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Archery: World Tournament

The following story was published in Issue 1 of The Paolite, 2017.

This summer, the PHS archery team took their second trip to the World Tournament, this year held in Orlando, Florida. The tournament took place on July 20-21. Twenty-one archers traveled to the contest for an amazing experience and opportunity from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23.

In order for the team to participate in the tournament, they had to qualify by competing at qualifiers, such as the Indiana State Tournament  and the National Tournament, which went well for the team.

To prepare for Worlds, the team focused on improving their individual  weaknesses. Everyone worked on improving their technique and to have better accuracy. The team did several activities at practice to work on getting smaller groupings.

The team’s overall score was 3,179, with the highest score on the team being senior Anna Hutcheson with a 280. Right behind Hutcheson was eighth grader Kennon Scott with 279 and sophomore Tony Lowe with 277.

“There is always something to improve on, but it is impressive for our archery team to already be making it to Worlds in our second year competing,” said Hutcheson.

Archery coach Kyle Woolston feels the team did very well considering none of the 2017 graduates attended the event. The team also took several younger members so they could get experience at a larger tournament.

While in Florida, the team did not just compete. They also spent time on the beach and boardwalk in Daytona, took a dolphin viewing boat ride and toured a local chocolate factory. On the way home, the team stopped in Georgia to get Georgia peaches.

This upcoming year will be challenging since they have a young team. This past year, two of the team’s top shooters graduated, leaving the team to rebuild their top ranks.

“With the potential of the new archers, there is a lot of potential on the team,” said Woolston.

The new season is set to begin in mid to late October.

 

Story by Avery Owens

New Volleyball Coach: Clark

Paoli volleyball was widely successful last year with the girls advancing to Semi-State for the first time in school history. The new season is underway, and the team is looking to repeat the success they found last year.
This year, the team is returning to the court under the direction of new coach Alicia Clark. Replacing previous head coach Casey Bowles, Clark will look to keep the team at an all time high in her varsity coaching debut. Clark herself played volleyball at Frankfort Community High School in Illinois and continued to the collegiate level playing at Oakland City University. Clark previously served as the JV coach for the Paoli team.
“My goal for the team is to bring the best out in every girl to make the best team we can be. The girls have set their goals high after coming off last year’s great season. We hope to win the conference and repeat as Sectional and Regional champions. A lot of us have dreamed much bigger than that,” said Clark.
Clark and the team look forward to showcasing their talents this fall. Hoping to return to the Semi-State game, the team is working hard and preparing for an astounding season. Come out and support your Lady Rams on the court.

Story by Hunter Hamilton

New Head Coach for Football: Lowery

The Paoli Football program brought in a new head coach for this season. Jeremy Lowery has just obtained the head coaching position after several years assistant coaching under numerous people.
“It’s almost like a dream come true,” said Lowery.
After participating in high school football in Texas, Lowery attended Western Kentucky University and played running back. Eventually, he moved to Indiana to continue the family fast food business. Prior to the head coaching job, Lowery spent years under former head coach Brian Balsmeyer. Lowery expresses many lessons about coaching and life he has learned from Balsmeyer.
“He has had a huge impact on me and left a legacy here at Paoli football,” said Lowery.
As the legacy of Coach Balsmeyer is ending, Lowery is planning on the start of his at Paoli. With many games in the season, Lowery is confident about the team he has. Come out and show your support for Coach Lowery and the Rams every Friday night.

Story by Jace Ingle

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

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