IHSAA introduces new basketball rule

Beginning in the 2021-2022 season, a new IHSAA rule has been introduced to high school basketball. If a team happens to be winning by 35 or more points after the first half, a running clock will be established for the remainder of the game. If the clock was to stop for any reason, it would be because of an injury timeout, a team timeout, intermission between quarters, free throw shots or any other time officials feel it is necessary. This new rule will be in place for both boys and girls basketball, as well as throughout the state tournament. But, this rule will not be in place for the state final. 

The high school girls basketball team has already had three instances where this rule has been applied. 

“Just like for football, I think it’s a nice addition to this sport and it helps deter thoughts of bad sportsmanship. With this rule, a school can’t really be accused of running up a score and for the school on the other end they don’t have to endure that feeling of a never ending game,” said Athletic Director Darek Newkirk.

Story by Gracie Walls

Honoring Service Returns Nov. 11

Veterans Day Program Planned; Radcliff Signed up to Serve

After the annual Veteran’s Day program was put at a standstill last year due to COVID, for the 2021-2022 school year the in person program will resume for all students and staff.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, the colors will be presented to the student body and the public, mask policy being decided at a later date.

Veteran guests will be introduced and recognized, and the Pride of Paoli will play and salute to the Armed Forces. Freshman Mary Cook will be singing a special for our troops, and Senior Chief Sablan will be the main speaker. U.S. history teacher and Veteran’s Day Organizer Chris Lindley will have his advanced U.S. history class introduce the guests and read a piece and a poem in honor of those who have fought for our country.

Lindley has been the coordinator for over a decade, and being able to play a prominent part in this program holds a special place in his heart.

“I organize the Veterans Day program each year for a couple reasons. One, PHS has a long tradition of very well-done programs honoring our veterans that began under former speech and television production teacher Cynthia Webb. When the state began requiring that schools acknowledge the importance of the day in the 1990s, she produced high quality programs that became a source of pride for our school and local veterans. I was fortunate to assist Mrs. Webb in this endeavor for several years. When she retired, she asked me to continue and I agreed.

“The second reason I do these is to bring recognition and honor to a class of men and women who have made significant sacrifices to our nation and continue to offer much support to our community. We can argue that they received wages, training, and money for college and are no different than other Americans. But, they are also asked to make sacrifices that average citizens do not such as deployments, time away from families, and often being placed in harm’s way. Some suffer life-changing disabilities: physical, mental, emotional. In cases of combat experience, they will never be the same people again. For all this, I trust we can spend a little time honoring them.

“Lastly, I do this to remind our students of the cost of freedom and the importance of service to keep a nation strong. These veterans were once young people just like them who made a choice to serve. Their example challenges us to do likewise. Our community and our nation needs our service, and this program does just that as it uses our talents and resources to offer back to these worthy members of our community our gratitude and respect.”

One member of the senior class has already made the commitment to serve after high school.

Senior Gus Radcliff has already made a commitment to serve his country. Radcliff has enlisted in the US Navy, the only senior fully committed to serving in this branch.

“I have always wanted to serve my country and one of the biggest reasons is that I want to see the world while helping others too,” said Radcliff.

In order to become enlisted in the Navy, one must get an ASVAB score of 35 or higher and be mentally and physically healthy enough to meet the high standards of the military.

“I met with my recruiter multiple times before I made my final decision. We had many meetings and discussions about my requirements and qualifications,” said Radcliff.

Radcliff will begin his time in the Navy on June 22, 2022, where he will report to Basic Training at RTC (Recruit Training Command), Great Lakes, Illinois. He will be there for a total of 18 weeks, doing basic as well as specific job training to become an operation specialist.

Although there are other students interested in joining, no one is as fully committed as Radcliff yet.

“If anyone is interested in knowing more about the World’s Greatest Navy, please contact me,” said Radcliff.

Story by Gracie Walls

Girls Basketball Season has Begun

With winter sports coming into play, the high school girls basketball team had their first practice on Monday, October 18, after students returned from fall break. The team is coming back together after a 16-3 summer record and many statements made to spectators.

“I thought we had a really good summer and got a lot accomplished. We played a tough schedule and found out a lot of things about ourselves. We were able to beat Linton, Silver Creek, Jeffersonville, and some other really good teams,” says Head Coach Donavan Crews. “My hope for this season is to be playing like we did this summer. I think if we can get back to that point we have a chance to have a really good season. For this team our main goal is to win the sectional. Obviously we want to win the conference too but for this group, we’ve worked for this since the fifth and sixth grade. If we can all play our roles and utilize our strengths like we did this summer, we’ll be fine.” 

The team’s successful summer was not just handed to them, however. They had basketball nearly five days a week in the month of June, had shooting workouts throughout the month of July, and twelve of the twenty two girls played on a travel basketball team — putting them playing this sport almost all year round. 

“Probably the thing I’m most proud of with this team is their hard work and dedication. This group is one of the hardest working groups I’ve ever been around,” said Crews. 

The girls basketball season will officially begin with their first game on November 4 at Northeast Dubois. There are no restrictions for fans this season, and big crowds will be expected. 

“If we can put it all together this group is a fun one to watch.  We are hoping for big crowds this year and I think for those that can make it this year, they will enjoy watching us,” said Crews. 

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Walls a Sucker for Her Eyes

I’ve always been a sucker for psychological thrillers. “Bird Box”, “Ma”, and “The Conjuring” are just a few of my favorites. Yet out of all the suspenseful shows I am madly in love with, I have recently fallen deeply for a new series, called “Behind Her Eyes”. This Netflix original is based on the novel written by Sarah Pinborough, with all the same expectations and cliffhangers. I’m not one to rewatch a show or series, but this show – especially the ending – made me restart from the beginning immediately. That’s just how surprising and jaw-dropping the finale left me. (I promise, no spoilers to follow… just reasons for you to watch.)

The Plot

Louise is a single mom who works as a secretary at a psychiatrist’s office. It all started when she got stood up on her date at the pub. Just as she was about to give up and head home, she ran into a dark, handsome man named David, new in town and in need of company. The two had an undeniable spark… until their goodbye kiss was interrupted by David’s sudden regret and rushed departure. Confused and dejected, Louise continues about her days. Prior to the next day at work when she discovered the new psychiatrist was (you guessed it) David. Ignoring the inconvenient circumstances, one morning on her way home from dropping her son off at school, Louise coincidentally (or so we think) ran into David’s wife of ten years, Adele. Oddly enough, these two also hit it off, and become closer friends than Louise would have imagined. Things continue to get messier; Louise begins to have an affair with David, Adele and Louise start to spend more time together, and secrets only get worse. Keeping both of these relationships private from the other, Louise doesn’t realize what she has truly gotten herself into until it’s too late.

Everything from the settings and actors to the plot kept me hooked until the very end. The foreshadowing is insanely clever, and the last episode will leave you sitting in silence trying to process everything you just absorbed. I totally recommend this show to people who like magical, majestic mysteries. This is one of those shows where the conspiracy theories are endless and you won’t be able to stop talking about it.

Story by Gracie Walls

Stout Returns to Classroom for Science

Since the start of the school year, PHS has been on the hunt for a new seventh grade science teacher.

With no luck so far, the administration continues to advertise this opening on both the school’s website and with the Indiana Department of Education. In the meantime, Retired Math Teacher Cindy Stout has been covering the role. As luck would have it, Stout is a licensed science teacher, the perfect fill-in until a permanent teacher can be hired.

“Mrs. Stout is an amazing teacher. She has a track record of excellence! Her willingness to fill in until a replacement can be found is truly an asset to Paoli Schools. I am confident that our seventh graders are receiving science instruction equivalent to what a permanent teacher would provide,” said Principal Sherry Wise.

According to Superintendent Greg Walker, at this time there are currently no applications for the position Stout is filling.

For more information on the open position visit the corporation website.

Story by Gracie Walls