Danger Zone: Sports Edition

By Natalie Cates

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries,  500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. Some may not know how dangerous high school sports are and how the student-athletes get injured more than we know. 

During the RHS Lady Panthers and the Butler county Lady Bears game, on February 18, 2020, freshman Jordin Morris got a concussion. One of the players on the butler team was going to shoot a layup, Jordin was in front of her with hands up and she was elbowed in her temple. Jordin explained how everything started to get blurry to the point where she couldn’t see.

Another injury that happened this school year was during the volleyball season. During this game one of the players was practicing serving against the wall, the ball game back and hit freshman Jaecie Kimbrough in the pinky. This caused her pinky to get badly jammed, and the next day in practice she fell on it and broke it. This caused Jaecie to be out most of the volleyball season and it causes her pain here and there. 

All in all, high school sports can be very dangerous and we need to be careful and realize the consequences that could come out of it. 

Swole Season: Softball Winter Workouts

By Natalie Cates

High school softball season usually starts in the late winter, early spring. The girls who aren’t playing any other sports at the time can go to workouts and conditioning. However, these workouts are also open to any of the softball girls or the girls that want to play. During these workouts, we hit, practice fielding, and do lots of stretches.

Coach Ryan D. and Assistant Coach Katy W. have many different ways to help us improve. For example, we have to learn certain tee drills to help our swing get better. Sophomore Addison Mosier says,” I think it is a really good and productive time for getting back into that attitude and team bonding before the season starts.” It’s good for these girls to get the chance to practice early because they get that extra practice that can really benefit them. The younger girls that can’t play high school ball yet are getting used to that faster movement of things in high school softball practice so it’ll help them in middle school too.

Freshman Abi Miller said, “It’s going good and I like it a lot. I’m glad I decided to play this year, I enjoy it a lot and the things they have us do help me to get better!” All in all this year’s high school softball is going to be a good and enjoyable year.  If you are interested in playing you can come to the practice and weight lifting to try it out.

The Legacy of Kobe Bryant

By: Katlyn Richardson

Kobe and 8 others died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, PA to Joe and Pam Bryant. He played basketball throughout high school, he was drafted into the NBA in 1996 by the Los Angeles Lakers, and during his first game in L.A he scored 50 points. On January 22, 2006, Kobe scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in the second-most prolific single-game. His scoring performance in NBA history. Kobe Bryant was an Icon; he won 5 championships rings and he was finals MVP for his 2009 and 2010 seasons. Bryant signed a four-year, $40 million deal with Nike in 2003. Bryant’s signature shoe’s ranked among the company’s top sellers over the following 15 years.

The No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys forever hung at the Staples Center in Los Angeles took on a new meaning Sunday, when the basketball world lost Los Angeles Laker’s, future Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s legacy started on the court and reached far beyond it both during his time in the league and during retirement; the jerseys illuminated at “The House that Kobe Built” is a symbol of that.  Bryant is the only player in league history to have two jersey numbers retired with the same team. The star changing numbers, going from No. 8 to No. 24, midway through his career. Ahead of the Lakers, retiring both jersey numbers, Bryant broke down how his persona and attitude were different with the two. Kobe Bryant says, “When I first came in at 8, is really trying to ‘plant your flag’ sort of thing. I got to prove that I belong here in this league. I’ve got to prove that I’m one of the best in this league. You’re going after them. It’s nonstop energy and aggressiveness and stuff.”

When Bryant joined the Lakers in 1996, George McCloud was wearing No. 24, which was Kobe’s first high school number at Lower Merion in Ardmore, Penn. For the 2006-07 season and beyond, until his retirement in 2016, the NBA icon went back to the number he wore in his earlier basketball years: No. 24. Bryant won three NBA championship titles as No. 8 and his final two wearing No. 24. He appeared in eight All-Star games with his first number and ten after the jersey swap. He won a scoring title in each number and scored 16,777 points representing No. 8 and 16,866 points wearing No. 24. 

He got married on April 28, 2001, to Vanessa Laine Bryant. Vanessa Bryant gave birth in 2003 to their first child Natalia. Their second childGianna Bryant was born on May 1, 2006. He played his entire 20-year career in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time, winning multiple awards and trophies during his career, and is also one of the richest athletes of all time. Kobe Bryant’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

The last time Los Angeles Lakers guard, Kobe Bryant, played an N.B.A. game, he went out shooting. It was April 13, 2016, and Bryant scored 60 points, much to the delight of the Staples Center crowd which included the actor Jack Nicholson and rapper Snoop Dogg. He was gunning from a distance without a conscience, showing little of the wear and tear that nearly 60,000 professional basketball minutes had put on him. Bryant, who retired after that 2016 game. Tragically Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, along with his 13-year-old daughter. May he rest in peace.

The Art of Archery

By Ariana Nickell

During the months of late October to early June, some students realize it’s time to let their arrows fly. In that period, many days are spent practicing along with spending various weekends at tournaments. 

However, in recent years the team hasn’t received a permanent practice space. The past few seasons the team has started in the facility then moved to the middle school gym after basketball season. But this season the Russellville Archery Team just received a new practice area to call their home. In the old trade school building, there is an area set aside just for a new permit range.  The new location is behind the baseball field, in the new R21C. All coaches, archers, and parents included are excited to watch the team make it their own space. This includes setting up a range, displaying various accomplishments, and spending practice time together as a team. 

At the end of last season’s banquet, the team was introduced to the new space. While walking through the center a new excitement was built up for the next season. This space is used for the new practice center. During the summer break, the transformation of the center began. All the walls were painted, the floors were cleaned, trash taken out, and smaller details added. After the center was finished it looked like a completely different space. A new permanent range with storage is set up for the team to practice with. The area was introduced to the team for the new season during the informational meetings for parents and archers. 

During the 2019-2020 season the team practices every day. With having the new space the team can make the most out of their practice time. Having a setup range reduces the time spent on setting up every day. Everyone is just able to come in and get started. In the tournament season, the team goes to 3D and bullseye tournament. The center allows for the team to have their lines on the floor to easily change the type of targets they shoot. 3D is when you shoot animals that range from ten to fifteen meters ranging across a diagonal line. Easily being able to change the targets out and move quivers around allows for more time to practice. 

The new center impacts the program by giving them the space to grow. Students from fourth to twelfth grade have the opportunity to join the team at the beginning of every new season. Having space allows for the program to grow and expand for new opportunities for archers. Archers now have the flexibility of being able to choose their practice time. Being able to grow and have space allows for more archers on the team. When having more on the team it allows opportunities for team members with other extracurricular activities to still have practice time. Along with allowing more practice time for archers who want to spend the extra time.

Archery Tournament!

By: Ariana Nickels

On the weekend of December 13th through 14th archery team hosted their winter warm-up tournament. This is the first of three tournaments the team will be hosting this season. The winter warm-up is a tournament for any team wanting to get practice in before most of the state qualifiers start in January. A state qualifier is a tournament that qualifies your team for the larger tournaments such as State or Nationals at the end of the regular season. 

When experiencing a tournament you hear silence while archers are on the line. While watching them shoot arrows at a fresh target face popping. Along with watching archers respond to the whistle commands. One whistle is shoot, two get bows, three go pull arrows along with score, and five or more is emergency on the range. After they start shooting they have two minutes to shoot five arrows. If archers are to run out of time they are asked to get off the line and score the arrows they have shot. This process will repeat for six scoring rounds and two practice rounds from ten and fifteen meters. After the tournament ends archers turn in their score cards to be scored and posted. During this time you will see archers leave the range and return to the archer waiting area to collect their stuff to leave. Along with archers shooting in the next flight coming in and getting ready for their turn to repeat the process. When the last flight of the night ends however, it’s time for awards. Awards are given out to the top three in high school boys and girls division. The top three boys and girls for sixth through eighth grade. Along with the top three boys and girls in the elementary division for fourth and fifth grade. There are overall awards to the top overall female and male in all three divisions. With team awards in each division for top three. All archers shooting have the opportunity to win awards in their division. 

The tournament started with middle and high school members along with coaches staying after school to start setting up. This concluded of setting up the range, archer waiting area, hospitality room, concession stands, registration, and gate. After everything was ready it was time for the tournament to begin with various teams arriving. The first flight started at 5 PM Friday night with the last flight ending around 10 PM Saturday night. Many members stayed to help with various jobs around the tournament. This could be anything from picking up trash, changing target faces, help scoring other archers shooting, or breaking down after the tournament. Most stayed also stayed Saturday to help with some of those same things. All members on the team ranging from the elementary, middle, and high school shot Saturday night during different flight times. Overall the team started off the season with room to improve before larger tournaments later in the season. 

First Boys Home Basketball Game

By Reese Croslin

Basketball season has begun at RHS. Keep up with the Paw Print for all of your basketball updates.

The Russellville High School Boys Basketball team played there first game  against Greenbrier High School Monday, December 2.

The Boys JV team played first and the ball was hit off the court from GreenBrier making it Russellville’s Ball first. Russellville’s player made the first shot. During half time the score was close. The panthers had a tough loss, but the panthers played hard and gave a fight!

When the starting five were announced the cheerleaders did a difficult stunt. As said by one of the cheerleaders, “they almost dropped me during the practice stunt” but gladly they didn’t drop any one during the real stunt. Good job to the Russellville Cheerleaders.

After the Jv game the Varsity warmed up looking to start their season off with a win. Then the first boys high school game started! Chaun Cheaney scored the first points of the night and the Panthers went from strength to strength. Half time hit and the Panthers were ahead. The Panthers carried that momentum through the rest of the game and walked away with a victory! The boys are off to a strong start and they should be proud with a first win at home. GO PANTHERS!

The First Round

By Eli McMurry

Its the first round of the playoffs against Fulton county a team that the panthers have already played this year, even though the first time they played it was a good game the panthers was able to bring out a win for the hometown crowd. This time it may be different with Russellville star running back Jovari Gamble being kind of injured, he may not get that many touches this game.

Going into this game some people think that Russellville has a chance to win this game but the others think that last game was just a lucky win for Russellville and it most likely won’t happen again. I think that Russellville will win this game if Lennon play like he did against warren central.

The start of the game Russellville kicked it off to Fulton, they got a couple yards on the return. Then the first play of the game Zach Dowlen picked up a fumble and ran it for a panthers touchdown. Russellville had all of the momentum after that play but when Fulton got it back they drove it right down the field and scored on us to tie the game up. Then the first real possession of the game Jovari fumbled the ball getting Fulton a easy touchdowns. It was a back and fourth game no one was really pulling away and then then the 4th quarter started and no one scored the score was 32 to 27 Russellville was winning. The last play off the game Fulton threw it to a wide open receiver and he dropped it and Russellville won the game.

The leading rusher for the Russellville panthers was Lennon Ries with 166 yards with 12 rushes. The leading receiver was Xavier Coleman with 28 yards and two catches. Zach Dowlen and Robert Barrnet both had a fumble recovery and Zach took his to the end zone for 52 yards. Ries also had the most touchdowns with two .Russellville had total of 242 rushing yards, they gave up 226 rushing yards. Russellville only had 41 throwing yards and gave up 128.

In all, it was an good game for the Russellville Panthers. Even though it was a lot of arguing on the fields both teams showed a lot of respect for each other and that is what football is all about.

District Dubz

By: Natalie Cates & Gracie Belew

Tuesday, September 24, the Lady Panthers volleyball team played the Todd County Rebels in a district game.The Lady Panthers got their first district JV win. However, the varsity game did not turn out the same way. It was a close game resulting in a win for the Lady Rebels. Although the Lady Panthers didn’t win the are still having a good season. The JV Had their first sweep (when you win both of the first two sets). This was the lady panthers last home game of the season. 

It was senior night for the boys and girls soccer team, and all of the seniors were recognized. The seniors include Nathan Cates, Gram Humphrey, Ben Slack, Kevin Vera, Alejandro Zepeda, Derrick Deen, Weihang Ni, Marta Hughes, Lucy Graves, Austynn Holdren, Lily Pacheco, and Anabel Mueller .  It was an exciting night for the Panthers, as they won 1-0 against the Todd County Rebels. Kevin Vera scored, winning the game for the Panthers. The girls’ game however did not go as well. They lost 5-0, but did not give up easily. 


Panthers Experience a Tough Loss Against Franklin

By Eli McMurry

Russellville lost a tough game friday night to the Franklin Simpson Wildcats. Both teams came into the game 0-4 so Panther fans had high hopes In order to win this game the Russellville panthers placed a lot a lot of trust in there running back Jovari Gamble.They also had to watch Franklin-Simpson middle line backer Connor Rogers,who is getting college offers from almost every college in the nation.

The first whistle went off and nothing was looking good for the Russellville panthers.They had to punt the ball the first possession then Franklin went down and scored and then all the heads on the Russellville team started dropping like the game was over.So then next drive another punt  and another touchdown for Franklin. Russellville players didn’t want play no more some players was sitting on the bench.

Russellville really surprised a lot of people by not scoring on Franklin but being able to score on Logan cause Logan is a better team than Franklin. People said that from the opening drive that Russellville came out with no heart and it was like they didn’t want to be out there playing. Everyone was hoping to come out and at least have a good game but that was not the case.

Lennon Ries threw for a total of 44 yards completed 7 out of 17 passes. Jovari was the leading rusher with 13 rushes and 38 rushing yards.Xavier Coleman was the leading receiver with a total of 17 yards with 3 catches. Ries was also the leading tackler for the Russellville panthers.

Franklin’s QB threw 3-4 with 67 yards and 2 touchdowns .Number 6 was the leading rusher with 6 rushes and 90 rushing yards.The leading receiver was number 12 with 34 yards with only 1 catch made. Number 4 and number 5 tied for the most touchdowns with 2 each. The leading tacklers for Franklin was number 4 Connor rogers and number 28 Justin Todd with a total of 11 tackles each.

In all, It wasn’t the best game for the Russellville panthers getting beat 42 to 0 which is there 3rd game not putting any points on the board,hopefully we will have a better game next Friday against Summer set.

8th Grade Night Softball

By Reese Croslin

Students honored at 8th grade night (left to right): Madsion Penrod, Daisy Lewis, Reese Croslin, Coach Davenport, Akiah Bell, Jayden Snorton, Crissy Higgins

September 17, 2019 was 8th grade night for softball. The Lady Panthers needed 2 wins for this big night. They had to play two varsity games due to weather conditions a few weeks back.  The 8th graders include Reese Croslin, Madison Penrod, Akiah Bell, Crissy Higgins, Jadyn Snorton, and Daisy Lewis.

The Lady Panthers played Franklin Simpson. One of the Lady Panthers biggest rivals! It was a district game. If we won both games we place 2nd in the district tournament since Logan County beat Russellville. If we loose both games were in 3rd place in the district tournament. The first game the Lady Panthers were the home team. It was the end  of the 4th inning and the score was 4-1. Lady Panthers were ahead.

Most of the Lady Panthers thought that there is no way that they can get ahead of us. But, we were wrong. They had 4 players hit the ball in the gap and little did the Lady Panthers know if adversity hits everything goes down hill.

Finally, The Lady Panthers got the last out and the score was 4-4 . The Lady Panthers had to score to win the game. Up first was Akiah Bell she hit a line drive to center field and they got the ball in before Akiah could get to 2nd base so, she stayed at 1st base. Next up to batt was Crissy Higgins  she hit a grounder in the gap between 3rd base and shortstop. The Lady Wildcats made an error and Akiah made it to 3rd base and Crissy made it to 2nd base. Next up to batt was Reese Croslin. The pitcher pitched a strike and Reese fouled it off. Coach Davenport, the head Coach of the RMS Lady Panthers took the game book and covered his face to tell Reese Croslin to sneak a bunt. The pitch comes out of the pitchers glove and hits the inside corner Reese turns and gets in bunt position she bunts it almost on the third base line. The Franklin Simpson 3rd basemen threw it to 1st base allowing Akiah Bell to score! Reese Croslin got there before she threw it. Everyone in the crowd and on the team went wild! The first game on 8th grade night was a success!

The Lady Panthers also celebrated a win after the first game! The score was 12-3!