Lee County High School won its first regional title Saturday at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 7.
Lee County High shot a 3,124 to win the highest scoring team award at the regional tournament, topping seven other high school archery squads to qualify for the 9th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 25th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Lee County schools swept the division titles as well with Lee County Middle East and Lee County Elementary winning their respective divisions. Lee County Middle East shot a 3,094 and Lee County Elementary arrowed a team score of 3,014. Both teams qualify for the state tournament by winning their division.
Individually, Lee County High’s Nic Cole posted a score of 284 (out of 300) to win the overall high-scoring male title. Peach County High’s Juliana Crews shot a 279 to win the female title.
Other top individual shooters included: Lee County Elementary’s Brinslee Strickland (253, top elementary school female); Lee County Elementary’s Jackson Lee (269, top elementary school male); Lee County Middle East’s Trellis Whaley (270, top middle school female); and Pataula Charter’s Dylan Hewitt (278, top middle school male).
More than 280 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 7 at Lee County Elementary. Other competing schools were Eagle’s Nest Christian, God’s Foundation Christian, Hahira Middle, Hawkinsville High, Lee County Middle, Marion County High, Marion County Middle, Webster County Schools and Wynnbrook Christian. 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 March 1. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 2,000 student archers have registered to compete in the eight regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Feb. 1-March 1.
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 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.