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Philip Scotties compete on State Cross Country course during Rapid City Invite

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

The Philip cross country team added the Rapid City Central and Rapid City Stevens AA-A-B Invitational to their schedule this year because the Elks Golf Course is the sight of the 2009 State Champonship.

The competition was extremely tough on Saturday, September 26, as schools from South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming gathered to enter 452 runners, 33 teams, in the high school divisions. There were also 10 middle school teams.

Philip's Holly Iwan and Emily Schofield ran in the girls' varsity run, along with 128 others.


Conference cross country, Scottie boys take 1st, girls 2nd

WGP Conference ... The Philip boys took first in the conference cross country meet on Sept. 23. The Scotties hosted the meet. From left: Marcus Martinez, William Coyle, Tyler Dekker and Zane Pekron.

The hosting Philip Scotties were glad to be on their home course of the Lake Waggoner Golf Course for the Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet on Wednesday, September 23.

The weather - sunny skies, low 60s and a light breeze - brought out personal best performances, and a team title that had not gone to Philip since 1995, which was then the Three Rivers Conference.

The boys' varsity five kilometer race began with Philip's Zane Pekron and William Coyle leading the field.


Philip's Lady Scotties zero out Lady Longhorns 3-0

The Lady Scotties traveled to Faith to challenge the Lady Longhorns on Tuesday, September 22. Philip's varsity and junior varsity both won their volleyball matches. The varsity won 3-0, with sets of 25-20, 25-12 and 25-19. The Philip season record so far is 8-3.

Serving: Philip - 63 of 73 (9 aces). Leaders: Josie Guptill - 20 of 21 (5 aces), Kady Pinney - 15 of 17 (2 aces).

Receiving: Philip - 45 of 49. Leaders: Kenzy Pinney - 11 of 13, Guptill - 10 of 10, Marissa Mann - 9 of 10.

Setting: Philip - 90 of 92 (32 assists).


Scotties take second place at Belle Fourche Tourney

The Philip Lady Scotties competed in the Belle Fourche Tournament on Saturday, September 26.

Out of 12 teams, Philip placed second. The teams began the day in pool play. In the championship round, the Scotties played the Wall Eagles, where Wall came out on top, but not without a difficult struggle.

Philip win over

Bowman County, ND

25-11, 25-12

Serving: Philip - 45 of 49 (9 aces). Leaders: Kenzy Pinney - 13 of 14 (1 ace), Josie Guptill - 10 of 11 (4 aces), Kady Pinney - 9 of 10 (3 aces)

Receive: Philip - 17 of 18.


Lady Scotties defeat Harding County Ranchers 3-0

The Philip Lady Scotties hosted the Harding County Ranchers on Thursday, September 24.

The Scotties earned a win after three close sets scoring 25-19, 25-21, and 25-18.

"I think we're still trying to find our team chemistry," said Coach Kim Bouman. "We had three good games, we just didn't quite have three great games.


Philip Scotties steamroll over Wall Eagles, 50-12

A nice big hole ... was made by the line for ball carrier Casey Cvach during the Philip/Wall game in Wall on Saturday, September 26. Teamwork like this carried the day for a 50-12 win for the Scotties.

Saturday September 26, found the Philip Scotties hosted by the Wall Eagles in an afternoon game that had been rescheduled due to not being able to find officials for Friday. Philip won 50-12 and Casey Cvach set a new Philip player rushing record.

"Overall, the game was a hard hitting affair which is always present between these two schools," said Coach Keven Morehart. "The Scotties scored quickly and often. I felt that our offensive line once again did a tremendous job of opening up holes for our running backs.


TransCanada rep. meets with Haakon County Commission over Keystone XL pipeline

Progress with TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was discussed when Micheal Calhoun, permit specialist, met with the Haakon County Commission on Monday, September 28.

Calhoun is an employee with Universal Field Services, an independent contractor to TransCanada. His job is to obtain permits from each county the pipeline passes through. These permits include conditional use, road haul agreements, zoning, approaches, and new roads.

Calhoun informed the board that Haakon County would have one pump station within its borders.


Tripp Raymond Miller, now 14 months old, holding own against Prader-Willi Syndrome

Striving for a normal life ... Tripp Miller is far below the weight charts now, but faces a life of never having the sensation of being full. Hunger, a slow metabolism and the potential of life-threatening obesity will be his constant enemies. Family and friends will be his constant allies.

Tripp Raymond, son of Scott and Beth (Tysdal) Miller of Wall, was born by cesarean section on August 4, 2008. Symptoms resembling premature birth, especially pulmonary hypertension heart problems and not crying when he was hungry and not wanting to eat, lead to a final diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

PWS is an extremely rare genetic condition. In infancy, it is characterized by weak muscle tone, feeding difficulties, poor growth and delayed development. Beginning in childhood, individuals develop an insatiable appetite and chronic overeating, resulting in obesity.