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Girls Track to Begin April 5


The Varsity girls’ track team began practicing February 29 and since that time they have been working to get better.

“(We are) working hard everyday at practice,” said Coach Summer Hudelson.

Hudelson thinks the hard work is the key to success. Her goal as a coach is to push the girls to do their best, and they have been making progress.

“They are also fun to be around,” said Hudelson. She thinks this is one of the team’s strengths.

The team had more girls than expected and they will make their first showing April 5 at Borden. After the team’s first meet, they will be able to find out their weaknesses. This first meet is key in analysing what needs this team has.

“We are very diverse,” said freshman Rachel Umpleby. Umpleby thinks this will help them during the season. They will find out just how helpful their diversity is after April 5.

Hudelson hopes the returning girls are as successful this season as they were last season. Umpleby said the team is not very strong at this point in time, but the new and returning runners will continue to improve.

Story by Lauren Umpleby

Scrimmage Starts Rams Softball Season

The Varsity softball team traveled to Salem to play in their first tournament of the season on March 17 at 5 p.m. The girls lost against the Salem Lions, with a score of 6-8.

“The scrimmage is a great experience for us to see where we are at as a team,” said Coach Neil Dittmer.  

Dittmer used this game as an opportunity to see what the team needs to work on.

We struggled at the plate a bit, and know that is where we need to improve,” said Dittmer. “I was not nervous, I believe some of the girls were a little nervous.”

It was the first game of the season so being nervous is normal.

“I thought our defense and pitching performed well, and were big positives for us moving forward,” said Dittmer.

The team’s next game is after Spring Break, they are playing at Henryville on April 2, at 11 a.m. their next home game is April 5 at 5 p.m. Come support the team in their upcoming matches.

Story by Maddy McDonald

Boys of Summer Return with Hannon

Starting in January, the PHS baseball team began practicing and preparing for the quickly approaching spring season. The team currently has 19 kids training and working out, and more will be joining when the basketball season comes to a close.

“Workouts have been going really well,” said new head coach Aaron Hannon. “We’ve had good numbers and good participation. It has been really nice to be able to set a framework of how practice is going to go and nice to give the kids that idea of how practice will be run.”

Practice for the team begins officially on March 14, and cuts will be made after the official practice begins. As for now, kids can still come and workout with the team before official practice.

“Yes, kids can come and workout but they will need to do that very soon because we will need to make cuts to get our roster at a manageable level,” said Hannon.

Story by Garrett Vincent

Signing Class Revealed Tonight

One of the main goals of the Paoli football program is to graduate at least 15 seniors each year. Most classes, though, by their senior year, do not end up with that amount of players in their fourth year in the program.

So how do you keep the number up? Recruit new players from the hallways of PHS.

Tonight the Paoli football team will be recognizing the 2016 Football Signing Class at the boys basketball game against Corydon Central.

“This is recognition for the student athlete and family and an introduction to the Paoli Nation,” said Head Coach Brian Balsmeyer.

The Signing Class is a name for those who will be playing high school football for the first time at PHS. Much like a college signing day, this night will be for the family and individuals who will be joining the football program.

“We do this to get a commitment from our young people and their family because it takes a lot more than just the student athlete to be successful,” said Balsmeyer.

After tonight, the hope is to get student athletes to commit to the program and excite them and the community about this coming season.

Story by Garrett Vincent

Sports Update for Wednesday, September 30



The Jv volleyball team was defeated by the Orleans Bulldogs. They lost in 3 sets, while the Varsity won in 5 sets Leaders of the Herd: Olivia Becht led the serving for the Rams with 4 aces.  Bela Brewster, Claire Cornwell, and Madison Street each added 3 a piece. Keaton Chastain led the Lady Rams with 18 kills.  Claire Cornwell had 8 kills for the Rams, and Anna Hutcheson had 8 kills and 2 solo blocks for the night. Madison Street dished out 36 assists for the Rams and also had 11 digs. Bela Brewster led the defense with 15 digs on the night.  Amber Smith came up with 13 digs, and Ashley Archer also added 11.



Both Jr. high volleyball teams beat Mitchell last night.


The Tennis Sectional will take place tonight at Loogootee. The match will begin at 4:30.




Sports Update for Tuesday, September 29


The JV football team lost to Corydon last night with a score of 25-47.

The tennis team fell to North Harrison 2-3. The results are as follows:

1.  Ryan Dones (NH) def Kyle Street (P) 6-3 7-5
2.  Ben Davis (NH) def Noah Magner (P) 6-2 6-1
3.  Cameron Voyles (NH) def Wyatt Ashley (P) 6-2 6-0
1.  Adam Engleking/Kyle Marshall (P) def Cameron Higdon/Eldon Engleman (NH) 2-6 6-3 6-1
2.  Mason Deaton/Mason Buchanan (P) def Logan Foley/Zach Outcalt (NH) 6-3 6-3


Both Jr. High volleyball teams lost their game against Valley.


The volleyball team will be traveling to Orleans. The JV game begins 6. The theme for the game is Black Out.

The Cross Country team will be hosting Mitchell, Shoals, Springs Valley, and Orleans at 5 tonight.


The Jr. High cross country team is running in a meet against Orleans and Springs Valley at 4:30 tonight.

The Jr. high tennis team will be traveling to North Harrison tonight. The match starts at 4:30.

The Jr. high volleyball team will be playing Mitchell on the road. The seventh grade game starts at 6.



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