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!
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TONIGHT is Waudby's Give-Back Night!

Make plans to eat lunch or dinner, or enjoy an after-work social, at Waudby's in downtown Russell on October 14. Waudby's will donate 10% of that day's profits back to the RHS Athletic Department.

Bronco Football Can Secure Playoff Seat on Friday

The Russell High School football team is off to its best start since 2010. At 4-2, and 2-1 in District Play, the Broncos are poised to secure their first playoff berth in more than a decade. A win over Goodland on Friday would also put RHS in position to likely host the first round of the KSHSAA 3A state playoffs.

As Bronco fans and supporters, we need your help. Please consider giving up your Friday night to support the young men of Bronco football as they continue this historic season. Come pack Shaffer Field, have some fun, and do your part to send these kids to the playoffs!

RHS Booster Club Tailgate Menu - 10/15/21

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Playdium Bowl to Host 5th Quarter Friday Night

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Bronco Football Scores Key District Win Over Colby

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The Russell High School football team hosted Colby for Hometown Heroes Night on Friday, October 8 and defeated the Eagles by a 28-14 score.

RHS Honors Hometown Heroes at Football Game

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RHS Selected to Host KSHSAA 3A Sub-State Volleyball Tournament

For the second-straight year, Amos Morris Gymnasium will serve as one of eight host sites for a KSHSAA 3A State Volleyball Tournament. This year's tournament will take place on Oct. 23, with a 2:00 p.m. start time. Teams assigned to the Russell site include Beloit, Ellsworth, Minneapolis, Norton, Phillipsburg, Riley County, Russell, and TMP. The winner of the tournament will advance to the KSHSAA 3A State Tournament the following week at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson.

Other sites selected to host a 3A Substate Tournament were Baxter Springs, Halstead, Humboldt, Lakin, Nickerson, West Franklin, and Sabetha.

USD 407 Stays With Modified KDHE Test-to-Play Protocol for 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


Belle Walton - RHS Velocity Dance Team

Coach Nehls on Belle...

Belle is a positive, energetic and bubbly person. She is a vocal leader and is always encouraging her teammates and making everyone feel involved. She provides that spark that her team needs.

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

Belle displays the qualities of a Bronco by always putting her team first and doing what is best for her teammates. She holds herself accountable, works hard and encourages her teammates to do that same. Belle exhibits integrity and does the right thing no matter what.

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 Cross Country at Lakeside Invite

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 4pm

Kansas 181

Downs, KS

RMS Volleyball at Ellis

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 4:30pm

1706 Monroe Street

Ellis, KS

Order of Play: B-A

RHS Volleyball at MCL Tournament - 1st Round Tri

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 5pm

1701 Hall Street

Hays, KS

Order of Play

5:00 - TMP-Marian vs. Plainville

6:00 - Russell vs. Plainville

7:00 - TMP-Marian vs. Russell

RMS Football at Ellis

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 6pm

402 West 10th Street

Ellis, KS

"A" Game Only

RHS Football vs. Goodland

Friday, Oct. 15th, 7pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS

RHS VB - MCL Tourn. - Championship Quad

Saturday, Oct. 16th, 9am

240 South 7th Street

Phillipsburg, KS

RHS/RMS Fall Choir Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 7pm

400 North Elm Street

Russell, KS