Bulloch Academy’s Middle School archery squad took top shooting honors back to Statesboro at the seventh and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday.
Bulloch Academy’s archery team shot a 3,051 to win the overall team title, beating out 11 other schools to qualify for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Peach County High School in Ft. Valley won the high school division with a team score of 2,996, while Sharon Elementary in Loganville captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,718. Both Peach County High and Sharon Elementary archery teams receive automatic bids to the state tournament for winning regional division titles.
Bulloch Academy’s Charlie Fennell led the field with a 280 (out of 300) to win the overall highest scoring male archer title. Waverly Hall’s Ashley Snipes shot a 270 to capture the overall highest scoring female award.
Other top individual shooters included: Bulloch Academy’s Brandon Merrill (277, top middle school male); Calvary Christian School’s Macy Kimball (269, top middle school female); Wynnbrook Christian’s Olivia Morgan (267, top elementary school female); and Sharon Elementary’s Davis Tyre (236, top elementary school male).
More than 225 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 7 at Peach County High. Other competing schools were Turner County Elementary, Marion County Middle, Hawkinsville High, Glascock County High and West Laurens High. Final tournament results are posted at www.nasptournaments.org.
Schools that did not win their division and 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 on March 1. Wildcard standings are posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 1,500 student archers registered to compete in the seven regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Feb. 1-March 1. Nearly 900 have qualified to compete at the State Championship April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.\
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 10 countries. To date, more than 12 million students have gone through the program. For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP.
For more information on 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.