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May 24th, 2007

Region 7B track meet qualifies more Philip Scottie athletes for state tournament

The wind and competition could not stop the Philip Scottie team from adding to its list of state qualifying members.

The Region 7B Track and Field Meet, held in Kadoka on Thursday, May 17, had eight schools represented. The Philip girls' team earned second place with 118 points, behind the first place Kadoka team. The boys' team soundly took first place with 163 points, with Kadoka trailing behind with 112.

"Overall it was a fantastic day," said head coach Jerry Rhodes. "We won the boys 7B region and were runner-up with the girls.


Dalles Craig Bruckacher

Dalles Craig Brucklacher, age 18, of Philip, died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident south of Philip.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, at the high school, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Barb Bowen, prelude/postlude pianist, Skye Brucklacher, prelude flute, Philip High School Choir, accompanied by Marilyn Millage, and congregational hymns.

Ushers were J.J. Walker, Jay Baxter, Lee Dennis and Casey Seager.


Emma E. Rauch

Emma E. Rauch, age 103, of Belvidere, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, with congregational singing. Ushers were Mitch Norman and Eric Lainier.


Philip Chamber acquires improved website

"You get a pretty good grasp of what Philip is like just by going to PhilipSouthDakota.com," said DJ Rush at the Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday, May 14. Rush and local computer and website expert, Lukasz Stanczyk, illustrated improvements of the Chamber of Commerce website which have already been implemented.

"We can make this a real community website," said Rush. "It's the same information, just presented differently, plus more."

"People will see new things every day," said Stanczyk.


Veteran's Living Memorial

32 trees, six hopefully never with a name ... 26 local military personnel have fallen while serving the United States. Six extra trees will remain unmarked, hopefully forever. From left: Greg Weber, John Kangas, Floyd Bendickson, Hans Hanson, Bill Sumpter and Don Ferguson.

"You go by this place almost every day," said Hans Hanson. "Now when a little boy asks, 'What's that, Daddy?,' it can and should be talked about. It should be remembered every day."

Hanson has led a board of directors and a growing following of other volunteers in creating a legally registered Veteran's Living Memorial placed west of the American Legion in Philip.


Veteran's Living Memorial

Students from the Philip High School senior Agriculture class helped plant the trees. As the volunteer and supporter list grows, so will local awareness of the project.

"You go by this place almost every day," said Hans Hanson. "Now when a little boy asks, 'What's that, Daddy?,' it can and should be talked about. It should be remembered every day."

Hanson has led a board of directors and a growing following of other volunteers in creating a legally registered Veteran's Living Memorial placed west of the American Legion in Philip.


Philip Matched Bronc Ride to be national calibre

JJ Elshere, NFR 2006 Average Winner, will be among local celebrities signing autographs at the Philip Centennial's Matched Bronc Ride, June 24, 2007.

The newly repaired and painted Philip Roping Arena will be a focal point during the Philip Centennial celebration. It will also become a point of history itself.

Twenty-five top class cowboys - all from within 100 miles of Philip - will match their rodeo abilities against "50 of the rankest saddle bronc stock around," according to the advertising poster.

Three progressive rounds of action will pit world famous Korkow and Mosbrucher bucking stock versus saddle bronc riders such as World Champions Chad Ferley (2006) and Jeff Willert (2005), NFR 2006 Average Winner J.J.


May 17th

Graduates leaving

We graduate from many things; preschool, kindergarten, grade school, junior high, high school, boot camp, college, obedience school. Yet successfully finishing high school has one original aspect. It most often includes the leaving of home.

Mothers look forward to the children finally graduating, yet they often cry at the actuality of it when it sinks in. They are losing their babies. Students anxiously look forward to it, yet realize they are separating from family and friends.


2007 High School Triple Crown Rodeo results

Kelsey Hostutler of Midland

The annual High School Triple Crown Rodeo event was held May 4 through 7 in Kadoka, White River and Burke, with a total of 177 contestants participating.

While the weather in Kadoka was not a negative factor, conditions were muddy and windy at both White River and Burke.

Bare Back Riding

Kadoka: 1st - Troy Bechen, Whitewood - 65, 2nd - John Tyler English, Spearfish - 64, 3rd - Cole Thunder Boomer, Interior - 58.

White River: 1st - Bechen - 51, only qualified ride

Burke: 1st - Bechen, only qualified ride

Average: 1st - Bechen

Saddle Bronc Ri


2007 High School Triple Crown Rodeo results

Toyeala Fortune of Milesville

The annual High School Triple Crown Rodeo event was held May 4 through 7 in Kadoka, White River and Burke, with a total of 177 contestants participating.

While the weather in Kadoka was not a negative factor, conditions were muddy and windy at both White River and Burke.

Bare Back Riding

Kadoka: 1st - Troy Bechen, Whitewood - 65, 2nd - John Tyler English, Spearfish - 64, 3rd - Cole Thunder Boomer, Interior - 58.

White River: 1st - Bechen - 51, only qualified ride

Burke: 1st - Bechen, only qualified ride

Average: 1st - Bechen

Saddle Bronc Ri