WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Collegiate HS
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Wellington traveled to Collegiate yesterday and competed in an 8 team invitational and finished 1st overall as a team. All 4 players won their first round matches which guaranteed them top 4 places.
#1 Singles Ashlyn Gerten was in a top loaded field, she won her first match, then ran into the state runnerup in 5A and the 4th place finisher in 5A. Gerten finished 4th.
#2 Singles Olivia Brand ended up getting the top seed and lived up to it winning all 3 matches for 1st place.
#1 Doubles Rylee Rusk & Calli Hatfield won their first two matches easily, then ran into a pretty good Collegiate team in the finals and lost 6-8 to finish 2nd.
#2 Doubles Jensen Lynnes & Lyric Cornejo got the #2 seed and struggled through their first match but won over Goddard, then beat a Kapaun team in the semi finals, before losing to the #1 seed from Salina Central, to finish 2nd.
Awesome, awesome Ladies!! Congratulations to you and your coaches!! GO BIG RED!!
WHS JR VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
HERE vs Ike, Derby, Circle
Monday, September 21, 2020
The JV team hosted a meet on Monday and had some very good performances. The Wellington Red team won the tournament with 30 points, ahead of Goddard Eisenhower with 27. Circle finished 3rd, Derby 4th, and Wellington White was 5th.
#1 Singles Airalyn Frame went 2-1 in a tough singles pool and finished 2nd.
#2 Singles Kendall Janzen went 2-1 to finish 2nd also.
#1 Doubles Crystal Ramirez and Jordyn Brown went 4-0 good for 1st place, the pair played very well.
#2 Doubles Alyra Koerner and Abby Mraz also finished 4-0 good for 1st place.
#2 Doubles of Thalia Garcia and Avery Yonash went 1-3 just missing out on a medal in the top 3.
WHS GIRLS TENNIS
@ Andover HS
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Report from Coach Aufty:
"Wellington traveled to Andover on Thursday and competed in a 17 team meet. Andover has a brand new complex that is huge and they took over this meet that used to be played at Ark City. It was nice because teams were able to social distance in the complex because it is so big. Masks had to be worn by all spectators and players in the complex. In the tournament there were four 4A schools, one 321A school, and the rest 5A and 6A. Wellington finished 9th overall in the standings which I was very pleased with.
Wellington's top performance came from the doubles team of Rylee Rusk & Calli Hatfield. The pair beat Campus 8-0, then beat a good Andover Central team 8-4, which was kind of a revenge match for Rusk after losing to them the week before in a tiebreak with a different partner. Rusk and Hatfield lost their next match to an undefeated Andover team that went on to the championship match 3-8. They rebounded and beat Ark City who was the #2 seed in a tiebreak, and then lost their last match to Independence 6-8.
The next highest finish was singles player Ashlyn Gerten who finished 10th overall. I can't say enough about Ashlyn's great heart and she battles so hard. She won her opening match over a Goddard player 8-5, then lost to the 4th place finisher from Bishop Carroll 1-8. She bounced back and beat a Newton player in a marathon tiebreak, then beat an Independence player 8-4. In her final match Gerten was down 2-6 and rallied back against an Andover Central state qualifier but lost it in a tiebreak.
The doubles team of Jensen Lynnes & Lyric Cornejo ran into a tough first round matchup with Lenexa St. James and lost 3-8. The pair bounced back and beat Goddard 8-3, then lost to a Wichita Collegiate team that had last years state runnerup in doubles on the team 0-8. In their next match they beat a good Andover team 8-4, then lost to an Andover team 4-8 to finish 22nd. I was pleased with the pair of girls, would of like to have that last match it was a lot closer that the score looked.
Kami Reichenberger had herself a very good day also going 3-2 overall, barely losing her first two matches. She lost to Newton 6-8, then to an Independence girl in a tiebreak. She then beat two Ark City girls and a Salina South player to finish 25th overall. Very pleased with the team today."
WHS JR. VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WHS JV Girls Tennis went to Winfield on Tuesday and competed with El Dorado, Ark City, Conway Springs, and Winfield.
Jordyn Brown had the top finish at #1 singles going 3-0 and winning the championship over Conway Springs. The next highest finish went to #2 singles player Kendall Janzen who went 3-1 and finished 2nd overall losing to El Dorado in the finals. Other Wellington players playing were River Douglas & Riley Anderson who went 1-2 at #1 doubles.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
HERE @ 9th St Courts
Monday, September 14, 2020
Wellington tied Sterling for the team title with 32 points, winning their 2nd straight varsity tournament.
Coach Brian Aufdengarten reports:
Top finisher was Kami Reichenberger at #2 singles who went 4-0 on the day. She beat Winfield 7-0, Chaparral 7-0, Sterling 7-0, and Kingman 7-0. That's a pretty decent day she didn't even give up 1 game, not heard of much even some of the best players in the state don't do that often. Kami is settling down and playing well she is 11-1 in our last 3 tournaments.
#1 Singles Ashlyn Gerten is starting to figure things out also and went 3-1 good for second place. She beat Winfield 7-0, Chaparral 7-0, Sterling 7-3, and eventually lost to last years 321A's 4th place finisher 3-7. Ashlyn's match with the Pearce girl was really good many deuce games, she played well.
#1 Doubles today was Rylee Rusk and Calli Hatfield and they went 3-1 also. They beat Winfield 7-1, Chaparral 7-1, and Kingman 7-0. They lost their only match to Sterling who is very good and now 11-0 on the season. We lost in a tiebreak after being down 2-5. i loved our comeback to get it to the tiebreak, best tennis I've seen us play this year. That team has the 3rd place finisher mixed with an 8th place finisher, they are pretty good.
At #2 doubles Wellington had two entries and both of them medalled. Olivia Brand and Crystal Ramirez finished 2nd overall going 3-1, and Airalyn Frame with Jordyn Brown went 2-2 good for 3rd place. Both teams beat Winfield and Chaparral, and both lost to Sterling. In the end the two teams had to play each other with Brand and Ramirez winning a close match 7-5 over their teammates. Both teams battled hard, I think I even heard Frame and Brown let their teammates know they scored more games on Sterling, in a friendly ending to the Wellington vs. Wellington match.
JV is at Winfield on Tuesday, Varsity at Andover on Thursday.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Pratt Invitational
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Wellington was at Pratt this weekend in a 10 team invitational and finished 1st overall as a team.
Report from Coach Aufdengarten
"#1 Singles Ashlyn Gerten lost her opening match over a state qualifier from last year from Larned 6-8. She won her second match 8-0 over Chaparral. Then she ran into Kingman who finished 4th at 321A state last year and lost 2-8 but played very well losing several deuce games. She then went on to beat a state qualifier from Greeley County 8-4, and another state qualifier from Kiowa County 8-2. Gerten finished 4th overall which I was very pleased with.
#2 Singles Kami Reichenberger was Wellington's top medalist going 5-0 on the day and winning the championship. She started in pool play beating Lyons 8-3, and Greeley County 8-1. She then played Pratt in a cross bracket match and won 8-0. In the championship pool she beat Lyons again 8-1, then beat a state qualifier from Larned 8-4. This is Reichenberger's second straight tournament to medal in.
#1 Doubles was Jensen Lynnes & Lyric Cornejo with Welliington mixing it's lineup up a bit from the first two meets. Lynnes and Cornejo beat Lyons 8-2 and Greeley County 8-0 to start off. In cross bracket play the pair beat Ashland 8-0. In the championship pool they ran into a Sterling team that had a 3rd place and 8th place finisher at state last season and fell behind 0-5 to start and ended up losing 3-8. The Wellington pair beat Larned 8-1 in the final match to finish 4-1 on the day for 2nd place.
#2 Doubles was Olivia Brand & Crystal Ramirez who had a very good day also going 4-1. They opened up pool play beating Larned 8-4 and Chaparral 8-2. In cross bracket play they beat Pratt 8-1. Much like the #1 doubles team Brand and Ramirez met a tough Sterling team who both went to state last season and lost 2-8. They beat Ashland 8-6 to secure 2nd place on the day."
AWESOME JOB LADY CRUSADERS!!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Circle HS
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Ashlyn Gerten 1-2 4th Place
Rylee Rusk / Lyric Cornejo 1-2 4th Place
Kami Reichenberger 2-1 3rd Place
Calli Hatfield / Jensen Lynnes 2-1 3rd Place
1st Buhler 64
2nd Circle 62
3rd Wellington 44
4th Andover Central 39
5th El Dorado 36
6th W. Classical 21
7th Augusta 9
8th Circle Blue 5
WHS GIRLS TENNIS
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
HERE vs Buhler, Conway Springs, Eisenhower
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
WHS' Rylee Rusk, Lyric Cornejo, Kami Reichenberger, Olivia Brand, Jensen Lynnes and Calli Hatfield, took to the courts Tuesday for their season opener and the first HOME VARSITY EVENT I have taken pictures at since Feb. 22nd (due to COVID), when our wrestling team hosted the 4A Regional here.
Very tough tournament for the young Lady Crusaders. Buhler was state runnerup as a team last year. Conway Springs was 3rd at state last year, and Goddard Eisenhower is a much improved challenge. Wellington grabbed a couple of wins and had some very close matches.
Goddard Ike 20
Conway Springs 13
#1 Singles - Kami Reichenberger 0-3
#2 Singles - Olivia Brand 0-3
#1 Doubles - Lyric Cornejo & Rylee Rusk 1-2
#2 Doubles - Jensen Lynnes & Calli Hatfield 1-2
JV Girls @ Conway Springs Sat. Sep. 5th 9:00AM (vs Buhler, Maize South, South Central, Valley Center, Trinity)
Varsity Girls HERE Tue. Sep. 8th 3:00PM (vs Chaparral, Kingman, Sterling, Winfield)
“The WHS JV tennis team traveled to Maize South Thursday for an 8 team invitational. Team scores were not available.
Wellington’s top finisher was Airalyn Frame playing #2 singles, who won the tournament, in her first ever tennis match. Airalyn won all 3 of her pool play matches 6-1 over Maize South, 6-2 over Goddard Eisenhower, and 6-0 over Maize. In the finals she beat Varenhorst from Collegiate 6-4.
Wellington’s #1 doubles team of Ashlyn Gerten & Jordyn Brown went 3-1 on the day only losing their opening match to Collegiate 1-6, but won their next three 6-3 over Maize South, 6-0 over Maize, and 6-3 over another Maize South team.
Playing #1 singles was Crystal Ramirez who went 2-2 on the day. She won a very tough match in her opening match over Maize South 6-5. Then she dropped 2 matches 1-6 to Maize, and 0-6 to Goddard Eisenhower. In her final match she beat another Maize South player 6-0.
Playing #2 doubles Riley Anderson & Abby Mraz went 1-3 on the day for 6th. They went 1-2 in pool play beating Maize, and losing to Goddard Eisenhower and Maize South. The pair then lost their last match in bracket play.
Also playing for Wellington at #2 singles was River Douglas who also went 1-3 for 6th. Douglas won her opening match over Maize 6-3, then lost to Collegiate 0-6, and Maize South 1-6. In her bracket play match she lost to Maize South 2-6.
Alyra Koerner and Kendall Janzen also played at #2 doubles and had some very close matches on the day, but came up just short on those”.
SEP 1, 2020 (TUE) WHS Girls Tennis: Varsity HERE 9th St. 3:00PM SPECTATOR EVENT INFO
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ STATE 4A (Winfield) DAY 2
Saturday, October 19, 2019
2019 4A STATE DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Rylee Rusk & Kylie Aufdengarten!!
Courtesy Pic (WHS Yearbook)
Congratulations to Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk, the 2019 STATE 4A Girls Tennis Doubles Champions! The pair, who started with a BYE on Friday in Winfield at the T.H. Vaughn Tennis Compolex, the Wellington duo went 4-0 with 2 wins over two Collegiate pairs, and a win over Hesston and a win over Buhler. The final match win was Kylie’s 117th WHS Career match win, a new record at WHS, no one in the history of the school has achieved that level. Congratulations again to Ky & Ry – doesn’t get any better than this!
On Friday, Jr. Calli Hatfield and Freshman Jensen Lynnes battled hard but came up short against Iola, then Chanute to end their season. Jensen was only 1 of 4 Freshman at the State event. Both Calli and Jensen will be back next year, and stronger than ever! Great Season Lady Crusaders! Great WHS Career Kylie!!
|1st||Mantovani- WCS||Aufdengarten, Rusk- WEL|
|2nd||Annabeele Adams-CIR||Lair, Conrad- WCS|
|3rd||Murphy- WCS||Gentile, Yoakum- WCS|
|4th||Sebits- WTA||DeMeyer, Hutton- BUH|
|5th||Krehbeil-HES||King, Gregory- IND|
|6th||Teufel- BUH||Dodson, Marquez- IND|
|7th||Fredrick-BUH||Voegeli, Meir- TH|
|8th||Olberding- ABI||Faulk, Kyed- CHA|
|9th||Calhoon- TH||Martin, Unruh- HES|
|11th||Friess- PAR||Chabot, Parsons- ELD|
Wichita Collegiate 55
Topeka Hayden 23
Wichita Trinity 12
Bishop Miege 12
El Dorado 6
Clay Center 0
Fort Scott 0
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ STATE 4A (Winfield) DAY 1
Friday, October 18, 2019
WHS Sr. Kylie Aufdengarten and Jr. Rylee Rusk went 2-0 Friday at the State 4A Girls Tennis tournament in Winfield. They are assured of a TOP 4 finish will play in semifinal action Saturday morning. The pair had a bye in the first round, defeated Yutzy and Birney of Buhler 6-1, 6-3 then Martin & Unruh of Hesston 6-1, 6-0. They will go up against Gentile & Yoakum of Collegiate in semifinal action Saturday! GO KYLIE GO RYLEE
Also representing Wellington in the State 4A Tournament, Jr. Calli Hatfield and Freshman Jensen Lynnes. The pair battled hard, losing to Iola's Utlev & Richards 7-8 (9-7) 0-6, 14-12 then Chanute's Folk & Kyed 9-6. This concludes tournament action for Calli and Jensen! Proud of them both and you know they will be back!
@ WHS Commons
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Members of the Varsity Girls Golf and Girls Tennis Teams were given an official sendoff at WHS on Thursday during lunch. Kylie Aufdengarten, Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes are heading to Winfield on Friday and Saturday for State 4A action - that will get underway at 10:30AM at the T.H. Vaughn Tennis Center. Good Luck Ladies & Coaches! Aufdengarten and Rusk were State 4A Runners-Up last season - it's going to be exciting!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Collegiate HS (4A REGIONAL)
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Submitted by Head Coach Brian Aufdengarten
"The Wellington girls tennis team was in action on Saturday at Wichita Collegiate for regionals on a cold morning. Singles players Olivia Brand and Natalie Henning both got seeded in the top 10, with Brand being the nine seed, and Henning being the 10 seed. Brand was playing Cozine from Wichita Trinity, and jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but Cozine came back and tied the match at five all. Cozine then won the first set 7-5. Brand then lost the second set 6-0 which ended her season. Henning was matched up against Jackson from Pratt and lost a very close match which could've went either way. Henning won the first set 6-3, then lost the second set 5-7. The two players went to a super tiebreak for the third set which is played to 10 points. Henning had a 9 to 7 lead when Jackson won four straight points to win the match. That was a heartbreaking match which ended Natalie's senior season I appreciate how much she has done for our team over the past four years.
On the double side Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk received the number one seed and Wellington's other team of Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes received the four seed.
Aufdengarten and Rusk opened up with Edson/Lindberg of Circle and won 6-0,6-0. At the same time Hatfield and Lynnes we're playing García/Sharp of Pratt and won by the same score 6-0,6-0. In the quarterfinal round Aufdengarten and Rusk continued their dominance beating Winfield's Woodburn/Law winning 6-0,6-0 again. Hatfield and Lynnes then had to play the number five seed from Wichita Trinity Klaasen/Dunne and found themselves down 1-4 to open the first set. Wellingtons pair then settle down a bit and came from behind to win the first set 6-4. In the second set the Wellington pair had another close set but came out on top 7-5. The win then guaranteed the Wellington pair a trip to the state meet and guaranteed top four finish.
Up next was the semifinal match where those two Wellington teams had to play each other. Aufdengarten and Rusk won the match 6-0,6-2. This put Hatfield and Lynnes in the third and fourth place match against Wichita Collegiate Gentile/Yoakum. The pair kept the first set close for a little while being down 4-3, but the Collegiate team rallied and never gave up another game winning 6-3,6-0. Very very proud of these two anytime you can get a freshman to the state meet with Jensen and Calli returning to the state meet is an awesome feeling. Meanwhile Aufdengarten and Rusk had their hands full in the championship match with another Wichita Collegiate team of Lair/Conrad. The Wellington pair won a close first set 6-4. After that the Collegiate girls came to life and jumped up on the Wellington pair 5-0 in the second set. Aufdengarten and Rusk won 2 games but lost that set 2-6. The final set was hotly contested and was tied at 4-4, with Wellington having some break opportunities but didn't get them and Collegiate went up 5 to 4. In the final game Wellington got broke and lost the match 4-6. This is Aufdengarten's fourth straight year at the state tournament and Rusk's third straight year at the state tournament. Hatfield and Lynnes enter the state tournament with a record of 16-8 together, Aufdengarten and Rusk enter with a record of 28-2:"
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ McPherson HS (AVCTL LEAGUE MEET)
Monday, October 7, 2019
Kylie Aufdengarten, Rylee Rusk, Natalie Henning, Olivia Brand, Calli Hatfield, and Jensen Lynnes saw lots of court action Monday at McPherson HS - it was AVCTL LEAGUE MEET time, this weekend 4A REGIONAL ACTION in Wichita, and then the following weekend, STATE ACTION in Winfield on Oct. 18 & 19.
It was an awesome day for tennis, great temps, little to no wind....PERFECTO! Other teams at the league meet competition Monday in McPherson were, Augusta, Buhler, Circle, El Dorado, Collegiate, and Winfield.Here is a recap of the day, provided by Head Coach Brian Aufdengarten:
"The Wellington tennis team competed in the league tournament at McPherson on Monday and finished fifth in the team standings. The top performance was by the number one doubles team of Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk who finished third on the day. The number one doubles bracket was loaded with top teams in the state. Wellington received the number one seed and got upset giving them their first loss on the season in the semi finals by a Collegiate team. The pair then bounced back and beat Buhler for third place. That loss was hard to take, we won the first set 6 to 1 then lost the second set 5 to 7. We never got going in the super tiebreak, I’m glad the pair bounced back in their last match. Kylie & Rylee improved to 25-1 on the season!
Playing number two doubles was Calli Hatfield and Olivia Brand who had never played together before and received the fourth seed and finished in fourth place. They almost pulled off an upset over Buhler, losing in a super tiebreak, then they lost in another super tiebreak in the third and fourth place match to McPherson. The pair did well today for never having played together and had a lot of fun out on the court.
Playing at number two singles was Freshman Jensen Lynnes who was the number six seed and nearly pulled off a big upset over McPherson who was seeded third. Jensen took the match to a third set super tiebreak and lead 8 to 5 but the McPherson girl rallied back and won five straight points to win 10 to 8. The McPherson girl is a three-time state qualifier who is a senior. Jensen bounced back and beat a decent El Dorado player 8 to 1, and then got some revenge on a Winfield player that beat her earlier in the season. Jensen won 9-2 which was good for 5th.
Playing at number one singles was Natalie Henning in a really tough singles bracket. She received the seventh seed and finished in seventh place. Henning lost to Wichita Collegiate, the number two seed and to Buhler before defeating an Augusta player. Regionals will be played this Saturday at Wichita Collegiate."
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Saturday, September 30, 2019
Wellington tennis Traveled to Wichita for the tournament of champions where 16 teams completed. It was an open draw tournament so there were 32 singles players and 32 doubles teams.
Wellington had some mixed results but they did not get to finish the tournament because of the rain that moved in so tournament will be finished on Wednesday with some of the Kansas City schools not being able to come back.
Wellington’s doubles team of Aufdengarten and Rusk remain unbeaten on the season improving their record to 21-0, by winning their first two matches over Hesston 8-0, and Kapaun 8-1. When the rains came in they were in a very close match with Saint Theresas from Missouri who was definitely the best team the pair has seen this season. Aufdengarten and Rusk will go back on Wednesday and play in the championship of the tournament.
Wellington’s other doubles team of Hatfield and Lynnes dropped their first two matches to Andover and Lee Summit North another Missouri team in a close match 8 to 5. The pair then beat a decent Goddard Eisenhower team 8 to 5, and a Parsons team 8 to 0. Hatfield and Lynnes will have one match remaining. The pair improve their record to 12-5 together on the season.
Olivia Brand lost her first two matches to a Lee Summit North player 3 to 8 and two a independence player 3 to 8. Then she bounced back and beat a Wichita Independent player 8 to 6, who she lost to last week at the Ark City tournament. Brand has two matches left in the tournament and will play another Independence player.
Natalie Henning dropped her opening match to an Andover player 1 to 8 then lost to a Maize player4-8, and a Lee Summit North player 2-8. When the rain came in she was leading Parsons 3-0, so she will finish that match and have one more after that.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The Varsity Girls Tennis Team had a great day at Collegiate, and tied for 1st place along with Collegiate.
*One singles Olivia Brand was seeded 5th and went 2-1 on the day good for 5th. Won two good backside matches and provided good points at #1 singles.
*Two singles Natalie Henning was seeded 3rd and almost beat the two seed from Salina Central after falling behind 0-5, then mounting a comeback losing 6-8. Henning avenged a loss to Ross from Winfield who beat her at Ark City last week, winning 8-4 over the Winfield opponent. Henning finished 3rd overall.
*One doubles Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk received the one seed but knew it would be very tough having to go through two of Collegiates top teams. They beat Goddard 8-1, then Murphy/Yoakum from Collegiate 8-2. In the finals they beat Lair/Gentile who finished 5th at state last season 8-3. We played pretty well it was fun to watch. The pair is now 19-0 on the season.
*Two doubles was Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes who continue to improve in every meet. The pair got seeded second and beat Newton 8-2. Then just like the one doubles, had to go through two solid Collegiate teams beating Schmaltz/Do 8-1, then beat Glass/Bhargava from Collegiate in the championship 8-3. The pair now moves their record to 10-3 on the season. Wellington plays at Collegiate on Saturday in a 16 team tournament.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Ark City Invitational
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The girls tennis team traveled to Ark City for a huge invitational with 16 teams there, where only 4 were 4A, 1- 3A, and 11 -5&6A schools. It was an open draw tournament meaning there were no #1 or #2 players. That being said there were 32 singles players and 32 doubles teams. Wellington was hoping to be in the top 10 for team scoring and actually finished 8th, only 5 points from 6th, and 7 points from 5th.
Wellington's top team at the meet was Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk, who received the #1 seed in the tournament. The pair opened up with a win over Andover 8-2, then won their second match 8-0 over Salina South. The third match matched them up with Collegiate and Wellington pulled out the close match 8-6. In their fourth match they jumped up on St. James Academy 6-0, but the St. James team made a charge and got it to 6-4, then the Wellington pair won 2 in a row to win 8-4. This put them in the championship match with host school Ark City, with a big crowd for the home team. Wellington went back and forth and beat the Ark City team 8-6 to claim the championship, Wellington's top finish since they got into the tournament in 2014. Wellington's top finish ever in the Ark City tournament, was in 2017 when Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten finished 5th overall. Aufdengarten also eclipsed the 100 win mark of her career during the day. Aufdengarten and Rusk move their record on the season to 16-0.
Wellington's singles player Natalie Henning was the next highest finisher placing 16th and in the top half of the field. Henning was down in her first match 2-7 and mounted a comeback to get to a tiebreak against a Salina South player, and won 7-4 in the tiebreak. Henning then ran into some very good singles players losing to Kapaun 0-8, Andover 1-8, Andover Central 4-8, and Winfield 4-8. We didn't really care about loses because her first win was very good and there are some good singles players in the field. Also playing singles for Wellington was Olivia Brand who finished 22nd overall. She lost her opening match to a very good Collegiate freshman 0-8. Then she knocked of a good St. James Academy player 8-6. Then she faced her 3rd straight private school player in Wichita Independent and lost 3-8. She bounced back with another win beating Campus 8-2, then dropped a match to Maize South 2-6. I was very pleased with Olivia also she competed hard all day long.
Playing in the other doubles spot was Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes. The pair dropped their first match to state qualifiers from Andover Central 3-8. Then then lost a close match to Kapaun 5-8. Then the pair settled in to win 3 straight matches over Goddard 8-3, over Winfield 8-7(13-11), where they were losing 2-7 in the match also and came from behind. Then in their final match they beat Andover 8-3. Great finish for these two, in only their second match together.
Exciting day to say the least it was hard to believe that we had someone get in the top 4 let alone win the tournament. Very proud of all the girls.
WHS GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
@ Pratt HS
Saturday, September 14, 2019
On Saturday, the Lady Crusaders traveled to Pratt for a nine team invitational. Wellington mixed up the team for the fourth straight meet and had very good results again. Wellington took five freshmen to the varsity meet along with one junior. The top finish on the day was from the number one doubles team of Calli Hatfield and Jensen Lynnes who went 4-1 on the day to finish second overall. Kami Reichenberger had a great day going 3-2 and finishing third overall at number one singles. Crystal Ramirez also had very good results finishing fourth overall at number two singles and went 4-1 on the day. The number two doubles team of Jordyn Brown and Ashlen Gerten also received a medal placing third, going 3-2 on the day. We had very good results and all the freshmen and Calli battled very hard on the day. Wellington finished in second place as a team just missing out on the team title.
Greeley County 15
WHS GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
@ Towanda-Circle (Make-Up from 09/12/19)
Friday, September 13, 2019
The Wellington Varsity Girls Tennis Team, participated in two meets the last two days. On Friday the Lady Crusaders traveled to Towanda for a make-up meet. Wellington mixed up the team for the third straight meet and had really good results.
Number one singles player Natalie Henning was the number six seed and lost a decent match 4-8 to a state qualifier from El Dorado. Henning then bounced back and beat a Wichita Classical player 8-0, then defeated the number four seeded player from Augusta 8-1, which was good for fifth place. Olivia Brand played number two singles and was seeded third. She won her opening match 8-0 over an Augusta player, and then lost a very close match to Circle, a state qualifier last year, 6-8. She finished off her last match winning 8-5 over an El Dorado player, two finished third overall. The number one doubles team of Kylie Aufdengarten and Rusk Rusk received the number one seed and owned up to that seed. They beat Circle 8-1, El Dorado 8-3, and Buhler in the finals 8-3. The pair of them stay unbeaten at 11-0 on the season, winning their first three meets of the year. Playing at number two doubles was Crystal Ramirez and Jordyn Brown. The two freshman ended up being the number seven seed and pulled off the biggest upset of the day, beating the two seed from Circle 8-2 in the opening round. The pair then lost to Andover Central 2-8, and lost a close match to El Dorado 6-8 to finish fourth. The Lady Crusaders placed second as a team behind Buhler who is ranked second in the state and finished ahead of El Dorado, who finished third.
El Dorado 45
Andover Central 43
Circle Gold 38
Circle Blue 6
Great Job Lady Crusaders! Thanks for the update Coach Aufdengarten!!
NEXT ACTION: JV Girls travel to Winfield on Tuesday, Sep. 17th (3PM) // Varsity Girls travel to Ark City on Thursday, Sep. 19th (9AM) - GOOD LUCK LADIES!!
WHS GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
Here @ 9th St.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The WHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team hosted their 2nd Meet of the 2019 season on Tuesday at the 9th St. Courts. In addition to the Lady Crusaders, Chaparral, Kingman, Sterling, Wichita Collegiate and Winfield were on court. The Lady Crusaders came away with 1st place team honors!!
Coach Aufdengarten Report:
"Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk 4-0 1st place at #1 doubles
Natalie Henning 3-1 1st place at #2 singles
Ashlyn Gerten and Kami Reichenberger 3-1 2nd place at #2 doubles
Jensen Lynnes 2-2 3rd place at #1 singles
Jordyn Brown also played in her first varsity competition and did very well at singles with two very close matches losing 5-7 in both. Very proud of this young lady stepping in and playing for us.
Jensen got off the courts about 9:45 in the evening 2 tiebreak matches and another 7-5 match. She was very tired.
#2 doubles did very well and are very scrappy, very quick, and going to be fun to watch over these next four years.
Natalie bounced back after a first round loss and won 3 in a row which tied her for first and she came out on top.
Kylie and Rylee gave up 2 games all day. Sterling was the toughest team and we won 7-1. It is a state qualifying team."
WHS JV GIRLS TENNIS
@ Conway Springs
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Wellington's JV team traveled to Conway Springs on Saturday and finished 1st as a team out of 7 teams. All of Wellington's entries medaled in the tournament.
#1 Doubles Crystal Ramirez & Jordyn Brown went 4-0 and finished 1st
#2 Doubles Alisa Walters & Riley Anderson went 4-0 and finished 1st
#1 Singles Stellar Young went 2-1 and finished 2nd
#2 Singles Jennifer Walters went 2-1 and finished 2nd
WHS JV GIRLS TENNIS
@ Maize South
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Wellington participated in a JV meet on 8/29 at Maize South and the team finished 3rd overall out of 6 teams.
Top finishers were the #2 doubles team of Jordyn Brown & Ashlyn Gerten finishing 2nd.
Stellar Young #1 Singles finished 4th
Crystal Ramirez #2 Singles finished 4th
Olivia Brand & Kami Reichenberger #1 Doubles finished 5th
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ HOME (9th Street Courts)
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Very hot day today but some very good teams here. Buhler is ranked 2nd in 4A, Conway Springs 3rd in 321A, Sacred Heart 4th in 321A, and Wellington 4th in 4A. We finished 3rd as a team where I expected.
Couple of new freshman filled in Jensen Lynnes at #2 singles and went 2-2 good for 3rd. Eventually she ran out of steam, a little bit longer matches that in middle school and she had some really long points.
Natalie Henning battled hard in one of the toughest spots at #1 singles and had to play a 3rd place finisher at state Perrin, then a 5th place finisher at state with Frederick, and another state qualifier in May. She played hard throughout.
#1 doubles Aufdengarten and Rusk fell behind their last match 3-0, then 4-1, and mounted a rally taking an 6-4 lead eventually beating Conway Springs 7-5. That team finished 3rd at state in 321A last season. #2 doubles Brand and Reichenberger went 1-3 in their first varsity action beating Sacred Heart and playing the eventual champion from Buhler to 7-5.
Natalie Henning 0-4 5th
Jensen Lynnes 2-2 3rd
Kylie Aufdengarten & Rylee Rusk 4-0 1st
Olivia Brand & Kami Reichenberger 1-3 4th
Conway Springs 25
Goddard Ike 14
Salina Sacred Heart 12
Coach Brian Aufdengarten
JV @ Conway Springs Saturday @ 9AM
VARSITY @ HOME Tuesday, Sep. 10th 3:00PM
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ STATE 4A TOURNEY (Topeka)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
TEAM FINISHES 3RD!!!! (Out of 19 schools and with just "4" girls!)
Congratulations to WHS Girls Tennis members Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk...these 2 young ladies almost won it all at the State 4A Girls Tennis Tournament in Topeka today. There were 19 teams represented at STATE and our Lady Crusaders as a team FINISHED 3rd!!Wichita Collegiate finished 1st, Topeka-Hayden 2nd. Aufdengarten and Rusk won their way to the State Championship Final today but came up short against Geoffroy/Lair of Wichita Collegiate. A great tournament for Kylie and Rylee - CONGRATS ON A GRAND FINALE (and they'll both be back next year!!)
Wellington's other doubles squad, Jacelyn Buck and Calli Hatfield, battled hard throughout the 2 day event. In the end the duo finished 9th, downing Donahue/Jones of Wamego.
CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!! Heckuva of 4 day weekend at our State Capital!!!
KY & RY, JUST SHY, OF THE PIE IN THE SKY!
NEXT YEAR LADIES, NEXT YEAR!!
Congrats to ALL 4 - together they performed better than 16 of 18 other schools at the tournament - that's extremely awesome!!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Sendoff @ WHS
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The WHS Lady Crusader Tennis Squad (Jacelyn Buck, Kylie Aufdengarten, Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield and Sophomore Lady Golfer Payton Ginter rec'd a sendoff at WHS Thursday as the former head to Topeka and the latter to Huthinson, for 4A State action, weather permitting. Many students, staff and the Crusader Band fired the crowd up just before departure. The "5" were presented with some gifts and Senior Jacelyn Buck thanked the crowd for their support. Tennis is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Golf for Monday. The start time for Golf on Monday has been moved back to NOON at all State venues due to forecast low temps overnight Sunday.
GOOD LUCK LADIES - MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
REGIONAL @ Winfield
Friday, October 5, 2018
Wellington's "2" Doubles Team qualified for the State 4A Girls Tennis Tournament next Friday and Saturday in Topeka at the Topeka-Kossover Tennis Center located at 2501 SW Gage Blvd. Congrats to Kylie Aufdengarten/Rylee Rusk who finished 2nd and Jacelyn Buck/Calli Hatfieldwho finished 4th at the Regional 4A Tournament Friday in Winfield. The TOP 6 advance.
Singles players Natalie Henning and Olivia Brand gave it their all against tough competition, but came up short in their first round action ending the season for both of these fine WHS student-athletes. Both will be back next year for sure!! Natalie fell to Wichita Trinity's Cozine, 6-2, 6-1 and Olivia to Pratt's Jackson 6-0, 6-1
PATH TO STATE 4A
AUFDENGARTEN/RUSK - defeated Clements/Edson of Circle 6-0, 6-0 // defeated Karr/Camp of Winfield 6-0, 6-1 // defeated Sa. Lair/Gentle of Collegiate 6-1, 6-3 // fell to Sy. Lair/Geoggroy of Collegiate 6-3, 6-0.
BUCK/HATFIELD - defeated Gish/Matney of Trinity6-1, 6-1 // defeated Priest/Bounvongxay of Winfield 6-4, 7-5 // fell to Sy. Lair/Geoffroy of Collegiate 6-2, 6-2.
Wichita Collegiate - 23
Winfield - 12
Wellington - 10
Circle - 9
Wichita Trinity - 2
Ulysses - 1
Pratt - 1
Augusta - 0
Congratulations Ladies!! GOOD LUCK @ STATE!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ AVCTL LEAGUE TOURNEY Winfield
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Congratulations to WHS Junior Kylie Aufdengarten- Kylie finished FIRST in #1 Singles (first to do so since 2009!) at the AVCTL Girls Tennis Tournament held in Winfield on Monday in a very exciting fashion!!
WAY TO REPRESENT KYLIE!!
CLASS 4A REGIONALS will be in Winfield this Friday! Originally scheduled for WELLINGTON on Saturday, moved to Winfield due to weather / football.
The Lady Crusaders were 2nd as a team for the second straight year at the AVCTL League Tournament! "All the girls stepped it up Monday and helped with the team", Coach Aufdengarten reports.
" #2 Doubles Natalie Henning and Olivia Brand got the 5 seed and upset Winfield in a third set super tiebreak 16-14. The pair then lost their next two and finished 4th overall. Very proud of these two, they have played singles most of the year and to finish in the top 4 in our league is awesome.
#1 Doubles Jacelyn Buck and Calli Hatfield got the 5 seed and finished exactly in that position in the end. They lost to the 4 seeded Winfield team 6-4,6-2. We kept it close early on and just got outplayed at the net, they were more aggressive, but they are a good team. Buck and Hatfield then easily beat Augusta 9-0, and El Dorado 9-2.
#2 Singles Rylee Rusk got the #2 seed and won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over El Dorado, then beat a good Circle player 6-2,6-3. That put her back in the championship at #2 singles for the second straight year. This time she ran into a good sophomore player from Collegiate and dropped the match to finish 2nd.
At #1 singles Kylie Aufdengarten got the #2 seed and beat her first opponent from El Dorado 6-0,6-1. In her next match she beat a very good Circle player 6-2,6-1 in a match where both players were winded early on. The first 4 games took about 45 minutes to an hour. She moved on to the finals and met Geoffroy from Collegiate the defending 4A doubles champion from last year. Aufdengarten jumped up 5-1 on the first set but Geoffroy came back to 5-4, then Aufdengarten won the first set 6-4. The second set had Geoffroy jumping up 4-0, then Aufdengarten won 2 in a row and almost 3. Geoffroy won the second set 6-2. In the third set super tiebreak Aufdengarten jumped up 5-1. Geoffroy eventually caught up to within 1 at 6-5. Aufdengarten won 10-7 in the super tiebreak."
This is our first league champion at #1 singles or #1 doubles that we've ever had since Collegiate joined the league in 2009. After 10 years of close matches in some we finally got it. Very proud of all the girls today and a very happy dad. If we left our lineup the same as we had most of the year, we probably take 6th as a team, but everyone stepped up today. Regionals in Wellington this Saturday."
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Collegiate Tournament of Champions
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Doubles Kylie Aufdengarten & Rylee Rusk had the best finish on the day finishing 13th out of 38 doubles teams. They went 3-2 on the day.
Singles player Natalie Henning finished 23rd on the day and went 2-3. Played well in a very tough tournament.
Doubles Jacelyn Buck & Calli Hatfield finished 1-4 on the day. Lost two tiebreak matches at the end. Buck tried playing after she dislocated her finger on Thursday, she just had trouble doing the things that she is good at.
Wellington didn't have a full team compete.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Collegiate Invitational
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Salina Central 30
2 Doubles Jacelyn Buck & Calli Hatfield 2nd Place
1 Doubles Kylie Aufdengarten & Rylee Rusk 2nd Place
1 Singles Natalie Henning 2-1 5th Place
2 Singles Olivia Brand 2-1 5th Place
Pretty decent day, didn't have the best matches in the finals with both doubles. #1 Doubles had a close tiebreak win against Collegiate in semifinals. Their finals match against Salina Central wasn't as good losing 8-1. #2 Doubles led most of the championship match but fell behind after up 5-4, and lost 8-6. Natalie had a very good day along with Olivia, both keep improving in singles.
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
@ Ark City
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Varsity at Ark City - 16 teams open draw. 32 singles players, 32 doubles teams
Bishop Carroll 115
St. James Academy 83
Ark City 80
Salina South 78
Wellington 48 - 9th Place
Wichita Independent 36
Maize South 32
Andover Central 24
Coach Aufdengarten had this to say about the day overall:
Natalie Henning went 2-3 on the day and finished 20th overall. Natalie keeps getting better, she had a very nice win over Page from Andover Central 8-0.
Olivia Brand went 1-4 on the day, had to play the champion from Kapaun in the opening round. She finished 28th overall and had a couple of other close matches.
Kylie Aufdengarten & Rylee Rusk went 3-2 on the the day also and finished 7th overall. Lost quarterfinal match to Kapaun 6-8, who had one member of their state champion doubles team last year. The two played very well at teams and then kind of lackadaisical at times.
Jacelyn Buck & Calli Hatfield went 3-2 also on the day and finished 19th overall. We lost a tiebreak match in our opening round which could have went the other way. They bounced back and won two in a row, then lost to St. James Academy, and then beat Winfield 8-2 in their final match.
Happy with 9th place, only other 4A teams that finished above us by less than 5 points were Independence and Winfield. Kylie and Rylee were the top 4A doubles placing team.
WHS GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
@ Circle HS
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Collegiate - 63
Buhler - 49
Andover Central - 42
Circle - 41
Wellington - 40
Wichita Classical - 21
El Dorado - 19
Augusta - 4
Team finish wasn't too bad only 2 points out of 3rd overall.
Best finish on the day Jacelyn Buck & Calli Hatfield at #2 doubles. Got the #1 seed and won over Augusta 8-2, over Andover Central 8-2, and beat Collegiate in the finals 8-7(7-5) in tiebreak to take first overall. The pair are now 6-0 on the season together.
#1 Doubles Kylie Aufdengarten & Rylee Rusk got the #2 seed. They won their first match over Circle 8-0. Then they played Andover Central the #3 seed and lost 8-5. We led 5-4 and lost 4 straight games. They then bounced back to beat Buhler 8-1, to finish 3rd overall. The pair are 5-1 on the season.
#2 Singles Oliva Brand got the #5 seed and beat the #4 seed from Augusta in the opening round 8-3. She lost the #1 seed from Buhler 2-8, and Collegiate 2-8 to finish 4th overall.
#1 Singles Natalie Henning had a tough round at singles with some really good players. She lost to Circle to start, then lost to Wichita Classical 3-8. In her final match she played awesome and beat Augusta 8-1.
Both singles players continue to get better and made progress from our first meet, with very little practice with all the rain we have had. Kylie and Rylee lost one we didn't think we should have lost, but that happens we just didn't play with as much energy as Andover Central. Jacelyn and Calli continued to play well, their last match was a little closer than we liked but they held in there against some difficult players. Wellington will make up their varsity meet on Monday.
The WHS Varsity Girls Tennis Team finished 2nd in Tuesday's (08.28.18) season opener here at HOME. Head Coach Brian Aufdengarten had this to say about the first varsity event of 2018...
"Very pleased to finish 2nd overall, really thought coming in we might be able to take 3rd, so very pleased on the finish. Singles player Natalie Henning had a great match against Frederick from Buhler who won #1 singles playing her to 8-4. She battled hard all day and was pleased with her. Olivia Brand had some very good points in matches, her last match she was tied 4-4 with Bender from Conway Springs and just ran out of energy. Wish she would have played her earlier in the day. Both singles players never gave up and will get better, singles is tough and there was very good competition today. Probably the most impressive players were Jacelyn Buck and Calli Hatfield going 3-0 at #2 doubles and only giving up 1 game of the day. These two looked very good, Calli was making some great shots, and Jacelyn is so intimidating at the net. Their net play by both was key. Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk also went 3-0 on the day and played well, but struggled at the net. We weren't finishing points up there, we have to get better. There was some good competition at #1 doubles, but I think we can get a lot better."
Action continues for the Lady Crusaders (@ HOME again)on Tuesday, Sep. 4th at 3:00PM. Wellington will host Chaparral, Kingman, Sterling, Wichita Collegiate and Winfield. Here are pics from Tuesday's opener! Congrats on the fine finish!
Meet your 2018 WHS Girls Tennis Team! (Head Coach Brian Aufdengarten and Asst. Coach Daphne Adams)
Season Varsity Opener - TUESDAY - HERE @ 3PM!
COACH AUFDENGARTEN'S STATE TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP!
Had a big day the first day, and even bigger day on day 2. Finished 1 point out of second and third, that stung a little, but some of that was out of our control, we did the things we had to do by getting wins on day 2.
Abby Lowe 2nd year being a state qualifier, won her first match 6-1,6-1 over Wyse from Hays, then she lost to the state runner-up Schabel from Independence in a great match that Abby played so well losing 6-3,6-4. She then won two more over Becker from Marysville 9-1, then in a crazy match when it was getting dark she played Scharenberg from Circle. Abby was up 8-6 when the girls couldn't see because there were no lights on the court. They moved courts about about a 15 minute wait. Scharenberg tied the match at 8-8 and they were in a tiebreak and Lowe was down 2-4, then a breaker went out and the lights went off again, they had to wait another 15 minutes to move to the only two courts with lights. Lowe lost the first point going down 2-5, then rallied 5 straight points to win 7-5 in the tiebreak. That guaranteed her a medal at state. Day 2 Lowe lost to Ruffin from Collegiate 1-9, then lost to Allen from McPherson 2-9. In her final match she played Trout from Independence and won 9-4, to place 11th. Lowe finished her career with 81 wins.
The Rusk sisters had a tremendous state tournament after placing 4th in regionals last week. The pair opened up with Bishop Miege and won 6-1,6-4,then they ran into Edmonson/Bruce from McPherson who finished 4th overall and lost 3-6,3-6. This put the sisters on the backside and they faced Parsons and won 9-5. In their next match they met a familiar opponent who they played at regionals also Withrow/Lair from Collegiate. The Rusk sister jumped on them early and played one of their best matches at state and won 9-0. That guaranteed them a medal at state also. On day 2 they opened up with Maddex/Sagehorn from Andover Central who they lost to at regionals. Maddex was the state runner-up in doubles last year. The Rusks won a hard fought battle in a tiebreak winning 9-8(7-2). They then played Holthaus and Williams the regional winner from Marysville in the Topeka Hayden regional. The Rusk sister jumped on them early with great net play 7-1. Marysville charged back a little but the Rusk girls held on to win 9-4. This put them in the 5th/6th place match against King/Marquez from Independence who the girls lost to earlier this season 2-8. Again Avery and Rylee came out very strong and got a good lead early. Independence charged back and even called for a line judge on match point to try and rattle the sisters. After about 10 match points for Wellington the sisters finally put the match away and won 9-6. Unbelievable, I knew they could medal and they were good, but they went on a nice run this weekend. 6-1 at the state tournament for these two. Avery went to state the two years she played. Rylee ties the Wellington record for the highest place for a freshman with Kylie Aufdengarten taking 5th place. Rylee also sets the all time single season win mark with 33 wins breaking Lexis Hibbs and Kaitlyn Buck's record with 32. Avery Rusk is tied for 2nd getting 32 wins this season. Avery finishes her two years with 51 career wins. Rylee was also the highest placing freshman in this years state tournament.
Mekenna Adams & Kylie Aufdengarten got a first round bye because they placed 2nd at regionals. They faced Walker/McChristian from Ark City in the second round and won 6-1,6-0. This pitted them against Holthaus/Williams from Marysville, a regional winner. The match was tight at first, but Wellington prevailed 6-4,6-3. The win in this quarterfinal match guaranteed the pair a top 4 finish. Day 2 began against Ark City's Burr/Weathers the defending 5A state champions. Ark City jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Adams and Aufdengarten responded winning 3 in a row to tie it up. Ark City went up 4-3, and the rains hit delaying things for about 2 hours. Ark City responded after the break winning 6-4. In the next set Wellington jumped up 2-0, and then had a 4-3 lead on Ark City and the rains hit again. After about a 15-20 minute wait Ark City again got it's composure and won again 6-4. Seemed like every time we got the momentum the rains hit. After the loss it sent Adams and Aufdengarten to the 3rd/4th place match where they met up with McPherson's Edmonson and Bruce another regional winner. Wellington had the lead in the first set, but lost it at 5-6, then Wellington tied it up and a tiebreak was played. Wellington jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but soon it was 5-4. Wellington questioned a call at that time, so McPherson called a line judge on themselves. After that the Wellington pair won 2 straight points to win the tiebreak. In the next set Adams and Aufdengarten jumped up 3-0, but then all of a sudden it was tied at 3-3. Wellington held the lead each time, and finally put the match away 6-4. What an awesome weekend, we never talked about it but we wanted to finish higher than last year in a much deeper draw, but we didn't know if it was possible. So proud of these two, Mekenna has given so much to this program. Adams is the only Wellington tennis player to medal all 4 years taking 9th with Maggie Fink, 7th with Madison Adams, 5th with Aufdengarten, and now 3rd with Aufdengarten. She ends her career with 109 wins which ranks 2nd behind Lexis Hibbs and Kaitlyn Buck who had 114. Aufdengarten was the highest placing sophomore in the state tournament this year, and now has 56 career wins in two years. We have some very big shoes to fill with us losing Mekenna, Avery, Abby, and Lexi Saffell.
Wellington finished 4th in 2009.
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
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.
Avery Rusk & Rylee Rusk got the #4 seed and won over Pratt and in a thrilling three set match over Collegiate. This put them in the semifinals also.
Abby Lowe seeded #7 probably pulled off the biggest upset on the day in any 4A regional. She beat a Pratt player, then beat the #2 seed from Circle, an exchange student that came in 17-1. This put her in the semifinals also.
Jacelyn Buck won her opening match over Augusta, but then lost to a Collegiate player. This kept her alive for day 2.
Day 2 had its ups and downs, after a great first day. We finished 1-6 in matches on the day.
Adams and Aufdengarten won their first match 6-0,6-1 over Andover Central. Half that Andover Central team was state runner up in doubles last season. This pitted them in the championship against the #1 seed from Collegiate. We battled hard and played very well just didn't win a lot of deuce points and lost 6-2,6-4. We played well Collegiate put their singles player that finished 2nd last year at state in doubles, they are pretty darn good.
The Rusk sisters came up short in both of their matches losing to Collegiate 6-1,6-3, and losing to Andover Central 6-3,6-3. I'm proud of these two sometimes it is tough playing with a sibling and they've done really well. The pair finished 4th overall.
Lowe also came up short on both her matches as she played against two very good Collegiate players. Abby had such a nice day Friday, that might be one of the biggest upsets I've had by a singles player. We didn't think of it as an upset necessarily, but that usually doesn't happen. Lowe finished 4th.
Buck jumped up early against her player from Andover Central 2-0, but after the Andover Central player won 4 straight games, Buck never really recovered. She just got frustrated with how things were going in the match. She came close but with the loss was eliminated.
Andover Central 16
El Dorado 0
Wichita Trinity 0
This was a tough regional, we are probably a stronger team this year, but we missed the runner-up plaque by 1 point. We actually had more team points than we did last year when we took 2nd. Collegiate was the only team to take their entire team out of this regional, all the rest of us knocked each other out."
Regional 4A Tennis concludes at Collegiate - "5" Lady Crusaders finish in TOP 6 and will advance to next weekend's State 4A Tournament in Pratt - congratsto all for their efforts!!!
TEAM FINISHES (TOP 3)
Collegiate - 20
Andover Central - 16
Wellington - 15
Mekenna Adams / Kylie Aufdengarten - 2nd place
Avery Rusk / Rylee Rusk - 4th place
Abby Lowe - 4th place
Jacelyn Buck - missed out on State qualifying by just "1" match - great effort and season Jacelyn!!
GOOD LUCK AT STATE!!
WHS VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
AVCTL League @ Collegiate
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Head Girls Tennis Coach Brian Aufdengarten was very happy after Monday's action at Collegiate. It was AVCTL League Tournament time and our Lady Crusaders finished 2nd as a team - Coach Aufty indicated the team hadn't finished that high since 2010. Way to represent LADIES!!
Finishing 1st, Freshman Rylee Rusk beat a decent Winfield player in her first match, then defeated Scharenberg from Circle who was the #1 seed! In the finals, Rylee beat Withrow from Collegiate. Rylee came in 0-0 (Singles) and was the #4 seed. She had played doubles all season with sister Avery.
Finishing 3rd, Mekenna Adams and Avery Rusk beat the #4 seed from Buhler to open, then lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champion Collegiate, 4-6, 5-7. Mekenna and Avery went on to defeat Winfield in their final match. Mekenna and Avery came in 0-0 (Mekenna had paired with Kylie Aufdengarten and Avery with her sister Rylee all season) and were the #5 seed.
Finishing 2nd, Kylie Aufdengarten and Jacelyn Buck got the #2 seed and finished where they got seeded. They defeated El Dorado and Circle in their first two matches, but didn't have a lot of answers against the Lair sisters from Collegiate in the final.
Finishing 4th, Abby Lowe who had some long matches on the day after getting the #4 seed. Abby defeated McPherson in a super tiebreak, then lost to the #1 seed from Circle 4-6, 5-7. In her final match she lost in a super tiebreak to Nihart from Winfield.
"I'm very proud of the girls." Coach Aufdengarten
So are all of us in the community Coach!! AWESOME!!
WHS JV GIRLS TENNIS
AVCTL League @ Collegiate
Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017
Congratulations to the WHS JV Girls Tennis team - the 6 young ladies were in competition Thursday at the JV AVCTL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT @ Collegiate and came away with a strong 3rd place finish! Here's how it all shook out:
JV League at Collegiate
#1 Singles Lexi Saffell 2-1 2nd Place overall
#2 Singles Calli Hatfield 2-1 2nd Place overall
#1 Doubles Natalie Henning & Olivia Brand 1-2 4th Place Overall
#2 Doubles Adaysia Love & Jennifer Walters 2-1 5th Place overall
El Dorado 7
The Varsity Girls will be in League Action at Collegiate on Monday - GOOD LUCK TO THEM! REGIONALS are next weekend and then STATE, the weekend after that!! It's going to be exciting!
If this article was about WHS matches lost at the Kingman Invitational on Tuesday by our Varsity Girls Tennis squad, the article would end here. So instead, let's talk about the perfect day for the team and a career benchmark set by Senior Mekenna Adams.
Wellington dominated, 13-0 as a team in match play, 4 "1st" place finishes and of course on top of the team totals, defeating Buhler, Valley Center, Kingman, Haven and Nickerson. Here are the totals:
Wellington 34, Buhler 24, Valley Center 16, Kingman 14, Haven 6 and Nickerson 3.
#1 Singles Abby Lowe went 3-0, beat Nickerson 7-4, beat Valley Center 7-0, and won the finals over Roe from Kingman 7-2. Abby has had two good tournaments in a row for us
#2 Singles Jacelyn Buck went 3-0 also beating Valley Center 7-2, beating Kingman 7-0, and Buhler 7-2. Jacelyn as well continues to play well for us and is now 19-5 on the season.
#1 Doubles Mekenna Adams (right) & Kylie Aufdengarten (left) went 3-0 also beating Kingman 7-0, then beating a Valley Center team that finished 5th at state in 5A last year 7-3. In the finals they beat a good Buhler team 7-2. Adams surpassed the 100 career win mark in her second match. Mekenna ended the day with her 101st career win. just sliding by her first cousin Erianne (graduated in 2012) who had 100 during her storied career too as a Lady Crusader tennis player. Only "5" previously in WHS history have hit the 100 win career mark. We now have 6! (Erianne Adams 100, Mekenna Adams 101, Dani Anderson 105, Kailey Jenkins 107, Kaitlyn Buck 114 and Lexis Hibbs 114).
Awesome job Mekenna! Mekenna has partnered with Maggie Fink, sister Madi and Kylie Aufdengarten during this run.
#2 Doubles Avery Rusk & Rylee Rusk went 4-0 in the tournament, beating Haven 7-0, Kingman 7-1, Valley Center 7-1, and Buhler in the finals 7-4. The wins today moved the sisters to 22-5 on the season.
It's VARSITY AVCTL LEAGUE Tournament time on MondayTBA (Oct. 2nd) @ Wichita Collegiate. JV AVCTL LEAGUE is even sooner, this Thursday, also at Collegiate, beginning at 10AM. Good Luck to all of our Lady Crusaders at LEAGUE and beyond!
Congratulations to our Lady Crusader Varsity Girls Tennis Team!! A strong finish on Saturday and are ranked #4 in 4A by the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association!
The Lady Crusaders finished 7th as a team out of 18 at Saturday's Tournament of Champions at Wichita Collegiate. Schools that beat us were #1 and #3 teams in 6A rankings, #2, #3, and #4 teams in 5A rankings, and #1 team Collegiate in 4A rankings. We finished ahead of all other ranked teams #2 Independence, and #3 McPherson.
8th Place - Kylie Aufdengarten and Mekenna Adams
11th Place - Abby Lowe
21st Place - Rylee Rusk and Avery Rusk
25th Place - Lexi Saffell
Adams/Aufdengarten beat Osner/Mies - Conway Springs 8-0, beat Arnold/Vo - Maize 8-1, lost to Tran/Pasner - Blue Valley North 2-8, lost to House/Baldwin - Kapaun 4-8, lost to Steven/Steven - Bishop Carroll 3-8.
Lowe beat Sutton - Blue Valley 8-1, lost to C. Kuckelman - Blue Valley North 1-8, beat Fury - Kapaun 8-4, lost to Schabel - Independence 3-8, beat Stranghoner - Bishop Carroll 8-6.
Rusk/Rusk lost to Adams/Cunningham - Maize 6-8, beat Walker/McChristan - Ark City 8-5, lost to King/Marquez - Independence 2-8, beat Woelke/Koester - Conway Springs 8-6, beat Allen/Carlson - McPherson 8-3.
Saffell lost to K. Truong - Goddard Ike 7-8(5-7), lost to Hoag - Ark City 6-8, beat Bruce - McPherson 8-7(7-1), beat Tee - Andover 8-5, and beat Hicks - Parsons 8-5.
NEXT ACTION: Tuesday @ Kingman HS - 3:00PM
The Wellington JV Girls Tennis Quad was held Thursday afternoon at 9th St, it was hot as we knew September might be after such a pleasant August! The young ladies stayed hydrated and it was a close finish with Eisenhower just edging out the JV Lady Crusaders to claim 1st place team finish.
#1 Singles Natalie Henning 1-2 / 4th
#1 Doubles Shilynn Gustason & Adaysia Love 3-0 / 1st
#2 Singles Olivia Brand 3-0 / 1st
#2 Doubles Raeawna Nutt & Jennifer Walters 2-1 / 2nd
Eisenhower - 25
Wellington - 22
Chaparral - 5
Neodesha - 3
Good Job Lady Crusaders!
Our Varsity Girls Tennis Team was in action for the 4th time this season at the Pratt Invitational and they did what they do best - win! 4 Meets 4 Team Victories! This group of young ladies are "4-midable"!!!
Congratulations to #1 Doubles Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten who finished first...on the day cumulatively, the duo played 33 sets of tennis and won 32 of them.
Congratulations to #1 Singles Jacelyn Buck who finished 2nd. Lost 7-8 (5) in a tie-breaker in the final match.
Congratulations to #2 Doubles Calli Hatfield and Natalie Henning who finished 3rd, winning 8-1 in their final match.
Congratulations to #2 Singles Lexi Saffell who finished 1st. Won 32 of 36 sets on the day.
Other teams at the invitational included host Pratt,Sterling, Ulysses, Chaparral, Kingman, Larned, Greeley County and Lyons.
Next action this coming Tuesday at Conway Springs! (w/ Eisenhower and South Barber) GOOD LUCK LADY CRUSADERS!!
These young ladies ARE GOOD! :)
Varsity girls tennis team won it's second straight meet with 34 team points.
#1 Singles Jacelyn Buck took 1st place and played well, best win was over Roe from Kingman who finished 11th at 3A state last season. She was down 3-4 and came back to win 6-4. She went 4-0 on the day to win her second straight tournament.
#1 Doubles Avery Rusk and Rylee Rusk went 4-0 and only gave up 2 games on the day.
#2 Singles Lexi Saffell found herself in a three way tie for 1st place but took home the 3rd place medal on percentage points for the tiebreaker. She had a great come from behind match against Roth from Kingman being down 1-5, and won 7-5.
#2 Doubles Calli Hatfield and Natalie Henning went 2-1 on the day good for 2nd place and had a very close loss 5-7 to Chaparral.
Coach Aufdengarten stated, "Girls did well we mixed our lineup up a bit to give some others a chance at varsity. We have a busy week this week going to Circle on Thursday and Pratt on Saturday".
Our Varsity Girls Tennis team saw their first action of the season Tuesday here at HOME at the 9th St. Courts. The Lady Crusaders hosted Eisenhower HS, Conway Springs (ranked 3rd in 3A) and Buhler (ranked 8th in 4A). Pre-season polls had placed Wellington at 5th in 4A. Obviously some good tennis was going to get played Tuesday and Wellington lead the way in that department, finishing FIRST as a team / check out these numbers:
In #1 Doubles, Senior Mekenna Adams and Sophomore Kylie Aufdengarten went 3-0 (8-3, 8-1, 8-4) on the day after going 1-2 in this same tournament last season. Both were also recently named as 1 of the top 10 Doubles Players in the State by "Varsity Kansas" (kansas.com). In #2 Doubles, Senior Avery Rusk and Freshman sibling Rylee Rusk also placed first, finishing at 2-1. (8-1, 8-2, 2-8) In #1 Singles, Senior Abby Lowe, in the toughest division of the day (with all players making the State Tourney last year) battled hard and ended up 0-3. (4-8, 4-8, 1-8). In #2 Singles, Junior Jacelyn Buck finished first going 3-0 (8-7, 8-4, 8-4), defeating a couple of pretty good opponents according to Coach Aufdengarten. Coach Aufty called it a "decent start"but added "there are many things to improve on..."
Conway Springs 14
Wellington's Varsity will see action again next Tuesday here at HOME when they host Chaparral, Kingman, Collegiate and Winfield.
AWESOME START LADIES!!
BACK ROW L to R: Rylee Rusk, Jacelyn Buck, Jennifer Walters
KNEELING L to R: Calli Hatfield, Kylie Aufdengarten, Raeawna Nutt, Olivia Brand, Natalie Henning
SITTING L to R: Shilynn Gustason, Adaysia Love, Abby Lowe, Mekenna Adams, Avery Rusk, Lexi Saffell
It was TEAM PIC time for the Lady Crusader Tennis Team on Monday. Click below and meet the ladies!
2017 WHS GIRLS TENNIS TEAM PICS
The WHS Girls Tennis team has been hard at it all week, this first official week of FALL SPORT PRACTICES across the State. Coaches Brian Aufdengarten and Daphne Adams were putting the girls through their tennis rigors Thursday evening at the Crusader Courts on 9th St. They have a lot of fun at their sport and the coaches account for a lot of that. The numbers are down from last year but some very quality players returning for action this year nonetheless. They have a lot of talent, just not as much depth. "4" Seniors, all State Tournament Qualifiers last season will lead the Lady Crusaders this Fall. Mekenna Adams, Avery Rusk, Lexi Saffell and Abby Lowe. Mekenna has qualified for State and medaled all 3 of her underclassman seasons. A lot of excitement lies ahead for sure!
Their first Varsity action will be on Tue. Aug. 29th, hosting Buhler, Conway Springs and Eisenhower HS’s down at the 9th street courts. That action will get underway at 3:00PM. The weather Thursday evening at the courts was PERFECTO…very nice temperatures and not a puff of wind…perfect tennis conditions and the girls and coaches were enjoying it. The temps on the cement courts "seem" to get as high as 120 or so when it’s HOT & SUNNY so cooler weather this time of year is much appreciated no doubt! Probably won't last.
GOOD LUCK ON THE 29TH!!
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WHS Doubles Partners Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten after advancing to final day action in Winfield today at the State 4A Girls Tennis Championships, downed Collegiate in a tie-breaker 9-8 (7-5) to finish 5th!! The duo will be bringing home the hardware - check out more from the State 4A Tennis Tourney - STATE 4A TENNIS WRAP-UP
Congrats to Avery Rusk and Lauryn Snipes as well as Abby Lowe and Lexi Saffell - all battled hard on Friday but came up short on the Saturday call sheet. Great seasons for all of them!!
COURT ACTION will commence around 11:30AM today and then conclude beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday.
T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center, 1400 Mound Street
Winfield, KS 67156
The WHS JV Girls Tennis squad hosted Circle, Derby and Eisenhower Monday at the 9th St. Courts with some awesome outcomes!
#1 singles Natalie Henning 4-0 1st place
#1 doubles Brentasia Cramer & Shilynn Gustason 4-0 1st place
#2 singles Faith Rowley 2-1 2nd place
#1 doubles Adaysia Love & Mariah Pruitt 3-1 2nd place
#1 singles Hattie Staley 2-2 3rd place
#2 doubles Raeawna Nutt & Maggie McMinn 2-2 3rd place
The Varsity Squad hosted a QUAD this week on Tuesday down at the 9th St. Courts – they did not lose 1 match!! Awesome!
#1 Singles Abby Lowe went 3-0 for first place. Won over Winfield 8-4, over Chaparral 8-7(8-6), and over Kingman 8-3. #2 Singles Jacelyn Buck went 3-0 for first in her first action on the season. Won over Winfield 8-3, over Chaparral 8-4, and Kingman 8-3. #1 Doubles Lauryn Snipes & Avery Rusk went 3-0for first place. Beat Winfield 8-1, beat Chaparral 8-4, and beat Kingman 8-3. #2 Doubles Madison Lewellen & Lexi Saffell also went 3-0 for first. Won over Winfield 8-1, beat Chaparral 8-0, and beat Kingman 8-0.
The Varsity Girls Tennis team held their season opener Tuesday at the 9th St. Courts - hosting Buhler, Goddard Eisenhower and Conway Springs. It was a close battle but in the end the Wellington Girls came out on top - this is the first time Wellington has won this tournament outright since 2012. Here are the team and individual results - awesome job Ladies!!
Wellington 16, Buhler 15, Goddard Eisenhower 15 and Conway Springs 14 (that was a battle!)
#2 Singles Madison Lewellen went 3-0 for a 1st place finish! #2 Doubles Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk went 2-1 for 2nd. #1 Singles Abby Lowe and #1 Doubles Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten both finished 3rd!