Rams earn big wins; Race Dogs and Senators Tonight

On Thursday, April 21, the track team faced off against the Shoals Jug Rocks and the Loogootee Lions. The girls won with 108 to the Loogootee score of 16 and the Shoals team score of 16. The first place finishers were: freshman Jericho Hopper in shotput and discus, sophomore Carley Higgins in the 400 meter, 800 meter, and long jump, junior Kyrsten Fehribach in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and high jump, senior Julie Radcliff in the 100 meter and 200 meter, junior Cailyn Baechle in the 1600 meter. 

Hopper had a few things to say about her all around first place finishes. 

“I felt relief, achievement, confidence, and success. I have been practicing throwing so much at practice trying to improve every day and place in every meet. Just because I took first in all three events, doesn’t mean it’s over. I am just getting started, there is more to practice and way more to improve on. Hopefully this is only the beginning!” said Hopper.

The first place finishers in the girls relay teams were in the 3200 meter relay team of sophomore Stella Windhorst, sophomore Eliza Ross, junior Lara Brace, and Hopper, the 400 meter relay team of senior Gracie Walls, sophomore Anna Radcliff, Julie Radcliff, Fehribach, and the 1600 meter relay team of Higgins, Baechle, Anna Radcliff, Gracie Walls.

Baechle set a new personal record for herself, which to her was a big accomplishment.

“I felt really great about my performance. I pushed myself harder to keep up with the boys pace since the girls and boys ran together and got a personal record for myself. First place is great but a PR topped it,” said Cailyn Baechle.

The boys came out with a win with a score of 110 to the Shoals team score of 39 and the Loogootee score of 2.

The first place finishers for the boys were senior Gus Radcliff in the high jump, senior Samson Johnson in the long jump, junior Marty Higgins in the Shotput and Discus, junior Connor Evans in the 100 meter and 400 meter dash, junior Austin Benales in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles.

Benales spoke on his many first place finishes.

“I feel pretty solid about my performance, I did my usual hurdles and took both the dubs easy. On top of those two, I did the 4×1 also getting an easy victory and tried out long jump for the first time ever and jumped a 19’1 which I am told to feel confident about,” said Benales.

The first places finishers for the boys in the relay races were the 3200 meter team of sophomore McKinley Stewart, junior Braven Cook, junior Dawson Poe, and sophomore Cameron Apple, the 400 meter team of Benales, sophomore Andrew Kumpf, freshman Dashawn Robertson, and freshman William Baker, and the 1600 meter team of sophomore Willson Windhorst, Johnson, Baker, and Kumpf.

The Rams face off against the Orleans Bulldogs and West Washington Senators at Orleans tonight starting at 5 p.m.

Story by Jeremiah Hutcheson

Museum Event Returns Sunday in the 1970s

Chris Lindley, U.S. History and Government teacher, will be holding his annual “Night at the Museum” showing on Sunday, May 1, in the PHS cafeteria and will be open for public viewing, 3:30-5 p.m. 

“Each year the students in my class produce a three-dimensional exhibit as their final project in U.S. History and display it for the public to view,” said Lindley. 

This year’s theme is “The 1970s: Decade of Crisis and Challenges” and will include 24 projects, spanning from disco and fashion, Watergate, technological advances and NASA’s space probes and the Iran Hostage Crisis. 

The show is judged by a panel of community leaders and teachers. The Orange County Historical Society is funding the “Best of Show” award, and the DAR is sponsoring the prize for runner-up. Third place will receive an award from the PHS Incentive Fund. There is also a “People’s Choice Award” which is chosen by attendees of the show who select their top three favorite projects. The awards will be announced at the end of the show. It is free to the public. 

“For those who remember the 70s, this will truly be a trip down memory lane,” said Lindley. 

Story by Makiya Russelburg

Payton Reflects on Losses, Hopeful for Season Ahead

The Rams had a long weekend playing both Scottsburg and Dubois. On Friday, April 22, the Rams were defeated by the Scottsburg Warriors 0-19. The Rams also played on Saturday, April 23 against the Northeast Dubois Jeeps and lost 3-13. 

Head Coach Jeremy Payton made a few comments about the Scottsburg game.  

“We are starting to see some improvements with the young freshman.  Even though the outcome isn’t what we are wanting we are getting better.  Scottsburg is a great team,” said Payton. 

Payton saw some promising plays during the Saturday game against Dubois.  

“Saturday we played really well for four and two-thirds innings.  We had some strong winds at the field which made it tough to field fly balls.  We had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the fifth.  A high fly ball was missed because of the wind and we ended up having Dubois go on and have 11 straight hits to score 12 runs in the fifth,” said Payton.

Payton gives praise to two of his hitters for their great offensive plays.  

“Trey Rominger had a two run home run and as well as Brandon Cook had a solo.  Our hitting is coming along well,” said Payton. 

Payton gives the Ram fans a preview of tonight’s game. 

“Tonight will be a tough test with a good Perry Central team coming to our place.  We hope to get on the winning side and try to build on it for the season.  We keep talking with the kids to keep coming and playing hard and staying focused.  We are really close to becoming a sold team.  We still have three weeks left and a lot of baseball left with some winnable games,” said Payton.

The Rams will face the Perry Central Commodores at home tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Story by Ashleigh Garcia

Rams Tennis Falls to Bulldogs

On Thursday, April 21, the Rams Varsity Tennis team was defeated by the New Albany Bulldogs 1-4.

“I am very proud of Rylie and how she handled herself during the match.  She demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. We had a little different line-up tonight due to a funeral, but Taylor stepped in and gave it her all. The girls played well.  They were beaten by a tougher team,” said Head Coach Tyla Whitfield.

The losing matches for the Rams include: sophomore Maddi Warren, who lost to Claire Meyer 0-6, 0-6, freshman Taylor Patton, who lost to Claire Stock 0-6, 2-6, senior Tinsley Moffatt and sophomore Gracie Brown, who lost to Lilly Meyer and Natalie Saydera 0-6, 2-6, sophomore Micaela MacDonald and senior Chelsea Deweese, who lost to Corinne Miller and Macie Crone 3-6, 5-7.

The Lady Rams Tennis team will travel to Borden on Monday, April 25, to face the Braves at 5 p.m.

Story by Ashleigh Garcia

THE 812 SPORTS WITH FC & B (EPISODE 3)

Episode 3 is up and freshmen podcasters Fletcher Cole and Brian Fullington are joined by senior baseball players Dexter Brown and Bladen Patton to talk about how the season has gone so far. The podcasters update us on sports for last week and dive into the world of Wordle but somehow they get us back to sports.

April 21, 2022 Produced by Brian Fullington and Fletcher Cole.