Written by John Plestina
Laura and Darryl Ricker display medals they won earlier this summer at the Big Sky State Games in Billings.
(Photo by John Plestina)
Long after they were high school track stars, a Wolf Point couple brought home gold, silver and bronze medals from the Big Sky State Games at Billings in July.
Darryl Ricker and Laura Ricker competed in the masters division, which is for competitors age 50 and over. They are 55 and 51 respectively.
“Laura competed in the 50-54 and I competed in the 55-60,” Darryl Ricker said.
He is a Southside Elementary School second grade teacher and his wife is a paraprofessional at Southside.
Darryl Ricker earned: gold, 5,000 meter run, javelin throw, and for participating on teams in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays; silver, 400 meter run; and bronze, 800 meter run.
The relay teams were comprised of runners from all over Montana.
Laura Ricker earned: gold, 5,000 meter run and the 800 meter run; bronze, 60 meter dash.
She is originally from Wisconsin and competed as a high school track athlete there.
Darryl Ricker is from Wolf Point. He went to Intermountain Indian School, a boarding school in Brigham City, Utah. He competed on the track team there.
Later, he attended Valley City State University in North Dakota. There he won 10,000 meter run.
“I competed all my life. I competed in the first Native American Olympics in Canada in 1991,” Darryl Ricker said. “Billy Mills gave me my bronze medal in the 5,000 [meter run].”
Mills, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, is the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Both Rickers competed in triathlons until both were injured while competing in the multiple-stage competitions that include running, swimming and cycling.
Now, they are training again.
Darryl Ricker is training to enter Ironman triathlon competitions. That higher level of triathlon competition is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation and consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. Breaks are not allowed.
The Rickers said they also hope to do something to promote youth fitness in Wolf Point. The former Fort Peck Tribes Boys and Girls Club closed several years ago and nothing is available to youth outside the schools.
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Montie Montana, who was from Wolf Point, was among the 2015 inductees into the eighth class of inductions in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Montana, 1910 to 1998, is remembered nationally as a rodeo trick rider, actor and stuntman. He was inducted with a Legacy Award for deceased cowboys.
In addition to Montana, inductees from the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame’s District 1, which is Roosevelt, Daniels, Sheridan, Valley and Phillips counties, were Miles “Bud” Geer of Nashua receiving a Living Award and the Circle C Ranch of Zortman with a Legacy Award.
Chappel Brothers Corporation of the Prairie Elk area south of the Missouri River in McCone County received a Legacy Award in District 2, which includes McCone, Dawson, Garfield, Prairie, Richland and Wibaux counties.
Other District 2 inductees were Marvin K. Ley of Glendive with the Living Award and C.A. “Bud” Kramer of Jordan with a Legacy Award.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center announced the inductions, Monday, Aug. 3.
The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.
“The board of trustees, our volunteer network from around the state, has reviewed this year’s nominations and completed the voting process,” said Bill Galt, White Sulphur Springs rancher and MCHF and WHC president. “This process gives local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those — famous cowboy or not — who have made an impact in their community and serve as a symbol of Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”
The MCHF and WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2015 inductions allowed the election of up to one living inductee and two legacy inductees from each of the 12 districts. In the case of a tie, winning nominees are jointly inducted.
The remainder of the 2015 inductees are:
•District 3, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure counties, Jack L. “Slug” Mills of Boyes and Doug Wall of Miles City, tie for the Living Award, Charles G. Patten of Broadus and Manly Anderson Moore, Sr., of Broadus, Legacy Awards;
•District 4, Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, and Liberty counties, Robert “Bud” Boyce of Big Sandy, Living Award, Larry Kane and Harry Stuart Green of Big Sandy, and Miller Brothers Land and Livestock of Chinook, tie for Legacy Award;
•District 5, Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties, Jay Joseph Contway of Great Falls, Living Award, Alfred Bertram “Bud” Guthrie, Jr., of Choteau and Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields of Cascade, and Dr. Ernest Bigalow Maynard of Choteau, tie for Legacy Award;
•District 6, Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties, Eldon H. Snyder of Lewistown, Living Award, and Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous of Lewistown and Merle J. Boyce of Winifred, Legacy Award;
•District 7, Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties, Henry Albert “Hank” Scobee of Hardin, Living Award, Malcolm S. Mackay of Roscoe and Charlotte “Rusty” Linderman Spaulding of Belfry, Legacy Award;
•District 8, Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties, – Joseph W. “Joe” Enger of Helena, Living Award, Auchard Creek School of Augusta, Legacy Award;
•District 9, Gallatin, Meagher and Park counties, Robert “Bob” Shiplet of Clyde Park and Thomas R. “Tom” Hunter of Clyde Park, and Robert Anderson “Bob” Haugland of Belgrade, tie, Legacy Award;
•District 10, Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders counties, Richard B. “Dick” and Patricia B. “Tricia” Vinson of Thompson Falls, Living Award, C.R. Williams of Kalispell, Legacy Award;
•District 11, Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties, Frank R. Mason, Jr., of Corvallis, Living Award, Vernon Woolsey of Stevensville and Clarence Barron “C.B.” Rich of Seeley Lake, Legacy Award;
•District 12, Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison and Powell counties, Edward Francis “Butch” O’Connell of Butte, “Gunner” Gun Again, of Dillon and John W. “Jack” Briggs of Dell, three-way tie, Living Award, Melvin R. Icenoggle of Ennis, Legacy Award.
Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 240 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF and WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.
In July, the MCHF and WHC commenced its first phase of construction in the central location of Big Timber, Mont., with modifications to the Hall of Fame headquarters and the creation of a world-class outdoor arena. The arena’s programming will allow the MCHF and WHC to highlight and celebrate the many traditions of our western heritage and cowboy way of life through quality western sporting events.
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Thirty-four years after it was installed, carpeting was recently pulled up and replaced with a hardwood floor in the Frontier Elementary School gym. In June, the Frontier School board approved new permanent bleachers for the gym that will be connected to the wall and fold up. Installation is scheduled for October. A Frontier Mustang logo compliments the hardwood flooring that gives a new appearance to the gym that was part of the original school building constructed in 1964. (Photo by John Plestina)
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“DARE,” the 2015 Wolf Point Major/Minor League softball champions players and coaches are (from left to right) Hamyanie Campbell, assistant coach Donna Archdale, Demi Kegley, Brodi Archdale, Breah Jackson, Katelyn MacDonald, Ciera Michaelson, Sierra Hamilton and head coach Brandy Archdale. (Photo by Janice Wemmer-Kegley)
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Two wild horse race teams from Wolf Point competed at the Richey Rodeo Saturday, July 18. The team in the back had T.J. Bow as the rider, Josh Nieskens as the mugger and Zaq Bostick as the anchor. The front team was Easton Copenhaven as the rider, Brock Copenhaven as the anchor and Talor Toavs as the mugger. (Photo by Kylee Jo Bushman)