Sports Results From 9/9/14

The Combined Junior High Cross Country team was at Northeast Dubois Jr high with the following result(s):

The boys won and the girls team came in 2nd. There were 25 runners in each race.


Rachel Umpleby- 2nd

Kimana Knight – 6th

Avery Owens – 7th

Harley Bush – 9th

Kyla Lee- 11th

Chantay Long -14th


Ean Wilder – 1st

Tyler Griffith- 2nd

Josiah McCoy – 4th

Issac Black – 5th

Coach Tuell is very proud of her runners

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team was Home on 09-09-2014 vs. Bedford North Lawerence (BNL) with the following result(s): JV lost 19-25, 13-25 Varsity lost 7-25, 10-25, 16-25

Leaders of the HERD:

Aces: Ashley Archer 1

Kills: Ashley Archer 4

Setting: Olivia Strother 5, Rachel Lowe 4

Digs: Kaitlyn Ingle 12

The Combined Varsity Cross Country team was Away on 09-09-2014 vs. Tri County Invite with the following result(s):

Varsity girls: 5th out of 8

Varsity boys: 7th out of 8

JV only had top 3 team scores…we were not in top 3

Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams for their finishes at a tough meet at Southridge in the Tri County Invitational. Blake Roberts finished 21st, Jon Godsey 31, Blake Terrell 36, Landon Tharp 41, Hunter Hamilton 45, Connor Henderson 49, Travis Mefford 50. Ali Kerby finished 23rd for the girls, followed by Becca Lowe 30, Kylene Baker 31, Avery Rogers 32, Riley Lowe 36, LExie Strange 39 and Abi Andis 40.

In the JV race, WIll Stroud finished 27, Jared Herd 29, Jacob Babcock 36, Tristan Manship 41, Landan Chastain 42, Damon Chastain 43Cody Murphy 44, Dathan Chastain 45, Victor Martinez 46

The Boys Varsity Tennis team was Home on 09-09-2014 vs. South Central with the following result(s):

South Central 3 Paoli 2 Singles 1.

Parker Gabhart (SC) def Jeff Kenney (P) 6-1 6-7 6-2 2.

Kyle Street (P) def Zach Goodwin (SC) 6-1 6-3 3.

Kyle Marshall (P) def Austin Schoen (SC) 6-3 6-1

Doubles 1. Turner/Hentrup (SC) def Yother/Deaton (P) 7-5 6-0 2.

: The Girls 8th Grade Volleyball team was Away on 09-09-2014 vs. Orleans with the following result(s):

8th won their match in 2 games. 25-20 in game 1 and 25-20 in game 2.

Sign Up for Blood Drive TODAY!

Students interested in donating blood at the Paoli High School Lost River Career Co-op Blood Drive this Friday are encouraged to sign up in the office before Friday. If students donate three times before graduation they will receive a red cord to wear for the ceremony and wil be eligible for a scholarship from the American Red Cross. Please sign up in the office today!



Chromebooks: What to Except

The new Chromebooks have great advantages in school, but they also have some problems. Rolled out a few days before the start of school for high school and some junior high students, students and teachers are still adjusting to the new devices.

“I feel like for the most part the Chromebooks have been a big success. We knew that there were going to be issues that we had to deal with as far as passwords and students having technical difficulties,” said Assistant Principal Amanda Crews.

The new Chromebooks are effective and they hold all you data in the drive so students can use it later. They also need to be charged every night to be used the next day at school.

On the bright side Chromebooks give students access to files at school or at home even if a student does not have the Wi-fi. Although it has good software, the school also has restrictions deemed not good or unuseful to students.

Insurance is available to parents to help cover some of the cost if their Chromebook is lost, stolen, or even damaged. A bag has been provided to help prevent dropping them which can be helpful to many students.

The school requires all student to have their Chromebooks muted at all times unless one of their teachers allows them permission to have their sound on during class. About every six hours a student will need to relogin to the web at school during school because of it will automatically log the user out after the set time.

“Technology is just a reality in our society today. So to allow students to learn the way that they live would benefit any student,” said Crews.

Story by Codie Emmons

Play it out with tennis

Seventh grader Dalton Crawford hits a ground stroke.

Photos by Katie May

Vote Luke Becht for Player of the Week!!

Senior Luke Becht is one of the nominees for the Times-Mail Quick Hits area Player of the Week.  The following link is where you can vote for your favorite Ram! Here’s the link:

Let’s try to get a player from Paoli recognized. Voting ends at noon on Thursday.  Please pass the information around!

Chromebooks: Could Be Costly

Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for students. But nightmares can sometimes keep them up at night. One nightmare shared by all high school students is dropping their Chromebook.

Students wonder what will happen if they do.

If the fall causes no damage, then all is well. Various damages will cost varying costs. Prices go up each time that repairs are necessary.

The first repair will cost $65, the second $80 and the third $95. A temporary rental Chromebook will be issued to the student until theirs is repaired.

In the worst case scenario, the whole thing could have to be replaced. Depending on whether or not you purchased insurance, the cost will be different. A brand new Chromebook, retail, is $290.


Written by Chase Meehan


Students See a SADD Convocation



On Tuesday, August 19, PHS and it’s students were given the opportunity to listen to SADD, Students Against Driving Drunk founder, Robert Anastas in the auditorium.

“Mr. Anastas has been delivering his powerful message for a very long time.  He understands the tough decisions students are faced with and encourages students to make the right choice by tell them to take their weaknesses and make them their strengths.  We were very fortunate to have him come to our school,” said principal Todd Hitchcock.

Anastas shared his tear-jerking story about how he, as a coach at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, lost two players, ages 17 and 19, to bad decisions.  

Anastas shared that if students get on the right track now in high school, it will carry throughout life. Anastas also shared that seventy-five percent of kids will give in to peer pressure and bad decisions and encourages students to be that twenty-five percent that does not and rises above the occasion.

For more information about Anastas and his foundation, students can visit the website ( for tips, questions or support.


Written by Brooklyn Dotts

Photo by Lily Thompson

Spanish Club Sign Up Soon!

Any Spanish student wanting to join Spanish Club can join by bringing in five non-perishable items by Wednesday, September 3. Please drop off canned goods in room 124 and sign up. Spanish Club members interested in being an officer can sign up also at that time. Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 5 during home room.

Cross Country Kicking Off the Season!

Varsity cross country kicked off their season on August 19 at Orleans high school.  Leading the girls were freshman Ali Kerby at first place, sophomore Avery Rogers placed third, freshman KC Warren at fourth, senior Kylene Baker at fifth and junior Abi Andis placed sixth place.

The girls beat Orleans.

Junior Blake Rogers led the boys team with a fourth place finish. Behind Roberts were sophomore Blake Terrell at fifth, freshmen Hunter Hamilton got tenth place, sophomore Will Stroud was at eighteenth, and freshmen Jacob Babcock followed directly behind Stroud at nineteenth.

The boys put up a great race against some tough competition but were not victorious, they came in second to Orleans.

¨I feel like the times were good for the first meet and considering how hot it was. I think have a lot of strong runners that will continue to improve on a weekly basis,¨ said coach Summer Hudelson.  

The first home cross country meet is Thursday, August 28. Come out and cheer on the team!

Higgins takes the chemistry helm



Chemistry teacher Melissa Higgins helps two students during a lab. Photo by Noah Weiss

Previous biology teacher Melissa Higgins has moved across the hall to chemistry this school year after the departure of Eric Noble. Students are all wondering why the change? Higgins has the answer.

Q) Was it your choice to move to chemistry or did you have to? Why?
A) I was asked to move to chemistry this summer due to a change in staffing. I taught chemistry for six years in Virginia, and was ready to move back into the subject – it is my favorite thing to teach.

Q) Are you able to teach any other classes besides the two?
A) I am also certified to teach anatomy and physiology.

Q) What is your favorite part of chemistry?
A) My favorite part of chemistry is stoichiometry, where you do calculations related to chemical reactions.

Q) Do you plan on picking up biology in the future?
A) I would teach biology again if there was a need.

Q) Where did you go to college?
A) University of Iowa, Indiana University and Old Dominion University.

Q) Where are you from?
A) I grew up in Goshen, Indiana.

Q) How did you end up in Paoli?
A) When my husband retired from the military, he had a job offer at Crane, so we relocated from Chesapeake Virginia to Mitchell. I saw the opening for the biology position two years ago and here I am.

Q) Did you teach anywhere else?
A) I have taught at Great Bridge and Oscar Smith High in Virginia, Mitchell, Bloomington New Tech High, Eastern High and here.

Story by India Wong

Junior High Football Team Faces Perry Central Next Week!

The junior high football team will go against Perry Central next week at 6 p.m. Perry Central could potentially have the advantage since it’s a home field game. Paoli’s first challenge was the Springs Valley Blackhawks with the Rams triumphing with both seventh and eighth grade. All coaches were impressed, especially considering this time last season, the seventh grade had only won two games. The eighth grade had an undefeated streak.

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard,” said head coach Adam Stroud.

To Stroud and all of the other coaches, this quotes fires up some inspiration before every game. The Perry Central Commodores  and Paoli Rams will be an interesting game to see from kickoff.

Written by Jace Ingle 

Bonfire Brings Support for Fall Sports

On Tuesday, August 19, the Fall Sports Kick-off Bonfire was held after the Salem volleyball game. Students, players and staff members made their way to the bonfire area behind the football locker rooms.

 “It’s a great way to kickoff the fall athletic season,” said Principal Todd Hitchcock. “It’s great to see all of our athletes and students come out to support each other.”

 At the Bonfire the Pride of Paoli played and athletes who represented different fall sports talked a little about their upcoming seasons.

 The number of students represented at the Bonfire showed the students and staff support the Rams this season. Hitchcock commented at the Kick off Bonfire that all fall sports will have begun by this Friday.

Students watching the bonfire and enjoying themselves.

Students enjoyed the Bonfire Thursday night held near the football field. 

Written by Bailey Rankin

Photo by Lily Thompson

Varsity Football Begins Season THIS Friday!

The Paoli Rams Varsity Football team will open up their season Friday night, August 22, at 8:00 p.m, hosting the Brownstown Central Braves at Cook Field. The game was moved back to 8:00 p.m. do to weather and high temperatures. The Rams are coming off a successful season last year with a Regional Championship and a strong 11-3 record. The Rams enter the season ranked ninth in the 2A preseason poll.


“This is the toughest season opening opponent Paoli has had in a long time,” said head coach Brian Balsmeyer.


That opponent, Brownstown,  is another very strong team coming off of a great season last year with a 12-1 record and a successful post-season run to the Regional Final. The Braves enter this season ranked sixth in the 3A preseason poll.


The Rams come into this game with something to prove after the loss of such a successful senior class this is their big chance to prove themselves. Brownstown has a very experienced team returning almost all of their skill players and very confident team.


The team hope the fans come out to support them in their season opener.


Written by Michael Fullington


Paoli Vs. Salem Volleyball

Freshman Ashley Archer goes up for a serve in the JV volleyball game against Salem.

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Photos by Katie May and Noah Weiss

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