Dodge County High School in Eastman won top shooting honors at the first of six regional archery tournaments Saturday at Peach County High School.
Dodge County High shot a team score of 3,089 to beat out eight teams and win the overall highest-scoring team award at the first Georgia regional to kick off the National Archery in the School Program’s tournament season. Dodge County edged Peach County High (3,029) to win the high school division and qualify for the 7th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 13 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Bulloch Academy from Statesboro automatically qualified for the state tournament by winning the elementary and middle school divisions with an elementary team score of 2,450 and a middle school team score of 3,051.
Individually, Dodge County High’s Joshua Peterson, the defending male state champion, shot a 288 to win overall high score among males. Peach County High’s Haley Woods scored a 280, beating Waverly Hall Christian’s Ashley Snipes (279) by one point, to win overall high-scoring female at the regional.
Other top individual shooters included: Wynnbrook Christian’s Denver Mott (277, top middle school male); Bulloch Academy’s Chandler Brinson (269, top middle school female); Bulloch Academy’s Cole Johnson (245, top elementary male); and Wynnbrook Christian’s Taylor Luiz (241, top elementary female).
More than 160 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Regional No. 1. 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 more than 100 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 seven countries. To date, more than 10 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.