The Bucking Chute

Russell Broncos - Weekly Activities Update - (9/2/21)

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!

2021 Homecoming Week Schedule

2021 Homecoming Theme: Olympics

Monday, Sept. 6
No School (Labor Day)

Girls' Dodgeball (7:00 p.m. - Shaffer Field)

Tuesday Sept. 7

Spirit Day: Olympic Rings (Class Colors)

(Seniors wear Blue, Juniors wear Red, Sophomores wear Yellow, Freshmen wear Green, Faculty wear Black)

Karaoke During Passing Periods

Spirit Bus to RHS Volleyball at Hoxie (5:00 p.m. - Depart 3:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Spirit Day: Jersey Day

Scavenger Hunt (8:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 9

Spirit Day: Synchronized Twinning Day

Ironman Volleyball (6:30 p.m. - Amos Morris Gym)

Homecoming Court Games (After Ironman)

Bonfire, Tailgate, Speeches (8:30 p.m. - Shaffer Field)

Drag Main (After Bonfire)

Friday, Sept. 10

Spirit Day: America Day

Parade (2:30 p.m. - Main Street)

Homecoming Coronation (6:30 p.m. - Shaffer Field)

RHS Football vs. TMP-Marian (7:00 p.m. - Shaffer Field)

Homecoming Dance (After Football Game)

2021 Fall Sports Preview

Fall Sports Take Center Stage on Fall Sports Preview Night

Russell High School hosted its 2021 Fall Sports Preview Night on Friday, Aug. 27. The event began inside Amos Morris Gymnasium with an intra-squad volleyball scrimmage, then moved outside to Shaffer Field for a four-team football jamboree which also included Ellinwood, Lyons, and TMP-Marian. The Broncos' cross country, girls' golf, cheer, and dance teams were introduced between sessions at the jamboree.

RHS would like to thank Klema Apple Market for donating the watermelon for the public watermelon feed, and would like to thank the public for the donation of Gatorade to the teams involved.

Hungry Broncos Need to Eat!!! (Thank you, Parents!)

We would like to thank the numerous parents that have stepped up to make sure our Broncos get the proper nutrition, while providing a team bonding opportunity, so far this year. Football dads started an outstanding new tradition last week with a game day breakfast and community speaker. Darrell and Kayla Dortland hosted the RHS Cross Country team for a morning run on the farm, followed by a delicious breakfast, and a group of RHS Volleyball parents stepped up for a meal before the team's first matches in Plainville earlier this week.

Rain Rain Go Away....Friday's 5th Quarter Cancelled

Due to the recent rain, the 5th Quarter, originally scheduled for Friday, has been cancelled. The next event is scheduled for October 15.

Booster Club Membership Drive

The RHS Booster Club has a 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


Camille Dortland - RHS Cross Country

Camille is a senior on the RHS Cross Country team, and is the only senior on the squad.

Coach Dorzweiler on Camille...

"Camille is a dedicated, friendly and selfless athlete who leads by example as she betters herself and those around her."

What Makes Camille a B.R.O.N.C.O.?
"Camille is an optimistic and enthusiastic young lady who has a knack for encouraging and supporting her teammates while teaching camaraderie. She brings lots of controlled energy to the team and she has a way of elevating positivity and humor. She also knows how to gently boost lower morale or a less optimistic attitude when a teammate needs encouragement."

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


Mark Baldwin - RHS Football - Head Coach

Name: Mark Baldwin

Hometown: Abilene, KS

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

Maintenance/Groundskeeper for USD 407

How long have you been in Russell?:

I've been in Russell for 15 years.

What is something others may not know about you?:

I collect Brett Favre cards.

What's the best coaching quote you've ever heard?
"Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do."

Why do you love coaching?

I love to see the kids find ways to be successful, on and off the field, and watch them grow from boys to young men.

Big picture

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

RHS Cross Country at Hoisington

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 11am

673 U.S. 281

Great Bend, KS

Race Schedule

11:00 - JV Girls Race

11:30 - JV Boys Race

12:00 - C Team Boys/Girls Race

12:30 - Varsity Girls Race

1:00 - Varsity Boys Race

RMS Volleyball at Smith Center

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 4:30pm

Smith Center Elementary School, Smith Center, KS, USA

Smith Center, KS

RMS Football at Smith Center

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 6pm

300 Roger Barta Way

Smith Center, KS

RHS V/JV Volleyball at Victoria/Phillipsburg

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 5pm

1107 West 10th Street

Victoria, KS

Schedule of Events

4:00 - Victoria vs. Phillipsburg (JV)

4:50 - Victoria vs. Phillipsburg (Varsity)

5:50 - Phillipsburg vs. Russell (JV)

6:40 - Phillipsburg vs. Russell (Varsity)

7:30 - Victoria vs. Russell (JV)

8:15 - Victoria vs. Russell (Varsity)

(JV Games will be 25 minute running clock, free substitutions)

RHS Varsity Football vs. Ellis

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 7pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS

RHS JV Football at Ellinwood

Monday, Sep. 6th, 6pm

Ellinwood City Park, Ellinwood, KS, USA

Ellinwood, KS

RHS Girls' Golf at Salina

Tuesday, Sep. 7th, 2pm

2500 Crawford Street

Salina, KS

RHS V/JV VB at Hoxie/Hill City

Tuesday, Sep. 7th, 5pm

1625 Queen Avenue

Hoxie, KS

Order of Play

1. Hoxie vs. Russell

2. Hill City vs. Russell

3. Hoxie vs. Hill City

Varsity will play at Hoxie High School

JV will play at Hoxie Grade School

RHS FFA - Northwest District Land Judging

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 1pm

565 State Street

Russell, KS