Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’: Revisiting the Cowboys TE’s short, failed NFL broadcasting stint

first_imgJason Witten is back on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for the first time since he decided to un-retire and rejoin the Cowboys as a future Hall of Fame tight end. Now he’s back on the field in New York as Dallas faces off with the NFC East rival Giants in Week 9.Witten’s lone season as a prime-time NFL game analyst was met with mixed reviews at best. Now he’s back contributing to Dallas’ repeat division-winning cause in 2019. While his former broadcast partner Joe Tessitore has moved on with former field analyst Booger McFarland as the new color commentator in the MNF booth, Witten returned to the Cowboys on a one-year, $2 million deal for his age 37 season. It didn’t help with that, Witten also had a misstep to get weirdly political in calling out the NFL’s roughing the passer penalties as too liberal — for a network that’s made it a point to distance itself from being political.Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79— Conor Orr 🐟 (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018Then came the capper in the Pro Bowl, when Witten misinformed viewers that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Colts tight end Eric Ebron were teammates all season despite playing for AFC rival teams.Patrick Mahomes throws a TD pass to Eric EbronJason Witten: “Ebron was his guy all year”Good to see Witten in Pro Bowl form pic.twitter.com/Zy4A0lYw9H— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 27, 2019You can give ESPN and Witten some credit for trying to make it work, and there was some promise when the hire was announced. But in the end, Witten with the Cowboys and MNF without Witten feels a lot more natural. How did it come about for Witten to give a TV career a try, and why didn’t it work out? Here’s a look back in his one and only season on “Monday Night Football.”MORE: The glory days of “Monday Night Football”Why did Jason Witten leave ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten was never comfortable in the booth and missed being in the action vs. calling it. According to multiple reports, Witten also has had designs on another post-playing football-related career: Coaching. He was even rumored to be a darkhorse head-coaching candidate for his alma mater, Tennessee, before Jeremy Pruitt took the job in 2018.Going back to the Cowboys sets him Witten up to make a smooth transition to either their coaching staff or that of another NFL team in 2020. Ultimately, Witten also saw Dallas had great potential to remain a strong playoff team with a shot at getting him to the Super Bowl for the first time in his 16-year career.”The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement when announcing his return in May. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”Why did ESPN choose Jason Witten for ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten not only is one of the most likeable players in the NFL, but also has great knowledge of the game. As a good friend and teammate of former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — who has already turned into a broadcast legend doing CBS’ games of the week with Jim Nantz — there was a thought Witten’s personality and insight would also translate well to the booth.After a disastrous final season of Jon Gruden before he took the Raiders’ head coaching job again — it was brutally obvious he and play-and-play man Sean McDonough didn’t mesh — ESPN went the nice guy approach after moving pro’s pro Tessitore from college football studio duties.Before Witten called his first game of the 2018 season for ESPN, he told Sporting News this about taking the job:”I’m so honored and humbled by this opportunity. You think about all those big names, and I think, ‘My gosh.’ That’s a big reason while I’ll be standing (in the booth)” Witten said.”You can’t fill those shoes, when you think of those guys who have been in there in huge situations as analysts. These are voices we’ve heard over the past three, four, five decades. It’s just incredible the jobs that they did. Now I have that opportunity to carry that vision and what they’ve built. You can’t match what they’ve done — you really can’t. I would be foolish to try to do that. I will be trying to my damndest to make everyone proud.”Witten held his own, but was not given the opportunity to hone his craft in less-pressure environments such as college football Saturdays (which worked for former NFL player Brian Griese, who is a good bet to shine on MNF at some point in the future). Instead, Witten was thrown into a tough situation in the immediate spotlight.There was no real genuine chemistry between Witten and Tessitore, and the presence of McFarland speaking as as third voice made things more complicated and clunky.MORE: Booger McFarland to join Joe Tessitore in MNF boothWhy didn’t it work out for Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten had some trouble with basics, including properly pronouncing player names and using the telestrator. But ultimately it came down to some shoddy on-field analysis that cost him. In other words, unlike the astute Cris Collinsworth or the all-seeing Romo, it was easy to tell Witten didn’t put in the same kind of relentless study of player and team tendencies.last_img read more

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Cutting-edge golf facility opening its doors today

first_imgBeginning today, local golfers have the opportunity to improve their golf games on a year-round basis at one of the finest indoor golf facilities in the nation.Golf Lab, co-founded by golf enthusiast Michael McRae and professional golfer Henry White, officially opens today at 925 S. West Temple.The 20,000-square-foot Golf Lab is a state-of-the-art facility designed to help golfers of all abilities on everything from full swing analysis to putting assessments.McRae is a professional photographer who converted his photo studio into Golf Lab. Dozens of cameras are used to analyze golfers from various angles in full swings, chipping and putting. White, who is also a certified physical therapist, works with golfers on their golf game as well as physical fitness related to golf.”The Golf Lab experience is unlike others in that we incorporate a complete physical assessment with our full swing, putting and short game analyses,” White said. “Through our unique method of instruction, players can experience dramatic improvements in their game.”Golf Lab also features professional club fitting by John Cluff. By using data from Golf Lab’s analyses, customers can receive recommendations for appropriate drivers, irons and putters.”We are excited to offer this unique technology and teaching style to Utah golfers,” said McRae. Golf Lab is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To schedule an appointment for individual or group lessons, call 746-1291. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Utah Utes football notebook: Vroman erasing worries about replacing Sakoda as kicker

first_imgBesides getting settled on a starter at the quarterback position, perhaps the biggest concern for Ute football coaches in camp has been the kicking game. Replacing a player such as all-American Louie Sakoda, a three-year starter at punter and placekicker, is a tough task.After Thursday’s scrimmage, coach Kyle Whittingham was all smiles while talking about the kicking game.Ben Vroman, who handled kickoffs the last two years, is No. 1 on the depth chart at placekicker, and he showed why Thursday.He went 7-for-7 on the day, making field goals from 49 and 43 yards as well as from 39, 36, 35, 31 and 26 yards.”I was very pleased with the placekicking today,” Whittingham said. “We did a bunch of placekicking in live situations, and Ben Vroman was clearly the top guy and right now unless something dramatic happens, he’ll be handling the kickoffs and the placekicking.”Besides Vroman, freshman Nick Marsh made a 33-yard field goal and Joe Phillips a 36-yarder.”It was a good day for the specialists group,” said Vroman, a senior out of Skyline High. “Spring was a little rough for us, but the first part of the camp we’ve definitely taken some steps forward.”Whittingham also said punter Sean Sellwood was back in action after sitting out earlier in the week and did a “nice job” punting the ball Thursday.”I’m very happy with the whole kicking battery,” said Whittingham. “It’s all way ahead of where we were in the spring.”NOT GOOD ENOUGH: While much of the focus has been on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has been improving each day of practice. However, new defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was not happy with the defense at Thursday’s scrimmage.”The guys are energetic and running around, but we had too many missed assignments and too many missed tackles,” he said. “Nobody was great today. We were just good. But good is not good enough for this program.”Sitake said the defense did rest seven starters as a precaution, but he still expected more.”It was an opportunity for our inexperienced guys to get in there and play some ball and get some experience,” he said. “But it wasn’t clean enough and crisp enough. We had a lot of mistakes. We need to stay focused on our fundamentals and our technique. We’re anxious for the next time to go live.”ROBLES BACK: Lost amid all the talk about the three-way battle for quarterback is the return of Griff Robles, the highly recruited QB from Spanish Fork High School.The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Robles returned from an LDS mission in June and wasn’t expected to play this fall but was given the scholarship saved for James Aiono, who didn’t qualify academically for this fall.If Robles doesn’t get a chance at quarterback, he may have a future as a defender, a another former quarterback from Utah County, PaulKruger.Robles took some snaps at the end of Thursday’s scrimmage and after getting picked off by Thor Salanoa he laid out the defender with a hard tackle on the sideline.When asked about it later, Sitake said, “That was the hardest hit all day.”EXTRA POINTS: Rice-EcclesStadium will have two new banners on the west side of the stadium this year, commemorating the 2004 season and Fiesta Bowl victory and the 2008 season and SugarBowl victory … Jake Orchard, an all-state receiver for Highland in 2005, has joined the team as a walk-on after recently returning from an LDS mission. He was recruited out of high school by several schools for football but opted to accept a scholarship to play basketball for Weber State as a freshman … The next scrimmage will be Tuesday at the stadium with the final scrimmage set for Aug. 22.last_img read more

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I went to see BYU, but unknown Utah State golfer stole the show at memorable 1980 NCAA Golf Championship

first_img AP Jay Don Blake tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. Grid View As expected, BYU competed for the national championship all week, eventually finishing second to Oklahoma State, four strokes back. However, the big story turned out to be how this unheralded golfer from St. George, Utah, ended up winning the NCAA individual title over several more prominent golfers, many of whom went on to become stars on the PGA Tour.Back then I didn’t even know anything about renting cars or maybe I was just trying to save the company a few bucks, but I had to bum rides up to the course with whomever I saw in the hotel parking lot headed that way. For sending my stories back to Utah, I had something called a telecopier, a bulky machine that was a precursor to a fax machine, except that it would take six minutes to send one page of your typed story as it spun around. However, I made a rookie mistake and checked it as luggage rather than carry it on and the machine broke, forcing me to dictate all my stories over the phone for the whole week. Before the tournament, I remember talking to Utah State coach Dan Roskelley at the Columbus airport, or perhaps it was at an airport connection along the way there — hey, it’s been a long time — and having him tell me that Blake was going to contend that week.I didn’t really believe him — coaches say things like that all the time, but the following day, who should be atop the leaderboard, but the 21-year-old from Utah, whose 3-under-par 69 put him in a tie with Oklahoma State’s Bob Tway.“I wasn’t a big-known player or thought of as a player to be a contender. All the articles were about a bunch of other players, but slowly as the week went along my name kept hanging around. But I didn’t mind that, they could think what they thought. I had a reason to prove a point.” — Jay Don BlakeWhen Blake followed that with a 71 and took a two-stroke lead over the field, people began to take notice, even if they couldn’t get his name right. The scoreboard had him listed as Jay “Donblake.” On the local sports news he was referred to as Joe Don Baker, who was actually a second-rate movie actor of the era.“I wasn’t a big-known player or thought of as a player to be a contender,” Blake said recently from his home in St. George. “All the articles were about a bunch of other players, but slowly as the week went along my name kept hanging around. But I didn’t mind that, they could think what they thought. I had a reason to prove a point.”Years later, Roskelley, who himself was referred to in a news article as “Dan Ross Kelley,” laughed about how he and Blake were disrespected that week.“They thought we were a couple of hicks from Utah,” he said. “The media back there didn’t know (Blake) from a load of coal.”The lack of respect didn’t faze the unassuming Blake, who just kept making birdies and staying ahead of the supposed superior competition.Besides Clampett, the NCAA field was full of big-name amateurs, many of whom went on to become successful professionals. There were a half-dozen players who went on to win major championships, including Tway (eight PGA Tour wins, 1986 PGA), UCLA’s Corey Pavin (15 PGA Tour wins, 1995 U.S. Open) Florida’s Mark Calcavecchia (13 PGA Tour wins, 1989 British Open), Centenary’s Hal Sutton (14 PGA Tour wins, 1983 PGA) Minnesota’s Tom Lehman (five PGA Tour wins, 1996 British Open) and Colorado’s Steve Jones (eight PGA Tour wins, 1996 U.S. Open). Other top players included Ohio State’s Joey Sindelar (seven PGA Tour wins), Tennessee’s Jim Gallagher (five PGA Tour wins) and defending NCAA champion Gary Hallberg of Wake Forest (three PGA Tour wins).But the best of the bunch that week turned out to be Blake, who never showed any signs of the pressure getting to him. In fact during a rain delay in the third round, after a TV reporter requested an interview, Roskelley searched for Blake and finally found him on the floor of the golf shop — sound asleep.There were two weather delays that Friday (I remember getting soaked to the bone running in from the seventh hole trying to beat one of the thunderstorms) and that pushed the end of the third round into Saturday when the final round was scheduled. Blake played six holes in the morning and finished with another 71 and went into the final round two shots ahead of Sutton.But Blake struggled early in his final round and finally looked like the pressure of being an unknown atop the leaderboard all week was getting to him. He was 2 over par on the day through 13 holes and Sutton, one of the country’s premier amateurs at the time, was in the clubhouse with a 70 and a 5-under-par total, two shots ahead of Blake.Reporters were interviewing Sutton and one eastern writer, already forgetting about Jay whats-his-name, had the audacity to ask Sutton if it was his “biggest victory ever.”A befuddled Sutton answered in the affirmative, assuming he must have won the tournament.However, Blake wasn’t done. He was informed of Sutton’s standing at the 14th tee and he promptly made a birdie to cut the lead to one. When he missed the green at the par-3 17th hole and then faced a tricky 25-foot par putt, things were looking bleak for Blake.But he calmly sank a putt that had about 4 feet of break to it and went into No. 18, needing a birdie to tie Sutton. His 300-yard drive left him with a wedge to the 412-yard par-4 and he knocked it within 12 feet. With Sutton looking on from a distance, Blake confidently rolled the putt, forcing a playoff. “I remember seeing him on the back of the green,” Blake said of Sutton. “He watched me putt it and as soon as it went in he just turned around and walked toward the clubhouse.”I was already shaking my head at Blake’s two clutch putts, but there was more to come.The playoff was to start on 17, where this brand-new, all-sports network called ESPN was taping it. If needed, the playoff would continue on 18 and then go back to the same two holes.Sutton appeared to be on the verge of winning on the first playoff hole by hitting the green, while Blake landed in a greenside bunker. After Sutton assured himself of a par, Blake had to make a 10-foot par putt to stay alive, which he did. At 18, Blake’s 25-foot putt for birdie rimmed the cup, while Sutton’s 12-footer never came close.As I wrote back then, Blake appeared to be going for the victory, while Sutton was waiting for Blake to fold. The two went back to 17 and both made pars and again to 18. Sutton missed his long birdie try, leaving Blake with a 10-footer for the win, “almost the identical same putt I’d made at the end of regulation,” he said. Blake stroked it firmly and it hit the center of the cup.The kid from St. George was the NCAA champion.“It was one of the neatest things I’ve ever been through,” Roskelley said. “It’s a great memory.”I have to agree. Of the many sporting events I’ve covered in my long career, Jay Don Blake’s victory at the 1980 NCAA Golf Championship is still right there at the top of the list. SALT LAKE CITY — Over the last 40 years, I’ve covered thousands of sporting events, many in far-flung places from Scotland to Puerto Rico to Hawaii. Nowhere more than Las Vegas, where I’ve covered more than 50 basketball, football and golf events.But as memorable as any was my very first out-of-state sporting event, 40 years ago this week.I was just past my first full year at the Deseret News when I was sent to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Golf Championships at Ohio State University. Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake, bottom right, poses with his Aggie teammates. Forty years ago Blake won medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake, bottom right, poses with his Aggie teammates. Forty years ago Blake won medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. Jay Don Blake tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. Jay Don Blake waves to the gallery after making his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic golf tournament, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Courtesy Utah State Athletics ASSOCIATED PRESS Jay Don Blake hits from a bunker up to the fifth green during the final round of the SAS PGA Champions Tour golf tournament at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Blake finished in second place. Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake follows through on a shot. Courtesy Utah State Athletics Jay Don Blake reacts on the 18th green after winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Jay Don Blake tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. Courtesy Utah State Athletics The main reason was to cover the BYU golf team, which had been one of the top college golf programs in the country for several years under legendary coach Karl Tucker. That year the Cougars were one of the top teams in the country with future PGA Tour players Keith Clearwater, Dick Zokol and Bobby Clampett, who was the No. 1 player in the country.There was also a young golfer from Utah State named Jay Don Blake, competing as an individual, who I had to keep an eye on. I knew he had made it to the finals of the Utah Men’s Amateur a couple of years earlier and had won some college events, but didn’t know much else about him. Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake follows through on a shot.center_img Jay Don Blake poses with his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Blake shot even-par 71 to finish at total 8-under-par. Jay Don Blake hits from a bunker up to the fifth green during the final round of the SAS PGA Champions Tour golf tournament at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Blake finished in second place. Courtesy Utah State Athletics AP AP Jay Don Blake waves to the gallery after making his putt on the 18th green during the second round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic golf tournament, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. AP Jay Don Blake poses with his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Blake shot even-par 71 to finish at total 8-under-par. Jay Don Blake reacts on the 18th green after winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake poses with the hardware after winning the 1980 NCAA Championship. Jay Don Blake tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. A denim-wearing Jay Don Blake stands over his ball. Forty years ago the Utah State golfer won medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. A denim-wearing Jay Don Blake stands over his ball. Forty years ago the Utah State golfer won medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. AP Related Jay Don Blake enjoying life in St. George, hanging out with the grandkids Utah State golfer Jay Don Blake poses with the hardware after winning the 1980 NCAA Championship.last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Jail bookings: May 8 – May 15, 2017

first_imgMunoz, Carlos J.32Kansas City, Kansas415 N. Michigan Ave, Oxford, KansasDomestic battery5/13/17 White, Britton A.23Mulvane, KansasCowley County Jail, Winfield, KansasProbation Violation5/10/17 Musgrove, Melissa D.30Park City, KansasSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KansasIdentity Fraud; Identity Theft; Unlawful use of driver’s license5/8/17 Alexander, Anthony49Hutchinson, KansasReno County Jail, Hutchinson, KansasFailure to Appear5/14/17        McIntire, Mallory J.31Wellington, Kansas10th and G St., Wellington, KansasCriminal trespass / Disorderly conduct5/14/17 Phillips, Timothy M.38Wichita, Kansas777 Kansas Star Dr., Sumner County KSFailure to Appear; Driving while suspended;5/10/17 Effertz, Stephen S.44Caldwell, Kansas815 N. Woodlawn Apt. 229, Wellington, KansasTheft of prop/services5/14/17 Blocker, Ike D. IV24Wichita, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KansasProbation Violation5/10/17 Piersall, Terran G.19Haysville, Kansas777 Kansas Star Dr., Sumner County KSUnlawful use of drivers license5/11/17 Wooding, Eric W.40Lincoln, NebraskaS 1-335 MP 8.6, South Haven, KansasDriving While Suspended; Failure to pay toll;  Lancaster Co. Nebraska warrant5/11/17 Osborne, Robert J.40Wellington, Kansas610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KansasProbation Violation5/10/17 Orange, Laquesha R.32Wichita, KansasSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KansasProbation Violation5/10/17 Boor, Brian S.25Wellington, Kansas1210 N. B St., Wellington, KansasCriminal Damage to property5/11/17 Monday 0600  thru  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS05/8/2017 thru 05/15/2017  Watkins-Hickey, Kiephinn D.34Detroit, MichiganMacomb County Jail, Mt. Clemons, MichiganFailure to Appear5/11/17 Kessinger, James R. Jr.24Wichita, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KansasProbation Violation5/8/17 Nash, Timothy H.20Wellington, KansasHargas Creek Watershed, Wellington, KansasTheft of property5/11/17 Jones, Nicholas D.33Wichita, KansasSB-I-35, Mulvane, KansasDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs5/14/17 Cline, Kellie J.41Whitewater, KansasSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KansasBuglary; Theft5/11/17 Thomas, Darico C.26Kansas City, MissouriN I035 HWY MP 32Driving while habitual violator5/13/17 Proctor, Tony A.38Oxford, Kansas121 N. Sumner, Oxford, KansasMaking false information; Criminal use of financial card; Forgery; Giving a worthless check5/9/17 Gallegos, Gage M.23Wichita, KansasSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KansasProbation Violation5/11/17 Willoughby, Robert J.23Wichita, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KansasBattery; Disorderly Conduct5/12/17 Simons, Christopher D.28Belle Plaine, Kansas419 N. Logan, Belle Plaine, KansasNorth Carolina Warrant5/12/17 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 8 to May 15, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: The full sheriff report can be found here. Glover, Edward C.45Wellington, Kansas208 N. Washington, Wellington, KansasCriminal Trespass; Criminal Damage to property5/10/17 Sharp, Kathryn L.29Wichita, Kansas777 Kansas Star Dr., Mulvane, KansasArrest by LEO / Failure to Appear5/13/17 McGinn, Morgan E.31Wichita, Kansas200 E. 30th St. S., Wellington, KansasDriving while license cancelled/suspended/revoked5/13/17 Banks, Anthony M.34Wichita, KansasSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KansasFailure to Appear; Contempt of Court5/10/17 NAMEAgeHOMETOWNLOCATION OF ARRESTCHARGESDATE OF ARRESTlast_img read more

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Cheney teams travel to Wellington for home tournament game and wins

first_imgWellington2141310—39 Cheney — B. Dewey 18, T. Scheer 16, L. Petz 11, D. Peters 10, H. Adolph 8, R. Petz 4 In other games: JV GIRLS: Cheney 41 Wellington 31.Myriland French 7, McKenna Jones 7, Draven Warnock 6, Taylor Meyer 4, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 2. JV girls are 0-2.JV BOYS: Cheney 64 Wellington 63. Zander Vargas 16, Brayden Higginbotham 13, Austin Soles 12, Zane Cornejo 12, Jacob Ewing 6, Tyler Brown 5. JV boys are 0-2.C TEAM BOYS: Cheney 44 Wellington 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. C Team boys are 0-2.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Z Cheney17231314—67 Girls: Cheney 65, Wellington 39 Wellington — A. Rusk 17, S. French 13, T. Meyer 4, R. Rusk 3, J. Buck 2 Cheney — Scheer 15, E. Monson 10, D. O’Shea 9, K. Higgins 8, J. Block 7, T. Lonker 6, K. Smith 6, Wewe 2, K. Campbell 2 Scoring:center_img Cheney’s defense swarms A.J. Snipes. holding him to 13 points Thursday night.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Cheney’s varsity boys and girls basketball teams came into Wellington and posted double-digit wins in the second round of the round-robin Cheney Tournament.The Wellington boys lost to Cheney 67-48 while the girls fell 65-39. The game was played in Wellington despite the fact it is the Cheney Tournament. In this tournament, four teams play one home and one away game before playing the finals games in Cheney.In the boys game, Wellington was competitive for awhile, trailing by a mere two points late in the first quarter 14-12. Then suddenly the Cardinals rattled off 10 consecutive points to make it 24-12 and the Crusaders were chasing the No. 1 team in Class 3A the rest of the way.“Our philosophy going in was to not let them speed the game up,” said Rick Roitman, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “They run and jump at you playing a havoc defense. Then they were in a 1-3-1 zone all in an effort to speed it up. And that’s what happened in the second quarter.”Wellington can find solace in that it played even ball the rest of the way, with a 27-27 second half scoring output. Cheney was Class 3A state runner up in 2016-17 and has all its players back.Brendon Dewey was the leading scorer with 18 points followed by Trent Scheer with 15.Wellington was led by A.J. Snipes with 13 points.In the girls game, Wellington was manhandled. It has been awhile since the Crusaders were beaten so soundly. Cheney opened with a 19-2 first quarter lead as Wellington failed to hit a field goal due to the Cardinals’ relentless press. The Crusaders were down 43-16 at the half.Both the boys and girls will play Chaparral Saturday night. The varsity girls play at 2 p.m. and the boys play at 3:30 p.m. Junior Varsity games will flip flop those times. There will be no C team games. Wellington — A. Snipes 13, I. King 11, J. Mutazammil 6, Z. Vargas 5, J. Walton 4, Soles 3, D. Washington 2, G. Hatfield 2 Boys: Cheney 67, Wellington 48 Wellington1291413—48 Cheney1924175—65 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 139 weeks ago These teams have great talent , however, the right players need to be in the game. Another noticeable problem is not working together as a team and having players that think they are the team. There is no reason these boys and girls shouldn’t win the majority of their games we just need to play good ball and not base playing time on what grade your in or who you are. Play the players who go out and give their all and work as a team. Report Reply 0 replies · active 139 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, October 3, 2018•6:07 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•5:20 a.m. Carol S. Brown, 74, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective tag light.•10:52 a.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:20 p.m. Officers investigated a sexual assault report in the 1200 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•2:26 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block W. 2nd, Wellington.•7:02 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 500 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•10:39 p.m. Officers took a lost property report in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.last_img

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City of Wellington announces mosquito spraying schedule

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department will begin the following Mosquito Spraying Schedule, weather permitting, next week:SPRAYING AREASMONDAY: A- West of Vandenburgh Ave.WEDNESDAY: B – South of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Woodlawn.FRIDAY: C- North of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Hargis Creek Watershed.If rain or high winds occur during normal spraying hours (6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) that area will be done the next day (morning or evening), weather permitting, or the next week on the scheduled day.For everyone’s safety – please keep children away from the sprayer. This machine is an ultra-low volume aerosol generator and does not use any diesel fuel.For more information regarding mosquito spraying, please contact the Street Department at 620-326-7831 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.As a resident, there are some things you can do to help control the mosquito population around your home and property:     1.     Eliminate standing or stagnant water.2.     Dispose of any tires, bathtubs or buckets, etc.3.     Keep fresh water in birdbaths.4.     Clean out rain gutters.5.     Fill in low spots in your yard that hold water.ANY OF THESE PLACES ARE IDEAL FOR MOSQUITOES!!!Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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2013 Volkswagen CC R-line: Sage wisdom from stylish car

first_imgWhen it first came to the states, the Volkswagen CC was exactly the type of car VW could do. A few years ago, VW had all the brass schnitzels to tell the American car buying public: “Zee? Ve can make a car that iz style more than substance.” Incredibly, Volkswagen was right.When the CC came out in 2008, buyers didn’t seem to notice that it was a re-skinned previous generation Passat. (Didn’t notice or didn’t care; same diff, really.)2013 Volkswagen CC R-line (Courtesy photo)It was a four-door coupe design — and yes, I understand that’s an oxymoron — that was hot a few years ago and Volkswagen could do a quick version of their own to offer in a relatively bare marketplace. After all, around 2008, VW had their eyes on being the world’s largest automaker, and to get there in a hurry. Slapping new bodies on existing platforms and selling them as near-luxury models could boost a bottom line in a hurry, right?Fast forward to 2013, and VW’s year so far can optimistically be summed up as, “Meh.”So where then, might you ask, does the CC fit into the lineup in a rebuilding year? Perhaps there’s no room for a four-door coupe that starts at more than $30,000 — $10,000 more than a base Passat — that appeals to a small market. Think that’s not reason enough to continue with the CC? Think again.For sure, the CC is unlike any other car in the Volkswagen lineup. Styled by VW designer Oliver Stefan, who also worked on the New Beetle Cabrio, the CC represents a moment of genuine creativity in a lineup balanced equally by quirk and necessity.Sure, there are hints in the CC that it’s based on a Passat anyway. But with a longer body, raised hood line and sweeping roofline, any comparisons of the CC to a much tamer Passat only happen when you break out the measuring tape and start comparing wheelbase figures. The CC’s subtle flared wheel arches in the front and rear add to the idea that it’s just a tinge different than the flat-front trousers of the Passat. The high belt line and low roofline give the idea that the CC is actually lower to the ground than it is, adding to the coupe appeal and feeding the idea that, “no, this isn’t an ordinary sedan.”The CC is not an ordinary sedan, smart guy. It’s better looking than a normal sedan. Which is to say, there’s some sacrifice in a few areas. Visibility takes a hit with the low roofline and high belt line. It’s also a bit smashed in the back thanks to a raked back window that sacrifices real estate for an angle that completes the coupe effect. Are all of these deal breakers? Probably not. But beauty is sacrifice, don’t you know.The real story for 2013 here isn’t what the CC looks like; it looks pretty close to the same after all these years. (I’ll catch heat from VW enthusiasts for that, I know. The CC underwent a mild facelift this year, but to me, it really looks the same.) But rather, the news is that the CC gets the “R-line” treatment from Volkswagen for the first time for 2013. For the uninitiated, Volkswagen’s R is rarified air for the people’s mobiles. The Golf R, for instance, is a legend in the hatchback world. The Beetle R is a ridiculously mean bug. And the Scirocco R is so highly revered, you can’t buy it — yet. The “R-line” then is a distillation, or flirtation, of that rarified status.For 2013, the CC R-line gets the 2.0-liter turbo four, which produces 200 horsepower and roughly the same amount of torque. It’s the same engine as the standard model, and the R-line can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic with paddle shifters. The R-line slots roughly in the middle, between the standard and VR6 option that places a 280-hp six under the hood instead of the turbo four. Does the R-line hold to the pedigree of fastest in the lineup? Maybe not. Does it look the fastest with special, more aggressive front bumper and side skirts? Sure, why not?Inside there are creature comforts like 12-way heated power seats, premium sound, leatherette seats and rain-sensing wipers for the R-line badge. But let’s be honest, I had you at “aggressive front bumper” already, didn’t I? The CC isn’t cramped, it fits four adults just fine and there’s enough room in the trunk for golf clubs. What else do you need?Driving the CC is where it begins to separate from the Passat. The CC feels sporty and meaner, like a coupe would be, wholly different than a Passat. Rowing through the gears in our CC R-line tester ($33,020 as tested) was pleasurable. It’s nice to finally drive a grown-up sedan in an almost completely childish way, banging through gears and squealing tires. If there’s a drawback, it’s in the steering. Although the CC feels almost different than any other sedan, it does have a somewhat numb feel throughout the wheel like a sedan. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it is noticeable.So how then does a coupe-driving sedan fit into VW’s plan for redemption? It might seem on the surface that it’s a luxury that’s expendable in a sales slump.Not so fast. VW’s heritage is on offering models that are too pretty and too fun to ignore. And while the CC R-line feels like it might be a stretch for the badge, it is a wholly creative animal that can bring a brand back from a slumping year.Aaron Cole is managing editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at acole@aurorasentinel.comlast_img read more

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ONSTAGE REVIEW: “Christmas Spirit” a darkly charming alternative to standard holiday…

first_img“The Christmas Spirit” runs through Dec. 21, the John Hand Theatre, Colorado Free University, 7653 E. 1st Place, Lowry. Tickets start at $20. Information: 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com. Tinsel, egg nog and fancy gifts have a way of warming the hearts of even the most bitter and disagreeable Scrooges at Christmas time.In Frederick Stroppel’s dark comedy “The Christmas Spirit,” even the Grim Reaper can’t escape the lure and promise of the holiday season. The Dickensian ideal of family, friends and a big roast goose has charmed Death to the point that he’s distracted from his job. The quaint ideal of a perfect Christmas makes the Grim Reaper forget his duty as the collector of souls and focus instead on wearing the rind kind of sweater and bringing the right kind of gifts to a holiday party.The premise is admittedly macabre and surreal, and the current production of “The Christmas Spirit” at the John Hand Theatre faces plenty of challenges in realizing the comedy’s full potential. A dark piece about Death coming to dinner poses technical challenges, and the tiny theater’s tight confines could easily turn into a roadblock.But the intimate scope of the place never gets in the way of finding the heart of this charming show. Considering the admirable track record of the John Hand’s home troupes, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that director Clint Heyn and a strong cast bring Stroppel’s twisted holiday cheer to life in a venue of less than 80 seats.Even so, the professionalism and vibrancy of this show is impressive from the very start. Strong and subtle performances carry the show through an unlikely premise, and the Firehouse Theatre Company shows once again that the small size of the theater is no limitation. In a theater scene crowded with typical holiday fare, “The Christmas Spirit” stands out as truly unique and unexpected storytelling.The intrigue kicks off when Julia Dowling (Emma Messenger) wakes up late at night on Christmas Eve to find an uninvited Visitor (Jeff Jesmer) prowling around her living room. The Visitor, it turns out, is Death. He’s come for Julia’s soul. There’s no talking him out of his mission.Except, there is. Julia’s pleas for a literal stay of execution starts carrying weight when the talk turns to Christmas. Dowling promises a Christmas feast for the next night. She insists that the celebration will include roast goose, gifts, family and all of the staples of greeting card celebration.That wins over the visitor. He’s heard about the charm of a traditional Christmas from Charles Dickens himself. He’s always wanted to take part in a true Christmas celebration. He leaves and promises to return for Christmas dinner the following evening.Julia finds herself pressed to organize a Christmas celebration straight out of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” She makes hasty invitations to her sister and her brother-in-law (Sarah MacMillan and Greg West), as well as her closeted son Paul(Doug Tisdale) and a priest, Father John Brennan (Jim Landis). She makes her daughter Beth (Jean Schuman) hunt down a goose and other staples for the perfect meal.When Death arrives the next night with a guest in tow (a recent suicide victim played by Kristjan Jesmer), Julia’s made every effort to recreate the ideal holiday and stave off her doom.Emma Messenger and Jeff Jesmer are the highlights of the comedy here, and they take on the demands of their roles with a compelling energy. Jesmer manages to balance the duties of being a wide-eyed innocent and the grim harbinger of doom; Dowling’s frenzied attempts to avoid death are hilarious at first, and moving by the end of the show. The two leads find support in an able ensemble. MacMillan and West offer hilarious moments as old grumps, Schuman is endearing as Julia’s daughter and Father Brennan’s unwitting discussions with the Grim Reaper are magical.The plot may be a very transparent take on the “Death Takes a Holiday” motif, but Stroppel’s approach to the idea of Death taking human form is plenty original. That originality depends a lot on timing and nuance, and the Firehouse production has plenty, despite the small scale of the space. THREE STARS OUT OF FOURlast_img read more

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