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Local archery teams shine at state tournament

PERRY — Lee County Elementary’s archery team placed third in its division at the 6th annual Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament Wednesday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

Lee County Elementary’s team shot a 2,894 to finish in third as a team in the elementary division. About 600 shooters competed from elementary, middle and high schools from across the state. Lee County Elementary’s score was also good enough to qualify for the national tournament in May at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., where more than 7,000 student archers from 40-plus states will compete in the largest archery tournament in the world.

Lee County Elementary, one of 15 teams in the state to qualify for the national archery tournament, was led by fourth-grader Trellis Whaley’s score of 259 (out of 300). Whaley finished fourth in the state among fourth-grade girls.

Lake Park Elementary in Albany finished fifth in the elementary division with a team score of 2,873, which also qualified for nationals. Lake Park was led by Kate Douglas’ 258 and Madison Carr’s 253.

Lee County Middle School’s Skylar Presley shot a 266 to finish fourth among sixth-grade boys.

Miller County High School placed third in the high school division with a 3,064, qualifying for nationals. Miller County was led by Hunter Phillips’ score of 282, which placed third in the high school male division and was the seventh-highest overall score.

Georgia’s Archery in the Schools Program is run by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and is available to all students 4th-12th grade. For more information, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/education on the web.

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