BASKETBALL CAMP 2017 for Freshmen thru Seniors got underway Monday morning with a large contingent of student-athletes on hand...this camp runs through Thursday from 10AM - NOON daily. After lunch, a basketball camp for 3rd-5th graders (1PM-3PM) is underway this week through Thursday also.
The WHS Crusader Boys were coming on strong at just the right time of the season, easily downing host Rose Hill on Thursday in opening day 4A Sub-State action 59-44. In the Championship Final Saturday vs Mulvane, the Wildcats jumped out early on the Crusaders but the RED TEAM battled back. At halftime, it was knotted at 28! Hot outside shooting though by Mulvane would prove the difference in the end. Numerous "3's" throughout the game stretched the Wildcat lead, and eventually a 2nd trip in 3 years to the State 4A Tournament for the Crusaders was in jeopardy. At the final buzzer, the Wildcats were on top 65-57 and the season would end for Wellington @ 8-14. Mulvane advances on to Salina for State Tournament action commencing on Wednesday. Their record now stands at 9-13 and they won't be the only sub .500 team at Tony's Pizza Event Center when the whistle blows on Wednesday. Congratulations to Wellington for an "almost" season of greater success - many close battles, overtime games and more. Most if not all of the regular starters will return next year which bodes well for the 2017-2018 season. Congrats on a rugged and hard fought season Crusaders! SCORING: A.J. Snipes 28, Ian King 7, Silas Popplewell 7, Cade Phelps 6, Grey Hatfield 3, Will Long 2, Jack Walton 2, Therin Frame 2.
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It's the time of season in high school basketball that you either "do" or "die"...Thursday evening at Rose Hill, the Wellington Boys were the "do" boys and walked away with a 59-44 Sub-State 4A victory over the host Rose Hill. The game was close thru 2 qtrs. but after halftime, Wellington got the hot hand and pulled away, after being up only 2, they outscored the Rockets 22-14 and 17-12 the final 2 qtrs for the easy 15 pt. victory. Cade Phelps, Ian King and A.J. Snipes were scoring machines, combining for 49 of the 59 team points. The win (their 8th of the season) keeps their hopes alive and gives them the shot any team wants, a chance to advance on to the State 4A Tournament next week in Salina. The only obstacle in their way now is Mulvane.
In the opener Thursday, Mulvane downed Winfield 60-47 to advance to the championship showdown with the Crusaders Saturday evening at 7:30PM. This 4A Boys Sub-State Championship game should be a good one! It will be the 4th time this season Mulvane and Wellington will have played...to date, Mulvane leads that series 2-1, having won at home and at the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic back in January. The Crusaders topped the Wildcats on our home court just a couple weeks ago. Forget about the 2-1 stuff though (except the part where they say it's hard to beat someone 3 times in 1 year!), if you add up all the points each team has scored against the other this season in those 3 games - it be 207 and 207!
In the Varsity Boys nightcap, early on the Crusaders kept pace and challenged the Indians on both ends of the court. The Indians pulled away some towards the end of the 2nd qtr and lead by 7 at half. The final two qtrs did not go well for the team in red, Wellington scoring 14 in the 3rd and only 1 in the final quarter resulting in the final score Wellington 29 Andale 55. Only "4" Crusaders provided towards the offensive cause, Ian King with 13, AJ Snipes 12, Khalil Boyer 3 and De Andre Washington 1, the only point in the 4th qtr. The Crusaders fall to 5-11 on the season.
"C" TEAM BOYS
Andale 52 Wellington 56
Tyler Brown 12, Zander Vargas 11, Travese Love 11, Gage Cunningham 9, Silas Popplewell 8, Austin Soles 3, Dominic Shore 2
Andale 72 Wellington 66 (Double OT)
Grey Hatfield 23, Trey Cary 16 (five 3's), Joe Ybarra 11, DeAndre Washington 10, Jihad Mutazammil 5
BOYS vs WINFIELD - HERE
"C" TEAM: Winfield 32 Wellington 56
Silas Popplewell 14, Zander Vargas 9, Travese Love 8, Gage Cunningham 7, Austin Soles 5, Christian Buckman 3, Tyler Brown 2, Cade Fairbanks 2, Tayshawn Washington 2, Hunter Bryant 2, Blake Rausch 2
JV TEAM: Winfield 28 Wellington 43
Zander Vargas 10, Silas Popplewell 7, Joe Ybarra 6, Jacob Ewing 5, De Andre Washington 4, Jihad Mutazammil 4, Grey Hatfield 3, Chance Hamel 2, Braydon Higginbotham 2
VARSITY: Winfield 59 Wellington 78
A.J. Snipes 20, Cade Phelps 18, Ian King 16, Khalil Boyer 9, Therin Frame 5, Carson LeGrand 3, De Andre Washington 3, Jihad Mutazammil 2, Coewen Rains 2
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WELLINGTON 57 CONWAY SPRINGS 60
Ian King 15, Cade Phelps 14, Khalil Boyer 13, A.J. Snipes 9, Therin Frame 5, Will Long 1
The Varsity Boys will play Mulvane on Friday
(who lost to Ark City 71-43) @ 3:00PM
Clearwater 53 Wellington 49 (Now 2-5 on the season)
A.J. Snipes 25, Ian King 18, Kahlil Boyer 4, Cade Phelps 2
Clearwater 36 Wellington 62
Silas Popplewell 14, Jihad Mutazammil 13, DeAndre Washington 11, Trey Cary 7, Joe Ybarra 6, Chance Hamel 6, Jacob Ewing 2, Zander Vargas 2, Grey Hatfield 1
Clearwater 42 Wellington 54
Silas Popplewell 20, Travese Love 8, Zander Vargas 5, Gage Cunningham 5, Tyler Brown 4, Dominic Shore 3, John Long 3, Braiden Buresh 3, Zane Cornejo 2, Cade Fairbanks 1
The Crusaders looked destined after 1 half of play Tuesday evening to be heading for an 0-1 start on their 2016-17 season under the direction of new head coach Rick Roitman. Down 28-17 to Conway Springs, the Dukes were not firing on all 8 cylinders and the Cardinals were taking the advantage. What a difference a half can make though - the boys in white (Wellington) found direction and purpose in the 2nd half, rallying to tie the score after 4 qtrs and then battling through "3" OT's before pulling out the 2 pt, 52-50 victory. SCORING:Antoine Snipes 16, Ian King 14, Cade Phelps 13, Therin Frame 6, Connor Burnett 3 // Next up - HAVEN HS @ 4:45PM Friday (@ Kingman) SIDE NOTE: The JV Boys dominated in the 2nd half to down Conway Springs 51-25! MORE DETAILS
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 BOYS BASKETBALL PICS!