The Bucking Chute

Russell Broncos - Weekly Activities Update - (10/14/21)

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!

Friday's Football Game to Decide Playoff Fate

The schedule makers apparently knew what they were doing when the 2021 RHS Football schedule came together two years ago. The Broncos will play their most important game since 2006 Friday evening against the Smoky Valley Vikings at Anderson Stadium on the Bethany College campus in Lindsborg.

With a win, the Broncos will host a first round game in the KSHSAA 3A State Football playoffs.

Should Russell come up short in Friday, the team's fate will rest in the outcome of the other district games taking place Friday evening. Scott City hosts undefeated Southeast of Saline, who has yet to defeat an opponent by less than 30 points, while Colby travels to Goodland for a rivalry contest. A Russell loss would more than likely send the Broncos on the road to Riley County or Concordia for a playoff contest.

Regardless, there is a definite possibility that Russell will play a meaningful game in Week 9 for the first time in 15 years. That game will take place on Friday, Oct. 29, likely at 7:00 p.m.

Goodland Spoils Football Senior Night

Cross Country Heads to Lakin for Regionals

The RHS Cross Country team will make its longest road trip of the season on Saturday, when the Broncos embark on the 188-mile journey to Lakin for their KSHSAA 3A Regional Cross Country race.

Senior Camille Dortland, along with junior Hunter Throop and freshman Sam Whitten will represent RHS in the event, which will take place at Louck's Park, just west of Lakin.

Other teams participating include Cimarron, Colby, Goodland, Hoisington, Holcomb, Hugoton, Kingman, Lakin, Larned, Norton, Phillipsburg, Scott City, Southwestern Heights, and TMP-Marian.

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Sub-State Volleyball is Saturday in Russell

Amos Morris Gymnasium is set to host the KSHSAA 3A Sub-State Volleyball tournament on Saturday. Action begins at 2 p.m.

Russell has drawn the No. 7 seed, and will face the No. 2-seeded TMP-Marian Monarchs on the West court at 2 p.m.

The winner of Russell's substate tournament will advance to next week's state tournament in Hutchinson.

Modified KDHE Test-to-Play Protocol Remains in Place for USD 407 Activities

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

2. 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.

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


Sam Whitten - RHS Cross Country

Coach Dorzweiler on Sam...

Sam is a humble yet confident athlete who is eager to use his talents to their fullest extent. He is always hungry for competition and improvement, is considerate, and works and performs with a “can do” attitude.

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

Sam puts forth his best effort as he draws out and supports others in giving their best. He is a very approachable young man, but when the race gun goes off, it is all serious business as he is off to the races without looking back until he crosses the finish line. He journeys through life as in running one joyful stride at a time.

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
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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

RHS Football at Smoky Valley

Friday, Oct. 22nd, 7pm

600-698 North Kansas Street

Lindsborg, KS

RHS Cross Country at Lakin (3A Regionals)

Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 11am

1591 Road 180

Lakin, KS

RHS Volleyball - 3A Sub-State

Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 2pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS