:46:02 +0000 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 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:47:25 +0000

COVID-19 update (Friday, Oct. 23): Latest Sumner County case count Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:14:55 +0000 Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:





Sumner County has confirmed 278 positive cases: 233 recovered, 4 deaths, and 41 active. 

Monday, Oct. 19: 255 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 30 active and 1 outbreak in Wellington.

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KDHE FIGURES (Friday): 276 in Sumner County.

Monday, Oct. 19: 255. 

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Latest Wellington City Manager Newsletter: Oct. 23, 2020 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:14:40 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the latest city newsletter written by Wellington City Manager Shane Shields here

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CultureCow: The Trial of the Chicago 7: the Lincoln Project of movies Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:57:40 +0000

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. Personally, I have never seen an episode of the early 2000’s drama, the West Wing created by Aaron Sorkin.  I know it’s a staple in American television and considered to be groundbreaking in the way politics were portrayed on the silver screen.

But the constant critique I hear is that it creates a mythical version of politics where facts reign supreme and both sides respect each other as equals.  While I’ve still never seen that show, I know I’ll never need to after watching Sorkin’s new movie on Netflix called the Trial of the Chicago 7.

This film recreates the night in 1968 Chicago where police brutally assaulted protesters outside the Democratic National Convention.  American police making a mockery of their country on the global stage is old hat these days, but at that time this was a major scandal and the Nixon administration was desperate for a scapegoat so they could sell the lie that the very people meant to “protect and serve” citizens were somehow justified when beating the hell out of them on live television.  Luckily there were eight scapegoats in attendance that night, but more on them in a second.

If you haven’t already guessed it, let me make the parallels to modern-day protests in the most ham-fisted way possible, just like the writers of this movie did.  Aaron Sorkin could not beat you over the head with the metaphors of this movie more if he came out of your TV and physically assaulted you himself.  The police take off their badges before beating the protesters (which has happened throughout the BLM protests), the crowd chants “the whole world is watching” which isn’t original, but happens frequently, and every spoken line is dripping with the subtext that screams “see, it’s just like now!”  To say this movie has the subtlety of a gunshot is an insult to guns everywhere.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells its jumbled mess of a story by flashing back and forth between the kangaroo court trial and the night of the insurrection itself, opting to use testimonies, silent memories, and a completely unnecessary stand-up routine by one of the characters after the trial wraps.  But to understand how Sorkin lays out his ludicrous thesis, you need to meet his main characters:

  • Tom Hayden, played by Eddie Redmayne: Tom Hayden is as close to a protagonist as we get and is the symbol of “practical liberals” everywhere.  Think JFK including all the privilege.  Despite continually looking like a petulant and selfish toddler, we’re supposed to look at Redmayne as the pragmatic member of the group who believes the middle road is the way forward and only by asking those in power “pretty please with sugar on top” will they stop killing his friends.
  • Abbie Hoffman, played by Sacha Baron Cohen: Cohen took a few weekends off from catching Rudy Giuliani with his hand down his pants to put on the most insane accent I’ve ever heard and stand in for the “radical left” in this movie. He’s a “Yippie” who straddles the line between comic relief and only character in the movie who understands real politics.  The film wants us to look at him as a wise character whose methods are too extreme and a man who begrudgingly respects his less radical compatriot despite his character motivations up to that point at odds with that position.
  • Richard Schultz, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt: Firstly, this may be the worst acting I’ve ever seen from Joseph Gordon Levitt who usually does a decent job with his characters, but if he acted like this to spite Sorkin, all is forgiven. Levitt plays the prosecutor who doesn’t believe in the cause he represents but is just following orders (you know, the Nazi defense).  Despite being the literal weapon of the state, we’re meant to sympathize with Levitt and lament that a broken system would do this to such a respectable man.  The only problem with that feeling is that it’s nonsense.  We don’t feel bad for people who carry out evil on behalf of others and just because he stands in respect of the fallen troops at the end of the movie doesn’t absolve him of doing his job well enough to send five people to jail.

These characters aren’t the only people driving the plot in this clown-car of a cast list, but Sorkin couldn’t decide who the main character was and he made the movie, so why should I.  The trial starts with eight people on the defendants’ side so you may be wondering why it’s called the Trial of the Chicago 7 (or why it’s saddled with that clunky title in the first place).  That’s because the original trial, as well as the movie, starts with the addition of Bobby Seale (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II of Watchmen acclaim), the head of the Black Panthers.  The real Seale was in Chicago for four hours that night and was a political pawn to make the defendants look scarier by including a black member, a fact that isn’t missed my Sorkin.  But like most things in this movie, Sorkin uses him to make a ham-fisted connection to the present and refuses to give him a personality outside of that.  Sorkin finally liberates Mateen from the film when the judge has his character beaten and gagged to the shocked dismay of all three attorneys.  In reality, Bobby Seale sat there, bound and gagged, for seven days before the judge finally released him, but in our sanitized version, Seale is released almost immediately.

Unfortunately, the sanitization of history isn’t the only thing this movie uses to distract us from the grizzly truth of what this was all about.  These protests were objecting to the countless deaths in Vietnam and the Democratic Party’s refusal to take a meaningful position against it, which the movie seems to remember sporadically throughout the plot.  The real villains are the fascists who sent police to beat and assault protesters, then prosecute them as the aggressors.  The movie, instead tells this story of authoritarianism as a battle of discourse between two sides on equal moral footing, a common technique of today’s biggest champions of cognitive dissonance: the Lincoln Project.

Rather than tell a more realistic story that would actually be a thoughtful metaphor of what’s going on in today’s America, the filmmakers wanted a fairytale about how fascists and the people they oppress are really just misunderstood allies in the fight against evil.  This is best exemplified at the close of the film when the defendants are given the “freedom” of a final statement before being sent to prison and Eddie Redmayne starts reading the list of names of every American soldier that died in Vietnam during the trial while everyone, including the prosecutor and puppet of the state, stands in respect.

This was, of course, a complete fabrication and wouldn’t absolve the oppressors of what they did even if it had happened, but maintains the illusion of respect between peers so Aaron Sorkin invented it.  Save your time and sanity this weekend and skip the Trial of the Chicago 7 and instead donate to your local Black Lives Matter chapter and don’t forget to vote early.

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Corbin United Methodist women to hold annual turkey supper with carry-out orders only Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:27:40 +0000

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The COVID 19 pandemic has forced many yearly events to be canceled.  The Corbin United Methodist Women have decided to change the format of their annual Corbin Turkey Supper so that everyone can still enjoy the meal. The 2020 Corbin Turkey Supper will be on November 4 and will be carry-out orders only.

ALL DINNERS MUST BE PREORDERED.  There will be 300 dinners available. The dinner will consist of servings of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, and a choice of corn or green beans completed with a piece of the pie (apple, pumpkin, or pecan) and will cost $12 each.

There will be no substitutions or special orders.  To order your dinner(s) please complete the order form which will be found on the Corbin UMC website  . You will receive an order acknowledgment immediately upon receipt of your order.  A reminder email with your pick-up time will be sent on November 2 or 3.  Orders can be placed from October 19 through November 1. NO ORDERS WILL BE HONORED AFTER MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1.

If you do not have computer access to order your meals, please call 620-863-2412 and leave a voice mail answering all the required questions.  You will receive notice when your order is received and a pick-up reminder the week of the supper.

Be sure to enjoy the 2020 Corbin Turkey Supper “carry out style”.

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Sumner County preview: Teams finalize playoff position tonight Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:53:41 +0000 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.

Conway Springs at Sedgwick — This will be a battle for the district crown. As far as playoffs, Conway Springs has it wrapped up. As far as competitive games are concerned, this appears to be as close to one the Cardinals have played since week #1.

Class 8-man 1 District 2
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Madison 4-0 7-0 21 1
Chase Cty 3-1 5-2 10.5 0.75
Central Burden 3-1 3-4 9.3 0.75
Oxford 2-2 2-5 -4.5 0.5
Flinthills 0-4 0-7 -16.8 0
Udall 0-4 2-5 -19.5 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Chase County at Oxford — Oxford has a playoff berth wrapped up. A win over Chase County could get Oxford as high as a No. 2 seed in the district and home field in the first round.

Class 8-man 1 District 5
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Attica/Argonia 3-0 6-1 20.67 1
Pretty Prairie 2-1 2-4 7 0.667
Goessel 2-1 3-3 4.67 0.667
Moundridge 2-2 3-4 -1.25 0.5
Medicine Lodge 1-2 1-4 -2.67 0.333
Fairfield 0-4 0-7 -21 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Argonia-Attica at Fairfield — A&A’s loss to Clyde-Clifton had no bearing on the district race, which the Titans have already wrapped up as champions. Tonight’s game with Fairfield appears to be an easy win.

Class 8-man 2 District 6
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Norwich 4-1 4-3 8.8 0.8
Caldwell 4-2 5-2 9.67 0.667
South Barber 3-2 4-3 6.8 0.6
Peabody-Burns 3-2 4-3 1.2 0.6
Hutchinson CC 2-3 3-4 -4.2 0.4
Stafford 2-3 4-3 -5.8 0.4
South Haven 0-5 1-6 -18.4 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Chase at Caldwell — This game was forfeited by Chase so Caldwell ends its season at 5-2. The Bluejays will wait to see the outcome of Peabody-Burns at Norwich and South Barber at South Haven to determine who wins the district championship. Caldwell loses the tiebreaker with Peabody-Burns but wins it with Norwich and South Barber. Lots of possibilities here.

South Barber at South Haven — The Cardinals are already out of the playoffs.

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:44:56 +0000 Wellington Police notes: Thursday, October 22, 2020

1:37 a.m. Tayland M. French, 22, Wellington, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property.

•5:20 p.m. Derick L. Kotchavar, 18; Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.

•5:25 p.m. Officers responded to a theft in the 1200 block W. 8th St., Wellington.

•11:05 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1000 block W. College Ave., Wellington.