The Bucking Chute

Russell Broncos - Weekly Activities Update - (9/23/21)

Welcome to The Bucking Chute!

Welcome to The Bucking Chute, the weekly online newsletter for athletic and activity programs at Russell County USD 407. In a rodeo, the moments before the gate on the bucking chute opens can be some of the most suspenseful moments of the entire event. The moments that follow, when the Bronco is turned loose, can provide some of the most exciting moments of the rodeo. We feel the same way about our Russell Broncos. We will send this out weekly as we lead up to the events of the coming week!

USD 407 Adopts KDHE Test-to-Play Protocol

In accordance with KDHE and approved by Russell County Health Department, students who quarantined due to close contact with a positive Covid case may participate in activities under the following stipulations:

1. If the student or coach is vaccinated, they may mask and play during the entirety of the

quarantine period.

2. If not vaccinated, the student must test daily during the quarantine period. If negative

results occur, the student or coach may mask and play during the entirety of the

quarantine period.

3. If the student or coach has evidence of Covid positive within the past 6 months, they

may mask and play during the entirety of the quarantine period.

Cross Country Runs at Southeast of Saline

The RHS Cross Country program competed in the always-tough Southeast of Saline Invitational last week. Results are below:

Varsity Girls

21. Camille Dortland (22:33.7)

Varsity Boys

69. Tyler Lampert (21:02.0)

JV Boys

28. Sam Whitten (22:12.2)

35. Marcus Koetkemeyer (23:10.4)

44. Hunter Throop (24:36.7)

RHS Football Suffers Season's First Loss at Norton

The RHS Football team's first road trip of the season was one they'd just as soon forget. The Broncos came up on the short end of a 40-0 loss to the Bluejays thanks in part to a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.

RHS Volleyball Hosts Busy Weekend

The RHS Volleyball team had a busy 4-day stretch last week, but did it all without leaving town. The Lady Broncos came up short in all four games of Saturday's Russell Volleyball Invitational, which featured a defending state champion, a favorite to win this year's 3A title, and schools from the 5A and 6A classifications. Two days later, the Lady Bronco "C" Team split a triangular at the Ruppenthal MS Gym, falling to Minneapolis, but sweeping Norton. Then the JV and varsity squads defeated Oakley and Stockton in an MCL triangular on Tuesday evening.

Russell Volleyball Invitational (Varsity)

Hoisington def. Russell (25-20, 25-22)
Wichita Southeast def. Russell (25-14, 25-15)
Goodland def. Russell (25-12, 25-17)

Minneapolis def. Russell (25-20, 25-5)

"C" Team Triangular (9/20)
Minneapolis def. Russell (25-21, 25-13)
Russell def. Norton (25-18, 25-14)

V/JV Triangular (9/21)

JV - Russell def. Stockton (25-20, 25-19)
JV - Russell def. Oakley (25-17, 18-25, 15-13)

V - Russell def. Stockton (25-14, 25-18)
V - Russell def. Oakley (26-24, 25-22)

RHS Girls' Golf Hosts Annual Tournament

The RHS Girls' Golf team hosted its annual invitational tournament last Monday. Hoisington won the team title, with Plainville and Concordia finishing second and third, respectively.

Miya Kasparie was Russell's best finisher in the tournament with a 9-hole score of 65.

2021 Russell Invitational
16. Miya Kasparie: 65 (+30)
19. Chesney Cunningham: 67 (+32)

T23. Hailey Gier: 70 (+35)

T23. Bella Somers: 70 (+35)

27. Avalon Garland: 74 (+39)

RMS Update - Football Remains Undefeated!

Ruppenthal Middle School vs. Oakley (9/16/21)


Russell 30, Oakley 0


A Match: Russell def. Oakley (25-21, 25-14)

B Match: Oakley def. Russell (7-25, 25-23, 15-9)

C Match: Oakley def. Russell (25-19, 25-14)

Booster Club Membership Drive

The RHS Booster Club has new leadership, and is accepting membership applications for the 2021-22 school year. Download the file below, or stop by the RHS office to pick up a form! The Broncos can't do what they do without the Booster Club's support!

Bold - Resilient - Open-Minded - Noticeable - Curious - Optimistic - Selfless


Bella Somers - RHS Girls' Golf

Bella is a freshman on the RHS girls' golf team.

Coach Schiffelbein on Bella...

Bella is one of those students that no matter if we are talking about the classroom, the team van, or the golf course, she makes everyone around her feel welcome, she is one of the least selfish individuals that I have ever met, always putting others before herself. She balances being an outstanding student while participating in two sports simultaneously and never once has complained about the schedule. What makes her a great person to have on the team has nothing to do with her golfing ability and that is why she is special.

What Makes Bella a B.R.O.N.C.O.?

If Bella says she is going to do something, you can write it in stone, she is very trustworthy and caring, I have had her as a student for three previous years and now as a student athlete, she is the same no matter who is around or what she is doing. She is friends with everyone and easy to like, when Bella is around it is hard to have a bad day, and that to me is what makes her a Bronco.

RHS is Recruiting National Anthem Singers

If you love to sing, and crowds don't bother you, we need to talk! RHS is looking for National Anthem singers for the upcoming sports season. Anybody interested should contact Scott Nuss, USD 407 Activities Director, at


Erin DeNike - RHS Cheer - Head Coach


Goodland, KS

What's Your Day Job (i.e. What do you teach?):

I get to teach second grade at Bickerdyke this year!

How long have you been in Russell?:

Almost two months

What is something others may not know about you?:

I was going to be named Alyssa, but my parents couldn’t decide how to spell it on the birth certificate, so they changed it to Erin!

What's the best coaching quote you've ever heard?

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Why do you love coaching?

My coaches shaped me into the person I am today. They’ve taught me how to push through any obstacles that come my way, to stand up for myself, to do the right thing, and to be a team player. I love coaching because I get the privilege to continue the legacy and lessons my coaches left me. Cheering has always been in my life and it has always been a goal of mine to coach.

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REMINDER - Fan Ejection Policy

The Kansas State High School Activities Association is cracking down on poor fan behavior at athletic and activity competitions this season, and Russell is doing the same. KSHSAA has its own set of rules, but lets the local district have the first opportunity to enforce their own rules. So here's what you need to know as we jump into the 2021-22 season...

Fan Ejections: Any member of a Russell crowd, who is ejected from a game (by an official or an administrator) for unsportsmanlike conduct toward an official, or a participant, will face a one-game suspension. To be clear, they will not be able to attend the next game, whether it's at home or on the road.

Additionally, any member of a Russell crowd, who prompts an "If I hear one more word, that person will need to leave" scenario, from an official or an administrator, will be removed from that contest as a proactive measure. Quite simply, there is no reason for this behavior to reach that point.

A new KSHSAA rule offers a similar consequence.
"Any participant (player, coach, spectator) who is ejected for making contact with an official, or who is ejected for unsporting behavior directed toward an official, shall be subject to a non-appealable suspension from the next contest at that level, and for all contests at any level (in that activity) until the suspension has been served. Local school leadership may levy additional sanctions as they deem appropriate

It's very simple...please let the officials do their jobs, and leave them alone. KSHSAA has lost more than 500 officials across the state in the last year. We need to take care of the officials who work our contests.

Recent Game Highlights

Upcoming Events

RMS Volleyball at Phillipsburg

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 4:30pm

240 South 7th Street

Phillipsburg, KS

Order of Play: B-C-A

RMS Football at Phillipsburg

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm

240 South 7th Street

Phillipsburg, KS

A Team + 5th Quarter

RHS Football at Southeast of Saline

Friday, Sep. 24th, 7pm

5056 Kansas 4

Gypsum, KS

RHS JV VB at Minneapolis Tournament

Saturday, Sep. 25th, 9am

602 Woodland Avenue

Minneapolis, KS

Russell Schedule

9:00 - Minneapolis vs. Russell (New Gym - South Court)

10:00 - Russell vs. Smoky Valley (Old Gym)

11:00 - Russell vs. Clay Center (Old Gym)

12:00 - Break

12:30 - Off

1:30 - Consolations/Semifinals

2:30 - Consolations/Championships/3rd Place

RHS Girls' Golf at Hoisington

Monday, Sep. 27th, 3pm

673 U.S. 281

Great Bend, KS

RHS JV Football vs. Southeast of Saline

Monday, Sep. 27th, 6pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS

RMS Volleyball vs. Hill City/Trego

Monday, Sep. 27th, 4:30pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS

RHS "C" Volleyball at TMP-Marian/Hays

Monday, Sep. 27th, 5pm

1701 Hall Street

Hays, KS

RHS V/JV Volleyball at Phillipsburg/Smith Center/TMP-Marian

Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 4pm

240 South 7th Street

Phillipsburg, KS

RHS Cross Country at Lyons

Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 4pm

601 East American Road

Lyons, KS