Crusader STATE HONORS
Topeka Capital Journal
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!!
Crusader 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!
@ 4A Sub-State (Ark City HS)
vs Host Ark City
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018
WHS 34 ACHS 65 (6-15) (3-6)
AJ Snipes 11, Ian King 9, DeAndre Washington 5, Joe Ybarra 4, Jihad Mutazammil 3, Silas Popplewell 2
The Crusader Boys 2017-2018 basketball season ended at Ark City Friday evening. The crowd was large, 4/5ths Bulldog. The boys in red stayed with the home team for a short while but the lead widened to 15 by halftime and 20 by 3rd qtrs. end. Ark City sealed the deal with authority down that final stretch, outscoring the Crusaders 16-5. Final Score WHS 34 ACHS 65
COURT ACTION PICS WHS vs ACHS 030218
SIDE NOTE: The Lady Crusaders will make their bid for the State Tournament this evening (Saturday) @ 6PM vs host Ark City Lady Bulldogs. No doubt the crowd will be donning a lot of purple with Sub-State games being played on the Bulldogs home court. Wellington is the #1 seed on the girls side of things but Ark City will present a tremendous challenge. A Lady Crusader victory will return the WHS Girls to the 4A State Tournament for the 3rd consecutive year. GO BIG RED!!
SIDE NOTE 2: Seniors A.J. Snipes and Ian King left their marks on the scoring records at WHS. In the Career Scoring category, it's (1) Darin Miller with 1401, (2) A.J Snipes 1193 and (3) Ian King 1104. Congratulations to both A.J. and Ian for their respective scoring achievements! Also, congratulations to Ian for securing the WHS Career Rebounding record with 707, surpassing Darin Miller who had 690. That is awesome Crusader!!
vs Clearwater (Make-Up)
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
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 tables turned Monday evening and the Crusaders lit it up, inside and out. Probably the best game the Varsity Boys have played this season...let's just say they were a machine! It was SENIOR NIGHT and the seniors certainly did their part in the final 76-49 victory, scoring 60 of the 76 points, wrapping up the regular season with a big "W" and now (as the #4 seed), they prepare for 4A Sub-State action this coming Friday at Ark City HS vs the #1 seed and host Ark City.
Tip off for that game will be at 7:30PM. The winner will advance to the Sub-State Championship Saturday evening also at Ark City HS.
A.J. Snipes saw his first action Monday after a 3-4 week hiatus recovering from a concussion. He certainly didn't lose his touch, scoring 22 points in his return. But teammate Ian King, who has come on like gangbusters the past several games, took high point honors with 27. Great confidence and execution by these young men Monday evening. Congratulations Crusaders (and JV Crusaders) for your regular season and end of season (respectively) performances!
SENIOR NIGHT PICS
CHS 49 WHS 76 (6-14) (3-6)
Ian King 27, AJ Snipes 22, Jihad Mutazammil 8, DeAndre Washington 8, Joe Ybarra 8, Jack Walton 3
JR. VARSITY BOYS
CHS 43 WHS 52 (7-10) (4-5)
Silas Popplewell 17, Austin Soles 13, Tanner Meyer 4, Zane Cornejo 4, Tyler Brown 3, Cade Fairbanks 3, Brayden Higginbotham 3, Chance Hamel 3, Jacob Ewing 2
CHS 00 WHS 00
GOOD LUCK FRIDAY GENTLEMEN - let's keep this season ALIVE!!
@ 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!
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
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 53 MHS 61 (5-12) (2-5)
Ian King 22, Jihad Mutazammil 13, Joe Ybarra 8, Jack Walton 5, DeAndre Washington 2, Grey Hatfield 1
JR. VARSITY BOYS
WHS 43 MHS 37 (6-9) (3-4)
Tanner Meyer 12, Berkeley Wright 10, Blake Saffell 8, Trenton Bannister 7, John Long 6
WHS 45 MHS 43
Tyler Brown 16, John Long 10, Silas Popplewell 7, Austin Soles 4, Brayden Higginbotham 4, Cade Fairbanks 2, Blake Rausch 2
Next action - TUESDAY, FEB. 20th vs Clearwater HERE - SENIOR NIGHT! (Postponed due to weather. Make-Up date being explored)
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
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 Boys pulled away the last minute for a 7 pt victory over the Rockets, 59-52. Ian King scored 31 pts, a career high. A.J. Snipes remains courtside from a concussion but may be back in action on Friday @ Mulvane.
RHHS 52 WHS 59 (5-11) (2-4)
Ian King 31 (Career High), DeAndre Washington 11, Silas Popplewell 7, Joe Ybarra 4, Jihad Mutazammil 2, Grey Hatfield 2, Jack Walton 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS
RHHS 58 WHS 44 (5-9) (2-4)
Austin Soles 13, Silas Popplewell 10, Jacob Ewing 5, John Long 4, Tanner Meyer 3, Tyler Brown 2, Cade Fairbanks 2, Zane Cornejo 2, Chance Hamel 2, Blake Rausch 1
RHHS 46 WHS 51
Berkeley Wright 18, John Long 15, Tanner Meyer 13, Blake Saffell 3, Trenton Bannister 1, Kade Adams 1
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!
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
WHS 33 AHS 71 (4-11) (2-4)
Ian King 14, Silas Popplewell 7, Austin Soles 4, Jihad Mutazammil 3, Jack Walton 2, Grey Hatfield 2, DeAndre Washington 1
JR. VARSITY BOYS
WHS 38 AHS 51 (5-8) (2-4)
Silas Popplewell 9, Austin Soles 8, John Long 5, Tyler Brown 4, Cade Fairbanks 4, Zane Cornejo 4, Chance Hamel 2, Blake Rausch 2
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
vs Buhler HERE
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
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.
Blake Saffell 10, Tanner Meyer 7, Trenton Bannister 6, John Long 4, Berkeley Wright 4, Kade Adams 1.
BHS 65 WHS 35 (5-7) (2-3)
A lot of Wellington players scored during this contest but not near enough to make a difference in the end…Final Buhler JV Boys 65 WHS JV Boys 35.
Silas Popplewell 8, Zane Cornejo 5, Cade Fairbanks 5, John Long 4, Jacob Ewing 3, Austin Soles 3, Zander Vargas 3, Tyler Brown 2, Blake Rausch 2.
BHS 45 WHS 26 (4-10) (2-3)
The Varsity Buhler Boys are a good team. They move fast, they move the ball fast and they have a Paul Bunyan in at center position. All of that combined, the Wellington Crusaders couldn’t muster enough offense to stay in pace but battled hard and kept it relatively close the first half before the northern Crusaders pulled away.
Ian King 16, Silas Popplewell 5, DeAndre Washington 4, Grey Hatfield 1
BOYS GAME ACTION PICS vs BUHLER
Next up for the 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.
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
@ El Dorado HS
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
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.
Senior guard AJ Snipes was on the bench in street clothes, recovering from a concussion.
WHS 39 EHS 46 (4-9) (2-3)
Ian King 12, Silas Popplewell 7, Grey Hatfield 6, DeAndre Washington 6, Jihad Mutazammil 5, Jack Walton 3
The JV Boys, earlier in the evening, notched a win for Wellington and moved to 5-6 on the season overall. Final score WHS 40 EHS 36.
WHS 40 EHS 36 (5-6) (2-3)
Silas Popplewell 12, Austin Soles 8, Tyler Brown 7, Cade Fairbanks 3, Jacob Ewing 2, Chance Hamel 2, Blake Rausch 2, John Long 2
NO C-TEAM REPORT - Sorry!
Next action for the Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! C-Team Boys will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by JV Boys, both in the auxiliary gym at WHS. Varsity Boys action will follow Varsity Girls in main gym, approx. 7:30PM.
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
@ Winfield HS
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
As the Lady Crusaders are engaged in their mid-season tournament at Haven, the WHS Boys were in action Friday evening at Winfield HS.
The JV Boys found success with a convincing 53-34 victory, the Varsity Boys however, fell to 4-8 on the season, coming up short 48-63 vs the Vikings. Here's how the scoring broke down:
VARSITY BOYS vs Winfield
WELL 48 WINF 63 (4-8) (2-3)
Ian King 22, AJ Snipes 12, Jack Walton 4, Jihad Mutazammil 3, Zander Vargas 3, DeAndre Washington 2, Joe Ybarra 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Winfield
WELL 53 WINF 34 (4-6) (2-3)
Silas Popplewell 17, Austin Soles 8, Cade Fairbanks 7, Zander Vargas 6, Tyler Brown 4, Zane Cornejo 4, John Long 4, Blake Rausch 3
C-TEAM BOYS vs Winfield
Next up for the Crusaders, El Dorado @ El Dorado on Friday, Feb. 2nd
WHS BOYS BASKETBALL
JAN. 17th - 20th (2018)
@ Chaparral HS
VARSITY BOYS vs Chaparral (5th Place Game)
CHS 68 WHS 61 (4-7) (2-3)
Ian King 24, AJ Snipes 10, DeAndre Washington 7, Jihad Mutazammil 7, Jack Walton 4, Grey Hatfield 4, Austin Soles 3, Silas Popplewell 2
The Crusaders finish 6th in the 8 team invitational. Other Saturday outcomes - Ark City 74 Belle Plaine 49 in the championship game, Kingman 50 Clearwater 47 in the 3rd place game and Mulvane 52 Conway Springs 41 in the 7th place game.
vs Conway Springs
@ Chaparral Roadrunner Classic
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
VARSITY BOYS vs Conway Springs
CSHS 50 WHS 68 (4-6) (2-3)
Ian King 26, AJ Snipes 20, DeAndre Washington 14, Jihad Mutazammil 6, Jack Walton 2, Tyler Brown 2, Austin Soles 1
The Crusaders go up against host Chaparral @ 2:30PM (Chaparral beat Mulvane 75-58 to advance) Saturday in the 5th place game. GOOD LUCK CRUSADERS!!
The Varsity Crusaders just two weeks ago, easily handled the Clearwater Indians (@ Clearwater), downing them 46-37. That defeat by the Indians must have sparked a degree of revenge - basically speaking, the Indians out-hustled the Crusaders in round 1 action of the annual Road Runner Classic at Chaparral HS, winning in the end 51-39. Cold shooting by the Crusaders added to their difficulties.
GAME ACTION PICS
The Crusaders go up against Conway Springs Friday @ 4:30PM Friday (Conway lost to Ark CIty) Ark City will take on Clearwater @ 8PM. On the other side of the bracket from Wednesday play, Belle Plaine downed Mulvane and Kingman defeated host Chaparral. Friday action finds Mulvane vs Chaparral @ 3PM, then Belle Plaine vs Kingman @ 6:30PM. That winner and the winner between Ark City and Clearwater will play for all the marbles Saturday @ 6PM. The best the Crusaders can finish now is 5th.
VARSITY BOYS vs Clearwater
CHS 51 WHS 39 (3-6) (2-3)
AJ Snipes 15, Ian King 11, DeAndre Washington 5, Jihad Mutazammil 3, Silas Popplewell 3, Grey Hatfield 2
Chaparral Boys Tourney
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 BOYS vs Augusta
AHS 41 WHS 33 (3-6) (2-3)33
AJ Snipes 15, Ian King 13, Jack Walton 3, DeAndre Washington 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Augusta
AHS 43 WHS 26 (3-6) (2-3)
Tyler Brown 7, Zane Cornejo 6, Zander Vargas 3, John Long 3, Cade Fairbanks 2, Brayden Higginbotham 2, Blake Rausch 2, Tanner Meyer 1
"C" TEAM BOYS vs Augusta
AHS 46 WHS 30 (3-5) (3-2)
Tanner Meyer 7, Berkeley Wright 7, Blake Saffell 5, Cade Fairbanks 5, Trenton Bannister 2, Kade Adams 2, John Long 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 BOYS vs Collegiate
CHS 78 WHS 58 (3-5) (2-3)
Ian King 29 (Career High), AJ Snipes 11, DeAndre Washington 9, Jack Walton 6, Silas Popplewell 3
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Collegiate
CHS 50 WHS 48 (3-5) (2-3)
Tyler Brown 11, Silas Popplewell 10, Austin Soles 7, Jacob Ewing 6, Blake Rausch 5, Cade Fairbanks 3, Zane Cornejo 2, Zander Vargas 2, Tanner Meyer 1
"C" TEAM BOYS vs Collegiate (3rd win in a row!)
CHS 44 WHS 50 (3-4) (3-2)
Tanner Meyer 13, Berkeley Wright 9, Kade Adams 8, Trenton Bannister 8, Cade Fairbanks 6, John Long 4, Blake Saffell 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 BOYS vs Clearwater
WHS 46 CHS 37 (3-4) (2-2)
AJ Snipes 17, DeAndre Washington 13, Jack Walton 7, Ian King 5, Grey Hatfield 4
VARSITY BOYS ACTION PICS
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Clearwater
WHS 45 CHS 48 (3-4) (2-2)
Tyler Brown 15, Silas Popplewell 10, Jacob Ewing 5, Austin Soles 5, Blake Rausch 3, John Long 2, Zander Vargas 2
"C" TEAM BOYS vs Clearwater
WHS 63 CHS 52 (2-4) (2-2)
Tanner Meyer 31, Berkeley Wright 10, Trenton Bannister 7, Cade Fairbanks 7, Blake Saffell 5, Kade Adams 2, Conner Stewart 2
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 Crusaders got the 2018 part of their schedule off to a perfect start Tuesday out at WHS. The "C" Team Boys won their first game of the season is good fashion - congratulations to them! The "W's" continued throughout the evening, in both gymnasiums before relatively small crowds, perhaps due to the extreme cold conditions outside and the school still being on Holiday Break until Thursday. Those that did brave the elements (and were wearing red) had an enjoyable evening of Wellington basketball - here are the results from the boys action vs Mulvane - Great Job Crusaders!
VARSITY BOYS vs Mulvane
MHS 49 WHS 56 (2-4) (1-2)
AJ Snipes 19, Ian King 19, DeAndre Washington 10, Jack Walton 4, Joe Ybarra 2, Silas Popplewell 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Mulvane
MHS 34 WHS 44 (3-3) (2-1)
Jacob Ewing 9, Zander Vargas 9, Tyler Brown 7, Cade Fairbanks 5, Austin Soles 3, Zane Cornejo 3, Tanner Meyer 3, Blake Rausch 2, Brayden Higginbotham 2, Chance Hamel 1
"C" TEAM BOYS vs Mulvane
MHS 21 WHS 54 (1-4) (1-2)
Blake Saffell 15, Tanner Meyer 13, Trenton Bannister 10, Kade Adams 6, Cade Fairbanks 4, John Long 2, Chilson Ybarra 2, Berkeley Wright 2
vs Rose Hill THERE
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
VARSITY BOYS vs Rose Hill
WHS 45 RHHS 60 (1-4) (0-2)
AJ Snipes 18, Ian King 11, Jack Walton 8, Jihad Mutazammil 3, Silas Popplewell 3, DeAndre Washington 2
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs Rose Hill
WHS 26 RHHS 49 (2-3) (1-1)
Austin Soles 9, Tyler Brown 6, Brayden Higginbotham 4, Jacob Ewing 3, Zane Cornejo 2, Blake Rausch 2
"C" TEAM BOYS vs Rose Hill
WHS 46 RHHS 55 (0-4) (0-2)
Tanner Meyer 16, Toby Henning 8, John Long 7, Trenton Bannister 7, Cade Fairbanks 5, Berkeley Wright 3
Next up for WHS and first set of games for 2018 calendar year will be at HOME vs Mulvane Jan. 2nd! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
It was AVCTL DIV IV league opener time Tuesday for our Crusaders and the Indians of Andale. The WHS varsity boys were 1-2 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 action.
VARSITY BOYS vs ANDALE
AHS 50 WHS 36 (1-3) (0-1)
Ian King 15, AJ Snipes 12, Silas Popplewell 6, DeAndre Washington 2, Grey Hatfield 1
JR. VARSITY BOYS vs ANDALE
AHS 45 WHS 48 (2-2) (1-0)
Austin Soles 10, Tyler Brown 10, Zander Vargas 7, Jacob Ewing 6, Cade Fairbanks 6, Brayden Higginbotham 6, Chance Hamel 2, Zane Cornejo 1
"C" TEAM BOYS vs ANDALE
AHS 55 WHS 39 (0-3) (0-1)
Tanner Meyer 17, Blake Saffell 8, Kade Adams 4, Berkeley Wright 4, Trenton Bannister 2, Toby Henning 2, John Long 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 BOYS (1-2)
CHS 59 WHS 64
Ian King 23, AJ Snipes 20, Jack Walton 8, Jihad Mutazammil 5, Silas Popplewell 3, Joe Ybarra 3, DeAndre Washington 2
JV BOYS (1-2)
CHS 38 WHS 51
Jacob Ewing 2, Austin Soles 7, Zander Vargas 4, Tyler Brown 2, Cade Fairbanks 6, Brayden Higginbotham 18, Zane Cornejo 11
vs CHENEY 12.07.17
The Crusaders ran into some 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 BOYS (0-2)
CHS 67 WHS 48
A.J. Snipes 13, Ian King 11, Jihad Mutazammil 6, Zander Vargas 5, Jack Walton 4, Austin Soles 3, DeAndre Washington 2, Grey Hatfield 2
JV BOYS (0-2)
CHS 64 WHS 63 OT
Zander Vargas 16, Brayden Higginbotham 13, Austin Soles 12, Zane Cornejo 12, Jacob Ewing 6, Tyler Brown 5
BOYS "C" TEAM (0-2)
CHS 44 WHS 37
Berkeley Wright 11, Cade Fairbanks 8, Toby Henning 4, Tanner Meyer 4, John Long 4, Blake Saffell 3, Kade Adams 2, Trace Witham 1
As noted above, the 3 day invitational concludes on Saturday. The Varsity & JV 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.
OTHER AREA SCORES
Belle Plaine 77 Douglass 39
Hutch Trinity 72 Chaparral 51
Wichita Defenders 69 Mulvane 37
vs HUTCH TRINITY 12.05.17
WHS - 53
HTHS - 59
A.J. Snipes 17, Ian King 11, Silas Popplewell 11, Jack Walton 9, Jihad Mutazammil 3, DeAndre Washington 2
WHS - 49
HTHS - 52
Austin Soles 14, Brayden Higginbotham 13, Zane Cornejo 10, Zander Vargas 7, Gage Cunningham 4, Tyler Brown 2
"C" TEAM BOYS
WHS - 29
HTHS - 57
OTHER AREA SCORES
Cheney 70 Chaparral 55
Andale 60 Andover 57
Haven 60 Conway Springs 29
McPherson 73 Derby 58
Belle Plaine 72 Sedgwick 69
Varsity / Jr. Varsity Above
"C" TEAM & Managers Rayce Koerner / Ethan Higginbotham
An on and off tradition for many years and one that has consistently occurred since the new high school opened over 10 years ago, continued on Saturday (112617) when what we will now call, the Magnificent Seven, came home to WHS to scrimmage their younger counterparts as others had done with them at different times in the past. To be honest, the "old" boys didn't do too bad, minus a little huffin' and puffin' at times...(oh wait a minute, that was me walking up and down the side court taking pics!) :)
It was good to see Brian Peck, Austin Dunn, Trevor Nance, Mitch Spencer, Colin Reichenberger, Trey Vargas and Ryan Jenkins on scene for the event. (I left after the first hour or so of action so others may have appeared after my departure). A few were a bit "girthier" than when they donned the red and white uniforms back in their respective days, filling the paint quite adequately and offering up some good competition for the present day "inside" Dukes. Brian Peck, an accomplished high school and college golfer did mention golf wasn't as tiring (in between gasps for air), but he still drained at least "2" three's on the day. Mitch Spencer, the oldest alum on the court, held his own quite well and still appears to be in decent physical shape. (Rumor has it he and others play basketball during the noon hour at Memorial Auditorium)which just shows what a little physical activity can do for longevity and stamina.
It's a fun event and one that benefits the program as well.It's always great when the old and new can mingle as one...I've been on the best ride of my existence for the past 19 years doing just that...CRUSADERS FOR LIFE, just another example.
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!