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With no Washington County archer qualifying for the state tournament, the team’s journey to an Anderson County tournament this past weekend would mark their final tournament of the season.
WC was led by Ryan Saling, who finished 90th overall (out of 290 boys) after shooting a 258 on the male side of competition.
For the females, Hannah Simpson led WC with a score of 256, which was good enough for 69th place (out of 201 girls).
Head Coach Jeff Grigsby also praised the performance of Starr Nesbitt, who he described as the most improved shooter. She shot a 244, 32 points higher than her previous tournament. That score was good enough for 95th place.
Grigsby noted that, with his team’s season now over, he was proud of how his archers improved this year, specifically in tournament play.
“This year really gave all of the kids an opportunity to start getting comfortable with how the tournament format works,” Grigsby said. “When you get to shoot in front of a crowd, it really helps because it can be kind of intimidating. It taught the kids how to focus a little more on the tournament part of it, and I think it’ll help them come next season.”
The archery team will start its next season in October, with Grigsby stating one of his team’s main goals is to recruit enough athletes to field a team next season.
The KHSAA requires at least 12 shooters to compete as a team; WC currently fields seven.
“I think we can really get something going here in Washington County,” Grigsby said. “We’re glad to have anyone who wants to come out for the team. We already have all the equipment. All they would have to do is just show up.”