MOUNT WASHINGTON – With a young team, Bullitt East archery coach Jason Waddle was looking for good things, and hoping for great things, when his team went into competition at the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament last month.
Competing at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Waddle got great as his team surpassed all expectations with a 10th place finish out of 164 schools.
“This team surpassed our goals at the state and national level,” Waddle said recently. “Not only did they perform on the archery range, they performed n the classroom as well in attaining a team GPA of 3.47.
“It says something about the character of these young people and their parents to do so well academically and still achieve what they did,” the coach added. “These kids have worked hard since November and they proved that they will be in the discussion of top teams at the state and national level next season.”
Waddle pointed out that his team will lose only two seniors. The Chargers will also be welcoming in a number of talented freshmen.
“Next year should be really special,” the coach said.
Out of a possible perfect score of 3,600, Bullitt East was tenth with 3,377 points. Trigg County High School, another team from Kentucky, won the event with 3,442 points. Three other Kentucky teams did finish in front of Bullitt East as Madison Central was second at 3,428 while Meade County was fifth with 3,405 and Henderson County was seventh with 3,391.
Individually, leadng the way for the Chargers was sophomore Sam Wilson who had a score of 288 out of 300. That was good for 70th place out of 1,684 archers overall and he had the 21st best finish for a sophomore.
The second best score for Bullitt East was turned in by freshman Grace Wibbels at 287. That was the 37th best score by a girl out of 1,466 competitors and was the tenth best score among 450 freshman girls who took part in the event.
The other Bullitt East scores came from junior Jerred Rueve (284), junior Marissa Eschman (283), sophomore Alden Stidom (283), sophomore Thomas Lanham (281), freshman Phillip Roth (281), sophomore Branden Riggs (280), freshman Emily Yoakum (278), freshman Katelyn Heppler (278), sophomore Morgan Vaughn (277) and freshman Ashley Kingsley (277).
Others at Nationals
Three other Bullitt County programs took part in the national tournament in May.
Eastside Middle School posted a score of 3,239 and finished 32nd out of 197 teams in the national event. That was one point lower than the team had scored in finishing 10th in the Kentucky State Tournament in March. Leading the way for the Eagles was eighth-grader Sydney Marcum with a 286, the 14th best score by an 8th-grade girl, while seventh-grader Chandler Paul finished at 277.
The Bullitt Lick Middle School team finished with a score of 3,131 to finish 104th out of the 197 middle school teams. That was just off the score of 3,168 the team had in the Kentucky State Tournament. The top scores for Bullitt Lick were turned in by seventh-grader Chad Schaftlein at 271 while eighth-grader Kayla Williams had a 267.
The Mount Washington Middle School team finished with a team score of 3,033. The top scores for the team were a 272 by eighth-grader Cayla McCord while 8th-grader Gabbie Price had a 263.