In their recent regional matchup at Central Hardin, no WC archers were able to qualify for the state tournament.
However, for Head Coach Jeff Grigsby, the most important thing for each of his athletes was seeing improvement from their previous shoots.
And he was not disappointed.
“All I asked of them was to better their last scores, and most of them did that,” Grigsby said. “That’s always good. It’s definitely a good sign.”
Hannah Simpson was the top placer for WC, coming in 10th place in her class (there were 139 total competitors for the girls and 187 for the boys), followed by Kaitlyn Tingle (70th), Fauna Parimore (121st) and Starr Nesbitt (254th).
Ryan Saling led the charge on the boys side, placing 74th in his class.
He was followed by Ryan Boblitt (105th) and Nick Riley (117th), who Grigsby called “one of the most improved shooters.”
With the top-five individuals in each class advancing, Simpson barely missed the cut.
“[Simpson] is knocking on the door of getting a chance to place,” Grigsby said. “With just a little more practice, she’s going to make it.”
According to Grigsby, the most important aspect of the shoot, though, was that his team was able to face off against other shooters. While he maintains that practice is “extremely” important in archery, competing against others has its own advantages as well.
“They learned a lot, I think,” Grigsby said. “It was a good experience for them, getting to know how things work in a tournament like that. Hopefully we can get a little bit better at each event.”
Grigsby also had three individuals compete in a shoot this past Saturday at Bardstown, all of which bettered their scores from the regional competition.
Simpson led WC once again, shooting a 265 (out of 300 possible), which was good for 29th place (out of 109). Tingle earned 42nd by shooting a 250 while Nesbitt shot a 220, good enough for 62nd.
Grigsby’s goal for the rest of the season is to “get more tournament experience under our belt,” with their next competition coming on March 8 at Anderson County.