Marion County High School in Buena Vista edged out Miller County High School by one point for top shooting honors at the third of five regional archery tournaments Saturday in Leesburg.
Marion County High shot a team score of 3,031, topping 10 other competing schools for the overall highest-scoring team honors at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 3 at Lee County Elementary School. Miller County High School fired a 3,030 team score, finishing second in the high school division behind Marion County.
Marion County High captured the high school division title to automatically qualify for the 6th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Miller County’s Eric Whatley took home highest-scoring male honors with a score of 286 (out of 300), while Marion County’s Shelby Carter won the female division with a 273.
Lee County Middle School was the middle school division champion with a team score of 2,706 and Lee County Elementary school won the elementary team division with a 2,832. Both Lee County schools received an automatic bid to the state tournament in March. Lee County Middle’s Landon Cooper fired a 268 to finish first in the middle school male division.
Other top shooters included: Marion County Middle School, Madison Nelson (261, top middle school female); Eastside Elementary (Cairo), Chance Scott (274, top elementary school male); Lake Park Elementary (Albany), Kate Douglas (264, top elementary school female).
More than 220 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 2. Schools that did not win an automatic berth to state at the regional tournament can still be selected as a high-scoring wildcard team after the final regional tournament is completed in late February.
MORE ABOUT NASP
The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete in the Georgia Tournament. Schools in nearly 80 counties in Georgia are NASP certified.
The program promotes instruction in international-style target archery to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports. Research has shown that the program, administered through a minimum two-week course during the school year, improves class attendance and behavior. NASP universal fit bows make it possible for students of all sizes and genders to succeed in archery while raising self-esteem levels and improving hand-eye coordination during physical activity.
NASP is taught in 48 states as well as six countries. To date, more than nine million students have gone through the program.
For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit www.georgiawildlife.com, contact a local WRD Game Management Office or call (770) 918-6416.