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Eagles Third at Archery Tourney

February 27, 2019

After coming in third a week ago at Wheeling Park, Magnolia (3186) once again finished third in a five high school match-up. This time, it was the Eagles' second annual archery tournament. The Eagles' third-place score followed Buckhannon-Upshur (3274) and John Marshall (3325).

Last season the Magnolia Blue Eagles put together a solid effort to nose out the Monarchs, 3277-3270, and claimed the inaugural Magnolia tournament, but the senior-laden Monarchs got the best of them this season.

Josh Bryant (BUHS) won the top male award with (290), while Kenny Arrick (289) and Josh Baker (286) from John Marshall were second and third, respectively.

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Magnolia’s archery team celebrates a third place finish during its second annual archery tournament.

Meanwhile, Tanisha Vaugh (285) and Jennifer Stemple (278) of Buckhannon-Upshur were first and second females, respectively, while Melodee Howell (278) of JMHS finished third.

There were more 200 shooters signed up, including four middle school teams. Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (3217) won the team championship, while Sherrard (3037) and Moundsville Middle School (2846) got second and third, respectively.

Eli Bryant (284) and Nathan Hoover (277) of BUMS were first and second, respectively in the boys middle school individual scoring, while Caleb Yates (270) of Sherrard finished third. In the female middle school division, Leah Bennett (274), Quinlyn Russell (269) and Kaylin Walton (266) - all of BUMS- went one-two-three.

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.

Magnolia's Tyler White led all Magnolia shooters with 279 points, and nipped teammate Noah Wade with 277 point. Kaleb Starkey followed with 274 points. The top three male shooters for Hundred were Christian Fluharty with a 274, while Brayden Cottrill (273) and Cole Miller (269) followed.

The rest of the male Magnolia shooters were the following : Jacob Koontz, 273; Josh Arrick, 265; Austin Scheibelhood, 264; Jake Pennell, 260; Jay Eller, 254; Griffin Wells, 252; Bo Trowbridge, 249; Alex Norton, 247; Drake Kocher, 246; Landen Conner, 242; Wyatt Bard, 233; Gage White, 211; and Jared Young, 202.

"The team as a whole did not shoot at the level I know they can. They have the potential to be a 3250 scoring team. We held several virtual tournaments and scored much higher then we did on Saturday. Hopefully we will shoot better at JM this weekend," said Coach Robinson.

"Overall it was a very successful tournament. We raised a lot of money for our team. I hope to hold the tournament every year and add more teams each year. This weekend is the last chance to qualify for states. I think Noah Wade has a good chance."

Hundred's male shooters were Issac Price, 249; Cody Soles, 233; and Cole Henderson, 233.

Magnolia's top female scorer was Macayla London with a 270, while teammates Kiera Morgan (260), Tanesha Yoho (256), Lily Spratt (254), Mikalyn Renner (250), Kelsey Litman (243), Abby Wise (240), Lliza White (243), Morgan Moore (234), Diana Hernandez (226), Sadie Yoho (213) and Avery Witschey (209) followed.

Hundred's top female shooters were Rachel Snedden with 265 and Casey Henderson with 233.

The tournament couldn't have been put on without the support of sponsors J&T Paving, The Trading Post, Thistle Dew Farm, The Flower Basket, Auto Pluss, Tractor Supply, S&S Jewery and Diamonds, Mountain Outfitters, Bridgeport Equipment, WalMart and Talkington's Gun Shop.

Notably, 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.

To ensure fairness, each archer has a lane mate. These partners assist one another in scorekeeping.

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, Josh Arrick, Jay Eller, Jake Pennell and Tyler White.



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