The WRC Coach Pitch season is nearing the end - more games this Thursday and next Tuesday and Thursday, at both Worden & Rock Island. Red Rave Posters will be at most of those venues between now and the 28th so stop by our table for some "cool" prints! (and maybe a poster?)
Coach Aguilar asked this info be spread throughout the Crusader Kingdom...anyone planning on playing football this Fall must attend the CAMP!!
WELLINGTON HS FOOTBALL CAMP 2018
@ WHS Practice Fields
JUNE 25-29 // 8AM - NOON
9th - 12th Grades
FEE - None
Meet your Spring 2018 WHS Clay Target Team! The Crusaders are Class 1A - Conference 4 members along with Cedar Vale - Dexter, Maize South, Bluestem, Clay Center, Lyons, Meade, and Fairfield.
1232 student athletes representing 58 Kansas high school teams are participating the 2018 Kansas State High School Clay Target League’s (KSSHSCTL) spring trap shooting season, which began April 1st. In 2017, 710 student athletes from 39 teams competed.
Coach Pitch action continues at Worden Park (& Rock Island)...don't forget, beginning next Thursday (JUNE 21st), RED RAVE POSTERS will have a table setup at the Coach Pitch Games, providing opportunities for scrapbook enhancements! Appreciate your support! High Quality and LOW COST ($1 ea) 4x6's will be available!
WRC Coach Pitch League (6, 7 & 8 yo's) continues at Worden Park - check out some of the action from the first 2 games Tuesday evening. Games postponed from last Thursday (due to rain) are being made up tonight (Weds) at Rock Island Fields!
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New Head Boys Basketball Coach Joe Newman and his staff have been putting area boys through their basketball rigors during this week's 3 day summer basketball camp, which concluded on Wednesday.
All totaled, approx. 50-55 young student-athletes ranging from 4th grade through 12th, met daily to refresh and hone their basic basketball skills, at this half way point between last season's end and next season's beginning. Good group!
SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP is on slate for July 9th - 12th @ WHS! High School Camp will start at 8AM and run until 10AM. Middle School Camp will follow immediately at 10AM and go until 11AM, all 4 days. If you haven't signed up yet and would like to - contact Coach Brewster at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The IRON DUKE SUMMER 2018 PSQ began this week, from 1st graders up through high school. Different age groups report at different times each morning (Mon – Thu) for the 6-week long program.
Head WHS Girls Basketball Coach Eric Adams and his coaching staff's summer girls basketball camps culminate this week, with the K-2 and 3-5th grade camps ending on Thursday. A lot of girls of all ages play the game of basketball here in Wellington! Great stuff!
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"Coach Pitch" League got underway Tuesday evening at Worden Park, for both boys and girls. (We'll have pics of the girls later this week!) "Coach Pitch" League is for younger children, 6-8 and introduces them to the game - Coaches are actively involved with the team members in all aspects of the game, from dugout protocol to what's going on field-wise. I like it because EVERYONE has fun! Lots of smiles and lots of great young athletes beginning their treks upward and onward!
The WHS & WMS Girls Basketball Camps wrapped up on Friday after "4" days of basketball drills, scrimmaging and team bonding. Coach Eric Adams is impressed with a lot of the girls skill levels and their quickness - DEFENSE is going to be key this coming season and that quickness will definitely come in handy! Not a lot of height to go around, but some quick and talented ball players that will make up for some of that.
GO LADIES GO!!
Just released by WHS Athletic Director Luke Smith...
CRUSADER BASEBALL 2018
Grey Hatfield - Outfield
Cade Phelps - Pitcher
Cade Phelps - 1st Base
Julian Jimenez - 3rd Base
Arlis Troutman - Outfield
Matthew Rinehart - 2nd Base
Jack Nuss - Catcher
Aaron Schoemann - Pitcher
Cade Fairbanks - Pitcher
Chase Pfalzgraf, a Jr. at WHS, finished 13th in the 800M run this afternoon. Chase came in at 2:04.07. The gold medal time was 1:56.18 by Carson of El Dorado. Great season Crusader - we are proud of your achievements young man!!
Summer "Ball" is up and running at Worden Park! The younger Coach-Pitch Leagues don't begin until June 5th. The 9-10, 11-12 yo boys baseball and the 10U, 12U & 14U girls softball have been playing now, for a week or two.
Wednesday evening (May 23rd), was able to catch some of the action in the openers for the night on Fields #1 and #2. On Field #1, it was 11-12 yo Sumner Communications hosting Caldwell. SUTV is coached by Jimmy Thornton.
The REGIONAL 4A Track & Field Meet was held Thursday at Andale HS. Top "4" Finishers in each event are now STATE 4A Track Meet bound at WSU next Friday and Saturday, "5" of them are WELLINGTON CRUSADERS! Congratulations to Taylor McGlothlin, Brooke McCorkle, Taylor Meyer, Eric Kop and Chase Pfalzgraf!
EVENT / RESULTS / STATE TOURNEY SCHEDULE (5-25/5-26)
1st place times/distances in ( )
Congratulations to Freshman Blake Saffell and Senior Ty Wilson for their 1st place and 5th place respective finishes today at the Regional 4A Golf Tournament hosted by WHS at the Wellington Golf Club. Awesome job gentlemen! Both will advance on to the STATE 4A Tournament in Emporia on the 21st.
Gridiron action in May? Yep - it was Powder Puff Football time at Sellers Saturday night, with 2 games going at once.
In opening action, on the north half of the field, the Seniors squared off against the Freshmen and on the south half, the Juniors took on the Sophomores. After 40 minutes of "running clock" play, the Seniors defeated the Freshmen 38-26, the Juniors edged out the Sophomores 17-12.
It was hot, sunny (AND WINDY) as throngs of athletes descended on WHS's home track for AVCTL DIV IV League Meet action Friday. 5 hours or so later, the Andale Indians, both boys and girls, claimed DIV IV League Track Titles. The Wellington Crusaders, both boys and girls, claimed runner-up honors. Team scores for both genders shook out as follows:
BOYS: Andale 214, Wellington 92, Mulvane 85, Clearwater 76, Rose Hill 62, Collegiate 24
The brooms were a sweepin' at Worden and Hibbs-Hooten Thursday evening, in make-up, non-league action vs El Dorado.
EHS 3 1 0 0 1 0 - 5 6 3
WHS 3 0 2 4 5 1 - 15 10 1
The annual WHS Sports Banquet was held Wednesday evening, with a large crowd of student athletes, parents and fans on hand as participants in all Crusader Sports and Cheer were honored and recognized for their achievements, not just on the field or court, but also in the classroom.
A HUGE day Tuesday for Crusader Boys Golf! Our Varsity finished 1st at the AVCTL DIV IV League Championship @ McPherson, winning by 19 strokes over 2nd place finisher Andale.
After an UNDEFEATED regular season, the WMS 7/8 Boys Tennis Team were in the "end of season" Pioneer League Tournament action at Winfield on Monday. The squad played well as they had all year but came up short, finishing in 2nd, just a few points out of 1st, behind Ark City. Good job, gentlemen!!
Individual results are as follows:
Jax Cornejo #1 singles: 5th place
Carson Rademacher and Justin Norris, #1 doubles:
The Lady Rockets proved to be too much for the Lady Crusaders Thursday at Worden Park. Errors got the best of Wellington in game 1. In game 2, the Lady Rockets jumped out early and held on. The Wellington girls did blast 6 HOME RUNS. (Rylee Rusk 2, Jacelyn Buck 2, Brooke McCorkle 1 and Gracie Fink 1) Prior to the opener, the 6 Senior and their parents were honored also!
RHHS 2 4 3 1 0 2 6 18 16 1
WHS 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 8 12 6
The Crusaders jumped out on the Rose Hill Rockets early Thursday down at Hibbs-Hooten Field, and never looked back. In the opener, Wellington won 6-1. Cade Phelps got the win on the mound and helped his cause with 2 HR's to boot! Almost error free action - just 1 error on the Crusaders. Arlis Troutman & Trey Cary came in to finish what Phelps had started. It was SENIOR NIGHT too - 7 seniors and their parents were honored before the nightcap began!
RHHS - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 4 4
WHS - 2 2 1 1 0 0 x - 6 8 1
We have a group of young men, kind of flying along here this SPRING under the radar - I have mentioned them a few times but they deserve a HUGE SHOUT-OUT today - I'm talkin' about the WMS 7/8 Boys Tennis Squad!!
WHS Senior Ian King, signed today to play basketball next school year at Butler County! Crusader Ian is now Grizzly Ian! That is awesome Ian!!
CONGRATULATIONS YOUNG MAN!!
Pictured with IAN, left to right, his coaches.
Coach Vo, Coach Parker and Coach Miller
Mark your calendars!
SATURDAY * MAY 12TH * 7:30PM
POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL @ Sellers Park
ADMISSION IS FREE!
When the opposition has 41 hits and 33 runs in two games, you know the Home Team is in trouble. The Lady Thunderbirds dominated the action Monday night at Worden Park, (as did the wind!), downing the Varsity Lady Crusaders 12-0 (5 innings) and 21-13. Wellington lead 13-10 after 4 in the nightcap but runs and hits continued in the last half of the game for the visitors, Circle put up 11 more runs in innings 5, 6 & 7 for the eventual 8 run victory and sweep.
The Crusaders hosted several TRACK & FIELD squads Friday at Wellington's new track! If you looked up PERFECT DAY in the dictionary, Friday would surely be mentioned. Great temps - NO WIND - sunshine - awesome! It was also SENIOR RECOGNITION for the Senior Track and Boys Tennis members. They and their parents were honored at the mid-point of the meet - 8 mighty fine young adults Wellington can be proud of! Check their pics out below!
The Varsity Crusader Boys Golf Team did great things today at Hesston, In a 15 team invite, the Crusaders had 14 teams finish behind them! A.K.A. 1ST PLACE! Awesome!
The Wellington Middle School Boys Tennis Team hosted Ark City on Tuesday. The Knights were victorious winning 15 matches against 4 losses. Way to go, boys!! Individual winners were: Jax Cornejo, Carson Rademacher, Sonny Lipton, Trey Greenlee, Justin Norris, Jack Wright, Jace Barton, Keaton Hartman, Nathan Hilt, Jay Ybarra, Christian Snipes and Colten Henning.
WMS 7/8 BOYS TENNIS ACTION PICS
vs Ark City
Results are in from 7/8 Pioneer League Golf Tournament in Ark City! Congratulations to Deitrek Gill who finished 1st for the boys with an 81. Great Job Deitrek! PIONEER LEAGUE CHAMP!!
Carson Nugen placed 8th (114), followed by Parker Dodds (118), Caden Lawrence (119), Taylon Ellis (125), and Parker Smith (136),
The WHS JV Tennis boys hosted 4 other schools on Monday at 9th St. Courts. Here are the Wellington Individual and overall Team results:
#1 Singles - Chance Hamel 2-2 / 3rd
#1 Doubles - Brody Groom/Dominic Shore 2-2 / 3rd
#2 Singles - Dakota Lynnes 2-1 / 2nd
#2 Doubles - Joe Ybarra/Jacob Ewing 3-1 / 2nd
1st - Valley Center 38
2nd - Wellington 22
3rd - Conway Springs 22
4th - Derby 8
5th - El Dorado 2
Perfect evening at Worden Park, all the way around. Sunshine, a light breeze and pleasant temps were Mother Nature's contribution / 23 hits and 22 runs, compliments of the Lady Crusaders. Wellington's bats exploded in the nightcap with multiple singles, 5 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 home run by Jacelyn Buck.
Winning pitcher in game #1 - Brooke McCorkle, in game #2 - Annika DeJarnett. The young ladies are back at .500 now, 5-5 on the season with lots of MO! Great Job!!
BHS 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 4 2
Great baseball action at Hibbs-Hooten Monday with the visiting "Crusaders" in town from Buhler. Weather? PERFECT! Low 70's, sunshine, light breeze, PERFECT!
The Varsity Crusader golfers were in action Friday at Cheney (hosted by Collegiate) and finished 4th as a team in a field of 11. Blake Saffell and Ty Wilson finished in the TOP 10, 7th & 8th, neither have ventured out of the TOP 10 this season much, if any.
Andover Central 304
Wichita Trinity 321
Wichita Collegiate 336
Valley Center 351
Wichita Kapaun MC - 353
This is the 4th year for the WMS Golf Program - before I share today's outcomes at Rose Hill, check this out!
This coming Monday at the Pioneer League Tournament in Ark City, will be the 39th golf event for the WMS Boys since their program began 4 years ago. Are you ready for this?
The WHS Varsity Boys Tennis team brought home some hardware Tuesday from the Circle HS Invitational! Here's how it all shook out:
#1 Singles Hunter Bryant 1-2 / 6th
#2 Singles James Hinman 2-1 / 3rd Medal
#1 Doubles Jared Oathout / Avery Rademacher 3-0 / 1st Medals
#2 Doubles Jaden Adams / Kade Adams 1-2 / 4th
Way to shine!
Next action @ Winfield Friday 3PM
The WHS "C" Baseball Team (Sophs & Freshmen) took a short road trip over to Belle Plaine Tuesday afternoon for a "7" inning contest. The Dragons jumped out on the Crusaders and lead by 5-6 runs early on. The boys in red rallied and at games' end, it was WHS 14 BPHS 10.
Congratulations gentlemen - fine job!!
Winfield 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 9 10 2
Wellington 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 7 11 2
WP A Cantrell
LP B McCorkle 7I 10H 9R 5ER 8K 1BB
A Rusk 1/4 1BB
J Buck 1/4 1R
B McCorkle 2/4 1RBI 1DBL
R Rusk 2/4 2R 2RBI 1TRIPLE 1HR
G Fink 1/3 1RBI 1BB
D Parkey 1/4 2R 1RBI 1ROE
M Jones 1/4 1ROE
J Rausch 0/3
E Templeton 0/0 1BB
L Clift 2/4 1RBI
WIN 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 - 4 6 4
WEL 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 - 5 4 5
Grey Hatfield 0/4 2SO
Matthew Rinehart 1/3 2R 1BB
Cade Phelps 0/3 1BB 1SO
Jack Nuss 1/3 3R 2RBI 1BB HR
Julian Jimenez 0/4 2SO
Arlis Troutman 0/3 1SO
Michael Ledbetter 0/0
DeAndre Washington 0/3
Gage Cunningham 2/2 DBL
Austin Sears 0/0
Trey Cary 0/3 2SO
Logan Jones 0/0
It's time to "officially" introduce the WHS 2018 Boys Tennis Squad and their coaches. This year's head coach Chad Whaley and asst coach Adrian Young are working with over a dozen tennis athletes and have found success at several meets thus far. Varsity still has meets at Circle (04/17), Winfield (04/20), Augusta (04/24).
JV will play at HOME one more time on Apr 23rd, hosting Conway Springs, Derby, El Dorado and Valley Center and then on the road to Circle Apr 24th.
The WMS 7/8 Knights held their annual HOME MEET, (Richard Lawrence Relays) playing host to Augusta, Andover Central, Valley Center, Clearwater, Haysville, Haysville West and Mulvane on Thursday. Click for ALL the results / TOP 3 Finishes for WMS posted below. Way to represent KNIGHTS!!
The Wellington Middle School Boys Tennis Team hosted Haysville yesterday. The Knights dominated their opponent winning 19 matches to 2. Great job, guys!!
Individual winners were: Carson Rademacher, Justin Norris, Jax Cornejo, Jack Wright, Trey Greenlee, Sonny Lipton, Jace Barton, Keaton Hartman, Nathan Hilt, Jay Ybarra, Christian Snipes, Colten Henning, Matt Pryce, Camden Parkey, Hunter Lough, Hudson Lawrence, Matthew Hogg and Josh Atkinson.
Next action Tuesday, Apr 17th @ Eisenhower MS 3:30PM
The WMS Golf Team, coached by Jeff DeJarnett, hosted an Invitational out at Wellington Golf Club on Thursday. Teams were from Ark City, Augusta, Ponca City, Rose Hill, and Winfield.
WHS Senior Blake Bales signed to play Golf @ Coffeyville, Tuesday afternoon out at WHS! Present for the signing were Blake's parents, Mark and Christy Bales, his sister Lauren, Head Golf Coach James Ginter and WHS AD and former Asst. Golf Coach Luke Smith.
For additional support, all of Blake's teammates were on hand as well! (L to R - BACK / Blake Saffell, Rylan Blasi, Hayden Baker, True DeJarnett, Jace Lawrence. FRONT / Jaylen Harris, Blake Bales, Ty Wilson)
The Crusaders road tripped to Belle Plaine Tuesday for track action with the host Dragons, Oxford, Douglass, Conway Springs, Udall and Rose Hill. We have a good track team - check out the Crusader results below - also the pics, over 700, many courtesy pics from WHS Yearbook included!
Taylor McGlothlin 2nd
Jordan Young 4th
Amber Cubbage-Williams 5th
Amber Cubbage-Williams 2nd
The WHS Varsity Baseball Team was in action on the road Thursday, @ Wichita Collegiate. Nearly a split but in the end, the Spartans swept the boys in red - here's how it'll go down in the stat book:
WHS 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 5 / 5 / 3
CHS 2 6 2 0 3 0 x - 13 / 13 / 1
It was cool and windy at the start, but the sun shined brightly and the winds diminished as the invitational proceeded. 11 teams and Wellington, played 18 holes and when it was over, the Crusaders had had a great day.
Andover Central 297
Rose Hill 335
Originally scheduled for this Friday, the weather forecast prompted Mulvane school officials to move their track meet up 2 days - here are the overall results as well as the TOP 3 finishes for WHS!
The WHS Varsity Boys Golf Team saw their 2018 first season action Monday at Crestview Country Club in Wichita. Also on the team roster, Andover, Wichita Trinity, Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Buhler, Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Valley Center and Wichita Collegiate.
The WHS Track Squad road tripped to Clearwater HS Thursday for their 2018 Season Opener...results below. WHS Yearbook shared a few pics from the event - thank you Mackenzie Heacock and Emberly Gonzalez for your assist! (Both participated in the meet as well!)
COURTESY PICS WHS TRACK @ Clearwater 032918
A very strong 3rd, 4th and 5th inning for the Lady Crusaders in their season opener Thursday at Worden Park, lead to a 5 inning run-rule victory over the visiting Lady Indians from Andale, final score 14-4. Wellington had 10 hits and 4 errors to Andale's 4 and 2. Brooke McCorkle (1-0) was on the mound throughout, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, striking out 4 and walking no one.
A Rusk 2/3 3R 1RBI 1BB
J Buck 2/3 4R 1BB
B McCorkle 1/2 4RBI 1BB 1HBP 1DBL
R Rusk 1/3 2R 2RBI 1BB 2SB
D Parkey 1/4 2RBI
The Varsity Crusader Baseball Team begin the season with a win and a loss. The Andale Indians were visiting on Thursday afternoon, under cloudy skies (most of the time), cool and windy conditions, but no rain!
Action gets underway VERY SOON for the WHS Boys Golf Squad - team and individual pics were taken WEDNESDAY. This year's team consists of "4" Seniors (Ty Wilson, Blake Bales, Jaylen Harris and Hayden Baker), "2" Sophomores (True DeJarnett and Rylan Blasi) and "3" Freshmen (Jace Lawrence, Blake Saffell and Langdon Lack). Good Luck to all this season!
The WHS Boys Varsity Tennis squad opened their season Tuesday here at home. Mother Nature took a break around noon and fortunately by 3pm, with the assist of wind and squeegees, the early rain disappeared and the courts were playable.
The Crusaders fared well on the cold, damp and breezy at times, day, finishing 2nd as a team in the Quad with Augusta, Eisenhower and El Dorado High Schools. Here's the overall outcomes:
#1 Singles - Hunter Bryant / 1-2
#2 Singles - Kade Adams / 2-1 2ND PLACE
The 2018 WHS Baseball Season will commence this coming Monday (Mar. 26th) here at HOME vs El Dorado. Varsity action gets underway at 4:00PM at Hibbs-Hooten Field and JV action at 9th St. Diamond. These TEAM PICS were taken on Wednesday 032118 - GOOD LUCK CRUSADERS!!
UPDATE: Action vs El Dorado HERE, postponed until May 10th due to wet field conditions.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS
By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Gary Musselman, Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
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!!
The annual WHS Lift-A-Thon was held Monday evening at WHS. The event showcases many of the Crusader and Lady Crusader student-athletes and their prowess at weightlifting. The event is a fundraiser (thru pledges) to benefit Crusader Athletics. Enjoy the pics below, courtesy of the WHS Yearbook Folks!!
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.
Our WHS Powerlifting Team, coached by Ross Foley and Zane Aguilar, were in competition Saturday at the 4A State Powerlifting Tournament held at Clay Center HS.
Congratulations to Jr. Brooke McCorkle who placed 2nd in Clean with 175 lbs., 2nd in Bench with 200 lbs., and 2nd Place overall with 630 lbs. Brooke, temporarily broke the State bench record, until it was bettered by Clay Center Senior Carley Hartner by 5 lbs. at 205. The old record was 195 lbs. set in 2015 by Ashley Murphy of Chapman.
The Wellington Middle School held their WINTER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Awards Assembly Friday morning in the Little Theater.
Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Scholars Bowl and Spelling Bee participants were recognized and honored with words and in most cases, certificates, letters and bars.
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!
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.
Jax Cornejo, son of Jesse and Airily Cornejo, a 7th grader at WMS and winner of this past Fall's Sumner County Spelling Bee, carried that title with him to Hays, Kansas today for the Regional Spelling Bee and made it to the 8th round and finished 8th out of 95 participants and medaled to boot!!!
The word Jax went out on..."efficacy"... but spelled some tough ones up to that point! Wellington is very proud of you Jax!! Way to represent KNIGHT!! That is awesome!
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).
265 lb Hagan Wright, in a "MUST PIN" situation, was the last WMS Wrestler up vs El Dorado Tuesday afternoon, down 39-45. The picture above tells the tale. In 19.2 secs, the score was tied at 45. By virtue of tie-breaker criteria, WMS was declared the winner!
Their good fortune continued in their nightcap vs Winfield...final 51-40. The KNIGHTS now stand at 6-4 in dual action on the season.
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.
The make-up games Monday evening at WHS with the Clearwater Indians went well for the Varsity and JV Boys! Last time these two Varsity Teams went head to head, the Indians won easily 51-39 (Chaparral Tournament).
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
UPDATE 022418 (10:30am)
Day 2 results - Ian Groom (195) and Matt McComb (220), after going 1-1 in Friday action, each suffered their 2nd and final loss this morning at the State 4A Tournament at Tony's Pizza Events Center, formerly the Bicentennial Center.
After 276 matches, involving 15 4A schools, at the 4A Wrestling Regional held at Ark City HS, tickets were punched for the State 4A Tournament in Salina next weekend and "3" Crusaders are on their way! As a team, Wellington finished 7th (75.0) out of 15 Teams. Arkansas City placed first (264.5), Andover Central second (165.5), and Pratt third (128.0).
Congratulations to SENIOR IAN GROOM (195 lbs) for his 2nd place finish. Ian is 35-7 on the season and this will be his 2nd consecutive trip to the State Tournament.
Congratulations to Sr. Ian Groom, who will wrestle for the Regional 4A Championship and has qualified for State 4A tournament next weekend! Here's how Friday went for the Crusaders in the double-elimination event:
Brennan Cantrell (5-4) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points. (Has to win 3 matches Saturday to advance to State 4A)
The Wellington High School Special K Basketball squad saw HOME action Friday, hosting a team from Derby in front of a packed gym of fans and supporters for both squads. It's one of those many times throughout the year, you walk away from WHS feeling proud of the students and your community.
Wellington has "2" squads that rotated in and out, the RED team and the WHITE team - it's time to meet the athletes!
#55 - Andrew "Stretch" Clark
The 2017-2018 WMS Knight Wrestling Squad had their first HOME action Thursday evening in the main gym at WMS. Visiting Prairie Hills, Haysville and Winfield would complete the double-dual and Wellington would emerge in the end with a split, defeating Haysville 66-42 and falling to Prairie Hills 42-54.
(Prairie Hills defeated Winfield 48-48 <tie-breaker H / first points scored>, Winfield defeated Haysville 52-44)
So on the night, it was Prairie Hills 2-0, Wellington 1-1, Winfield 1-1, and Haysville 0-2
Aaron Schoemann put pen to paper Wednesday out at WHS signing to play football next season for the BRAVES at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS! Congratulations Aaron - that's an awesome opportunity!
With Aaron at the signing were his parents Jason and Jennifer Schoemann and also past coaches, clear back to little league! Those present included Zane Aguilar, Jeff Frazee, Mitch McComb and Joe Buresh. Additional friends and family were present, including teammates and classmates.
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:
The CRUSADERS hosted the Crusaders (Buhler) Tuesday afternoon and evening out at WHS. The northern Crusaders with quickness, hot shooting and precision passing, not to mention a Paul Bunyan sized center on their Varsity Squad, proved to be too much, the local red team dropped all "3" boys games to the visitors - here are the outcomes and individual scoring:
The WHS boys let the game get away from them after battling hard early on. Final score was Buhler C-Team Boys 51, WHS 32.
The WMS 8th grade Lady Knights Monday evening in the PIONEER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP game vs El Dorado at Mulvane MS, dotted every "i", crossed every "t", and iced every "cake" - this, their 30th game as Lady Knights, would also be their 30th VICTORY - these young ladies NEVER LOST the past two seasons! AWESOME!
Congratulations to the Wellington Middle School 7th Grade Lady Knights Basketball Team!!! After winning the "regular season" PIONEER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, with only 1 loss, they now have added the end of season PIONEER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP to their repertoire! Way to go Coach Whaley and Lady Knights!
Wellington Middle School held a Pep Assembly Monday afternoon - to give their two Lady Knight basketball teams a big sendoff as both the 7th and 8th grade girls play for the PIONEER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP later this afternoon and evening at Mulvane MS. Both have already secured the regular season PIONEER LEAGUE TITLE - it's time to complete the package!!
Both the WHS Varsity and Jr. Varsity wrestlers were in action on Saturday at 2 different venues. The former participated in the 20+ team invitational at Rose Hill HS, the latter at a JV Invitational held at Wichita South HS. "8" Crusaders overall (both venues combined) placed in the TOP 6 in their respective weight classes - congrats to them and all - here are overall results from both venues:
The WMS 7/8 Basketball Knights were up bright and early Saturday for quarterfinal action at this season's PIONEER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT being held in Clearwater. When the dust all settled on the day, the 7th graders advanced to the semi's with a 37-24 victory over host Clearwater, the 8th graders would call it a season, falling to Winfield 58-28.
Both the 7th grade and 8th grade Lady Knight basketball squads came one game closer to all the marbles Saturday in semi-final action at Mulvane vs Mulvane in the season concluding PIONEER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT which will culminate on Monday.
Congratulations to Coach Frazee and his 8th grade Lady Knights - their 37-17 victory Saturday improved their overall season record to 14-0 and now 11-0 in league! One more big game to go, Monday at Mulvane MS vs El Dorado MS at approx. 6:15pm.
Down 4 pts after 1 qtr of play, the Crusaders stepped it up a notch and by half lead by 3, 22-19. Wellington added to that lead in the 3rd qtr and would head down the stretch with the Wildcats with a mildly comfortable 6 point advantage, 35-29, and only 8 minutes to go.
Turned out not to be a "good 8 minutes" for the visiting Crusaders, El Dorado put the pedal to the medal, outscoring WHS 17-4 and secured the non-league victory for their home crowd, final 46-39.
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 #8 seed Lady Crusaders finished up the Wildcat Classic at Haven HS on Saturday. After a huge upset win on Thursday vs the host and #1 seed Lady Wildcats (49-46), the girls in red lost that "mo", falling to #5 seed Cheney on Friday (53-29) and then coming up short vs #3 seed Kingman on Saturday, (57-40). Still a 4th place finish in a field of 8 so nothing to hang your head about there. Cheney's full court press, (same press that gave the Lady Crusaders difficulties back on Dec. 7th at WHS), was again too much for the girls in red.
The WHS Varsity and JV Wrestlers headed west Thursday for dual action vs Pratt HS. In the end, the Crusaders won about as many matches but 2 open weights and most of their losses by pins, was the team score difference in the end. Big Varsity Invitational this weekend at WHS - that gets underway @ 9AM in the main gym!
106 - Open
113 - Open
120 - Colin Green (Lost by fall)
126 - Blake Bales (Won by fall)
The 2017-18 Basketball season for our girls and boys student-athletes at WHS, got underway Tuesday evening in Day 1 action of the Cheney Invitational. WHS switched their early season schedule this year after playing for "MANY" years in the 3 day Kingman Tournament @ KHS. The Cheney Invite is different in that each team plays 1 HOME game, 1 ROAD game and then the finale on Saturday at Cheney HS. It's a round robin format. WHS will host Cheney this Thursday and then go up against Chaparral @ Cheney on Saturday.
Winter sports are underway, well at least at the middle school! Both the girls and boys 7/8 A&B teams had their season openers last night (Thursday), the boys hosted HAYSVILLE WEST MS here at WMS in both gyms and the girls traveled to HAYSVILLE WEST for some road action.
Overall, a good night for the KNIGHTS and LADY KNIGHTS – the former SPLIT, winning 2 and losing 2 but the latter (the ladies!) swept Haysville West (on the road), coming home with 4 wins and no losses – great start to the season!
Here are the stats we have so far!
This Fall at WMS, something occurred that really doesn't occur very often so it is worthy of mention! It's a very notable year when anyone makes the All-Time Top 10 List at anything. Between early September and early October this Fall, three young Knights, (a 6th grader and "2" 7th graders), all made the WMS 7th Gr Boys Cross Country All-Time TOP 10 List..."3" boys in "ONE" season, on a list that has existed since 1991! That's pretty spectacular!
WHS's pioneering Girls Golf team headed to Hays on Monday for Regional 4A action. The weather wasn't very golf-like for sure, cloudy, winds gusting to 35mph and cool temps in the low 50's - not good golfing weather at all. Wellington Freshman Payton Ginter buckled down though and shot a 109, a score that would place her in 12th out of about 50 participants and would advance her on to the State 4A Girls Golf Tournament in Topeka coming up on Monday, Oct. 16th.
Coach Brian Aufdengarten's Regional perspective:
"Day 1 was very exciting qualifying 5 of our players and all guaranteed a state trip on the first day.
Mekenna Adams & Kylie Aufdengarten received the #2 seed and won over Trinity and Andover Central putting them in the semifinals.
The FR/SO Football Team got their season underway Monday evening down at Sellers Park. After a big VARSITY WIN Friday at Clearwater (34-6), it was the younger Crusaders turn and they took care of business too, winning 22-8. The temps were in the mid 90's when the game got underway at 6pm...Wellington took the lead early on and held it throughout.
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*NORTH (1-49), South (1-49), The 50, North End zone, South End zone
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The WHS Varsity Volleyball Squad opened their season Saturday at the EARLY BIRD VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT at Winfield HS.
The WHS Volleyball girls and their coaches hosted their annual Gatorade/Water Scrimmage at WHS Thursday afternoon. Both courts were action-packed as fans, parents and friends watched on! The season gets underway Saturday early at Winfield...look for some exciting Volleyball action Saturday and beyond! GO LADIES GO!!
Our WHS Powerlifting Team, coached by Ross Foley and Zane Aguilar, were in competition Saturday (03.10.18) at the 4A State Powerlifting Tournament held at Clay Center HS.
The 2017 Crusader Football Camp got underway on Monday, under partly cloudy skies and unseasonably cool temps which are always welcome this time of year. The CRUSADER STAFF put the IRONDUKES through the rigors, concentrating a lot of form and function the first day of camp. Opening season kickoff at Clearwater is slated for September 1st, just over 60 days from now...let the season begin!
The Crusader Football squad continues with their two-a-day practices throughout this week. Their focus is clear, the intensity is high. This is a good group and they encourage each other well. It's going to take that kind of a TEAM and the ooaches and players are working hard at that very thing. Opening night is Sept. 1st @ Clearwater... can't wait to see what this group can accomplish. There's some definite toughness there....and there's some PRIDE, on both sides of the fence. Let's get 'er done IRONDUKES!!
Fall Sports across the State of Kansas gets underway today, Monday, Aug. 14th! The WHS Volleyball and WHS Football squads got an early start on the day and the season, the former began @ 6:00AM, the latter 6:30AM. Both are holding 2-a-days all week so it won't be long until regular season action across the board gets underway. Also starting this morning at 8:00AM were the 6th-12th grade Cross Country athletes. Nearly 50 of them met behind WMS for 1st day stuff and then headed over towards 9th street for some running.
The 19th annual Babe Ruth Classic was held Sunday in Council Grove. This annual event show-cases the best 15 yo Babe Ruth baseball players from around the State of Kansas.
They are divided into two teams, the RED TEAM which features western KS players and the BLUE TEAM which features eastern KS players. This year Wellington not only had “4” young men on the BLUE TEAM, the BLUE TEAM itself was managed by Kerwin Spencer who is a Babe Ruth Board Member.
It was CONDITIONING TEST time at WHS today for all of the SUMMER PSQ'rs headin' into official Fall football practice come Monday morning at 6:30AM. Most did a great job, some didn't even have to do it because they had perfect attendance all summer long - that pays off two ways - you get in shape because you are there all summer and because you were there, you don't have to prove you got in shape!! :) Life isn't always complicated!!
Some fun baseball action on July 28th at Hibbs-Hooten...some recent grads (mostly 2015) and present Crusader varsity players squared off in a pick-up game if you will - 9 innings of Crusader brotherhood and family...these pics speak to that. It was great to see everyone even though they just graduated 2 years ago! (They're always in a hurry to get out of high school and then they can't wait to get back) - that is called "normal" and I love it!! CRUSADERS FOR LIFE!
More than 50 young folks were on hand for Day 1 of Zane Aguilar's 2nd Annual Crusader Developmental Camp out at WHS Monday evening...the camp runs through Tuesday evening. Wednesday and Thursday's Camp will feature the WMS Knights!
Wellington's 9 yo Cal Ripken All-Stars have a big trip ahead of them this week! After emerging as the runner-up here @ Worden a couple weeks ago in the 9U District Tournament, the Wellington boys secured a spot at the State Cal Ripken 9U Tournament in Garden City this coming weekend and will represent District 1. District 3 (the district Wellington is actually in) will be represented by the District 3 Tournament Champion Winfield.
Wellington's 12U softball squad, (The Rebels) coached by Brady Walker and assistant coaches Jared Brown and Justin Pond, found a lot of success this summer on the USSSA Tournament Trail. The team just returned from the CLASS C USSSA National Championship Tournament in Bixby, OK with 3rd place hardware in tow! Congrats to Coaches Walker, Brown, Pond and this fine group of young ladies.