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Coach Milton's Raiders finished the season like a FREIGHT TRAIN

Coach Milton's Lyman Raiders ready for the BIG TIME
Oct 19, 2017

By Rich Winter

Alright, so true story...I was in Presho the other day having breakfast at Hutch's Cafe (South of the border omelette). Well after placing my order I had to butter my waitress up with a little chit-chat about Joel Milton's cross-country team qualifying for the state cross country meet.


Well, the waitress turned the tables on me and buttered me up with a cut-out from the most recent Lyman paper. Terrific little feature in the paper about Lyman County sophomore Brenden Estes. It seems that during the Lakota Nation Invitational, Estes came to the aid of a special needs student/athlete from Wyoming Indian. Estes threw down his backpack and went back to help cheer on and encourage a young man he didn't even know. The gesture meant a hell of a lot to Wyoming Indian and there Superintendent sent a wonderful not recognizing a thoughtful gesture from a young man that wears Lyman Raiders colors. 


Ok, so, I haven't been paying as much attention to Lyman cross-country as I should be...But, out of the corner of my left eye I did notice the Raiders won the Philip Invitational...And there were some horses there with Class A teams from Stanley County, Todd County and St. Francis. 


And then, at the Region 4B meet, Milton's crew dug deep to qualify the entire team with a third place finish. 

Sophomores Brad Lebeda and Estes finished 13th and 14th while ninth grader Tyson Floyd was 25th and 8th grader Shilo Olson 29th. For good measure, sophomore Bryson Muirhead was 35th.


When the dust had settled and needing to be in the top-3 of the team standings...Lyman punched thier ticket...

Team standings: Ipswich 13, Timber Lake 30, Lyman 46, Lower Brule 50, Sunshine Bible 50. 

For the Lady Raiders, Alyssa Jones, a ninth grader punched her ticket to the state meet with a ninth place region effort. 


At the start of the season, Lyman was way back there...kind of an after-thought, BUT, as the season progressed the team just kept coming and finished the year like a freight train...Great job to Coach Milton and the rest of the cross family in Lyman that made all this happen. 


Lyman isn't going to finish in the top-8...This year. But, with a loaded roster of youngsters, the 2017 meet is all about getting their feet wet and seeing what all the fuss is about. 


Next year, look out!!


And Hutch's was great. Got to meet Mrs. Mclanahan and we even shared a memory of the 1980 state basketball team for which her son was on the team...She smiled when talking about it and even gave a fist pump remembering how much fun that was.

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