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Football Season Underway


As falls rolls in, the students of PHS begin to look forward to more than pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

This, of course, is the football stadium jam-packed on a Friday night. This year, the Paoli football team is waiting to prove themselves after their three win season last year. They can be seen dotting the hallways with purple and white, and also on the field every day after school. In the upcoming months the team will play every week on Cook field, located just South of the high school.

The players are not the only ones preparing for the big show. Head coach, Brian Balsmeyer had some comments about his team’s chances this year.

“All I know is we better have some kids ready to play football. I love the sport and couldn’t be more excited for the season, but it’s up to our players how it turns out,” said Balsmeyer.

The games this season will be every Friday at 7, unless there is conflict with time zones. Athletic schedules can be found in the office.

Students are strongly encouraged to come out and support their school during the 2016 football season. The players would greatly appreciate your attendance, and a chance to show off all of their hard work.

Story by Dietrich Sears

Changes for the Paoli Cheer Team


Calling all students of PHS, it is that time of year again! Football season, which also means cheerleading. This year, the Paoli Cheer Program has a new coach, Brooke Goerres.

¨I am very excited to be working with the JV/Varsity cheerleaders this year. My goal is the same as the coaches that came before me, to continue to build the cheer program at PHS,” said Goerres.

The rule that was put into place last year for the cheerleaders is still in effect. The cheerleaders can choose if they want to cheer for football, basketball or both, considering potential conflicts.

The cheer team has been practicing and even went to a UCA camp at Indiana University for three days where they learned things like cheers, chants and stunts. The team has also earned some trophies by participating in competitions for both the Junior High and JV/Varsity squads.

The cheerleaders will be cheering at the first home game on August 19, and for everyone wondering, the annual cheer clinic will take place from September 6-9 this year.

Story by Kennedy Embry

Boys Varsity Tennis Beginning Their Season


The Boys Varsity Tennis team will be kicking off their season on Tuesday, August 16. This event will begin at 5 pm at Salem High School.

Sophomore Dawson Long is a vital part to the boys tennis singles event. Long has some high hopes for the upcoming season.

¨I feel like the team has a lot of potential. We just need to go out and see what we can do,¨ said Long.

Many of the boys compete for playing spots every week during practice. Competition will be shown throughout the season.

¨There is definitely some competition at practice for playing spots,¨ said Long.

The Boys Varsity Tennis team would greatly appreciate lots of support at the away match on Tuesday at Salem. Lots of home support and fans this season would also be helpful to all of the boys.

Story by Jace Ingle; Photo by Alexis Decarlo

Cross Country Takes Off


On your mark, get set, go!

The PHS Cross Country team will start running for competition on Tuesday, August 16 at 4:30 pm at Orleans High School. The team has 21 runners, and head coach, Summer Hudelson, is hoping to keep all of her runners motivated to run throughout the whole season.

This early in the season, it is hard for Hudelson to tell how strong the team really is. Although, she has had several strong runners return for another season.

Hudelson is expecting a lot of hard work from her runners.

¨My goals for this season is to do well at the conference meet and have some that will make it out of the sectional,¨ said Hudelson.  

Come and cheer on your PHS cross country team to victory.  

Story by Avery Owens

Season Starting for Girl’s Varsity Golf


Girls’ Golf is one on of the many fall sports we have at Paoli High School. This year the team includes Callie Baker, Allie Lowe, Audrey Manship, and Addison Wells. The girls have been practicing at Paoli Country Club, where all of their home meets will take place. Callie Baker says she is hopfull the girls will push their way through sectional with a win. ¨We need to improve on our short fairway shots,¨ said Baker.

All of the girls are hoping to qualify at their conference meet this year. The Girls Varsity Golf team will kick off their season on August 11 at Crawford County. They will continue on with six other season meets that will lead into their sectional. They are requesting that they get support from our school, and that people come to their meets if they can make it.

Story by Bela Brewster

Varsity Volleyball Kicking Off Their Season


The Paoli Varsity Volleyball team will be starting the season with their first game on Monday, August 15. They will be facing off against Loogootee at home game in the Auxiliary Gym, beginning at 6:00 pm.

“The volleyball team has been working hard for the past two weeks preparing to compete,” said Varsity Coach Casey Bowles. “I believe we have a very well rounded team with a competitive spirit. I am proud of their efforts so far and we are excited to start matching up against area schools.¨

Fans can assist the team by cheering for the players in the cheer block and dressing the theme of the game, which will be summer fun.

Come out and support your Lady Rams Volleyball team in their first match of the season!

Story by Emma Osborn

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