Category Archives: Sports

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!

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 Invitational Varisty Scores for April 12, 2014

Paoli 17  Southwestern 11  Washington 6   Corydon 1

Abbie Franklin def Corydon Lillian Kopsolias 6-0, 6-0
Abbie def Southwestern Abbey Garrett 6-0, 6-1

Lexie Osborn lost to Washington Audrey Rogers 4-6, 4-6
Lexie def Corydon Valerie Crawford 6-1, 6-1

Jessica Fullington def Corydon Bethany THomas 6-0, 6-2
Jessica def Washington Marlee Stoner 6-2, 6-2

Hannah Balsmeyer/Luci Waynick def Corydon Bridget Kelly/Meredith Wells 6-4, 6-1
Hannah/Luci def Southwestern Jordan Worcester/Kerrsten Bentner 6-2, 6-1

Riley Balsmeyer/Shelby Meredith def Washington Mareike BAyer/Haven Lunsford 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
Riley/Shelby def Southwestern Meredith Webber/Heather Torren 6-1, 5-7, 10-4

Coach Tyla Wells:  I am very proud of the girls.  They showed me improved mental toughness.  We have been working on believing in ourselves and never doubting ourself or our partner.  The girls have to believe success is a mindset.

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