by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Argonia splits, Wellington Middle School wrestlers opened play, Mulvane Wildcat Classic update and updated league standingsâ€¦SCBL play…With the South-Central Border League Tournament having just been played, most Sumner County teams elected not to play the Tuesday after. Argonia and Udall were the exceptions.Argonia girls beat Udall 40-34 (despite what the Wichita Eagle says). The Red Raiders are still without one of their leading scorers, Jaci Peetom, who was injured over the holidays.Udall opened with a 12-9 first quarter lead, but Argonia used a 15-4 output in the second quarter to lead 24-16 at the half. The Red Raiders doubled Udall in the third with a 10-5 output to lead 32-21 in the fourth. The Eagles made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders 19-12, but the comeback fell short.Haylea Hessman was the leading scorer with 17 points. Faith Gaddie had 14.The Argonia boys had no luck with Udall in the follow-up game. SCBL Girls Belle Plaine01029.182 Udall124519â€”40 13.25068.429 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Conway Springs101.00073.700 WL TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. LeagueOverall Flinthills Over-all Argonia Udall Central Plains League Boys Chaparral101.00036.333 Augusta05028.200 Updated league basketball standings:Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Boys Garden Plain000101.909 Belle Plaine030211.154 Argonia99125â€”35 WL Wellington32.60073.700 04.000210.167 Elk Valley South Haven30.100085.615 Clearwater32.60063.667 Wichita Collegiate14.20035.375 West Elk Argonia: Fitch 8, Gaddie 14, Drouhard 2, Hessman 17, Allen 5.Udall: SHach 3, Loos 5, Perez 9, Benvin 5, D. Holmes 10, A. Hoffman 2, K. Hoffman 6.Boys: Udall 78, Argonia 35 30.100092.818 Cheney21.667103.769 Douglass11.50074.636 Garden Plain01058.385 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Girls Conway Springs11.50067.462 13.250311.273 30.100094.692 31.667103.769 22.50058.385 Central Plains League – Girls LeagueOverall TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Wichita Trinity201.00075.583 Udall2722138â€”70 Bluestem00038.273 Flinthills Argonia9151012â€”44 Chaparral11.500310.231 Sedan 31.75094.692 12.333111.083 SCBLBoysÂ 30.100075.583 Argonia: Dickerson 3, Tracy 3, Dolley 1, Thompson 6, Harsh 2, Swart 1.Udall: BProbst 35, Satterlee 5, Williams 10, Loos 3, C. Perez 4, A. Perez 4, Weber 11, Houdeshel 3, Turner 2.Mulvane Tournament update:Â With the Wellington girls advancing to the second round of the Mulvane Wildcat Tournament, they were idle Tuesday. The scores for the tournament were:Clearwater 42 Winfield 33, and Mulvane 51 Campus 34. Wellington battles Garden Plain at 7:15 p.m. Clearwater and Mulvane follows. Wichita Independent010103.769 Central WL South Haven30.1000112.846 Wellington Middle School:Â The WMS wrestlers opened their season Tuesday. They lost to Hutchinson 65-39 and 66-33 to Arkansas City. Wellington Middle School basketball teams will play Thursday against Goddard Eisenhower. Boys are at home and girls are on the road. Circle32.60064.600 Girls: Argonia 44 Udall 40 21.66777.500 Wichita Independent00029.182 Wellington14.20057.417 Central LeagueOverall Augusta23.40058.385 Bluestem010310.231 Argonia 13.25058.385 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Elk Valley West Elk Oxford 03.00048.250 Medicine Lodge21.66758.385 13.25048.333 Douglass21.66767.462 30.100084.667 WL Circle14.200210.167 Clearwater32.60083.727 Sedan Caldwell Cheney01055.500 Wichita Collegiate32.60084.667 Andale501.0001001.000 LeagueOverall CVDX CVDX Oxford 03.00039.250 Andale501.000111.917 Medicine Lodge02019.100 Udall Caldwell League Wichita Trinity301.00085.615 31.750121.923 03.00058.385 12.33358.385 04.000210.167
Though visitors to Phil’s Supermarket can’t actually buy groceries, they can guide their avatars (online parlance for a user’s digital personification) through the store to explore products, watch cooking demos and see the latest food and health news. The idea is to help people navigate the real world of food by letting them preview a store, accessing nutritional data and other information on various products, seeing a showcase of just-launched items or scoring coupons. “The average consumer only spends 22 minutes food shopping,” said Lempert, who launched the site Monday. “That’s not a whole lot of time to see new products. But what I hear from consumers is that they want to hear about what’s new and exciting.” Lempert expects to have 100,000 products on the site by the end of summer. Visitors can “taste” many of the products, then offer reviews. How meaningful those reviews are, of course, depend on whether users have tried the product in the analog world. Beyond wanting to know more about their food, consumers also want to know more about its safety. On display this week are products such as G & K Services’ line of ProSura clothing. Intended for food service workers such as meat cutters and chefs, these clothes are like hand sanitizer you can wear. Though the clothing resembles the white cotton garments common to butcher shops and professional kitchens, ProSura products have chlorine chemically bonded to the fibers, claiming to kill microbes that touch them. G & K marketing manager Christine Fischer says that for many companies this level of sanitation probably isn’t necessary, but they see it as a way of demonstrating to customers that they are willing to spend extra to ensure the safety of their food. And spending on sanitation might be smart money. According to a Harris Poll Online released Monday by FMI, just 66 percent of consumers feel at least somewhat confident in the safety of supermarket food, down from 82 percent in 2006. The food industry has been hit by a number of recent food safety problems, including E. coli in spinach and melamine contamination of pet food and animal feed. FMI spokesman Bill Greer says the study reflects that. So business could boom for companies such as PureCart, which makes a sort of disinfecting carwash for shopping carts. But despite consumer concerns, PureCart president Jim Kratowicz says products such as his still have a tough sell. Consumers want clean carts, but companies worry about sending the wrong message. “What are grocers telling me? They’re telling me they have dirty carts,” he said about the message consumers may imagine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Standing in a long line at the grocery store soon might get you through the checkout faster. That’s because a British company has designed a system to track and predict the movements of supermarket shoppers using thermal imaging. A computer tracks data from infrared cameras, then immediately advises when and where additional cashiers are needed. “The idea is that the more pleasant the checkout experience, the more you will buy,” said Nick Stogdale, senior sales manager for InfraRed Integrated Systems’ Smartlane product. The system is being tested by two U.S. chains. Smartlane was one of many new food-related technologies on display at this week’s Food Marketing Institute show, where speed, ease, sanitation and a touch of theater ruled. Take the case of rotisserie chicken, one of the most popular items in the fast-growing prepared foods category: The latest crop of chicken roasters – those ubiquitous ovens that endlessly twirl crisp, golden chickens at stores across the nation – are designed not just to cook, but also to capture your attention with good looks and funky design. Hence, the Multisserie, an upright, clear, cylindrical oven by Netherlands-based Fri-Jado that spins the chickens on end, like a giant top. “We try to bring a very high show element to it,” marketing director Ernst Goettsch said Sunday. The same thinking also influenced the design of Montreal-based Hardt’s Inferno Rotisserie, which offers a crowd-pleasing self-cleaning function that looks like a sprinkler gone wild. “The more a supermarket can do to create a show or to create a restaurant-style experience, the more sales they make,” said Michael Griffin, a vice president of sales for Hardt. For those who prefer their food slightly pixelated, food industry analyst Phil Lempert has teamed with Kraft Foods and the National Grocers Association to launch a virtual supermarket in the online fantasy world known as Second Life.