Crusader preview: Free off state tournament berth, Wellington returns with 3 starters

first_imgGame7:30PMAway vs. ClearwaterClearwater High School Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015 Varsity/JV     Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 15Carson LeGrand5-1011 Kingman Tournament December 8-12 5Connor Phelps6-112 TournamentTBDAway vs. Clearwater,Mulvane,Conway Springs,Belle Plaine,Chaparral,KingmanChaparral High School Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 12Adam Hilt5-911 Game7:30PMWichita CollegiateWellington High School – WHS Main Gym 32Ian King6-610 Roadrunner Classic 21De’Andre Washington5-109 Game7:30PMAway vs. AugustaAugusta High School 4A Sub-State Semi FinalsTBDAway vs. TbaTBA Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 30Jacob Ewing5-119 C-Team Wellington Boys roster    Game7:30PMWinfieldWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Friday, Feb 12, 2016 Assistant coach: Richard Roitman, Luke Smith, Chad Whaley. 14Therin Frame5-811 12Jaden Adams5-810 Head coach: Brian Buchanan 21De’Andre Washington5-109 24Chaese Hamel6-211 Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 Game7:30PMMulvaneWellington High School – WHS Main Gym 30Jacob Ewing5-119 4A StateTBDAway vs. TbaSalina Bicentennial Center 33Grey Hatfield6-09 Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 44Braiden Buresh6-210 40Joe Ybarra6-09  No.NameHeightYear Game7:30PMAway vs. MulvaneMulvane High School Game7:30PMAway vs. Wichita CollegiateWichita Collegiate School TournamentTBDAway vs. KingmanKingman High School Game7:30PMAway vs. AndaleAndale High School 31Will Long6-211 44Braiden Buresh6-210 23Brayden Higginbotham6-19 The schedule: 31Dakota Dry6-09 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team is coming off a state tournament berth, and that is something no team has said since the 1950s.Last March, Wellington won its sub-state and qualified for the Class 4A Div. 1 state tournament in Salina. The opportunity presents itself again. The Crusaders will be hosting the sub-state in Wellington and the same three opponents are back: Rose Hill, Mulvane and Winfield.But that is a story for late February. Today, Wellington head coach Brian Buchanan, embarking for the 13th year in Wellington, is trying to find the best combination of players for December.  So far so good, Wellington is 1-0 after beating host Kingman 62-49 Tuesday in the Eagle Basketball Classic.Buchanan has a unique situation. He has just two seniors on his roster. But he has three returning starters. And he has a plethora of sophomores and juniors, who could play a major factor in the season.“Young players are going to have to play important roles at the start of the season,” Buchanan said. “They display a very good basketball mentality and I’m looking forward to watching this group this year.”For example, in the Kingman game,Wellington was 10 deep in its rotation after some of its starters got in foul trouble.Wellington returns 30.6 ppg experience from last season. At the top of the list are a couple of sophomores, who contributed significantly as freshmen.A.J. SnipesSophomore A.J. Snipes, at 6-1, scored 9.7 ppg and nabbed 2.1 rebounds a game. He scored 16 points on Tuesday.He is joined by Ian King, at 6-5, who scored 7.9 ppg and had 5.3 rpg.Of course, Connor Phelps, will be the senior leader and will take off where he last left off in football. He averaged 7.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg. He scored 16 points Tuesday.Those three will be joined by four returning lettermen.Wesley Gilmore, at 6-0, is the other senior and has scored 4 ppg with 1.8 rebounds. Cade Phelps returns as a 6-0, sophomore. Jack Walton and Chaese Hamel also return as returning lettermen.“This group displays great work ethic each and every day,” Buchanan said. “The players understand what is expected of them.”Buchanan said defense and rebound has to be more consistent than last year’s 12-11 team.Of course, Wellington is still in the rock solid Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV which means the Crusaders will have to deal with basketball powers Wichita Collegiate and Andale twice every season. Buchanan said while Collegiate could be competing for a state title in Class 4A Div. II, Andale is not as good as the past two seasons giving Wellington an opportunity to knock it off for the first time in years, Buchanan said.The Indians are ranked No. 6 in the latest KBCA 4A Div. 1 poll.“I think there will be a dogfight for the second and third place spot in the league,” Buchanan said. Follow us on Twitter. Friday, Jan 8, 2016 Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 11Chance Hamel6-19 Friday, Jan 15, 2016 Game7:30PMAway vs. El DoradoEl Dorado High School Friday, Dec 18, 2015 22Brock Edwards6-011 Friday, Mar 4, 2016 20Trey Cary5-1010 11Jack Walton6-210 3Jihad Mutazammil5-710 14Arlis Troutman5-810 33Grey Hatfield6-09 Game7:30PMAndaleWellington High School – WHS Main Gym 4A Sub-State ChampionshipTBDAway vs. TbaTBA Game7:30PMCircleWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 4Cade Phelps6-110 3Wesley Gilmore5-1112 40Joe Ybarra6-19 Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 Friday, Feb 19, 2016 23A.J. Snipes6-210 55Connor Burnett6-311 Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 10Coewen Rains5-1111 Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 Game7:30PMAway vs. CircleCircle High School Game7:30PMClearwaterWellington High School – WHS Main Gym Friday, Feb 5, 2016 Game7:30PMBuhlerWellington High School – WHS Main Gymlast_img