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By Jim Orr
The Courier 

Scotties Have That Spring In Their Step

 

'S' words are in season at 1 Scottie Pride Drive.

Spring. Scotties. Sports. Startup.

The GHS track and field, softball and golf teams opened their spring sports practices Monday.

The golfers teed off at 3:45 p.m. at El Cor Del Lanes. Softball players reported at 6 at GHS. And the tracksters, under first-year head coach Tim Phillips, gathered at 3:45, hit the track for some drills and took to Scottie Pride Drive to run the hills.

"I'm just excited for the opportunity," Phillips told The Courier. "Our plan is continue (former coach John) LaBonty's philosophy: We're going to have a lot of fun while still helping the kids to work hard, and to work smart, to achieve our goals.

"We're going to miss John and all the experience he brought to the position. We've kept in touch quite a bit, and right now he is sounding stronger than ever and feeling great. He's still very interested in what's going on in Glasgow and to us is still a very important part of our staff, even if he's across the state."

Phillips broke down his team's 2015 staff, coach by coach:

Wade Nelson – Shot Put,

Discus, Javelin

"Wade has been a Scottie track coach since 2000. He's very busy coaching all three throws, but he's had great results, especially with the boys javelin in recent years."

Kayla Larson – Hurdles,

High Jump, Relays

"Kayla has added a ton of enthusiasm for us. She joined us in 2013. She had some great results while coaching the hurdles in Wyoming a few years ago."

Dan Johnson – Sprints, Relays

"Dan came on as a volunteer at the last minute when coach LaBonty got sick last year and gave us some great ideas in the sprints, and he was an important part of Ryan Grandchamp's 100- and 200-meter wins at State."

Deron Galston – Pole Vault

"We recruited Deron at the last minute last year. We're looking forward to a great progression of pole vaulters with him."

Pat Menge – Long Jump,

Triple Jump

"Pat is his first year with us, taking over for coach Dave Rogenes. He's come up a bit this winter to work with a few of the kids on plyometrics. He was a great jumper for Saco and brings a lot of knowledge of the jumps."

Phillips said Rogenes "has taken on a different job and is not able to be here full time. But when he's available, he'll be at the track helping out."

Emily Braaten – Distance

"Emily was a talented runner in both Glasgow cross country and track. She has offered to help out with the distance runners as a volunteer. She'll add quality input for our distance runners."

Schedules for the three Scottie teams were last updated March 4. Each features some home dates to circle: the Glasgow track invitational March 28, the Northern B Track Divisional on May 16, the Glasgow golf invitational April 24, the softball team's home opener March 26, and the Glasgow softball invitational May 8-9.

Also coming to Glasgow are the Nashua track invite April 17, the Hinsdale track invite April 24, the District 3C track meet May 6 and the Eastern C Divisional track meet May 14.

Here's a closer look at the schedules.

Track and Field

March 28 – Glasgow Invitational

Apr 2 – Wibaux Invitational in Glendive

April 8 – Cal Wearley Invitational in Havre

April 11 – Baker Invitational or Havre Invitational

April 13 – Scottie Qualifiers Meet

April 17 – Nashua Invitational in Glasgow

April 18 – Sidney Invitational

April 21 – Malta Invitational (2:30 pm)

April 24 – Hinsdale Invitational in Glasgow

April 24-25 – Glendive Invitational

April 28 – Glasgow Top 10

May 2 – Wolf Point Invitational or Miles City Invitational

May 9 – District 2B at Wolf Point

May 16 –Northern B Divisional at Glasgow

May 22-23 – State B Track at Kalispell

Golf

March 20 or 27 – Shelby Invitational

April 7 – Forsyth Invitational

April 10 – Wolf Point Invitational

April 16 – Huntley Invitational

April 17 – Poplar Invitational in Wolf Point

April 24 – Glasgow Invitational

April 25 – Malta Invitational

April 28 – Plentywood Invitational

May 1 – Harlem Invitational (possible)

May 2 – Chinook Invitational

May 4 – Northern B Divisional at Wolf Point

May 12-13 – State B at Huntley/Billings

Softball

March 26 – Glendive (1 V/ 1 JV)

Mar 28 – Miles City Jamboree

April 2 – at Williston - 3:00 MT (2 JV/ 2 V)

April 9 – Lewistown (1V, 2 JV)

April 10-11 – Belgrade Invitational

April 14 – at Sidney (JV/V)

April 16 – Havre (4:00/5:30 JV)

April 18 – at Colstrip (JV/V)

April 21 – Williston (3:30 JV /5:00 V)

April 24-25 – Columbus Invitational

April 28 at Glendive (1 V/1 JV)

May 2 – at Havre Invitational

May 5 – Sidney (JV/V)

May 8-9 – Glasgow Invitational (7 teams)

May 15-16 – Eastern B/C Divisional at Conrad

May 21-23 – State B/C at Belgrade

 

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