• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Arrow Jackets qualify for NASP State Tournament

The Woodford County High School Arrow Jackets have had a season to remember. Archery started after fall break in October, with tryouts after Thanksgiving, and the team has been on a roll ever since. The teams, boys and girls, are young this year. We were grateful for the eighth graders coming from the middle school program or we would not have the depth that we do now. We also loved seeing the interest that archery is getting with many first-timers joining the program. Both the teams consist of 12 seniors, 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and 22 freshmen. In our first six tournaments, we placed in third to fifth place, but had some individual archers starting to stand out. Noah Chapman, Brandon Fee, Devon Wilson and Justin Lehmkuhler took charge in the male division, and Emily Morrison, Chelsey Todd, Jaid Goh and Chelsea Marion in the female division. We shoot in the NASP Archery Division and the KHSAA. Archery is still a work in progress for KHSAA and they don’t have tournaments like they do in other sports at this time. As a coach, I feel we must stay in both divisions to stay competitive and build the archers skills throughout the season. We had a very early NASP Regional tournament this year on Feb. 3, which was when my coaching staff and I saw the changes on the team begin. We placed third in the NASP Regional tournament with a 3,297 (3,600 being the top score). Woodford’s top male scores were Noah Chapman, who scored 288; Brandon Fee, who scored 281; and Evan Sloan who scored 276. For the girls, the top shooters were Chelsey Todd, who scored 276; Emily Morrison, who scored 273; and Ariana Washington, who scored 270. The Arrow Jackets held their home tournament on Feb. 25, where we had 25 teams participate with 428 shooters. The Arrow Jackets placed second with a score of 3,291. Our top male shooters were Fee, who scored 290; Chapman, who scored 286; and Wilson, who scored 282. Our top female shooters were Goh, who scored 276; Kyla Hanley, who scored 276; and Marion, who scored 272. At the KHSAA Regionals, which were held at Lafayette High School, we finished in sixth place out of 13 teams with our highest score of the year – 3,349. Lafayette finished in first place in the tournament with a score of 3,468, while Madison Central was the runner-up with a score of 3,409. Individually, Chapman finished in third place in the male division with a score of 295 and qualified for the KHSAA State Tournament on April 20th at KBA in Lexington. In addition, two other Woodford male shooters, Fee and Lehmkuhler, both scored 289. Our top female shooters were Marion, who scored 277; Hanley who scored 269; and Morrison, who scored 269. The Arrow Jackets Varsity team qualified to shoot at the NASP State Tournament, which will be held at the Louisville Fair and Expo Center on March 31 at 11 a.m. This season was an unexpected and thrilling surprise. It’s great to see the growth this team has made, and because of their hard work and dedication, we continue on.

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