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May 14th

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.


May 8th

Wins at Kadoka Shootout end fifth and sixth grade boys' basketball season

Both Philip fifth and sixth grade teams won their divisions at the first Kadoka Shootout Basketball Tournament held Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, at the Kadoka Auditorium.

In this last tournament of the season, the Philip fifth graders first defeated Crazy Horse 33 to 13. Jacob Kammerer earned 16 points, Blake Hackerott - 15 and Joseph One Skunk - two. The Scotties then beat the Kadoka Kougars 41 to 21, with Hackerott leading with 13. Garrett Snook and Kammerer each earned eight, One Skunk - four, Brock Hanson - two and Ben Stangle dropped in six.


Scottie boys win Newell Golf Invite

Philip atheletes competed at the Newell Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, May 1.

In the boys' division, Philip took top honors with a total score of 288. Wall was three strokes behind with a 291. Lemmon totalled 306 to claim third and Newell shot 322 for fourth place.

Individually, Philip's Devon Ehlers earned third place with 45 on the front nine and 45 on the back nine for a total of 90. Teammate Caleb Clemets was right behind in fourth place with 47 and 46 for 93.


Scotties put three golfers in top five at Black Hills Golf Invitational Tournament

The Black Hills Invitational Golf Tournament was held at Hart Ranch on Monday, May 4.

"Conditions were a little windy, but the nicest weather we have had to golf in all spring," said Philip coach Doug Hauk. "The golf pro at Hart Ranch said the greens were the fastest that they have had at Hart Ranch. Greens on the 15th and 16th holes were really a challenge for kids Monday."

Of the 10 teams at the meet, the boys' division was championed by Philip with a total score of 292.


Commissioners discuss restroom renovations and gravel crushing

A renovation update and gravel crushing were two items of good news discussed at the Haakon County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, May 5.

Haakon County Auditor Patricia Freeman reported that the restrooms renovations are more than 70 percent complete. So far less than $26,000 of the $45,000 allocated has been spent. The first floor restroom has the new flooring, stalls and sink in with the toilets awaiting hook-up. The flooring in the second floor women's restroom was finished Tuesday morning.


Alcohol and Drug Awareness program 2009

Mock “dead on arrival” ... Rush Funeral Home, ambulance services, fire departments and various law enforcement agencies helped stage a mock vehicle accident for high school freshmen. The Drug and Alcohol Awareness program, held for Philip, Wall and Kadoka freshmen, was staged this year in Kadoka on May 29.

"Let the choices you make today, be choices you can live with tomorrow" was Zane Fees' opening line at the fourth annual Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program on Wednesday, April 29, in Kadoka.

Fees spoke to freshmen students from Philip, Kadoka and Wall regarding a poor choice he made while in high school. Fees, who at the time, was a junior at Philip High School, said he disrespected his parents and went to a party. He had intentions not to drink, but ... when he left the party he was the driver of the vehicle which rolled and killed his best friend, Dalles Brucklacher.


Alcohol and Drug Awareness program 2009

It happened to me, it could happen to you ... Before an audience of freshmen, Zane Fees told first hand what drunk driving can do.

"Let the choices you make today, be choices you can live with tomorrow" was Zane Fees' opening line at the fourth annual Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program on Wednesday, April 29, in Kadoka.

Fees spoke to freshmen students from Philip, Kadoka and Wall regarding a poor choice he made while in high school. Fees, who at the time, was a junior at Philip High School, said he disrespected his parents and went to a party. He had intentions not to drink, but ... when he left the party he was the driver of the vehicle which rolled and killed his best friend, Dalles Brucklacher.


City - expansions and emergencies

Swearing in ... From left: Greg Arthur, Monte Palecek and Tom Struble proclaimed their oath of office for their new terms on the Philip City Council.

The Philip City Council on Monday, May 4, began its new business with the swearing in of three councilmen beginning new terms, Greg Arthur, Monte Palecek and Tom Struble. Mike Vetter has been elected by fellow council members as council president and Palecek is the council vice president.

The council will invite back Seth Hyberger with the Central South Dakota Enhancement District to give more time and effort to a comprehensive plan. He had asked the council to supply a list of goals and objectives for the future use of city and adjacent land.


Auctioning off of Rafter Cross Ranch ends 100 year era of family ownership

Ferguson family ... Three young men, out of a family of nine, came from Arkansas in the late 1890s to start the Rafter Cross Ranch in South Dakota. Here are three generations of Fergusons. In back from left are Cleve, Walt, Cap, Ed and Jack. In front are Ford, their mother, Susan Ferguson and Erma. A sister, Meda, married J.Q. Daniel and also lived in Haakon County. Photo courtesy of Prairie Progress of West Central South Dakota

The Rafter Cross Ranch, a ranch steeped in history, has been a fixture in West River for more than a century, but it soon will go on the auction block as the Ferguson family ends its 100 year ownership.

Three brothers, Messer Alexander (Cap), Walt and Edward (Ed), from Arkansas arrived in western South Dakota in the late 1890s. Cap came up from Texas in 1895, where he had been working on ranches. He worked for a short time as a miner in the Black Hills. In 1897 or 1898, Cap decided to venture eastward to look for range.