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Cornwell’s Farewell to Softball

For senior softball player Claire Cornwell, softball has been a major part of her life. Cornwell has been playing softball for as long as she can remember. She has been participating in this sport since she was five.

“My dad and I would go outside and play catch, so I decided to try to play,”said Cornwell.

Cornwell plays anywhere in the infield, but mostly plays first and third.

Neil Dittmer, the head softball coach, has coached Cornwell for four years in her high school career, but six years total.

“My favorite thing to watch about senior Claire Cornwell is her effort at practice and games. I also enjoy watching her slap knowing that if she gets it down, she will almost always beat out the first throw,” said Coach Neil Dittmer.

Cornwell’s favorite part of the season is sectional, because it’s a chance to show how much the team has improved as a team.

“My favorite part about Cornwell is her desire and her want to get better. She is tough and rough on herself, and wants to be the best player possible,” said Dittmer.

Cornwell says that one goal she wants to accomplish is to win sectional and conference.

“I will miss everything about softball, I enjoy every aspect of playing,” said Cornwell.

Cornwell has pushed herself to get better, with motivation, and her positive outlook towards the sport and the team.

“Take every moment like it’s your last. Don’t take time for granted and leave it all on the field.” Cornwell said.

Story by Kinsey McBride

Photo by Addison Wells

Archery Recap

On Feb. 7, 2017 the Paoli NASP Archery program held their second annual state qualifier for Indiana NASP Archery. The archery program is in its second year at PHS. This team shot in the state, national and world tournaments in their 2016 season.

In contrast to last year, the 2017 state qualifier was a larger event with 117 total archers from four different schools, including 45 archers from Paoli. There were four separate flights of archers starting at 5:30 pm. The last flight of shooters didn’t start until about 8:30 pm.

While the shoot was happening, the archery team sold concessions with the help of parents in hopes of raising money to help fund equipment and fees for tournaments. Combined with the ticket sales, the program made approximately $800-$1,000.

Archery Coach Kyle Woolston is hopeful for the 2017 season.

“Our archers are shooting personal bests at almost every contest we attend.  They are raising their own personal bars and pushing scores out that are comparable to many established programs,” said Woolston. “We have high hopes for our team as a whole, and expect to advance to state, and eventually onto nationals and worlds.”

The highest scoring archer of the night was Lily Thompson, who shot a 282 out of 300 total points. Logan Love was the highest scoring high school male of the night with a 279/300. The highest scoring junior high female was Taylor Becht with a 260/300 and the highest scoring junior high male was Jordan Hedge with a 261/300.

The Paoli NASP Archery program was split into two teams for the 2016 season and is doing the same again for the 2017 season. The first Paoli Archery team overall ended with a total score of 3244. The second team fielded by Paoli High school shot a total score of 3005. The cut score needed to be invited to the state tournament is not set in stone, but based on the scores in years past, the first team is confident they reached the score needed to qualify. The second team is riding the line needed to qualify, but the archers are hopeful. The teams will likely shoot at the state tournament on March 11 at the Indianapolis Exposition Center. The archers hope to achieve a score high enough at the state tournament to advance onto the national tournament in Louisville, KY in May.

Story by Lily Thompson

Girls Basketball Sectional This Week

Girls Basketball sectional is next week and it will take place at Providence High School in Clarksville, IN. The schedule is listed below. The season tickets for this event on now on sale in the Paoli athletic office. Season tickets allow admittance on all 3 nights of the sectional. Season tickets are $10. Single session tickets will be on sale at the door at Providence and they are $6 a night. Paoli will be selling season tickets to the girls sectional until next Tuesday, January 31 at 3 pm.

Come out and support the Paoli Girls Basketball team.


Click here for the bracket of the games.


Girl’s Basketball Sectional

On February 3, the Paoli Girls Basketball team will be traveling to Providence to play in their first game of sectional. The game will take place at 6 pm.

The girls were fortunate enough to draw the bye. As a result, they will play the winner of Crawford County and Eastern Pekin. With a win in this game, they will advance to the championship game to play one of the three remaining teams, Henryville, Providence or Clarksville.

“To succeed and go far in the tournament we will have to play together and keep our cool,” said Junior Callie Baker.

The girls hope to see everyone travel to Providence and cheer them on to a sectional victory.

Story by Madison Street

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