Amid swirl of controversy, Lakers introduce Frank Vogel as head coach

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIf nothing else, Vogel rolled in a surreal morning in which the excitement of the Lakers introducing the coach they hope can break a six-year playoff drought was dampened by dirty laundry airing from the previous season. The former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic coach, who has a 304-291 overall record on the sideline, did his best to steer the conversation from the difficult past to what he sees as a team with “tremendous promise.”Inheriting a roster with LeBron James, a number of recent first-round picks, and cap space for an additional star salary and the No. 4 pick in the next draft, Vogel said he was brimming with optimism. But he emphasized that while his success will ultimately be judged by the ability to get back to the postseason – which is an urgent issue for a franchise which has never been shut out from the playoffs for this long – his approach will be characterized by staying present and creating a strong work ethic within the Lakers organization.“We are going to be focused on the work: the day-to-day, stay in the moment,” he said. “How do we get better at practice? How do we win the next game? Focus on the task at hand, and then those accolades, those achievements, those results, they will come.”Among the many awkward questions for the Lakers at Monday’s press conference, General Manager Rob Pelinka was asked to account for how the team came to Vogel after a month-long search for Luke Walton’s replacement that had other favorites before Vogel. Notably, the Lakers were close to terms with Tyronn Lue, who had previously coached James to the 2016 championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when negotiations broke down over the length of his contract offer (reportedly just three years) as well as the Lakers desiring to place former Nets and Bucks coach Jason Kidd on his staff.Neither of those appeared to be problems for Vogel, who acknowledged Kidd’s role as one of his assistants and is reportedly on a three-year deal. But Pelinka said Vogel ended up standing out from the initial list of names for his detailed preparation, his outlined vision for the Lakers’ style of play, and his playoff success of reaching back-to-back Eastern Conference finals with the Pacers. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousLos Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel conducts an interview at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James watches as his new head coach Frank Vogel, foreground, conducts an interview after Vogel was introduced as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel conducts an interview at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James watches from the back of the gym as Frank Vogel is introduced as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, left, introduces Frank Vogel as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James wipes his brow as he watches from the back of the gym after Frank Vogel was introduced as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, left, watches Frank Vogel talks about his role as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, left, introduces Frank Vogel as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, left, and general manager Rob Pelinka arrives for a press conference at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers senior basketball advisor Kurt Rambis arrives for the press conference announcing Frank Vogel as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel conducts an interview at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel conducts an interview at their training facility in El Segundo on Monday, May 20, 2019. Vogel was most recently the head coach at the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — During the hiring process, the Lakers told Frank Vogel something that was immediately reinforced in his first week at work: This ain’t Indiana.That manifested in topsy-turvy fashion on Monday morning, as Vogel spent most of his 26-minute introductory press conference as head coach of the Lakers silently listening as his general manager handled accusations of backstabbing from the outgoing team president.It didn’t throw the 45-year-old New Jersey native off his message – that he’s here to instill a positive, forward-thinking culture to a franchise in need of one – but even Vogel acknowledged it was a little outside his normal operating procedure.“It’s a little different,” Vogel said. “Definitely different than I expected and different than I’ve ever been a part of. But I understand the line of questioning, in light of the events of this morning, so you just roll with the punches.” “Throughout the process, he just continued to emerge as someone that had those qualities I talked about at the beginning of this and we celebrate that,” he said. “He is the coach. He is the right guy for this job.”Vogel shares an agent with Lue and was initially excited to be an assistant on Lue’s staff in Los Angeles. But once Lue bowed out, the Lakers “moved quickly” to interview him for the top coaching job and make him an offer.“It’s very emotional and exciting,” he said from the dais. “I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty cool to be up here right now.”Vogel’s belief that the future holds brighter things applies to his own coaching style, which he said has evolved since his days in Indiana. A disciple of Rick Pitino, Vogel built Indiana teams which won with defensive grit and just enough on the offensive end. But as the NBA has changed, so has he, he said, and in Orlando, he tried to grow a more 3-point-oriented style that he continued to study into his “sabbatical year” since he was fired from the Magic in 2018.Under his leadership, Vogel said the Lakers will aim to create an “outside-in” approach to offense which will rely on the threat of 3-point shooting to set up attacking the rim. It puts an impetus on the front office to add shooting in free agency to a team that finished 29th in 3-point percentage (33.3). On defense, Vogel will shoot for an inverse approach: a scheme predicated on protecting the rim and the paint first.“I’m really, really excited about the chance to instill my beliefs of how it’s going to look,” Vogel said.Kidd’s hire has incited speculation since it was first reported: As a former assistant coach who has a pre-existing relationship with James who has had sometimes turbulent relationships with coaches and management, outsiders have wondered if Kidd would function as an in-house replacement for Vogel if his tenure gets off to a rough start.Vogel literally laughed at the suggestion.“You can’t worry about looking over your shoulder,” he said. “You gotta worry about getting good damn coaches. That’s how I feel about this hire.”Vogel said he had extensive conversations with Kidd, whose hire has not been officially announced by the organization, and that he believed Kidd would be “an incredible asset” in what he hopes will be a collaborative coaching staff.Asked about Kidd’s history of domestic violence (he pled guilty to spousal abuse in 2000 as a player), Vogel said it did initially concern him, but he and Kidd had spoken about it: “This was something that was in the past and he’s sort of spoken upon it and moved on from it. I believe he’s in a very different place than back then.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The introduction was attended by most of the Lakers’ front office staff and several players, most notably James who stood in the wings of the team’s practice facility and did not speak publicly to reporters. Vogel’s Pacers teams twice clashed in the conference finals with James’ Miami Heat teams, once pushing them to seven games before the Heat prevailed. Vogel said his conversations with James had been “very positive,” and he sounded hopeful that the culture he built in Indiana would help inform their future relationship and buy in his investment.He didn’t see a clash of ideology trying to coach a young group along with a veteran of James’ stature: “Every player I’ve ever been around that’s, quite frankly, worth a damn wants to be challenged and wants to be pushed and wants to be coached hard and wants to be held accountable.”Vogel is the latest in an unsteady chain of coaches: He’s the fifth coach the Lakers have hired since Phil Jackson left in 2011. None have lasted longer than Walton, who coached for three years without bringing the Lakers back to the postseason, finishing his final campaign with a 37-45 record marred by injuries.Even on a day when the baggage of the last era was still front and center, Vogel remained undaunted – and promised that true change is forthcoming.“There’s a positive vibe happening with our team right now,” he said. “There really is. OK? And it’s just one of those things where you’re going to have to wait and see, but you’re going to be happy with the product that we put on the floor this year and where we’re going as an organization. You really are.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers trade players, pick to Wizards to create cap space, chase max free agent

first_imgAnything is possible.Just when everyone thought the Lakers had no shot at a max free agent after trading for Anthony Davis, the team has reportedly shipped three players — Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga — and their 2022 second-round pick to the Wizards (per ESPN). Those three players combined to average 10.2 points per game last season in limited playing time and are set to earn around $5 million in 2019-20. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics frontrunner to land All-Star Klay Thompson seen with LeBron James on ‘Space Jam 2′ set “There will be a lot of changes,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week. “Lakers fans, be patient. We’re going to get there. We’re not going to stop until we’re all proud.”The Lakers reportedly have interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, Brook Lopez and DeAndre Jordan, as well. They also are the “most likely” destination for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. pic.twitter.com/NGOZMcMRmt— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 27, 2019Los Angeles will now pursue a third star this summer to pair with Davis and LeBron James. The franchise has been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell. But before Thursday’s trade news, the Lakers only expected to have around $23 million available this offseason and weren’t able to offer a max contract.Despite the previous cap restrictions, the Lakers’ front office was bullish on its chances to land a marquee free agent. Additionally, Davis has waived his $4 million trade kicker, according to ESPN.And there you have it — Los Angeles has the required $32 million in cap space to chase any free agent they deem worthy of a max contract. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanterlast_img read more

Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Forward ‘very interested’ in Heat

first_img Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star While the 76ers are also reportedly interested in keeping Butler, he also has been linked to the Lakers and Nets. He is expected to visit Miami Sunday before meeting with the Rockets in Los Angeles next week, according to an ESPN report. Butler is in hot pursuit of a big deal.Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019“Hopefully I’ll get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” Butler told reporters about his free agency last month. “You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.” Related News Jimmy Butler rumors: 76ers ‘likely’ open to sign-and-trade scenario with Rockets Jimmy Butler is “very interested” in signing with the Heat when free agency begins Sunday, according to the Associated Press.It would likely have to be a sign-and-trade scenario, similar to the type of deal that has been speculated between Butler and the Rockets. That type of offer would be the only way the Heat could obtain Butler because their cap situation prevents them from signing him as a free agent, Heat Nation notes. NBA trade rumors: Rockets won’t deal Clint Capela until they potentially secure Jimmy Butler He began the season with the Timberwolves before he was dealt to the 76ers in mid-November. He averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 33.8% from 3-point range in 55 regular season games with Philadelphia. Butler helped the 76ers reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before they fell to the Raptors in seven games.As expected, he declined his player option that was worth more than $19 million for the 2019-20 season.last_img read more

Felix Pena, Ryan Yarbrough show pitching in bulk can be a winner

first_imgYarbrough is glad to be part of the organization that was first out of the gate.”Like we saw last year, everyone was like, ‘This is ridiculous, outrageous,’ and then obviously you see a lot of teams starting to use it this year because they see how successful it has been, so, just kind of being in the forefront of all that is really great,” he told SN. “They’re just trying to put us in great position to win ballgames, and that’s really all you can ask for from a front office.”This article has been updated with quotes from Ryan Yarbrough, who spoke with SN’s Joe Rivera at Yankee Stadium. Felix Pena typically leaves the game in the middle innings when he pitches, but Friday was not a typical night.First, the memory of Pena’s late Angels teammate Tyler Skaggs was pushing him to succeed; second, he was pitching hitless ball, and the pitcher who preceded him, Taylor Cole, had done the same.  After Pena’s fourth inning of work — the top of the sixth — a no-hitter watch was on. Would LA manager Brad Ausmus decide that Pena had done enough and then turn the game over to his late-inning relief crew? MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAusums decided to go old-school — as old-school as a combined no-no can be, anyway. He kept sending Pena to the mound, and Pena kept working hitless frames. Ausmus gave Pena the ninth.On his 81st pitch of the game, Pena retired the Mariners’ Mallex Smith on a grounder to second. The combined no-hitter was complete. So was the greatest opener game in the year-plus history of the strategy. Cole and Pena’s reign almost ended two days later.Sunday in Baltimore, Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough was three outs away from finishing the first combined perfect game in baseball history. His regular tag-team partner, Ryne Stanek, set the stage by retiring the first six Orioles batters. Like Pena, Yarbrough was in his seventh inning of work. Unlike Pena, he could not finish. He allowed hits to the first two hitters in the ninth and left one batter later. Tampa Bay couldn’t preserve the shutout, either, as the O’s pushed across a run.The Rays will take the eventual 4-1 victory just the same, and though they failed to make history, they did draw more attention to the strategy they introduced last year and that other teams are adopting — slowly — this year.♦♦♦The opener attracts heat from players, pundits and fans who believe that giving the ball to a horse who can work into the late innings is still a better plan. Those critics probably dismiss the idea that the pitcher who follows the opener can also get the game to the setup man and closer, or, in Pena’s case last weekend, finish the job.Pena had several factors working in his favor Friday night: He was given a big lead early and he was throwing too well, in Ausmus’ estimation, to be lifted. His seven innings pitched tied a season high. Still, Pena has worked into the seventh or later five times in 13 bulk outings.Yarbrough definitely knows how to pitch in bulk. He threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the first opener game, May 19, 2018, in Anaheim, and he has combined with Rays openers to go seven or more innings in eight of his 25 career bulk appearances. He had not worked into the ninth until Sunday, but with a perfecto on the line and with his pitch count modest (76 through six), Rays skipper Kevin Cash stuck with him.Those performances are on the extreme high end for opener games, though. On average, opener-bulk tandems max out around the sixth inning, just as today’s regular starters do. SN has indentified 99 opener-bulk games, or 3.5 percent of all MLB game starts, this season through July 15. The chart below shows just how closely the tandems’ stats track with the average results of the other 96.5 percent of game starts.STATOP+BULKAVG SPIP/game5.555.42BF/game23.6123.10ERA4.414.47WHIP1.3111.308K/97.938.50League average begins to look really good when a team — the Angels, say — doesn’t have enough quality starting pitching. LA used an opener-bulk tandem 18 times through July 14, about the same number of turns as a mid-rotation starter. The comparison to the team’s non-opener starters is striking: STATOP+BULKLAA SPIP/game5.834.97BF/game24.2221.51ERA4.715.46WHIP1.1811.356K/99.008.56The Rays, on the other hand, have been excellent in both settings this year. Their tandems put together a 2.42 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in an MLB-most 29 games (5.51 innings per game) through July 15, while the traditional starters had a 3.09 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 67 games (5.79 innings per game).♦♦♦The Angels moved Pena into a bulk role in April after he made four starts to begin the season. Even though Friday was unusual for many reasons, it was also a typical night, for these reasons:— He began with a clean inning after replacing Cole. Pena has not entered a game mid-inning as a bulk reliever.— His first batter was the Mariners’ No. 7 hitter, Tom Murphy, rather than the leadoff man, Smith. Pena has faced the No. 5 hitter or lower first in 10 of his 13 bulk outings; the other three appearances began with the No. 4 hitter. — He faced 22 batters in all, just two over his season average as a bulk reliever. The only batting order spots he faced a third time were seventh, eighth, ninth and first.Those last two points go to the heart of what teams try to do with bulk relievers: keep them away from the top of the order in the first inning, when the most runs historically are scored, and the third time through, when slash-line averages spike.MORE: White Sox will limit Dylan Cease, who plans to become a workhorseIt seems clear from the numbers that the Angels are most interested in giving Pena an easier “start” by having him follow an opener. He has a career 6.00 first-inning ERA and .815 first-inning opponents’ OPS; only his ninth innings (7.41 ERA, .936 OPS) have been worse. His third-time-through numbers as a starter are excellent (.580 OPS in 81 plate appearances).The Rays, as originators of the opener strategy, are more nuanced in using Yarbrough and their other primary bulk relievers, Jalen Beeks and Yonny Chirinos.— They set up Yarbrough, a left-hander who doesn’t throw hard, to follow the flamethrowing right-hander Stanek.— Yarbrough can enter the game anywhere from the first to the third, depending on matchups, and Cash will hook him quickly if necessary. As evidence, Yarbrough’s bulk innings this year range from two to 6 1/3.— Yarbrough has faced batters a third time in just two outings, and for only eight batters total. He faced 21 hitters Sunday, well above his 14.6 season average for bulk games. In contrast, he’s averaging seven innings and 27.75 hitters in his four starts.Yarbrough’s focus, naturally, is just on getting outs. “It’s basically the exact the same,” he told SN on Tuesday of bulk relieving and starting. “The only difference is I’m coming in in the second or third inning; that’s the only difference. I’m throwing bullpens in between, just like a starter would. I’m coming to the field later, like a starter would. It’s just a matter of coming in later in the game, not starting the game.”♦♦♦There is one other similarity between Pena and Yarbrough, and they share it with the bulk of this year’s bulk relievers: They don’t have a lot of major league service time. Pena was at one year, 79 days coming into the season, while Yarbrough accrued a full season as a rookie last year.Of the 36 bulk relievers who pitched in games through July 15, 30 had less than three years’ service time prior to 2019. The exceptions: Edwin Jackson, Wade LeBlanc, Tommy Milone, Drew Smyly and Angels hurlers Trevor Cahill and Nick Tropeano.Using less-experienced (and mostly less-hyped) pitchers increases the likelihood of buy-in into this innovative plan. Stanek (one year, 38 days prior to 2019) told reporters last year that he’d rather be opening in the majors than pitching in Triple-A. There’s also a monetary benefit to teams that go that route. Pitchers working in these roles don’t get to accumulate large counting numbers other than wins (Yarbrough had 16 last year as a swingman), and wins are supposedly passe among the fancy-stats folks who are running clubs. Those pitchers won’t, in theory, be able to make strong cases when they reach salary arbitration.♦♦♦Sixteen MLB teams, more than half the 30 clubs, used an opener through July 15, per SN’s research. They’ve treated opener games mostly as tandem starts rather than as advancements in bullpenning. Four teams — the Rays, Angels, Mariners and Yankees — accounted for more than two-thirds of all opener games (67 total).That’s why it was said at the beginning of this article that the strategy is catching on slowly, but maybe teams should speed things up. Those four clubs are a combined 42-25 (.627 winning percentage) when an opener goes — and when a bulk reliever follows.last_img read more

Texas lands 5-star running back Bijan Robinson commitment

first_imgBijan Robinson, a five-star running back from Tucson, Arizona, committed on Friday to Texas.Robinson, rated the No. 3 running back in the nation in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, chose coach Tom Herman’s Longhorns over, among others, Ohio State, USC and UCLA. The 6-foot, 200-pound runner made his announcement via Twitter, writing in part: “The last few months was more than just choosing a school. To me, it was a crossroad that could change the direction of my life, and my future.”pic.twitter.com/Nnc7iazM1c— Bijan Robinson (@Bijan5Robinson) August 2, 2019According to 247Sports’ evaluation of the rising senior at Salpointe Catholic High School, Robinson has “(t)errific vision and patience behind the line of scrimmage. Has burst to hit the second level and reach another gear. Short strides, but effectively changes pace and turns the corner. Elusive in the open field. Threat to score from anywhere on the field.” Related News Texas enters the 2019 season ranked 10th in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll.An unofficial projected Longhorns depth chart shows sophomore Keaontay Ingram as the top running back with true freshman and early enrollee Jordan Whittington the potential No. 2 coming out of fall.If Robinson is to contribute as a freshman next season in Herman’s rush-pass attack, he likely will have to be a better receiver out of the backfield than he has shown at the high school level. The evaluation assesses that Robinson could potentially contribute immediately in college and has the upside to grow into a first-round NFL Draft pick. Kendall Milton, 5-star running back, picks Georgia over Alabama, LSU, Ohio Statelast_img read more

”Spin 2012” won the first place in the half-season of table tennis Premier League of BiH

first_imgTable-tennis club ”Spin 2012” from Sarajevo, which was founded by sisters Amela Hadžiahmetović-Mujezinović and Emina Hadžiahmetović, in its debut season won first place in half-season of Premier League of BiH.Sisters Hadžiahmetović continued their dominance on BiH table-tennis scene, because previously when they played for other clubs, that club usually won the champion title.On Sunday, Spin 2012 defeated the team of ”Bugojno” with 4:0.”We are glad that we made excellent results in the first season of Premier League of BiH. There are more and more members in club. I believe that we promote table-tennis in the best possible way”, said Amela Hadžiahmetović-Mujezinović.last_img

Walda ‘Granda’ Eaton, 70, Wellington: January 22, 1943 – May 7, 2013

first_imgWanda EatonWanda “Granda” Eaton, of Wellington, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at in Wellington at the age of 70.Wanda was born the daughter of Thelma Maye (White) and Robert Eaton on  January 22, 1943 in Wichita.Survivors include daughter, Tonya Acosta of Wellington, sister, Linda Smith and her husband Carl of Wellington, grandson, Tomas Ruben Acosta and his companion Elaine Rausch of Haysville, great- grandchildren, Isahia Acosta and Sophia Marie Acosta both of Haysville, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous loved ones.She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lydia Bollock, children Jimmy Dale Rodgers and Lottie Mae Abernathy.Wanda was a loving mother, friend and giver. She was a professional dog groomer and was notable women in Texas for dog grooming. She made one of a kind handcrafted wind chimes.Memorial services for Wanda will take place at 2:00 pm. Tuesday May, 14, 2013 in the Day Funeral Home chapel, 1030 Mission Rd. Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Wellington Humane Society, Box 494, Wellington 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Sunday feature: Wellington junior high building’s paranormal activity to get national attention

first_imgThe ghost storyBoth Vargas and Tooman can’t pinpoint how many ghosts may be lurking at the junior high. They have confirmed three, and don’t doubt that there may be more. Vargas said one prominent ghost is of an old Wellington High School secretary who worked in the school system in 1928, but was killed going to school by a train passing by on 10th Street, during the days when trains would pass through there. She was beloved by the students, Vargas said. And her ghost still resides at the Wellington Junior High.The most prominent ghost, and the subject of the television special, is a janitor who worked at the junior high building and died in the early 2000s.Tooman said there are two type of ghosts, the ones who are not as smart as the others, and go about their business not realizing there are living humans around them. The second group of ghosts are the smart ones – those who know not only of human activity but can make contact with the living. One of those ghosts is the janitor.Both Vargas and Tooman grew up in Wellington and spent their junior high years knowing the janitor. He did not die at the junior high, Vargas said. But his ghost has come back to guard the junior high building.The “My Ghost Story” camera man used people to illustrate the ghosts during production.Vargas knows this by a series of interviews the paranormal group have had with the ghost using flashlights. Vargas said the flashlights were set up in a way to as to make it impossible for them to flicker on or off by natural causes. The group got together to ask the ghost specific questions about his life. The ghost would answer by flickering the light of the flashlight.Vargas said she did do some research on the janitor in question and asked specific questions about events and people in his life. The ghost consistently answered the questions correctly with the flicker of the light.The ghostly activities tend to occur in specific locations at the junior high. Vargas said Wellington Community Theater people have noticed paranormal activity in the balcony of the theater for years while practicing for productions. The ghosts tend to also congregate in the gymnasium and the bomb shelter in the basement.Tooman, who joined Paranormal Investigations three years ago, said there were so many incidents happening in the junior high building that the group specifically targeted it for investigation.“I remember one time I was sitting in the theater talking to someone, not even paying attention,” Tooman said. “I had laid a flashlight on the floor. And it lit up for no apparent reason. My friend told me the flashlight just came on. I decided then that I better start paying attention.”There have been several strange occurrences. One time a ladder appeared to be falling during a theater production, but it was placed back up on its legs as if someone was there to catch it. Yet no one was there – at least by the naked eye.There was an incident of a shadow figure in the girls locker room in which a shadow was caught on video and then disappeared.“There was no reason for there to be a shadow figure in that location,” Tooman said. “I saw it with my own eyes. Then I went home and saw the video which confirmed my suspicions. Another young boy, who I hadn’t talked to, confirmed the same thing to his mother that night.”There were many other activities like the pounding of the walls, and hearing multiple voices. Paranormal businessParanormal Investigations of Wichita are not the only ones looking at the junior high building, nor has the building been the first to be investigated in Wellington for ghostly activities.Just this month the group Moonlight Ghosts Hunts Inc. in Wichita asked the school board if it could take a group of 20 on a tour on Sept. 27 in search of ghosts.Vargas said her husband Darren won’t walk alone at night in the junior high building because of the strange sounds and sights.Tooman said even back when the junior high was holding classes, several people had strange feelings about the building.“I remember I would get in and out of the bathrooms as quickly as possible when I was growing up, because there was just this eerie feeling about it,” Tooman said.Even so, Tooman described herself a skeptic of paranormal activity at first. Her husband, who has had a lifetime of paranormal experiences, would always tell her about the events in his life and she would not believe him.“But then I really got hooked when the ‘Ghost Hunters’ show was on TV,” Tooman said. “Then I hung out at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado when they were filming about ghosts there and I became a believer.”Tooman said since then she has observed too many things that makes it impossible for her not to believe.Wellington has a rich history of paranormal experiences.Most notably, the Chisholm Trail Museum in downtown Wellington – the old Hatcher hospital – has had several reports of ghostly adventures which have been documented. Other buildings such as Memorial Auditorium, the Regent Theater, the Bales building, the Buckman building, and the Smith building have all recently been investigated for paranormal activity.And paranormal searches aren’t just about videos and flashlights. There are a wide gamut of instruments from electromagnetic field meters and thermometers that can identify cold spots within a room. These instruments have been used at the Wellington Junior High to verify the ghosts’ existence. Nationwide, ghost-hunting has experienced a boom due to shows like My Ghost Story, Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters, etc. Ghost hunting tours have exploded as national phenomenons. According to a gallop poll in 2005, 32 percent believe in ghosts. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Junior High building and its paranormal ghostly activity within will be the subject of a national cable show this Monday at 8 p.m. The television show “My Ghost Story” will be on the Biography Channel — channel 200 on the Sumner Cable system, Channel 119 on Dish Network and 266 on Direct TV. It will be tell the tale of the old vacant school and the janitor lurking within.Carrie Tooman with Lisa Vargas.Wellington residents Lisa Vargas and Carrie Tooman of the group Paranormal Investigations of Wichita have been investigating the ghostly activities at the old junior high building for years. Outside the ghosts, the building is basically vacant except for a few athletic and Wellington Community Theater activities.Tooman called the producers of the Biography Channel in 2012, with ample evidence that the ghostly tales of the junior high was worth telling an inquiring nation.The producers agreed. In December, Vargas and Tooman were flown to Los Angeles for two days of interviews. Then a week later a camera man flew in from California to film on location for over nine hours.The story will be presented Monday night as part of “My Ghost Story” season premiere. The girls don’t know what to expect. They like the rest of us have not seen the episode. But they expect it to be about 15 to 20 minutes in length and run in conjunction with two other haunting stories on the 60-minute program. Vargas and Tooman are hosting a small watch party to commemorate the event.  Whether the ghosts at the junior high building will see the episode has yet to be determined.center_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 (19) 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. -14 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago Slow news day Cueball? More “positive attention” for Wellington. What is it they say..any attention is better than none at all? And what is a “latter”? A good read/laugh on an otherwise slow Sunday morning. Report Reply 3 replies · active 364 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Old friend · 364 weeks ago Congrats Carrie. You worked really hard for this and you deserve it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago I was abducted by aliens once… 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 364 weeks ago Believe or don’t believe, it’s pretty cool to see your hometown on tv. Carrie has worked incredibly hard to make this happen. I am so happy for her. Cool stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Proud outsider · 364 weeks ago How is this negative attention? It is not a story about the hapless school board, a guy killing his newborn, a meth lab blowing up, a weird cat law, a minor caught drunk driving, or yet another business closing. It is about a couple of people that were able to get a national television show to do a story about a building in town. It doesn’t reflect badly on the town. I congratulate the two ladies and their effort. Slow news day? When is not a slow news in Wellington, KS? Unless you count school sporting events, the weekend garage sales, the occasional semi plowing through the roundabout, and the daily police blotter, there usually is no news here. I don’t mean that as an insult to Tracy and crew. I think he does a great job. As far as “latter” goes, you ever make a mistake there, guest? Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down anon · 364 weeks ago Can’t wait to watch! Great story! Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down casper · 364 weeks ago Guest just because its not what you find news worthy is not the issue. Readers read the cow to be o formed as well as entertained. Great job to all involved. Sometimes a light hearted i ntrest story is better than hearing about the local school board, city council or the heat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago Not everyone believes in ghosts. But I will be watching the show. Geez – chill out. All in good fun. Anyone been abducted by a UFO? I’m all for infotainment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 364 weeks ago You are right Guest not everyone believes in ghosts. But I don’t know too many people who don’t like a good ghost story. And this one seems pretty good. I can’t wait to watch the show tonight. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 364 weeks ago Good story Cueball, nice change from the usual rederick. Should have a viewing party at the old Junior High for it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 364 weeks ago 12Next » 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. 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first_imgFollow us on Twitter. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers that was put into place by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius eight years ago.  Loading … What is your view on Brownback’s latest action. I’m in full agreement. It was useless bureaucracy. This is a really bad idea for so many reasons. I am ambivalent on this subject. View Results 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 287 weeks ago On another, very important subject, will you be doing an article illuminating the aftermath of the education cuts? The public needs to be aware of the dire situation it has caused. Our schools have had to make immediate cuts, firstly being supplies. Our kids need to have essential supplies like copy paper, construction paper, glue and tape. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 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. 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 commentslast_img read more