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Magnolia Blue Eagles Win Own Archery Tournament

March 28, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

After coming in second to John Marshall High School in multiple archery tournaments throughout the state this season, the Magnolia Blue Eagles put together a solid effort to nose out the Monarchs, 3277-3270, claiming the inaugural Magnolia tournament March 17 inside a packed MHS Gymnasium.

The Cameron Dragons finished third with 1,939 and Hundred, with only five shooters, followed with 1,275 in the high school division. There were more 200 shooters signed up, including middle school shooters from Paden City, Moundsville, Cameron and Sherrard Middle. However, only163 shot.

There are only 12 shooters on a team for scoring. Four of the members must be of the opposite gender. In Magnolia's case, the eight shooters were male and the other four members were female for scoring team points.

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Pictured are Magnolia senior Hunter Huggins and junior Damon Witschey who placed first and second respectively in the Blue Eagles Archery tournament in the male individual bracket.

Magnolia's Hunter Huggins led all shooters with 287 points to nip teammate Damon Witschey with 286 points, while Joshua Baker of John Marshall finished a close third with 282 points.

Mady Kocher of Magnolia was the top female scorer with 284 points, while teammate Megan Cunningham tallied 280 points. The top middle school was Sherrard with 3,098, while Moundsville placed second with 2,996, Cameron third with 321, and Paden City fourth with only three shooters.

Kenny Arrick was the top male shooter with 284 points from Moundsville Middle, while Chris Evans and Nathan Doty of Sherrard Middle finished second and third, respectively, with 278 and 271 points.

Autumn Wise was the top shooter in the middle school female division with 261 points from Cameron, while Trixie Calisse of Sherrard placed runner-up with 257 points. Brianna Emery of Moundsville Middle finished in third place.

Area Paden City Middle School shooters were Will McGinnis with 234 points, Abby Brady with 221 points, and Lexus Clegg with 109 points.

The Hundred High School shooters were Skylar Goff with 272 points, Destiny Eastham with 271 points, Cole Miller with 261 points, Cody Soles with 243 points and Cole Henderson with 228 points.

Following Huggins were Witschey, Kocher and Cunningham while the rest of the Blue Eagle shooters were, Will Akers 267 points, Clayton Young 272, Kameron Melott 271, Tanesha Yoho 269, Jake Powell 268, Josh Arrick 267, Clayton Myers 261, Macayla London 257, Tyler White 257, Alex Norton 255, Cearria Leek 251, Jared Young 249, Levi Gump 249, Molly Witschey 249, Abby White 247, Devon Knight 247, CJ Forrester 246, Kiera Morgan 245, Michelle Morris 241, Lincoln Gump 238, Curtis Tedrow 236, Jay Eller 232, Wiatt Bard 228, Devin Hall 223, Bennie Hall 207 and Kara Starkey 204. Cassara Cooley and Tyler Suter.

The tournament couldn't have been put on without the support of sponsors Wayside Furniture, Jim Klug Excavating, Carter Lumber, Bridgeport Tool, Fur/Fin Range, NAPA, Tyler Outdoors, Trading Post, C&C Design, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Barths Florist, Flower and Basket, Ace Hardware, True Value, Gold, Khourey and Turak, J&T Paving, Auto Plus, Local Moose Lodge 931 and National Wild Turkey Federation.

NOTES: Scoring in an archery tournament is often a young archer's first experience at tournament shooting and scoring. While scoring at practice is usually pretty loose, tournament rules are very strict. It is important to know the rules, so an innocent mistake doesn't lead to a disqualification.

First, never be afraid to ask a question; it's filled with young, first-time participants, so the judges and assistants are there to help. If at any time you are confused or unsure if you are scoring your arrows correctly, it is best to ask.

To ensure fairness, each archer will have a lane mate. This partner will assist you in recording your scores, while you will record your partner's. This partner will also be shooting at your target. You will call the scores of your arrows while your partner will record the scores. Once you are done calling scores, you will switch roles with your partner and record theirs.

Scoring is very simple. The outer ring is one point, the next is two points, three points, and etc. The very center of the target is 10 and has an extra ring called the X. This ring counts as 10 points and is recorded on the scorecard as X. X's are used to break ties at the end of the tournament if needed.

Magnolia also had a Senior Night, honoring Will Akers, Hunter Huggins, Megan Cunningham, CJ Forrester, Bennie Hall, Michelle Morris, Clayton Myers, Maddy Kochor, Kara Starkey, Tyler Suter, Molly Witschey, Levi Gump, Curtis Tedrow and Barry Dennis.

Those who earned the right to shoot at the state tournament on March 24 are Hunter Huggins, Damon Witschey and Kameron Melott.

In the state tournament Witschey placed first in the male division when he scored 291 out of a possible 300, while teammate Huggins was one point shy of earning a place in the Nationals, with a 283 out of 300. Melott finished with 261 points in the female division. The National Archery Meet is May 10-12.



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