UPDATE: July 05, 2012
hope everyone had a great Independence Day! it seems like
this year is going by faster every day. The Black Hills Scottish
athletes is proud to formally announce that the Labor Day Athletics in
Rapid City South Dakota will be contested once again. On 09/01/12
the Black Hills Heavy Events will be contested on the Central State
Fairgrounds. For more information please go to the Rushmore Heavy Events page.
We hope to see his many of you as possible and September!
UPDATE: May 20, 2012
due to the apparent lack of interest for our June 9 competition Mark
and I have decided to suspend the competition and any further
organizing for that event. We apologize for any inconvenience
this causes anyone that might have party started planting on a June
trip to the Black Hills. At this time we fully anticipate and
being invited back for the 2013 event and having a tough time in order
to plan for the type of quality competition we have become known for.
on June 2 there will be a competition in Sioux Falls South
Dakota. I'm sure Jeff and Kim Watson will do a fabulous job
posting and conducting this event. Please find their entry form
Please don't hesitate to e-mail or call me with any
questions that you have regarding this event.
Thank you for your support,
UPDATE: March 22, 2011
come join us for the 15th year
of Th' Gaterin' Festival O' Beltane in Wakeeney, Kansas May 5-7,
2011.I will be making my return to Th' Gatherin' this year. This has
been one of my long-term goals cents my accident in 2006. I would
enjoy seeing all of my close friends and past throwing partners and
competitors. please consider coming and competing or just enjoying
the Festival if you have the weekends free from competing elsewhere.
If you have not been Festival o' Beltane you are missing something very
special. The peoples to rounding this Festival every created
something out of the past. As the above tapestry says it's like
stepping through the mists of time back onto the battlefield of our
forefathers. The festival is centered around the Warriors (athletes)
who compete in teams of four for the ultimate prize of bragging rights and
the prime cut of meat at the evenings warrior feast. For more
details please visit their website: www.thgatherin.com
has pictured above, the limited edition tapestry can be pre-ordered and
available for pickup or shipping at the websites e-store. All
proceeds go to supporting the Festival.
UPDATE: August 02, 2009
Thank you all for the patience
you have exhibited as we approach the 2009 Rushmore Heavy Events. Between
procrastination and my health ( I'm sure most of you realize my situation)
we are definitely behind in planning for this event. The only thing
that is keeping the entry forms from being e-mailed out and posted on the
website is that we are bouncing in between two locations. Both
locations will provide you with a good field for throwing. I only
request that once the entry forms are sent out and posted that you help us
out in turn your entry form in right away. For more information on
this event; go to The Rushmore Heavy
July 13, 2008
I cannot thank everyone who came
out for Wyoming enough. We fielded a record number of athletes this
year. All Spring I have been worried about what the weather would
hand us in Gillette. The entire region has seen the wettest Spring
and more than a decade but, God gave us a window of excellent weather for
the Wyoming throw. You will be able to find a printable version of
the results here. Please
bear with me with the posting of scores to NASGA. I am trying to
work with Kurt to streamline the process from the RMSA scoring program
directly into his database. And entering all of your scores is very
difficult for me with my current physical limitations. If anyone
would like to input the scores for me, I would be happy to e-mail you a
scoresheet with all the distances converted to feet and inches. Mark
Renken and Jamie Kennedy worked tirelessly to mail to set up the field for
throwing. A great big thanks goes out to them and all of the
throwers to came up early and help set the field up. And as always
Cheryl Wheeling was there to to help Mollie in the morning and then judge
all day. Without my wife Mollie these throws would not go nearly as
smooth. I love you with everything I have sweetheart, thank
08/30/08 the RMSA championships will be held in Rapid City South
Dakota. As with the last couple of years I am a little behind the
eight ball with entry forms. I anticipate that they will be
completed within the next 10 days. Very soon I will be posting a
picture of our overall awards for the championships. We had them to
debut at the Wyoming games so if you are not present ask people who were
there how cool they are. We hope that you would grace us with your
presence for this games. We understand the price of fuel is limiting
everyone's travel. Because of the area in Rapid City is in it makes
for a perfect family vacation spot. We have Mount Rushmore, Crazy
Horse, Deadwood, Sturgis, the Badlands, a whole lot more. Because we
are throwing on Saturday it leaves and other day and a half for
sightseeing. Hope to see you all here check back soon for updates.
May 08, 2008
today marks one year from
leaving the hospital. This weekend we are moving into our new house,
looking forward to the freedom that it will bring. Within the next
two weeks the final grading should take place for the yard and throwing
field. Being able to hold throwing practices at the house will be a
welcome blessing. The links page has been
updated. Please e-mail me you have any websites that you would like
April 26, 2008
It has been a long winter and as typical I
procrastinated in updating the website. In
this first update of the new throwing season you should find a few staples
and also a revisit into the past. We
are starting to plan the Wyoming Festival which will be held on June
28-29, 2008. You can find a
preliminary entry form here be aware that entry form might change but I'm
pretty confident that it won't. I
have also put some pictures of the 2007 Dakota Gathering of the Clans
click here to view. I used a
different format for the pictures please let me know your thoughts and
feelings. Back in 2004 I had
the privilege of pulling together the RMSA newsletters.
I recently rediscovered the digital files for these.
If you would like to refresh your memory on some of the excellent
articles that have been written by throwers for throwers click here.
I have also posted the entry form for the Flagstaff AZ games. Click here
for the entry form
One exciting thing I would like to announce is that the 2008 Dakota
Gathering of the Clans will be the host of The Rocky Mountain Scottish
Athletes Championships. The
RMSA has not had a true championship for several years and we are proud to
be able to help bring the championships back.
This is also a my 10th year organizing athletics.
With these two things working together I am hoping to be able to
put together a set of prizes that will be the envy of every athlete that
cannot come up to compete. Stay
tuned for more updates concerning this.
On a personal note: we have spent the Winter
building a new house that is handicapped accessible for me.
It has been a long hard road and have learned a lot.
had excellent contractors working for us and in the end I think
not only will we have a house that I can move around in them but also
enough land that we can hold practices on.
Thank you all for the encouraging words and support you have given
me and my family over the last year. The
Scottish athletic community is full of exceptional people.
I hope to see you all sometime during the season.
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