On Thursday night at Jim Young Gym at Russellville High School, loyal fan-members of Panther Nation were treated to some fun to kick-off the 2015 Fall Sports Season.
The night’s festivities followed a long day of back to school, as Thursday was also the first day of classes for Russellville schools.
The freshly paved and painted parking area at the high school was nearly filled with cars, while inside a large contingent of fans had nearly filled the viewing area for tonight’s event.
The Panthers Marching Band opened the evening’s entertainment. Joining the band near the end of their short concert, the RHS Varsity Cheerleaders raised the excitement in the crowd.
Then the lights were lowered and Mr. Panther took to the court. After a dance in the strobe lights as the Pink Panther Theme played over the PA, teams and members were introduced to the crowd.
The RHS Golf team was the first to be announced. Then the Russellville Middle School softball team took to the court. The RHS and RMS Cheerleading squads and the RHS Volleyball and Soccer teams were introduced. All student/athletes and coaches were greeting with cheers of support.
As expected, the highlight of the night was the introduction of the Russellville High School Panthers Football team. The Panthers will play away games against Glasgow and Trigg County on August 14 and 21, and then the first home game is on August 28 versus Fort Campbell. “We got a heck of a tough schedule,” Head Coach John Myers told the crowd. “We need you out there to cheer us on.”
“I’m very proud of the guys and their efforts and all they’ve done this summer,” he continued. “It’s been hot they worked hard, they hurt, they got mad, cried, sweat—but it’s all gonna be worth it these Friday nights in the fall.”
Coach Myers and the team led in the Russellville Fight Song, a tradition for him and the team after winning games for some years now, to the delight of the crowd.
Next, a member of a sporting team joined with a fan in a challenge. The contests as to who could accurately throw a football after being spun round and made dizzy was a hilarious fan favorite. And a soccer penalty kick into a goal defended by Mr. Panther was exciting.
The event closed with thanks to all who came and best wishes for a good season.
Some sports are already underway. The next Golf match is scheduled for August 13 at Franklin-Simpson. Middle School Softball will play its second game of the season on August 17 at home versus Barren County. Junior Varsity Football will play its opening season game at Logan County on August 24. Middle School Football opens its season on August 11 at home versus Butler County. JV/Varsity Soccer starts their season on August 20 in Rhea Stadium versus Muhlenberg County. High School Volleyball kicks off its 2015 campaign on August 20 at Trigg County. And Middle School Volleyball plays its first game of the year at home on August 11 versus Olmstead.