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In only its second year, the Williamstown High School Archery team has quickly seen success and growth.
Following last year’s journey from state to nationals and finally to the world archery competition in St. Louis, the number of archers nearly doubled to 45 this year.
The success continued this past weekend as the school placed third out of 32 teams as host of the 8th region archery tournament.
Ryle High School took first place, followed by Harrison County in second place.
Eight hundred and sixty-eight archers participated in the two-day event.
“It was a big plus for us,” Coach Mike Walters said about hosting the regional tournament.
Last year, the WHS team competed in its first year in the seventh region tournament against bigger schools in Lexington.
“Last year, we didn’t medal at all,” Walters said. “We were just happy to score our minimum number so we could keep moving up the ladder. The minimum last year was 3,000 to make it to state and we made 3,001. So, we were pretty excited about going and we kept moving up the more practice we got. Once we qualified for state, that put a fire under us to want to improve and they focused a bit more.”
WHS had two teams competing this year because of the number of participating archers.
Only one of the teams reached the 3,000 score threshold needed to qualify to continue on for the state tournament in Louisville March 17-18.
Scores are calculated using 12 individual scores on a team, including the top four male archers, the top four female archers and the remaining top four highest scores.
For WHS, the state-qualifying team finished with a score of 3,212 with the top 12 archers including Rachel Jones (279), Tyler Nickell (274), Brennon Osborne (274), McKenna Brewer (272), Clint Moore (271), Chase Alsip (268), Brooklyn Wainscott (266), Anthoney Boinko (265), Jimmy Fryman (264), Jacob Fryman (259) and Eden Jackson (254).
The other members of the state-qualifying team include Kyler Harvey, Wyatt Oliver, Jeffrey Schraer, Caity Fugazzi, Courtney Alexander, Clayton Tucker, Dylan Evans, Chastity Evans, Jordan Jump and Sarah Edmondson.
Rachel Jones and Brennan Osborne also finished fourth in their age group.
The second WHS team that competed fell just short of the 3,000 score needed to qualify for state after receiving a 2,844 score from its top 12 archers.
Selections for qualifying spots at the National Archery In Schools Program state tournament in Louisville will be on Feb. 24.
If the team competes at state and qualifies for nationals again, the tournament will again be held in Louisville, followed by the world competition in Wisconsin.
“I’m really pleased with the program and where it’s going,” Walters said.