Georgia will be well-represented at the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament in May after more than 1,000 archers shot in this year’s Georgia-NASP State Tournament at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
More than 40,000 arrows were shot on March 25, with Dodge County High School walking away as the high school division champion and overall highest scoring team with a score of 3,327, capturing its first state title since 2012. Dodge edged North Murray High School, which was shooting for a third consecutive high school state title, by 18 points.
Bagley Middle School in Chatsworth won the middle school team division title with a score of 3,297, winning its second straight state championship. Bagley Middle has won four of the past five middle school championships.
Woodlawn Elementary won its fifth elementary division state crown in the past six years by posting a 3,171 team score and will return to Nationals in Louisville, Ky., where the school has won two National titles (2011, 2013).
More than 50 school teams and 1,000 student archers who shot on squads of 12-24 in elementary, middle and high school divisions competed at the 2015 Georgia-NASP State Tournament. Twenty-nine Georgia schools will be represented at NASP Nationals May 7-9 in Louisville where 511 archers from the Peach State will compete for a national title and a shot at a piece of $100,000 in college scholarships that will be awarded.
The National Tournament will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center with an expected 11,000 archers from more than 40 states competing, making it the largest archery tournament in the world.
WINNING SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS
Winners at the 2015 Georgia-NASP State Tournament include:
Dodge County High’s Morgan Graham was the top overall male shooter with his score of 295. North Murray’s Haley Bagley arrowed a 291 to win the top overall female shooter. Both individuals were awarded a $5,000 scholarship check.
Isaiah Beloin from Gladden Middle School in Chatsworth shot a 293 to win first place in the middle school male division. Alyssa Laviana from Bagley Middle won first in the middle school female division with a score of 283.
Indian Creek Elementary’s Maddie Merritt out of Douglas shot a 282 to win first in the elementary female division. Woodlawn Elementary’s Holden Jones scored 279 to take home first place in the elementary male division.
All division winning teams automatically qualify for nationals, while several other schools met qualifying scores to reach this year’s National Tournament in May. A “team” consists of 12 to 24 shooters with at least four members of the opposite gender. Nearly 45 percent of the state tournament field was female. Individuals finishing in the top 10 at state automatically qualify for the national tournament.
Archery teams that competed in the Georgia-NASP state tournament had to win their division at one of eight regional tournaments in January and February or shoot a regional score high enough to be selected as a wildcard team. More than 1,800 student archers competed in the regional tournaments in 2015.
Complete team and individual results are available online at www.nasptournaments.com. For more information on NASP, which is available to all schools in 4th-12 grade that become certified in the program, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP.