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October 3rd, 2011

Wayne T. Riggins

Wayne T. Riggins, age 90 of Wanblee, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home near Wanblee.

Wayne was born January 29, 1921, in Kinsley, Iowa, the son of Floyd "Pop" and Marie (Dugan) Riggins. In 1932, at the age of 11, the family moved to the Garner place on Bear Creek in Washabaugh County, South Dakota. Wayne attended Garner School through the eighth grade. In May 2005, he was honored at Kadoka High School's commencement ceremony as a veteran and was presented with an honorary high school diploma.


William G. "Bill" O'Connor

William G. "Bill" O'Connor, age 69 of Philip, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home east of Philip.

William G. O'Connor, better known as Bill to his family and friends, was born November 19, 1941, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of James Francis and Catherine Anna (Murphy) O'Connor. He grew up on a ranch northeast of Philip, graduating from Philip High School.

Bill was united in marriage to Sandra Odom in 1971. They farmed and ranched east of Philip all their married life.


Donna E. Hansen

Donna E. Hansen, age 71, of Philip, South Dakota, died Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Donna E. Waldron was born November 22, 1939, in Presho, South Dakota, the daughter of Jess and Mabel (Harmon) Waldron. She grew up in Presho before the family moved to the White Thunder Ranch on the Cheyenne River in 1949. Donna attended rural school in that area before attending Philip High School, graduating in 1957.


September 29th

Scotties compete at multi-division Rapid City Invitational meet

The Rapid City Invitational cross country meet was AA, A and B division, with teams from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. It was held Friday, September 23, on the Elks Golf Course and had a total count of runners that exceeded 870.

For the Philip Scotties this was the second race in the last 54 hours. Combined with temperatures over 90 degrees and more quality competition than they will face at any other race this season, they had to dig deep to find what it takes to remain competitive.

Junior Holly Iwan was one of over 130 starters in the girls' varsity race.


Lady Scotties fall to Faith

The Philip Lady Scotties volleyball team journeyed to Faith to go against the Lady Longhorns. Tuesday, September 20.

Philip fell 0-3, with game scores of 19-25, 13-25 and 25-27. Philip's season record stands at 6-6.

Serving: Philip - 52 of 60 (4 aces). Leaders: Misty Johnson - 8 of 9 (3 aces), Kaci Olivier - 5 of 6, (1 ace), Sayde Slovek - 10 of 10.

Receiving: Philip - 53 of 67. Leaders: Krista Wells - 25 of 31, Josie Guptill - 15 of 17, Slovek - 10 of 15.

Setting: Philip - 63 of 70 (14 assists).


Philip Scotties dominate Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet

Holly Iwan, left, earned second place in a time of 16:00 for 4,000 meters at the Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet. Ellie Coyle earned sixth place in her first ever varsity run, with a time of 17:01.

The Scotties traveled to Wall, Wednesday, September 21, to compete for highly valued conference honors.

This was a small but highly competitive meet with many of South Dakota's finest runners entered. Individually, several Scotties had a good day.

Boys' varsity ran at 9:30 a.m. with temperatures in the 60s and a light breeze.


Lady Scotties edge Harding County

The Philip Lady Scotties volleyball team hosted the Harding County Ranchers, Thursday, September 22.

The varsity started slow, losing the first game 13-25, but came back with a second game win of 25-17. The third game could not have been any closer, ending 24-26. Philip again rebounded with a 25-21 win. Standing tied, the teams battled the final game. Philip edged Harding County 15-13 for a match score of 3-2.

Serving: Philip - 98 of 106 (4 aces).


Belle Fourche volleyball tournament

The Philip Lady Scotties traveled to Belle Fourche, Saturday, September 24, to compete in the annual Belle Fourche Volleyball Tournament.

The Scotties began the tournament with a season record of 7-6. They ended with 10-7.

Philip vs. Moorcroft, Wyo.

25-22, 25-16

Serving: Philip - 41 of 48 (4 aces). Leaders: Kelsie Kroetch - 9 of 10 (1 ace), Krista Wells - 7 of 7 (1 ace), Sam Johnson - 4 of 5 (2 aces).

Receiving: Philip - 37 of 38. Leaders: Wells - 12 of 12, Kaci Olivier - 8 of 8, Josie Guptill - 6 of 6.

Setting: Philip - 69 of 70 (7 assists).


Scotties fall to Ranchers at Deadwood Bowl

Making room ... Philip football players Lane Scott, #30, and Jade Berry, #43 along with a couple other Scotties hold back Harding County Ranchers so ball carrier Cody Reder can move the ball down field. The teams met in the first game of the Prospector Bowl in Deadwood last Saturday. Photo by Nancy Haigh

The Philip Scotties football team traveled to Deadwood, Saturday, September 24, to compete in the 20th annual Prospector Bowl at Ferguson Field. The Scotties challenged the Harding County Ranchers.

The beginning of the game saw a valiant drive by the Scotties, but to no avail. Their wall against the Ranchers held until the last minute of the first quarter. A Harding County rusher broke free and carried the ball 30 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt failed.

The Ranchers' ball carrying lived solely off of break-free runs.


Milesville Post Office faces closure

For many small, rural South Dakota towns their local post office has been the mainstay of their area, even after all the other business have left.

Recent announcements and meetings by the United States Postal Service have left many western South Dakota residents feeling angry and frustrated about the closing of their post offices. Towns can be spaced a fair distance apart in western South Dakota with a jaunt of 15, 20 or more miles just to get to the closest post office.