Congratulations to Lady Crusaders Avery Rusk and Shayland French and Crusaders AJ Snipes and Ian King - all "4" received State Honors Recognition from the Topeka Capital Journal Newspaper!
SR. AVERY RUSK - 3rd TEAM 4A
SR. SHAYLAND FRENCH - HON MEN 4A
SR. AJ SNIPES - HON MEN 4A
SR. IAN KING - HON MEN 4A
Way to represent AVERY, SHAYLAND, AJ & IAN!!! We are proud of you!!
Congratulations to the WHS Girls Basketball Players, Coaches, Cheerleaders and Fans! Tournament officials awarded the Lady Crusaders and their followers with a SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD CERTIFICATE - way to represent at the 4A DIV 1 State Tournament folks!! Great Job!!
The Kansas State High School Activities Association, through its member schools, defines sportsmanship as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. Further, an awareness is expected of the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others.
The excitement of a basketball game can create concerns for fans, students and officials.Citizenship/Sportsmanship Rule 52 addresses this by stating: “Win with character and lose with dignity.”
Outstanding sportsmanship is acknowledged each year by presenting sportsmanship certificates, plaques and medals. All 128 high school teams participating in KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments may qualify for an award. A “rating” system is used allowing schools to compete against a “standard of excellence”, rather than competing against one another.
Schools whose teams did not advance to the semifinal rounds were eligible to receive a certificate if they met the qualifying standards of sportsmanship. Schools participating all three days of the tournament were eligible to receive a plaque for their school and medals for cheerleaders.
A special sportsmanship committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team and coach of each school. The following schools qualified for sportsmanship awards at the KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments:
Class 4A D1 Girls –
Augusta: Donna Zerr, Principal
Paola: Jeff Hines, Principal
Towanda-Circle: Todd Dreifort, Principal
Wellington: John Buckendorff, Principal
PLAQUE & MEDALS
Kansas City-Piper: John Nguyen, Principal
Crusaders LEAGUE HONORS
The AVCTL DIV IV League Honors for 2017-2018 Girls and Boys Basketball were announced. These are generally not released until the State Tournaments are over - WHS has "7" players recognized by the League, "1" in a very big way.
Congratulations to Senior Avery Rusk who was selected to the AVCTL DIV IV 1st Team and was also name AVCTL DIV IV "Player of the Year"! WOW Avery! Also selected to the AVCTL DIV IV Girls 1st Team was Senior Shayland French.Freshman Rylee Rusk and Junior Jacelyn Buck received honorable mention.
On the boys side, congratulations to Senior Ian King and AJ Snipes who were both selected to the 1st team AVCTL DIV IV honors and congrats to Junior DeAndre Washington who received honorable mention.
Way to go Crusaders!
Lady Crusaders @ STATE 4A
vs Labette Co / Tony's Pizza Events Center / Salina
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018
The WHS Lady Crusader's 2017-2018 season came to a close Wednesday evening - 4 young ladies that Lady Knight and Lady Crusader fans have followed since the 2012-2013 school year, saw their last action on the court as WHS basketball players. Thanks for the adventures Avery Rusk, Shayland French, Mekenna Adams and Gracie Fink! These "4" have to have as many or more "career victories" on the hard court than Lady Crusaders who have preceded. If not, gotta be close!
Wellington, the #7 seed at the girls 4A Div 1 tournament in Salina, went up against the #2 seed Labette Co in opening evening action. The Lady Grizzlies jumped out to a double digit lead early and a scrappy and determined group of Wellington girls were able to battle back by mid 2nd qtr to only a 4 pt. deficit before Labette fired up their engines and took off again with effective shooting and ball control.
By halftime, the gap had begun to build and WHS found themselves down 18-29 with 2 qtrs to go. Labette came out on fire the 2nd half unfortunately and stretched their lead to the eventual 21 pt victory in the end, (39-60) for two basic reasons, their shots were going down, the Lady Crusaders' shots were not.
The Rusk sisters, Senior Avery and Freshman Rylee combined for 28 pts (14 each), followed by Senior Shayland French with 8. Junior Jacelyn Buck added a 3. As mentioned, the Big Red shooting percentages suffered,. 6/27 from the field (22%), 6/29 3 pt shots (21%). Free throws 9/14 (64%). All "9" of those FT's were made by the Rusk duo - Rylee went 8/10 from the line. Avery ended the season just "2" made free throws short of tying the WHS Season Record for "Free-Throws Made". Both drive to the paint a lot, drawing fouls with frequent regularity.
In total, it seemed there were at least "6" reasons to drive-away sad Wednesday evening from Salina, the first and actually the least significant, we lost. Reason 2, Coach Randy Strothman after 40 years of coaching and teaching in Wellington is moving on, and reasons 3, 4, 5, 6 - Avery, Mekenna, Shayland and Gracie, who pounded the courts in Wellington much to the delight of classmates, teammates and fans for 6+ years are moving on too. I'm happy for all of them, sad that that fork in the road has arrived though. Kudos to all of them, Coach Eric Adams, Coaches Samantha Brown and Jaedyn Ledesma and a great group of Lady Crusaders who will be back next year, and the year after, and the year after. Proud to be a Crusader! (Kudos to the WHS Student Body and Fan Base - we were well represented and complimented by tournament officials for our sportsmanship)
The Lady Crusaders ended the season at 14-9. Here are game stats vs Labette and overall stats for the entire season:
Field Goals 6/27 22% / Free Throws 9/14 64%
3 Pointer 6/29 21% / Turnovers 16
Off. Reb. 11 / Def. Reb. 23 / Steals 9 / Asst. 4
SEASON TOTALS (unofficial)
FIELD GOALS / 246/563 (44%)
FREE THROWS / 257/395 (65%)
3-POINT SHOTS / 106/406 (26%)
ASSISTS / 165
STEALS / 277
T/0's / 380
OFF. REBOUNDS / 191
DEF. REBOUNDS / 369
TOTAL REBOUNDS / 560
BLOCKS / 61
DEFLECTIONS / 266
TOTAL POINTS / 1067
Avery Rusk / 362 pts
Shayland French / 210 pts
Rylee Rusk / 154 pts
Taylor Meyer / 134 pts
Jacelyn Buck / 78 pts
Mekenna Adams / 47 pts
Lexi Clift / 29 pts
Draven Warnock / 24 pts
Gracie Fink / 20 pts
McKenna Jones / 6 pts
Natalie Henning / 3 pts
This concludes the WINTER SPORTS SEASON 2017-2018 @ WHS and WMS - bring on SPRING!
Lady Crusader SENDOFF
@ STATE 4A Tournament
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018
A nice sendoff assembly was held Wednesday morning at WHS, not only to honor the departing Lady Crusader Basketball squad who is appearing in their 3rd consecutive State 4A Tournament this evening vs Labette County! (@ Salina - 6:30PM), but also pay tribute to this year's State 4A Wrestlers, 2 of 3 who were present at the assembly. (Ian Groom, Blake Bales and not present, Matt McComb) Also spotlighted, the WHS Powerlifting team and coach.
The main focus however was our State 4A bound Lady Crusaders - an awesome bunch of young ladies and coaches who play with a tremendous amount of grit and heart!. They may not be TALL but they are BASKETBALL PLAYERS nonetheless...watch for good things to happen!!
Tip off is 6:30PM at the Tony Pizza's Events Center - tough competition on slate, Altamont - Labette County...it's going to be a battle - hope to see MANY FANS there to support!!
GO LADY CRUSADERS!
@ 4A Sub-State (Ark City HS)
vs Ark City HS
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
WHS LADY CRUSADERS - 4A SUB-STATE CHAMPS 2018, 2017, 2016
courtesy of www.sutv.com
The WHS Lady Crusaders sealed the deal Saturday evening in the 46-33 4A Sub-State Championship Final victory over the Lady Bulldogs of Ark City HS. (In final Sub-State Action being played out at Ark City HS since Thursday)
WHS was the best seed but hadn't played to their full potential on Thursday in the semi-final vs Coffeyville. Ark City, being an AVCTL DIV II school (WHS is DIV IV), routinely plays larger schools at larger venues with larger and louder crowds, so a positive outcome for the Lady Crusaders wasn't a for sure thing by any means. We just knew we were 1 win away from going to the State 4A Tournament for the third year in a row so therefore this game was a must-win!
Ark City jumped out first, scoring on their first possession,after the Lady Crusaders had failed to do so. Wellington would answer however and by quarter one's completion, the Lady Crusaders were up 11-8. A lot of ball movement by Wellington and aggressive play helped stretch that lead to 9 pts. at half. (26-17)
Wellington continued to pressure the ball in the 3rd quarter, denying Ark City scoring opportunities and holding them to only 2 points and extended the lead out 20 pts as the 4th qtr. got underway. (39-19) The ladies in red got a little careless towards the end, allowing a brief flurry of Bulldog scoring, but it was far too little, far too late...the Lady Crusaders were going to prevail and continue to set records at WHS with their basketball prowess over the last several years. Congratulations toCoaches Adams, Strothman, Brown & Ledesma and congrats to the Lady Crusaders - awesome Senior leadership and awesome memories continue to be in the making as they head down this final stretch of HS basketball together, as they have done now for the past 6 years, initially as Knights, now as Crusaders. The ride, although almost over, has certainly been a dilly dilly journey for welly welly!
Congratulations Lady Crusaders - we are lovin' this - keep it goin'!!
ACHS 33 WHS 46 (14-8) (6-3)
Avery Rusk 24, Rylee Rusk 8, Shayland French 7, Taylor Meyer 3, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 1
Field Goals 5/14 36% / Free Throws 15/19 79%
3 Pointer 7/18 39% / Turnovers 20
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 22 / Steals 12 / Asst. 5
NEXT UP: STATE 4A Tournament @ Salina beginning WEDS. MARCH 7th: #7 seed Wellington (14-8) vs #2 seed Altamont-Labette Co (21-1) @ 6:30PM at the Tony Pizza's Events Center (formerly Bicentennial Center)
@ 4A Sub-State (Ark City HS)
vs Coffeyville HS
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018
It was opening night Thursday, semi-final action for the GIRLS at the 4A Sub-State Basketball Tournament being held at Ark City HS, featuring our Lady Crusaders (#1 seed), Ark City (#2 seed), Winfield (#3 seed) and Coffeyville-Field Kindley (#4 seed).
The Lady Crusaders came out on fire, easily jumping to a 10+ point advantage early on. (1-19) Coffeyville hung around though - stretches of "cold" shooting and multiple turnovers (21) by the Lady Crusaders, meant putting the game in the "W" column for sure wouldn't happen until the last couple minutes or three of action. Wellington's aggressive defense denied Coffeyville opportunities (20 Steals) which in the end was the main foundation provider for the 9 pt victory - final score Coffeyville 41 Wellington 50. The Lady Crusaders will advance to the Sub-State 4A Championship game Saturday evening vs the host Ark City and winner over Winfield (39-36) in Thursday's other girls semi-final. A win Saturday would make this the 3rd consecutive season the Lady Crusaders advanced to the State 4A Tourney in Salina!
CHS 41 WHS 50 (13-8) (6-3)
Avery Rusk 21, Shayland French 13, Rylee Rusk 13, Taylor Meyer 3
Field Goals 14/34 41% / Free Throws 13/24 54%
3 Pointer 3/16 19% / Turnovers 21
Off. Reb. 9 / Def. Reb. 19 / Steals 20 / Asst. 5
SIDE NOTE: The Crusader Boys will see semi-final action tonight (Friday) @ 7:30PM vs host Ark City (@ Ark City HS) - that winner will advance to the Saturday Championship round (7:30PM) and will take on Friday's winner in the other semi between Winfield and Coffeyville, following the Girls Championship Game at 6PM! GO BIG RED x 2!!
vs Clearwater (Make-Up)
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
The Varsity and JV Girls dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's Monday evening in "make-up" action with the visiting Lady Indians from Clearwater. Make-up games as a result of last week's weather related postponements, went all Wellington's way Monday...the regular season ended on an excellent note across the board! CONGRATS! It was SENIOR NIGHT as well and 40 yr USD 353 employee, teacher, coach, Randy Strothman was honored for his decades of service. Randy and his wife Beth will be moving to Manhattan this summer to be closer to their children and grandchildren...Coach Stroth will be missed at WMS & WHS!
CHS 11 WHS 46 (12-8) (6-3)
Shayland French 20, Avery Rusk 13, Rylee Rusk 4, Mekenna Adams 3, Draven Warnock 2, McKenna Jones 2, Lexi Clift, 2
Field Goals 16/34 47% / Free Throws 08/11 73%
3 Pointers 2/13 22% / Turnovers 9
Off. Reb. 11 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 14 / Asst. 7
CHS 29 WHS 49 (14-4) (8-1)
Lexi Clift 12, Delaney Parkey 8, Myriland French 6, Mykiland French 6, Draven Warnock 6, Natalie Henning 4, McKenna Jones 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 3
Field Goals 12/40 30% / Free Throws 07/16 54%
3 Pointers 6/29 21% / Turnovers 14
Off. Reb. 15 / Def. Reb. 17 / Steals 21 / Asst. 9
Up next for the VARSITY SQUAD, 4A Sub-State action Thursday at Ark City HS. Our Lady Crusaders are the #1 seed and will face off against #4 seed Coffeyville-Kindley. #2 seed & host Ark City will square off against #3 seed Winfield. The two winners will meet up for the 4A Sub-State Girls Championship on Saturday at 6PM. GO LADY CRUSADERS! Let's return to STATE 4A action for the THIRD year in a row!! YOU CAN DO THIS!
@ Wichita Collegiate
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
The Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball squads took their last regular season road trip Friday evening to Spartanville, i.e. Wichita Collegiate. Congratulations to our Lady Crusaders, both Varsity and JV grabbing "W's" away from the Lady Spartan hosts...a tougher night for the boys though, the results follow:
WHS 46 CHS 64 (5-14) (2-6)
Ian King 16, Jihad Mutazammil 9, Joe Ybarra 9, Silas Popplewell 6, DeAndre Washington 2, Grey Hatfield 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS
WHS 52 CHS 63 (6-10) (3-5)
Brayden Higginbotham 10, Jacob Ewing 9, Austin Soles 8, Silas Popplewell 8, Tyler Brown 4, Blake Rausch 4, Cade Fairbanks 3, Tanner Meyer 3, Zane Cornejo 1
WHS 00 CHS 00
WHS 47 CHS 37 (11-8) (5-3)
Avery Rusk 14, Rylee Rusk 10, Taylor Meyer 7, Mekenna Adams 6, Shayland French 4, Gracie Fink 2, Jacelyn Buck 2, Draven Warnock 2
Field Goals 13/26 50% / Free Throws 9/10 90%
3 Pointers 4/18 22% / Turnovers 15
Off. Reb. 6 / Def. Reb. 20 / Steals 10 / Asst. 8
WHS 55 CHS 32 (13-4) (7-1)
Myriland French 15, Lexi Clift 13, Natalie Henning 6, McKenna Jones 5, Mykiland French 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 4, Draven Warnock 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Kadin Brown 2
Field Goals 18/34 53% / Free Throws 10/19 53%
3 Pointers 3/24 13% / Turnovers 18
Off. Reb. 17 / Def. Reb. 21 / Steals 23 / Asst. 7
Last regular season action is on slate for Monday, Feb. 26th in a make-up event with the Clearwater Indians, postponed last week due to weather. Action on Monday gets underway at 4:15PM @ WHS, (C-Team Boys / JV Girls), followed by JV Boys @ 5:45, Varsity Girls @ 6:00 and Varsity Boys @ 7:30.
Monday will be Senior Night - the Crusader and Lady Crusader Seniors and their parents will be honored in a ceremony between the Varsity Games in the main gym. Come hungry too! The Wellington High School National Honor Society Chapter is sponsoring their annual PATTI SOBER SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING TACO DINNER in the Commons beginning at 5PM!
4A Sub-State action gets underway this coming Thursday at Ark City HS, in addition to the host and the Crusaders, also on the bracket (which will come out today!) are Winfield and Coffeyville. Girls will be in action on Thursday, the Boys on Friday. Winners from those two days will advance to the Championship Finales Saturday, all the action at Ark City HS. Sub-State winners will advance to the State 4A Tournament the following week in Salina! GOOD LUCK CRUSADERS & LADY CRUSADERS!
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
The WHS Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball squads ventured into Wildcat country Friday evening and nearly escaped unscathed. Overall, the teams in RED won 4, lost 1 - here's the tallies for the WHS Hoopsters:
WHS 59 MHS 25 (9-8) (4-3)
Avery Rusk 16, Taylor Meyer 8, Shayland French 8, Draven Warnock 7, Lexi Clift 6, Rylee Rusk 5, Jacelyn Buck 4, Mekenna Adams 3, Gracie Fink 2
Field Goals 14/23 61% / Free Throws 10/16 63%
3 Pointers 7/21 33% / Turnovers 5
Off. Reb. 6 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 13 / Asst. 11
WHS 55 MHS 30 (12-4) (6-1)
Myriland French 13, Draven Warnock 9, Lexi Clift 9, McKenna Jones 7, Mykiland French 6, Natalie Henning 6, Kadin Brown 5
Field Goals 12/18 67% / Free Throws 7/10 70%
3 Pointers 8/30 27% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 5 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 18 / Asst. 9
Next action - TUESDAY, FEB. 20th vs Clearwater HERE - SENIOR NIGHT! (Postponed due to weather. Make-Up date being explored)
vs Rose Hill HERE
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
The WHS Crusaders hosted basketball action Tuesday evening vs the Rockets of Rose Hill out at WHS. The two Varsity games were nail-biters and were not decided until late in each contest.
The Varsity Girls were edged out with just seconds remaining and came up short 55-58. Taylor Meyer lead in scoring with 18. The Lady Crusaders led much of the way. Down 3 with 5.4 secs to go, Wellington couldn't control the ball on the inbounds, a jump ball resulted with just over a second to go, possession arrow Rose Hill - game over.
RHHS 58 WHS 55 (8-8) (3-3)
Taylor Meyer 18, Avery Rusk 11, Shayland French 9, Rylee Rusk 9, Lexi Clift 3, Mekenna Adams 3, Gracie Fink 2
Field Goals 11/28 39% / Free Throws 9/13 69%
3 Pointers 8/17 47% / Turnovers 14
Off. Reb. 8 / Def. Reb. 15 / Steals 7 / Asst. 11
RHHS 47 WHS 58 (11-4) (5-1)
Mykiland French 16, Myriland French 11, Draven Warnock 10, Lexi Clift 8, Natalie Henning 4, McKenna Jones 4, Delaney Parkey 3, Kadin Brown 2
Field Goals 12/33 36% / Free Throws 7/11 64%
3 Pointers 9/20 45% / Turnovers 26
Off. Reb. 11/ Def. Reb. 22 / Steals 12 / Asst. 12
GIRLS ACTION PICS
Next action for WHS will be Friday at Mulvane HS - tipoff for the C-Team Boys and JV Girls 4:15. JV Boys will follow at 5:45, Varsity Girls @ 6:00, followed by Varsity Boys @ 7:30. GO BIG RED!
@ Winfield (Make-Up Girls Only)
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
The Lady Crusaders, both Varsity and JV were victorious Monday evening in their "make-up" games at Winfield HS, postponed in mid-January due to weather.
In Varsity action, Wellington came out on top 51-46 (9-7) (3-3). Avery Rusk lead Wellington scorers with 14, followed by Rylee Rusk and Jacelyn Buck, each with 10. Shayland French added 5 as did Taylor Meyer. Lexi Clift added 3 and Draven Warnock 2.
Field Goals 10/23 43% / Free Throws 8/17 47%
3 Pointers 7/22 32% / Turnovers 19
Off. Reb. 12 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 16 / Asst. 10
Wellington's JV girls downed the Lady Viking 45-36 (11-4) (5-1). Lexi Clift had 13, followed by Draven Warnock with 10. Myriland French had 8, McKenna Jones 5, Kadin Brown 5, Natalie Henning 3 and Delaney Parkey 2.
Field Goals 9/27 33% / Free Throws 10/15 67%
3 Pointers 6/24 25% / Turnovers 16
Off. Reb. 12 / Def. Reb. 12 / Steals 16 / Asst. 12
The Lady Crusaders and Crusaders will be hosting Rose Hill on Tuesday. Action gets underway at 4:15 for both the C-Team Boys (Aux. Gym) and the JV Girls (Main Gym). JV Boys @ 5:45 (Aux. Gym), Varsity Girls 6:00 (Main Gym) and Varsity Boys 7:30 (Main Gym)
@ Andale HS
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
WHS 42 AHS 55 (8-7) (3-3)
Avery Rusk 19, Shayland French 12 Rylee Rusk 5, Lexi Clift 4, Draven Warnock 2
Field Goals 11/16 69% / Free Throws 11/14 79%
3 Pointers 3/16 19% / Turnovers 17
Off. Reb. 2 / Def. Reb. 8 / Steals 8 / Asst. 7
WHS 30 AHS 55 (10-4) (5-1)
Myriland French 8, Lexi Clift 6, Delaney Parkey 5, Draven Warnock 4, McKenna Jones 3, Natalie Henning 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
Field Goals 7/22 32% / Free Throws 4/8 50%
3 Pointers 4/23 17% / Turnovers 17
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 7 / Asst. 6
vs Buhler HERE
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Almost a SWEEP for the Wellington Lady Crusaders, but the Buhler JV Lady Crusaders squeaked out a 6 pt victory over our younger squad, the Varsity Lady Crusaders won with authority though - results, stats and scoring below:
BHS 57 WHS 51 (10-3) (5-0)
Lexi Clift 13, McKenna Jones 10, Natalie Henning 6, Myriland French 8, Mykiland French 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 4, Draven Warnock 4, Kadin Brown 2
Field Goals 15/38 39% / Free Throws 9/13 69%
3 Pointers 4/32 13% / Turnovers 34
Off. Reb. 23 / Def. Reb. 22 / Steals 17 / Asst. 10
BHS 36 WHS 52 (8-6) (3-2)
Taylor Meyer 23, Avery Rusk 20, Shayland French 4, Lexi Clift 2, Rylee Rusk 2, Jacelyn Buck 1
Field Goals 13/24 54% / Free Throws 11/21 52%
3 Pointers 5/23 22% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 12 / Def. Reb. 23 / Steals 10 / Asst.
Next up for the Lady Crusaders will be Andale HS, @ Andale this coming Friday, Feb. 9th. Action gets underway there at 4:15PM with C-Team Boys and JV Girls taking to the courts at that time…followed by JV Boys around 5:45, then Varsity Girls @ 6:00PM, followed by Varsity Boys around 7:30pm.
@ El Dorado HS
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Only close in the beginning, as any contest is, the WHS Varsity Lady Crusaders pulled away early from their host at El Dorado HS Friday evening, ending the night with a 4th qtr running clock, Wellington hustled their way to the 62-31 victory.
The first half took about 2 1/2 days to complete. Aggressive defense by WHS (23 steals on the night) and perhaps lack of experience and ball control for the young El Dorado Wildcats, resulted in 27 foul calls during the first 16 minutes of play. It was WHISTLE-O-RAMA first half for sure.
Coach Adams utilized most if not all of the bench by games' end. At one point (before halftime), there were 3 freshmen, 1 soph and 1 senior on the floor leading the charge for the Lady Crusaders.
WHS 62 EHS 31 (7-6) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 16, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 11, Jacelyn Buck 7, Rylee Rusk 4, Lexi Clift 3, Draven Warnock 3, Gracie Fink 2, McKenna Jones 2
Field Goals 15/31 48% / Free Throws 12/23 52%
3 Pointers 6/19 32% / Turnovers 18
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 23 / Asst. 14
Earlier in the afternoon, in the "less round" auxiliary gym, WHS's JV Girls took on host El Dorado, in a game limited to just 2 quarters. It was a squeaker but WHS pulled down the 1/2 victory (20-18) if you will, advancing their season record to 10-2.
WHS 20 EHS 18 (10-2) (5-0)
Lexi Clift 5, McKenna Jones 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 3, Draven Warnock 2, Myriland French 1
Field Goals 1/5 20% / Free Throws 3/4 75%
3 Pointers 5/15 33% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 5 / Def. Reb. 11 / Steals 9 / Asst. 4
Next action for the Lady Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! JV Girls will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by Varsity Girls, both in the main gym at WHS.
WHS Senior Avery Rusk
Named to All-Tourney Team!
WILDCAT CLASSIC 2018
WILDCAT CLASSIC FINAL BRACKET
WILDCAT CLASSIC ALL TOURNEY TEAM
vs Haven THERE
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
I'm not sure what percentage of games involving #1 seeds vs #8 seeds lead to the latter's favor, Thursday night though, at the Haven Wildcat Classic, it was 100% of the time. Our 5-4 Lady Crusaders hung tight, kept their composure under the guidance and direction of some awesome coaching, refused to let an early game barrage of Wildcat 3's dampen their spirits or determination and in front of a stunned Wildcat home crowd, nailed down a nailbiting 49-46 victory, spoiling the hosts' tournament in their new and quite nice gymnasium, and forcing folks to take notice of Wellington's new and loftier presence on the tournament bracket!
The Lady Crusaders played one of their best games ever, the senior leadership was what senior leadership is supposed to be - Avery Rusk pumped in 28 (her never say die attitude was in high gear), Mekenna "cool hand" Adams, calmly slammed down FT's near games' end to put the big ole bold-type "1" in the Lady Wildcats LOSS COLUMN! How sweet it was! Senior Gracie Fink even slammed down a "3" early on, her and others doing all they could to not allow the fast paced game get away. The raucous and quite confident Haven fan base and players, just couldn't put the game away and they fell silent through much of the contest as Wellington stayed within striking distance, from the mid 1st qtr until the final surge the last 5 minutes...too bad for the host. The Lady Crusaders never gave up. Juniors Jacelyn Buck and Taylor Meyer hustled, hustled, hustled and "3" WHS Freshmen saw action as well, Rylee Rusk, Draven Warnock and Lexi Clift, Rylee, a lot of action and 9 pts to boot!
The Lady Wildcats shot a lot of free throws down the stretch, the Lady Wildcats didn't make a lot of free throws down the stretch. The Lady Crusaders applied pressure, the host and their crowd began to smell real trouble nearly halfway through that 4th qtr when Wellington, having been down double digit points early on, suddenly took the lead for the first time at the 5:35 mark. You could smell upset but the game would stay close until Adams calmly nailed her FT's to extend the lead to 3...the Lady Crusaders would swarm the ball and steal it away, never even allowing the Wildcats a final shot and a chance at OT. The buzzer sounded, Wellington fans erupted - the lowest seed in the tournament had themselves one sweet victory!
Congratulations to Head Coach Adams, an undefeated and over confident Wildcat opponent met their match Thursday evening, the Lady Crusaders had come to play and play they did. PROUD TO BE A CRUSADER FAN - you ladies were awesome!!
Field Goals 9/20 45% / Free Throws 19/25 76% /
3 Pointers4/20 20% / Turnovers 16
Off. Reb. 6 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 10 / Asst. 4
Avery Rusk - 28
Rylee Rusk - 9
Taylor Meyer - 6
Mekenna Adams - 3
Gracie Fink - 3
Next up - #5 seed Cheney (Friday @ 7:30), who easily downed #4 Nickerson to advance in the winners bracket. Cheney found great success vs our Lady Crusaders, back in early December, winning 65-39. If Cheney stuck around very long Thursday night, after their game, I doubt that game in December seems as relevant now as perhaps it once did. The Lady Crusaders are pumped and so are the fans!
GAME ACTION PICS
vs Augusta HERE
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
The AVCTL DIV III Augusta Orioles were guests of the Crusaders Friday evening out at WHS in non-league play. Proving to be spoilers to some extent, the Orioles won 4 out of 5 games at the Homecoming themed occasion.Congrats to the Girls JV squad for pulling down a convincing 53-31 victory over the JV Orioles and advancing their season record to 7-2 overall. The 22 pt win was the largest spread on the evening but the only spread with the teams in red on top.
The Girls and the Boys go their separate ways next weekwith state-wide mid-season tournaments going on for the boys. Our Lady Crusader Varsity and JV squads will travel to Winfield alone on Tuesday (Jan. 16th) for action vs the Lady Vikings. The start times are a little different than usual, the JV Girls will play at 5PM, the Varsity at 6:30PM. The Varsity Boys head west to Chaparral HS for the Roadrunner Classic beginning Thursday. The Crusaders will open against Clearwater, start time 8PM. BRACKET
VARSITY GIRLS vs Augusta
AHS 35 WHS 26 (5-4) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 9, Rylee Rusk 6, Shayland French 4, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 2, Taylor Meyer 2
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Augusta
AHS 31 WHS 53 (7-2) (5-0)
Myriland French 12, McKenna Jones 11, Draven Warnock 10, Natalie Henning 7, Kylie Aufdengarten 4, Lexi Clift 4, Mykiland French 3, Delaney Parkey 2
vs Collegiate HERE
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
The Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball squads hosted Collegiate Tuesday out at WHS. In total, 5 games were played, Crusaders won 3, Collegiate 2 - here are the outcomes, season and league records as a result:
VARSITY GIRLS vs Collegiate (3rd win in a row!)
CHS 32 WHS 53 (5-3) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 25, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 9, Rylee Rusk 4, Mekenna Adams 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Collegiate
CHS 30 WHS 68 (6-2) (5-0)
Draven Warnock 19, Lexi Clift 17, McKenna Jones 9, Myriland French 8, Kylie Aufdengarten 6, Mykiland French 3, Natalie Henning 2, Kadin Brown, Delaney Parkey 2
vs Clearwater THERE
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
Season records continued to improve Friday evening for the Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball programs. In league action at Clearwater HS, Wellington was able to put up "4" victories in "5" games, not a bad day's (or evening's) work at all!
VARSITY GIRLS vs Clearwater
WHS 56 CHS 18 (4-3) (2-2)
Avery Rusk 13, Jacelyn Buck 13, Shayland French 8, Gracie Fink 6, Rylee Rusk 6, Lexi Clift 4, Natalie Henning 3, Taylor Meyer 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Clearwater
WHS 49 CHS 18 (5-2) (4-0)
Myriland French 10, Draven Warnock 8, Lexi Clift 7, Kylie Aufdengarten 7, McKenna Jones 5, Mykiland French 5, Delaney Parkey 4, Kadin Brown 3
Wellington will park the buses for a while with next week's slate showing HOME and HOME! On Tuesday, WHS will host Collegiate and then on Friday, Augusta. Also Friday (Jan. 12th), a new WHS Duke will be crowned during halftime of the varsity boys game. A very "SPIRITED" Week - Coming Up!
vs Mulvane HERE
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
The Lady Crusaders got the 2018 part of their schedule off to a splendid start Tuesday at WHS. The girls in red hosted the girls in green (Mulvane) and came out on top in both contests before a relatively small crowd. The temps outside quite cold and school itself is still on Holiday Break so no doubt lead to a smaller than usual fan base. The Varsity win moves their overall season record to .500, the JV Girls remain undefeated in league action! Awesome!
VARSITY GIRLS vs Mulvane
MHS 31 WHS 50 (3-3) (1-2)
Avery Rusk 17, Shayland French 13, Rylee Rusk 8, Taylor Meyer 5, Jacelyn Buck 4, Mekenna Adams 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Mulvane
MHS 27 WHS 41 (4-2) (3-0)
Draven Warnock 15, McKenna Jones 9, Lexi Clift 7, Myriland French 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Natalie Henning 2, Mykiland French 2
vs Rose Hill THERE
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
VARSITY GIRLS vs Rose Hill
WHS 34 RHHS 55 (2-3) (0-2)
Shayland French 10, Avery Rusk 9, Rylee Rusk 5, Jacelyn Buck 5, McKenna Jones 2, Taylor Meyer 2, Mekenna Adams 1
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Rose Hill
WHS 58 RHHS 49 (3-2) (2-0)
Delaney Parkey 13, Lexi Clift 12, Myriland French 10, Mykiland French 8, Draven Warnock 5, McKenna Jones 5, Kadin Brown 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2, Natalie Henning 1
Next up for WHS and first set of games for 2018 calendar year will be at HOME vs Mulvane Jan. 2nd! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
vs ANDALE 12.12.17
It was AVCTL DIV IV league opener time Tuesday for our Crusaders and the Indians of Andale. The WHS varsity boys were 1-2 and varsity girls 2-1 going into Tuesday's action HERE at home in front of a small to medium sized week night crowd. It was a split of sorts between the JV squads and Varsity squads. Andale won the latter, Wellington the former. All of the games were competitive and for the most part not clearly decided until late in the games. (Our JV Girls however did dominate the action throughout).
VARSITY GIRLS vs ANDALE
AHS 49 WHS 46 (2-2) (0-1)
Rylee Rusk 12, Mekenna Adams 9, Jacelyn Buck 9, Avery Rusk 8, Shayland French 6, Taylor Meyer 2
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs ANDALE
AHS 38 WHS 55 (2-2) (1-0)
Lexi Clift 18, Myriland French 10, McKenna Jones 7, Mykiland French 5, Delaney Parkey 4, Draven Warnock 4, Natalie Henning 3, Kadin Brown 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
Next up for WHS and final set of games for 2017 calendar year will be at Rose Hill this Friday. GOOD LUCK BIG RED!!!
Varsity & JV @ Cheney Invitational
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
VARSITY GIRLS (2-1)
CHS 28 WHS 45
Avery Rusk 14, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 11, Jacelyn Buck 5, Rylee Rusk 2, Draven Warnock 1
JV GIRLS (1-2)
CHS 19 WHS 25
Lexi Clift 9, Myriland French 6, Delaney Parkey 3, Mykiland French 2, Natalie Henning 2, Draven Warnock 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 1
vs CHENEY 12.07.17
The Lady Crusaders ran into several defensive and offensive buzz saws Thursday evening, playing host to Cheney HS who is the actual host (of the Cheney Invitational), which has played itself out at the participant's schools, 2 of the last 3 nights this week. The 3 day round robin tournament will conclude this Saturday at host Cheney and they will be hard to beat.
VARSITY GIRLS (1-1)
CHS 65 WHS 39
Avery Rusk 17, Shayland French 13, Taylor Meyer 4, Rylee Rusk 3, Jacelyn Buck 2
JV GIRLS (0-2)
CHS 41 WHS 31
Myriland French 7, McKenna Jones 7, Draven Warnock 6, Taylor Meyer 4, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
As noted above, the 3 day invitational concludes on Saturday. The Varsity & JV Lady Crusaders will take on Chaparral. Action for Wellington will begin @ 2PM @ Cheney HS with the Varsity Girls and JV Boys tipping it off. Following those 2 games, the Varsity Boys and JV Girls will take the stage.
VARSITY-JV GIRLS ACTION PICS 120717
OTHER AREA SCORES
Douglass 40 Belle Plaine 20
Hutch Trinity xx Chaparral xx
Life Prep Academy 53 Mulvane 29
vs HUTCH TRINITY 12.05.17
WHS - 61
HTHS - 52
Avery Rusk 18, Shayland French 17, Rylee Rusk 11, Taylor Meyer 6, Jacelyn Buck 5, Mekenna Adams 4 / Rebounding Leaders: Shayland French 9, Jacelyn Buck 7
WHS - 36
HTHS - 44
Myriland French 9, Kylie Aufdengarten 8, Draven Warnock 7, Natalie Henning 5, Lexi Clift 2, Delaney Parkey 2, Mykiland French 1, McKenna Jones 1, Kadin Brown 1
OTHER AREA SCORES
Cheney 71 Chaparral 18
Andale 46 Andover 55
Haven 63 Conway Springs 51
McPherson 54 Derby 49
Belle Plaine 16 Segwick 50
Here are the 2017-2018 Lady Crusader Basketball team members!
LADY CRUSADER TEAM PICS
Incoming Freshmen thru Senior Girls for 2017-2018 school year attended in good numbers Tuesday at the 1st day of 4 slated for this summer's HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP! The MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP follows each day this week as well...hope to have pics from that to share before week's end! Again, good turnout today and Coach Adams, Coach Strothman and Coach Brown got down to business...here are a few pics from CAMP DAY 1!
STATE 4A GIRLS BASKETBALL UPDATE Wellington 49 Bishop Miege 63 Lady Crusaders season ends at 17-6 WE ARE PROUD OF THESE YOUNG LADIES!
The WHS Lady Crusaders' desires to return to the STATE 4A TOURNAMENT in Salina for the 2nd consecutive year was tooooo much for the Lady Rockets of Rose Hill to overcome, even on their home court Saturday evening in the 38-35 WHS, 4A Sub-State Championship Final Game. A close game throughout, fraught with foul problems at times, the never say die Lady Crusaders held on for a close 3 pt win to advance (again, for the 2nd consecutive time) to STATE 4A TOURNAMENT action in Salina commencing on Thursday of this coming week. #6 seed Wellington vs #3 seed Shawnee Mission Miege @ 8:15PM / Tony's Pizza Event Center. Scoring honors go to both Avery Rusk and Lauryn Snipes, both with 13. Clutch free-throw shooting by RUSK down the stretch sealed the deal for Wellington's trip north next week. Shayland French had 7 pts., followed by Jacelyn Buck with 3 and Tayland French with 2. A large contingent of Crusader Fans were on hand for this game (and the boys game) - the crowd erupted at the buzzer - we're going back to SALINA!!
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It was semi-final action at 4A Sub-State in Rose Hill Friday evening for the Lady Crusaders, Lady Vikings, Lady Rockets and Lady Wildcats. In the opener, our very own WHS Lady Crusaders pulled away in the 2nd half vs Winfield, much like the Crusaders on Thursday did vs Rose Hill. Up only 4 at half, the Wellington girls Friday doubled their score by 3rd quarters' end and added another 15 down the stretch to defeat the Lady Vikings and send them packing for another year, final score Wellington 57 Winfield 38.
In the nightcap Friday, host Rose Hill downed Mulvane 48-24 to advance and meet up for the 4th time this season with the Lady Crusaders on Saturday in the SUB-STATE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME beginning at 6:00PM at Rose Hill HS. Following that game, it will be Wellington's Crusaders vs Mulvane's Wildcats!(also for the 4th time this season) The winners of these two games Saturday advance to the STATE 4A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT next week in Salina. Wellington could have two teams at the State Tournament, which would be the 2nd year in a row for the Lady Crusaders and the 2nd time in 3 years for the Crusaders to make State appearances.
In the Wellington vs Winfield contest, the Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead but the Lady Vikings battled back and were within 4 pts. when the 1st half buzzer sounded. After the break though, Wellington exploded offensively, outscoring Winfield 22-10 in the 3rd and 15 -10 in the final qtr. The Lady Crusaders had "3" in double figures: Avery Rusk 18, Shayland French 12, Lauryn Snipes 12, Tayland French 8, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 3, Chloe Wilson 1. The win advances the Lady Crusaders to 16-5 and sets the stage for another possible trip to the State 4A Tournament next week.
The Varsity Lady Crusaders came to play Friday night and controlled the tempo for nearly the entire game. With a margin of 8 pts. at half, Wellington would sustain and add to that down the stretch to avenge their earlier season loss by 5. Final score this time around Wellington 47 Andale 35. An awesome job by the Lady Crusaders who move to 12-4 on the season. "3" Lady Crusaders were in double figures, Lauryn Snipes pumped in 16, followed by Tayland French 12 and Avery Rusk 11. Shayland French and Jacelyn Buck both added 4.
"C" TEAM GIRLS
Andale 53 Wellington 20
Natalie Henning 9, Delaney Parkey 5, Hope Maxwell 4, Cassandra Moody 2
Andale 46 Wellington 25
Gracie Fink 9, Natalie Henning 6, Chloe Wilson 6, Taylor Meyer 4
The WHS Lady Crusaders battled hard Saturday in day #3 at the 44th annual Haven Wildcat Classic at Haven High School...after a a big 2 OT win on Thursday vs Rose Hill and an unfortunate loss Friday to Cheney, the LADY CRUSADERS rebounded in the 3rd place consolation game vs Kingman and won by the final score of 40-38. The Ladies had to battle back in the fourth qtr from a 28-32 deficit after 3 qtrs to secure the 3rd place finish and came home with a 2-1 tourney record and now 9-4 on the season. The squad will have nearly a week off to prepare for more action on Feb. 3rd here at home vs El Dorado. That night will also be HOMECOMING with the DUKE CORONATION following the Varsity Girls game in the main gym.
SCORING vs Kingman: Lauryn Snipes 20, Shayland French 13, Avery Rusk 3, Mekenna Adams 3, Tayland French 1
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WHAT A GAME!! The Lady Crusaders downed previously undefeated Rose Hill in 2 OT's - Final Score 55 - 52!
Last second shots by Lauryn Snipes in both OT's - in 2nd OT, it was a long "3" for the WIN!!
Lauryn Snipes 29, Mekenna Adams 9, Avery Rusk 6, Tayland French 5, Shayland French 4, Chloe Wilson 2
"C" TEAM GIRLS: Winfield 47 Wellington 18
McKenna Jones 8, Delaney Parkey 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 2, Natalie Henning 2, Ellie Buresh 2
JV GIRLS: Winfield 48 Wellington 32
Chloe Wilson 7, Taylor Meyer 5, McKenna Jones 4, Taryn Stoddard 4, Ellie Buresh 4, Gracie Fink 2, Kylie Auftengarten 2, Jacelyn Buck 2, Natalie Henning 2
VARSITY GIRLS: Winfield 27 Wellington 49
(Move to 7-3 on the season - 5th WIN in a row!)
Lauryn Snipes 15, Avery Rusk 14, Tayland French 6, Shayland French 6, Chloe Wilson 5, Mekenna Adams 3
Clearwater 17 Wellington 59 (Now 4-3 on the season)
Tayland French 16, Lauryn Snipes 15, Shayland French 14, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 3, Gracie Fink 2
Clearwater 00 Wellington 00 (No Report)
Clearwater 22 Wellington 37
Natalie Henning 9, Delaney Parkey 8, Ellie Buresh 7, McKenna Jones 5, Hope Maxwell 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 4
In a contest much closer than the score would indicate, the Lady Crusaders are off to a 1-0 start on the 2016-17 basketball season, downing Conway Springs in round 1 action at the 15th annual Kingman Eagle Classic, 46-39. Wellington trailed the Lady Cardinals at halftime 18-19 but a strong 4th qtr rally secured the victory. Scoring: Lauryn Snipes 16, Avery Rusk 14, Shayland French 12, Tayland French 4 // Next up - HAVEN HS @ 3:00PM Friday (@ Kingman) SIDE NOTE: The JV Girls came up short against Conway Springs 42-27!
Thursday was MEDIA DAY at WHS / the 2016-17 Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Wrestling squads were in official game/match attire and the camera's clicked away. Here are most of the GIRLS BASKETBALL PICS!