Archive - May 14, 2009

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Fatal accident north of Philip

Gary Lee Meyer, a 63-year-old man from Pierre, was killed in a one car accident at 6:43 p.m. on May 5.

The 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Meyer was traveling west on South Dakota Highway 34 near mile marker 154, about 13 miles east of the South Dakota Highway 73 intersection. The vehicle drifted off the roadway into the north ditch. Trying to bring the pickup back onto the highway, the driver overcorrected. The pickup then crossed the eastbound lane and traveled into the south ditch, where it then rolled.

Meyer was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.

Special city council meeting for land use

Invited back by the Philip City Council, Seth Hyberger of the Central South Dakota Enhancement District, collected more detail and direction on projected land use in and around Philip.

As a member CSDED, the city of Philip must follow agreements and resolutions to prepare as best as possible for future expansion. Hyberger is a planner who will create a map of Philip and the close-by county area to show the best possibilities.

The city council presented geographical limitations and political preferences toward this future map, which should be completed within two months.

Chamber plans for funds to be well spent

The Philip Chamber of Commerce has over $12,000 in its accounts, not counting the economic development and Lasting Legacy funds.

The Monday, May 11, meeting concerned the best use of the funds. "Let's use it wisely and try to keep it," said treasurer Matt Reedy, "but it will eventually be gone. Some events won't make money and aren't necessarily meant to. This year is as good of a chance that we have to actually do so," said Reedy.

Chamber members voted that the funds must go to special events such as Festival Days.

Scotties golf at Region 6B Tournament

On to state ... From left: Caleb Clements, Tara Ravellette and Colton Nickelson have advanced from Region 6B play and will compete in the State B Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19, in Watertown.

The Philip Scotties competed in the Region 6B Golf Tournament held at the Hart Ranch golf course on Monday, April 11. Three Scotties will be going on to compete in the state golf tournament.

"It was a tough course," said coach Doug Hauk. "We left a few strokes out that would have qualified the boys team. Maybe next year."

Philip's Tara Ravellette earned an individual second place with a day's total score of 90 on the 18-hole course. She shot a 46 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine.

Scottie boys win Western Great Plains Golf Tourney

The Philip Scotties hosted the Western Great Plains Conference Golf Tournament on Friday, May 8, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

The Philip boys' team won the meet with a total score of 133. Wall took second place with a score of 148. White River claimed the third place spot with 153 and Lyman took fourth with 161. Other schools represented included Bennett County, Jones County, Kadoka and Rapid City Christian.

Tremendous wind took its toll on the scores of inexperienced players not making necessary adjustments in their play.

Philip at Sturgis' Black Hills Track Classic

The Black Hills Track Classic on May 20 in Sturgis was one further step for the Philip Scotties toward preparing for state competition.


Shot put

Karch Foley, 23rd, 39'3-1/2"


Foley, 21st, 113'7"

Triple jump

Jeff O'Connell, 2nd, 42'7"

100 meter dash

Colin Van Lint, 39th, 13.08

200 meter dash

Casey Cvach, 4th, 22.82

Tate Guptill, 34th, 25.44

400 meter dash

Jeff O'Connell, 2nd, 50.78

800 meter run

William Coyle, 22nd, 2:19.93

Anthony Iwan, 26th, 2:20.90

Scottie boys take conference track

Casey Cvach, left, and Jeff O’Connell will both be competing at state because of their 200 meter dash times of 23.4 and 23.3 seconds respectively

The Western Great Plains track and field varsity meet in Kadoka on Tuesday, May 5, "was a conference meet and both the Scottie boys and girls had an excellent day," said Philip head coach Jerry Rhodes.

The Philip boys won the meet with 133.50 points, well ahead of second place Wall's 117. Bennett County came in third with 91.50 points. The rest of the pack were Cheyenne/Eagle Butte - 75, Todd County - 69, Lyman - 68, New Underwood - 44, Jones County - 42, Kadoka Area - 29, White River - 26 and Rapid City Christian - 9.

Scotties raise the bar at Lead track meet

"We had a great day," said head coach Jerry Rhodes of the Philip Scotties at the Mountain West Invitational track and field meet at Lead's Mountain Top Athletic Facility on Saturday, May 2.

Assistant coach Ralph Kroetch said, "The athletes' times are really starting to blossom. Even at high elevation, our kids still made great times, bettering their times despite the conditions, so to speak." Rhodes said, "Overall, its been a real good year so far."

Kroetch said, "We didn't even get to practice outside until just recently. The athletes enthusiastically want to work hard.