Wolf Point Herald

Column: From The Editor's Desk -- Homecoming Thoughts -- Scotties Are Not Snotties

While attending a Lions Club meeting at the Sherman Inn two weeks ago, a man from Glasgow, who has lived in Wolf Point for more than 40 years, announced he had a presentation. Then, to my surprise, he asked me to stand. He presented me with a liquorish Scottie. He or somebody else at the meeting reminded me that with the Homecoming game with Glasgow coming up, Scotties are not “snotties,” as some Wolf Point people unaffectionately call them.
When I moved here in February and heard that the Hi-Line rival is the Scotties, I thought that was an unusual sports team name. There are only two other high schools in the United States that are Scotties. But considering that Glasgow was named for Scotland’s largest city, it makes sense.
I have heard other even more unusual team names, two of which when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Vermont. There was a private academy that was a conference opponent for a local school that called its football and basketball teams the “Hilltoppers.” Those kids had to endure their rivals calling them “pillpoppers.” Also, a local school hosted boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from a Canadian school about 30 miles away that called its teams the “Pipers.” I asked one of the coaches how they came up with that name and she explained that it is short for “Bagpipers.” They were from Quebec and most of the minority English speaking people in their town were of Scottish decent.
Now, about the rough haired Scottish Terriers [average about 10 inches tall and not much more than 20 pounds soaking wet] that are indigenous to Scotland and long accepted by Glasgow High School as its mascot. Scotties are not to be confused with snarly ankle biters of the same size, yet their namesake football team bites.
Scotties [terriers] in Scotland of long ago were hunters of vermin; rats, foxes and other critters, but not Wolves.
Officially the Glasgow/Hinsdale/Nashua Scotties, because of co-op agreements that allow players from Nashua and Hinsdale to be Scotties, are 2-0 in the Northern 2B district and 6-0 overall. They have beaten Colstrip, Dawson, Baker, Shelby, Harlem and Malta.
While the Scotties are unbeaten so far this season, they have several less than undefeated and mediocre seasons behind them, including 9-2 in 2013, 7-3 in 2012 and 2-6 in 2010 and 11.
The Wolves’ Homecoming game opponent is one of four schools in the United States that uses the Scotties name, and the only Scotties high school team that is undefeated.
The Glasgow, Ky., Scotties are 5-2 so far this season. The Southmoreland High School Scotties in Alverton, Pa., are 4-2. The other school using the Scotties name is Highland Community College in Highland, Kan.
The Wolves are going into the Homecoming game 1-0 in Northern 2B and 3-3 overall, the best Wolf Point football record in several years, bettering 1-7 finishes each of the last three seasons for a positive turnaround for the Wolf Point football program. Hopefully, they will put some points on the board for Homecoming.
Also in the Wolves favor is that some, but not all injuries that have plagued the team this year are healed. Josh Nieskens will return Friday night after missing two games. He was injured in the Forsyth game.
After what hopefully will not be a Scottie attack Friday night, the Wolves have two remaining conference games that are likely to be winnable. Wolf Point visits Malta, Wednesday, Oct. 15; and Plentywood comes to town, Friday, Oct. 24, both at 7 p.m.
In their last game, the Scotties bit hard, demolishing Malta/Whitewater/Saco (1-1, 2-3 and 5-3 last year), leaving speculation that the Oct. 15 game could be winnable for the Wolves. Plentywood (0-2, 0-6) should be beatable for the senior night game. The Wolves beat them 25-8 in the zero week game and the Wildcats have lost every game since.
Unfortunately, when I was going to eat the Scottie, the small piece of liquorish was not in my pocket. I must have left it on the table at the Sherman Inn.

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Centennial Committee Considers Three Days Of Parades, Mural On Elks Building

The Centennial Committee considered entertainment, food, street dances, pie-eating contests and a dunk tank during the monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 2.
The Centennial Celebration will be held during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede.
Plans for the celebration include an old-fashioned “gunfight.”
The committee discussed the possibility of four nights of entertainment, three days of the Stampede parade, a likely Wolf City Rods and Rides car show and poker run and cleanup.
The committee also discussed painting a mural on the east side of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge building.
The possibility of offering cleanup for pay to Wolf Point High School sports teams was discussed.
The committee also considered inviting both U.S. Senators and the representative to Congress to speak briefly during the opening ceremony.
Billboard advertising on U.S. Hwy. 2 and possibly on Interstate 94 at Terry to attract people to Wolf Point for the celebration was also considered.
The Wolf Point City Council authorized a $20,000 donation Monday, Aug. 11, to help fund the Centennial celebration. Funding will come from oil severance money.

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Perfect Attendance At Southside School

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Of the 15 classrooms at Southside Elementary School, there was perfect attendance 10 times during the four-day school week of Sept. 22-25.  Kindergarten teachers Rebecca Fritz, Jennifer Medicine Cloud and Kathy Rauch each had one day of perfect attendance. First-grade teachers Kelli Vine and Paige Vinton each had one day of perfect attendance. Second-grade teachers Dianne Hoversland had one day and Daisha Douglas had two days. For third-grade, Maureen Piersak and Connie Bergen each had one day. Southside School recognizes Douglas’s class as the Super Class of the Week. Pictured (front row, left to right) Chase Adams, Navarjo Escarcega, Kevan Hentges, Harmony Hanson, (middle row) Audrey Weinberger, Cherish Lussier, Raquel Gautier, Rebel Mays, Aubrey Alvstad, Makeshia Burshia, (back row) teacher Daisha Douglas, Keely Blount-Henderson, Claira Ettner, Cyanne Bearhill, Ameliya Doney, Amaya Steele, Emma Martell and Jack Bow.    (Submitted photo)

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BNSF Foundation Awards $50,000 In Grants For Graduation Matters in Eastern Montana

Montana Superintendent of Schools Denise Juneau, who founded and designed the Graduation Matters Montana program, along with officials from BNSF Railway, awarded $50,000 in grants to further local Graduation Matters programs to the Wolf Point School District and three others in eastern Montana at Dawson Community College in Glendive Thursday, Oct. 2.
Graduation Matters encourages students to remain in school and graduate and improves college and career readiness.
In addition to the grant that will help the Graduation Matters program at Wolf Point High School, grants were also awarded for the Graduation Matters programs at Glasgow, Sidney and Glendive schools.
Each community is creating a plan for the grant which includes activities such as: partnering with local colleges to offer or expand dual credit opportunities, offering financial literacy courses, expanding career exploration opportunities, creating programs that allow students to graduate with a certification or a two-year associate’s degree, reducing credit deficiencies, and supporting smooth transitions from junior high to high school.
“BNSF knows how critical it is that we graduate students from high school who are prepared for college and the workforce,” Juneau said. “This partnership with BNSF, area colleges, and local high schools is providing us with a great opportunity to implement strategies that better equip students to succeed in life after high school and meet future workforce needs.”
“The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to support Graduation Matters Montana and the innovative efforts these four communities are making to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce,” said BNSF spokesperson Matt Jones.
The BNSF Railway Foundation supports communities by funding a wide variety of arts and social service organizations and college scholarship programs. Since 2000, the BNSF Railway Foundation has contributed over $46 million to educational, cultural and other worthy programs in communities it serves.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules That Past Tribal Court Convictions Might Not be Admissible In Federal Court

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Helena that previous tribal court convictions might not be admissible in federal courts as proof of criminal history.
The ruling by the three-judge panel came in a 2011 Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court case in Montana and dismissed two domestic assault counts in a case where the defendant did not have an attorney, nullifying two convictions under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a defendant the right to an attorney.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana argued that the U.S. Constitution does not govern tribal courts.

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