2013 – The year it was in the Sumner County sports world

first_imgMy top five local sports stories in 2013 (in no particular order):1. South Haven boys basketball team finishes second in Class 1A Division 1 tournament losing to St. John-Hudson 67-50. For South Haven, the 2012-13 boys basketball season was a culmination of a very long and successful run. South Haven head coach Darren McDorman took a group that included 10 seniors including his stepson Andrew Lowe to the state championship game at Emporia State University in March. It was truly the end of an era. He had been coaching this group since the boys were fifth graders. Over the years, South Haven was a wrecking ball going 82-15 over a four-year period, including three consecutive 20-3 records, two state runner-ups, and countless tournament trophies.After dismantling the first two opponents, South Haven came up against a team that was rather like them. It ended with a tough loss.And now everyone is gone. McDorman retired and the starting five and the reserves have departed. That game was most certainly an “ending an era” kind of moment.2. Megan Campbell wins dual state championship in 100 and 200 meters. Megan Campbell, a 2013 Wellington High School graduate and now member of the Wichita State University track team, is fast.How fast? She garnered two state championships at the Class 4A State Track meet in Wichita – in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Her time of 12.00 in the 100 meter was the best of the day – for all classifications. Her 200 meter state championship dash of 26.34 also ranked among the best of the day (see story here): http://www.sumnernewscow.com/megan-campbell-wins-100-200-girls-team-finishes-fourth-in-class-4a/She also helped lead the WHS record-breaking 4×400 relay team to a third place finish and the 4×100 relay team to a fifth place finish.Overall, the Wellington girls placed fourth in Class 4A – the highest finish for any WHS girls team since the girls tennis team won the state championship in 2010. 3. Wellington girls basketball has a coaching change. There have been several coaching changes at Wellington High School over the years, but few of them seem to have the impact than with the high school girls basketball program.In 2013, Wellington High School girls basketball coach Kevin Hackerott announced his resignation to take over the head girls basketball coaching duties at Goddard High School. In his five years, he had unbridled success with the girls program coaching Wellington to its first state basketball tournament berth since 1952 and helping the WHS girls rewrite a lot of the record book.Wellington then hired Eric Adams to replace him. Adams, a staple in the Wellington Middle School ranks for many years as a successful eighth grade coach, got his first head coaching job at the high school in South Haven. He coached the Lady Cardinals to a state tournament berth in his one season there.4. Wellington Heat make debut at Sellers Park.Semipro baseball returned to Wellington. The Heat organization, which had spent several years in Hays, was looking for a new home. Wellington city officials were happy to oblige and the Heat, a NBC Baseball powerhouse, started playing ball at Sellers Park this summer.On May 31, Wellington Heat made its debut against the Denver Cougars bringing in more than 500 fans packing the stadium. Throughout the summer, Wellington generated healthy attendance.The Heat also returned the favor by playing good baseball. They would advance to the NBC World Series Championship losing to the Seattle Studs 5-1 in August.There were some growing pains. The Wellington Babe Ruth program seemed a bit uprooted and discombobulated during the first summer for the Heat. A Ninth Street Concession stand was therefore built. There is also the unanswered question of whether the Heat will be here for the long run. But in 2013, the marriage between the Heat and Wellington appears to be a good one. Whether it will remain that way, only time will tell. State wrestling run: Taylan Lamkin at 195 pounds had the most exciting state wrestling run in recent Wellington High School history when he wrestled his way to sixth place in the Class 4A wrestling tournament in Salina.Going into the state tournament as a fourth seed, Lamkin would wrestle an astounding six wrestling matches finishing 3-3 for the tournament. He became the first WHS underclassman to place at state in more than a decade.Wellington head coach Mitch McComb said it may have been at least 15 years. Lamkin was recently ranked No. 1 in the 195-pound division in the latest Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Big time stage: Logan Watkins, the son of WHS graduate Jeannie (Ybarra) Watkins, made his debut as a Chicago Cub this summer. Cardinal status quo: Both the Conway Springs and South Haven football teams had successful years. But both suffered uncustomary early playoff round exits. Cross Country girls: Wellington head coach Charles Wallace had his biggest year ever in three decades as a girls coach. Wellington won its first ever cross country meet in the Oxford Invitational in Winfield. The Wellington girls also finished 2 points short of winning the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV meet vs. Circle. Varsity members of the Wellington Crusader team.Young ones: Wellington girls volleyball team will most certainly be a team to watch over the next three years. The program moved toward .500 status with a roster of freshmen and sophomores. Cherity Elder, Wellington head girls volleyball coach, submitted her resignation thereafter. It will be interesting to see who gets hired next. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down softball mom · 345 weeks ago Let’s don’t forget our younger folks and how well our softball teams played. Have a lot of talent coming up into high school in the next couple of years which will make for some exciting games to watch out at Worden. Our 14 year old girls are state runner-ups!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 345 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The WHS football team goes 5-4 in 2013.5. Wellington football team has first winning season since 2009.Over the 93 year history of Wellington High School football, 2013 will not be a banner year. But to be fair, it was a pretty good one compared to the last few seasons.Wellington football got back on the winning side of the ledger after three consecutive losing seasons by finishing 5-4. The Crusaders got off to a great start when it beat Goddard in an offensive showdown that displayed the talents of quarterback Trevor Nance and Colin Reichenberger.Wellington would then go on to beat Concordia, Augusta, Circle and Clearwater and give Wichita Collegiate a very good game for three quarters.Still the Crusaders had trouble finishing off the year — losing three of its four games — including a disappointing loss to Winfield which kept Wellington out of the playoffs for a third consecutive year.Wellington has a bevy of returning players coming back next season so the 2014 looks very promising. But the Crusaders also have a tough-as-nails schedule which could make progress as far as wins and losses go very difficult.Other things seen in the sports world in 2013: Ledesma year: What did Jaedyn Ledesma not accomplish in 2013? She was the Duchess of Wellington, a beauty pageant winner and recipient of enough awards in about everything to start a museum. But because this is sports, we would like to mention that she finished 22nd place at Class 4A Kansas State Cross Country meet, and broke her sister’s record to boot.Speaking of which, how is her older sister, J’Lynn Ledesma doing at Wichita State University? Oh, she finished 14th in the Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, and broke the Missouri Valley Championship high jump record of 6-0 1/2 feet as a college junior. Anything else? Oh, boy: Class 4A gets divided into two divisions and Wellington is in the bottom tier of the Class 4A Div. 1. Now the Crusaders will see a lot more of Rose Hill and Ulysses in the post season. But so far no Andale. Bad year: Belle Plaine’s football team went 0-9 in the kind of year that could make anyone cry.center_img Sam Wylie is the Crusader who rode in on Thunder to escort the football team onto the field.Mascot of the year: Sam Wylie and Thunder. Wow what an impressive shot in the arm that was for the Crusader program. What’s a little rain when there is a football game to watch?Image of the year: I love this image. I took it from the press box during the Wellington-Circle varsity football game on Oct. 3, 2013 in which a thunderstorm played havoc on the Wellington Homecoming festivities because of a three-hour delay. All the fans left the stadium except this dedicated soul. Most intense moment: Augusta’s Casady Marlnee hits a game winning 6-foot jumper to eliminate the Wellington girls from the sub-state semifinals 28-26. It was the kind of game that would make any Crusader fan cry. Colin ReichenbergerWHS record book exploded: Colin Reichenberger broke Wellington’s all-time single season reception yardage record with 1,001 yards – the first Crusader receiver to ever pass the four-figure threshold. He also broke the single game record against Goddard in the season opener and is just 314 yards from breaking the school career record. He will be a senior next fall. Longest tennis match in history? Wellington hosted a tennis regional and duo Kelsey Whaley and Peyton Adams put on a show. The two girls played seven hours of tennis over two days. In one match, against a duo from Buhler, they went three hours in which the Crusader duo staved off several eliminating match points to eventually win. Wellington head coach Brian Aufdengarten said it was the most incredible high school match he had ever coached in his 15 years. Volleyball prowess: The Argonia volleyball team finished third in the Class 1A Div. II state tournament in November at Fort Hays State University, losing to Dighton in the semifinals before beating Logan for the consolation crown. The Red Raiders came in at 34-5. Caldwell girls also made the Class 1A Div. I state tournament in Hays. League title challenge: Overall, the Wellington wrestling program is on an upswing and in February the Crusaders upset Andale in a dual and headed to Augusta for a chance at the league title. The Crusaders didn’t quite accomplish the goal as Augusta was too senior laden, but it was good to see Wellington wrestling by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Oh, the year it was in 2013 when it came to the world of sports in Sumner County.Here are the things we cheered and jeered over in 2013. Most exciting play of the year: Trevor Nance had a great year as the quarterback of the Crusaders. But one can only smile over the 100-yard touchdown return he made as a defender against Augusta. He intercepted an errant Augusta pass in the Oriole end zone and then proceeded on a journey of maybe 200 yards of real estate running, left, right and even backwards, to get a coast-to-coast interception return for a touchdown.last_img read more