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Lee County’s Whaley wins national title

Lee County Elementary student and accomplished amateur archer Trellis Whaley shot a 278 out of 300 to beat 231 other competitors this past weekend and win a national title at the National Archery in the Schools tournament in Louisville, Ky. (Special to The Herald)

Lee County Elementary student and accomplished amateur archer Trellis Whaley shot a 278 out of 300 to beat 231 other competitors this past weekend and win a national title at the National Archery in the Schools tournament in Louisville, Ky. (Special to The Herald)

A Lee County Elementary archer finished as the top fourth-grade female in the country this past Saturday at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Ky.

Lee County’s Trellis Whaley shot a 278 out of 300 to beat out 231 other fourth-grade girls from around the country. Whaley finished 19th overall in the elementary school female division (4th-6th grade) and was ranked 194th overall among more than 3,200 female shooters in 4th-12th grade.

Lake Park Elementary in Albany also had a top five archer in Kate Douglas, who fired a 271 as a fourth-grade girl. That score was good enough for fifth overall nationally among fourth grade females. Douglas shot with the Lake Park Elementary school archery team, which arrowed a team score of 2,843 putting it in 74th place nationally among 85 qualifying elementary schools.

More than 7,800 student archers from NASP-certified schools in 35 states competed in the national tournament at the Louisville Expo Center Friday and Saturday. The Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to certify the shoot as the largest archery tournament ever held.

Lake Park’s Dylan Butler, a fifth-grader, shot a 272, while Lee County Middle’s Skylar Presley fired a 267 to represent Southwest Georgia. Both Whaley and Presley shot as individuals at the national tournament after qualifying at the state archery tournament held in March.