Should Wisconsin defeat Oregon during Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. match at the UW Field House, it will face one of two capable teams in Miami (Fla.) or Iowa State, each set to test the Badgers.Iowa State and Miami will commence first-round action at 5 p.m. in the Field House, a match Wisconsin will watch closely.Miami – 21-9 overall, 14-6 ACCThe Hurricanes have shown glimpses of being a competitive team, but more often than not fall to opponents who put pressure on them.Miami spent the entire season unranked and is 2-2 in ranked matches this season, but hasn’t defeated an opponent in the top 15, let alone faced one. Their best win was a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State, who they’d previously lost to 3-2. But an impressive five-set victory over Wisconsin rival No. 20 Purdue early in the season is nothing to overlook.Junior setter Haley Templeton averaged 10.72 assists per match for fourth-best in the ACC, but it’s a conference that has only three ranked teams — none of which fall in the top 15. Despite Templeton’s ability to distribute, the Hurricanes’ attacking will be matched by Wisconsin’s defense, should they advance.Only four hitters on Miami’s roster average more than two kills per set, while only another two average more than one kill per set. A narrowed focus in hitting is not something this Miami team can afford going into the postseason, especially since they only average 13.33 kills per set.The Badgers are No. 23 in the nation in blocks per set (2.76) and would handle the Hurricanes’ scheme with ease and complete net coverage.On the other side of the ball, there is not much of a presence. Miami finds itself in the bottom half of the ACC in blocks, opponent hitting percentage and digs. Wisconsin is 23rd in the nation in hitting percentage and 19th in the nation in kills per set.Iowa State – 18-10 overall, 11-5 Big 12The Cyclones, despite beginning the season ranked No. 21, failed to capitalize on their strong starting position. But they are a very young and promising team that could last longer than expected.Iowa State is 1-6 against ranked opponents, recording their only win against No. 25 Texas A&M back in September. That experience, however, could make Iowa State the favorite against Miami.All of those six losses came against Nebraska (No. 4), Texas (No. 3 and 5), Kansas (No. 10) and Colorado State (No. 12) — very competitive teams. Having been through matches like these, the Cyclones have been better prepared than Miami, whose highest ranked opponent in 2015 was No. 17 Florida State.The Cyclones’ net presence has made them a formidable opponent. They currently sit with the fourth-best opponent hitting percentage and second most digs in the Big 12. But their blocks are second to last in the conference, which spells a lot of trouble should they face Wisconsin in the second round.Even with an average defense, however, Iowa State’s offense will propel them in later rounds. Eight players average one or more kills per set, and they are ranked No. 45 in most kills per set as a team in the country with 13.94. Freshman outside hitter Jess Schaben averages 3.21 kills per set to lead her team, and will have a lot of defensive focus put onto her.Sophomore setter Monique Harris averaged more than 10 assists per set, but the question remains whether she can continue to produce the numbers she closed out the season with in a tougher environment.PredictionWith the experience Iowa State had during the regular season, expect them to be better prepared than Miami. Despite posting a 1-6 record against ranked opponents, those losses came to four teams within the top 10 and a Colorado State team ranked No. 12. The experience from those games is invaluable and can speed development of younger players in the case of Iowa State, similar to the process at Wisconsin.Not to mention the disparities between the ACC and Big 12.Of the five Big 12 teams in the tournament, two are seeded in the top 10. The ACC only sent three teams to the tournament.Playing in a tougher conference can certainly account for a deflated record in the case of Iowa State and the opposite, an inflated record, for Miami.Iowa State’s offense is also miles ahead of Miami’s in its ability to distribute kills among players, sending the Hurricanes’ sub-par defense running across the court. On the other side of the ball, their skills in digging will supplement a lack of blocks and keep a timid Miami attack at bay.With that in mind, expect Iowa State to await the winner of Wisconsin against Oregon.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Crusader world should be a happy place Friday night when Clearwater comes to town. Wellington is 3-0 with three rather dominating performances so far this season. There will be a new scoreboard, the victory bell has been repainted, the grass looks better than ever and it will be 70 degrees, and the 45 second clocks are a week away. Did we mention that Impact Bank will be frying those hamburgers?And this marks the first preview Sumner Newscow has written in three weeks, that doesnâ€™t involve some starter, who is out for the season with an ACL tear.The opportunity to go 4-0 is there for the Dukes. Clearwater comes into the game 0-3 after struggling with Mulvane the week before 31-13.â€œI know this sounds like a cliche, but Clearwater is one of the best 0-3 teams I have seen,â€ said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. â€œJake Wright is a fantastic runner. He is very quick and our defenders need to keep an eye out for him.â€Ryan said this will be an interesting test for the Crusader defense. In the past three week, Wellington has gone up against primary rushing teams. This team has a propensity to pass.â€œOur secondary has not been tested yet,â€ Ryan said. â€œIt will be interesting to see what we can do to stop them.â€â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Injury factorâ€¦While Wellington did not sustain any significant injuries last week, the injury effects of the previous two weeks on the rest of the season, has yet to be answered.Lane BeardTailback Lane Beard in his varsity starting debut against Circle most certainly did not disappoint. He rushed for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns. While Beard does not have the power of Austin Dunn, who is out for the season with an ACL tear, he does bring more breakaway speed.â€œLane has been working as a scout team running back in practice for quite awhile and if you know anything about football, that is not a fun job,â€ Ryan said. â€œSo when we put him in a game Friday night, he is used to getting beat up. Heâ€™s a tough kid.â€Two offensive linemen: Connor Burnett, who is nursing an ankle injury; and Trey Coulter, who has something wrong with his shoulder, were sat out. Ryan said that may have been a blessing in disguise because it gave defensive linemen Skylar Brand and Jace Lowe the opportunity to play on the other side of the ball.â€œThat should give us more depth on the line,â€ Ryan said. â€œI canâ€™t emphasize enough that the success of our offense this season is due to great play of our offensive line who has opened up some holes this season.â€â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢OK, everything is dandy now, butâ€¦.Wellingtonâ€™sÂ football team is smoking hot at the moment. But not to douse the fire for the Crusader Nation, Wellingtonâ€™s schedule is a bit lopsided.Consider this: When Clearwater comes to town tomorrow night, the Indians will be 0-3. The cumulative record of Wellingtonâ€™s first four opponents are 1-11.The weeks ahead will paint a different story. Andale, Wellingtonâ€™s homecoming opponent is currently 3-0, Wichita Collegiate is 2-1 (with its only loss to Andale), Mulvane is 1-2, Rose Hill is 1-2, and Ulysses is 2-1. The cumulative record of those six teams are 9-6. It most certainly is looking good in Crusader land at the moment, but letâ€™s keep it in perspective. The big guns have yet to arrive.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Circle musingsâ€¦The Circle coaching staff didnâ€™t ingratiate itself with the Wellington football staff last Friday night.Wellington looked like one of those 1990s Crusader teams who used to feast on inferior opponents. The Thunderbirds, who at one point had -16 yards on the Crusaders defense in the first three possessions, were waving the white flag before halftime – down 34-0 and letting the last minute of the first half wind down to zero without taking a snap.The Thunderbirds didnâ€™t start playing with any form of urgency until midway in the second half when Wellington put in the second string. Circle continued with the first string and started a high voltage hurry-up offense. The Circle coaching staff couldnâ€™t get the plays in fast enough.What resulted was a comeback for the ages as Circle narrowed the lead to 17 forcing Wellington to put the starters back in. Wellingtonâ€™s starters immediately took care of the comeback with an immediate Beard touchdown. But with the Crusader injury situation at an epidemic level, no one really wanted to see them out there.Coincidentally, Wellingtonâ€™s junior varsity won 54-6 Monday night. Rumor has it, Wellington never called off the dogs when Circleâ€™s second string came to town. 212Trevor NanceQB6’5210 412Lane BeardRB5’8155 6610David MatlockOL5’10173 Series history: Wellington owns this series with a 22-4 mark. Coach Ryan is 2-0 against Clearwater.Clearwater (22-4)1983 – Wellington 15 Clearwater 421984 – Wellington 7 Clearwater 61985 – Wellington 44 Clearwater 01986 – Wellington 28 Clearwater 61987 – Wellington 24 Clearwater 111988 – Wellington 34 Clearwater 161989 – Wellington 49 Clearwater 01990 – Wellington 47 Clearwater 181994 – Wellington 48 Clearwater 241995 – Wellington 44 Clearwater 0 (9-1)1996 – Wellington 40 Clearwater 81997 – Wellington 6 Clearwater 121998 – Wellington 30 Clearwater 01999 – Wellington 34 Clearwater 02000 – Wellington 42 Clearwater 02001 – Wellington 55 Clearwater 62002 – Wellington 40 Clearwater 72003 – Wellington 48 Clearwater 192006 – Wellington 22 Clearwater 02007 – Wellington 33 Clearwater 232008 – Wellington 28 Clearwater 32009 – Wellington 20 Clearwater 142010 – Wellington 21 Clearwater 242011 – Wellington 14 Clearwater 342012 – Wellington 34 Clearwater 212013 – Wellington 21 Clearwater 19 2112Andrew PelkeyRB6’0170 79Cade PhelpsQB6’1155 Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow. DATE OPPONENT HOME/AWAY9-5 Wellington 27 Augusta 13. Game night weather: Oh, it will be a perfect night to watch a football game. Forecasters are calling it 70 degree weather at game time. 5610Michael BillingtonRB5’7162 7511Jace LoweOL5’11240 229Aaron SchoemannRB6’0160 Injury situation: Still not good. But better than last week. Trey Coulter and Connor Burnett should return to the offensive lineup. 279Malachi TidwellRB5’7118 10-17 Rose Hill Home 8910Chris KopTE6’1193 5710Lukas SoriaOL5’9155 789Braiden BureshOL5’10215 1611Jared ShieldsWR6’2165 9-12 Wellington 34 Goddard Eisenhower 0. 339Logan JonesRB6’1188 859Jack WaltonTE6’2190 Wellington-Clearwater game at a glance:Clearwater (0-3) at Wellington (3-0), Friday at 7 p.m. 612Brenton TroutmanTE6’0175 6111Josh AmosOL6’1270 8012Drake SteinbachOL5’9185 3012Ian KingWR5’7145 699Jack HeimerOL5’10180 1012Colin ReichenbergerWR6’0160 10-31 @ Ulysses Away 419Kadin HeacockRB5’8135 6011Wyatt WitmerOL5’9215 4610Brad McBathTE6’0190 10-10 @ Collegiate Away 7112Skylar BrandOL5’11220 689Matthew McCombOL5’9230 209Trey CaryRB5’8135 559Jaden AdamsOL5’7160 NumberGradeNamePositionHeightWeight 2312Joey HaydonWR5’10170 3712Jaden HinesRB5’7195 1510Carson LeGrandWR5’8145 910Derek DriskellRB5’5130 589Gabe SmithOL6’1215 312Adam ConditTE6’1190 799Andre FowlerOL6’1230 6412Alejandro VargasOL6’0185 5311Ryan OlsonOL5’7140 Longest kickoff returnÂ 1. Lane Beard, 92, Circle, 2014.2. Steve Meeker, 90, Derby, 1970.3. Mike Herrington, 90, El Dorado, 1978.4. Tony Ybarra, 90, Valley Center, 1984.5. Mike Herrington, 89, Ark City, 1978.5. Mike Herrington, 89, Hutchinson, 1979.7. E.K. Franks, 88, Buhler, 1988.8. Garrett Brinkmeyer, 86, Andale, 2003.9. Tim Mirt, 83, Derby, 1971.10. John Washington, 83, Ark City, 1977.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Competing schedules:Â 2014 SCHEDULE 4011Bryce OldridgeWR5’8143 1212Zach BodkinsTE6’0175 Wellingtonâ€™s roster:Â 449Christian ClaytonTE6’1185 599Brandon OlesonOL5’8190 4510Tristin WithamRB5’7145 8410Lane MorganTE6’1185 3111Remington GilkeyWR5’11150 999Andrew JohnsonOL5’10250 1812Austin PfalzgrafWR6’1165 5411Nick HydeOL6’1215 7712Trey CoulterOL6’1295 5210Seth SmithOL5’9160 519Ian GroomOL5’11180 811Monty BannisterRB5’10140 819Ty WilsonTE5’7150 8811Skyler StrubleTE5’11160 511Connor PhelpsWR6’1185 3412Austin DunnRB6’0210 6312Joey LewallenOL5’10205 1112Jace BrunsTE6’2170 6511Jason NorrisOL6’2260 10-3 Andale Home 10-24 @ Mulvane Away Game’s significance: Another league game. Wellington has a chance to go 2-0 Friday with the big guns of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV – Andale and Wichita Collegiate – looming. 7010Levi PrestonOL6’0170 Clearwater:Â Scott City 37 Clearwater 0Goddard 30 Clearwater 10Mulvane 31 Clearwater 13. 269Ethan RedfordRB5’6140 7412Vince AstOL6’0175 9-19 Wellington 54 Circle 32. 7210Connor BurnettOL6’2320 879Joeseph ParsonTE6’2180 249AJ SnipesRB6’0140 Intangible facts: Some people and coaches donâ€™t like stats. We do. Last week was a record-setting night for two individuals. Colin Reichenberger set the WHS reception yardage record. Beard set the longest kickoff return in WHS history. Hereâ€™s a look at how those records stack up:Colin ReichenbergerReception yards (career).Â 1. Colin Reichenberger, 1,493, 14-15.2. Danny Crittenden, 1,484, 96-97.3. Garrett Brinkmeyer, 1,133, 02-04.4. Dick Graves, 919, 67-68.5. Larry LeMaster, 789, 75-76.6. Mark Sneed, 748, 80-82.7. Jeff Davis, 702, 69-70. 1410Dylan GoodmanQB5’10165 509Jared OathoutOL6’0180 9-26 Clearwater Home 139Brayden MorganRB5’7145 4210Dylan FergusonRB5’11163 6210Chance WilsonOL5’5165 2512Brad WarnerWR6’0163 Follow us on Twitter. 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. 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ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 18, 2014; The GuardianAs we hear of the impending acquisition by AT&T of DirecTV for $49 billion, we wonder at the anti-capitalist bent of it all. Isn’t the whole system supposed to be based on competitive markets and on innovation, especially in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry? Craig Aaron, of the open-Internet advocacy group Free Press, is quoted in the Guardian saying:“The captains of our communications industry have clearly run out of ideas. Instead of innovating and investing in their networks, companies like AT&T and Comcast are simply buying up the competition. These takeovers are expensive, and consumers end up footing the bill for merger mania.“For the amount of money and debt AT&T and Comcast are collectively shelling out for their respective mega-deals, they could deploy super-fast gigabit fiber broadband service to every single home in America. This is not about providing better services or even connecting more Americans. It’s about eliminating the last shred of competition in a communications sector that’s already dominated by too few players.”Brian Fung wrote a column on the matter at the beginning of the month; in it, he commented, “One big question is whether AT&T could get a merger past federal regulators, who are already looking closely at the proposed Comcast deal. A serious move by AT&T to pursue DirecTV…would trigger a pretty complicated game of regulatory chess: The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department would probably need to determine whether or how an AT&T-DirecTV merger would affect a Comcast-TWC merger.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares