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Archery Recap

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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

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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.

GO RAMS!!!

Click here for the bracket of the games.

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Girl’s Basketball Sectional

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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

Archery Aims Higher

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Coming into the second year for the archery team Coach Kyle Woolston has higher hopes for returning students. There are currently 49 students on the team, 17 of which are in junior high, the other 32 members are in high school.

“The big difference for this year is the depth of experience we bring back compared to last year. Of the 32 students on the high school team, 22 have experience competing at the state level with most of them having competed at Nationals and the World Tournament last year. Of the 17 junior high members, 7 have competed beyond the local level. Last year, the experience was new to everyone. With the added experience as a whole, we spend less time on explaining what each tournament will be like and how things work, and focus more on the shooting ability of the archers,” said Woolston.

Bringing back so many students who went to National or even to state level has an advantage from the very start of this season.

“We competed in our first competition this year on December 16th, at Tell City.  We posted a quality score, and it was a great experience for our more inexperienced archers just to get experience in tournament format. Our next competition is January 27th at Switzerland County, then February 3rd at Scottsburg. Our State Qualifying event is scheduled for February 7th and will take place at Throop gym. We will be sharing the range with West Washington and South Central that evening in hopes of posting scores high enough to gain an invitation to the Indiana NASP State Tournament,” said Woolston.

With the program being so new here at PHS there are still doubts from some people, but not from Woolston.

“We are still a relatively young program, so it is exciting to see the students progressing at such a positive rate. We have archers shooting personal bests at practices as well as others improving on aspects of their archery skills each time out. With the success we achieved last year, we set our goals high with hopes of making a return trip to the World NASP Tournament, and the archers are working hard to reach those goals. We also have a great group of sponsors supporting the team this year. The students really take notice of these sponsors who are helping the program move forward and supporting the archers in the endeavors on the practice and tournament ranges,” said Woolston.

Story by Alexis DeCarlo

The Search for New Coaches

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In small town school life, athletics and sports often dominate the public conversation. In the case of PHS, the football and baseball programs have been put in a situation where the search is on for a new head coach.

As the school starts this transitional period, many student athletes are following intently to see how their sport will be affected. The balance of their team hangs on these decisions as well as the potential success or failure of their season.

The first process of this period is the application and interview process. Interviews for both the football and baseball head coaching job are taking place as of now.

At this stage, there are over ten applicants for the football position, and one for the baseball job. The interview process will continue on through this week, with final decisions aimed to be made at the school board meeting in early February. These decisions will be heavily thought out and followed by the student body.

Story by Dietrich Sears

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