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Scotties sweep Dupree 3-0

The Philip Lady Scotties traveled to Dupree to challenge the Tigers Saturday, October 2.

After a disheartening home loss to the Lemmon Cowgirls the previous Thursday, the Scotties came back with a vengeance. Not only did the varsity team win 3-0, but the junior varsity won 2-0 and the "C" squad also won 2-1.

The varsity first played two fairly easy games with final scores of 25-14 and 25-20. The Scotties held off a strong come-back try by the Tigers in an extended play game that went to Philip 26-24.


Lady Scotties fall to Lemmon Cowgirls

Kill time ... Philip’s Sayde Slovek (#4) prepares to hit the ball with enough power and accuracy that the opposing team cannot return it.

The Philip Lady Scotties volleyball team hosted the Lemmon Cowgirls Thursday, September 30.

The evening was short, with the Philip varsity team losing 0-3. The game scores were 9-25, 23-25 and 13-25.

Serving: Philip -39 of 45 (7 aces). Leaders: Sayde Slovek - 8 of 8 (2 aces), Jordyn Dekker - 7 of 7 (1 ace), Molly Coyle - 6 of 6.

Receiving: Philip - 54 of 65. Leaders: Slovek - 18 of 22, Josie Guptill - 15 of 16, Krista Wells - 16 of 20.

Setting: Philip - 76 of 78 (7 assists). Leader: Coyle - 63 of 64 (6 assists).

Hitting: Philip - 71 of 87 (12 kills).


Hard fought win, Philip over White River

Stopping forward progress ... Scotties Tanner Radway, (#53), Trey Fortune, (#66), and Tucker McDaniel (#44) work to bring down a White River Tiger. Wyatt Kammerer (#26) is on his toes and ready if needed. The Scotties traveled to White River, Friday, October 1, and brought home the win 24-20. Photo by Nancy Haigh

The Philip Scotties football team traveled to White River to battle the Tigers Friday, October 1.

The lead changed hands three times. A safety was forced. Philip stuck to it's rushing strategy, and its single attempt at passing was incomplete. White River, on the other hand, gained points on two passes.

Philip 8 10 0 6 = 24

White River 0 8 12 0 = 20

The first quarter saw back-and-forth action that resulted in only one touchdown. The Scotties had battled to within nine yards of their goal line.


Philip cross country Highmore runner-up

Up before the dawn Saturday, October 2, the Scotties cross country team loaded themselves and the Wall Eagles onto a bus headed for Highmore to see what kind of power the eastern part of South Dakota had to offer.

Philip seventh grader Tyshia Ferguson took part in the 2,000 meter junior high race. This is her fifth race and the shortest to date. Ferguson placed 26th, covering the course in a time of 11:33.

Sophomore Holly Iwan and freshman Allison Pekron joined 34 competitors on the start line of the 4,000 meter varsity race.


Cross country at Hot Springs Sept. 28

First, third and fourth positions during the day ... Though Philip is classified as a “B” division school, the Scotties held their own in an “A” division cross country meet. Tristen Rush took first and Blake Martinez took eighth in the boys’ 5,000 meter JV course. Allison Pekron took fourth in the girls’ 4,000 meter JV run. Holly Iwan finished third in the girls’ 5,000 meter race. Zane Pekron took 17th, William Coyle earned 18th, and Kelvin Ferguson finished 44th in the 5,000 meter varsity run.

The feather ruffling of a bus ride shared by the Philip Scotties and Wall Eagles to travel to the Hot Spring's golf course turned out to be not only athletically productive for both teams, but strengthened personal relationships inside these rivaling teams.

The hills on the course make the Philip course, which is considered to have too much hill running, for many, to be, well, a baby. There was never relief as this course is all on the side of a small mountain. The only small, fairly flat spot was the start-finish line.


Mike Stoeser

Mike Stoeser, 55, of Hayes, died Thursday, September 30, 2010, as a result of a four-wheeler accident.

Services were held Tuesday, October 5, at St. John's Catholic Church in Ft. Pierre.

Burial was in the Scotty Philip Cemetery, also in Ft. Pierre.

Mike Stoeser was born on April 17, 1955, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre to Alex and Irene(Patton) Stoeser. He grew up on the family farm four miles north of Hayes and attended grade school in Hayes. He attended Stanley County High School and graduated in 1975.

He worked and lived on the family farm his whole life.


Haakon County Commissioners approve wheel tax

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance, at their October 5, 2010 meeting, that would implement a wheel tax on all licensed vehicles in Haakon County.

The commissioners have been faced with declining revenues in the past few years, having cut the road and bridge fund (highway department) drastically in the past years, and down another $40,000 for the 2011 budget. Funds generated from the wheel tax would bring in an approximate $65,000 each year.


City council reviews leases and projects

During its October 4 meeting, the Philip City Council approved the second reading of Ordinance #2010-04, 2011 Municipal Appropriations Ordinance, the budget for next year.

The proposed plat of Dakota Mill & Grain was tabled until next meeting to give City Attorney Gay Tollefson time to review those areas and the proposed.

The council will also meet with Tollefson regarding correspondence from Paul Merriman with the State Fire Marshall's Office about propane tank violations in downtown Philip.

The council approved renewing the lease and management agreement with the Golf


Live cowboy poetry again visits Philip

Modern western poets and songwriters ... Entertaining an audience of over 100 in Philip, September 30, were cowboy poets Jay Snider (left) and Ken Cook (center) and songwriter/singer Kevin Davis.

What started last school year as a local guest speaker for the Philip High School junior English class transformed this year into a three-person evening's worth of entertainment for the general public.

The Thursday, September 30, cowboy poetry reading and songwriting performance was held at the American Legion Hall in Philip. The show, entitled "This One's for the Cowboys" featured returning poet laureate Ken Cook, along with poet Kevin Davis and writer/singer Jay Snider.


Weber on Honor Flight for WWII Vets

At Arlington National Cemetery ... Greg Weber, left, was one of the 117 World War II veterans who were on the Rapid City to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight, September 23-24. He was joined by his son, Craig Weber, who was a last-minute addition to the 40-60 guardians and medical staff accompanying the veterans.

Gregor "Greg" Weber could not make his originally scheduled Honor Flight for Veterans last year. This year, though, he did make the most recent trip based out of Rapid City, September 23-24.

"This is going to be the birthday present of my life, however long that may be," said Weber, whose birthday was September 21. He said, "Both days were humid and in the 90s, but it was a wonderful trip, nice clear days. It was a wonderful time. They pack a lot into two days. We had box lunches so we could eat while going from one place to the others.