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Shady Point Archery Earns Invitation to Nationals Featured

Written by  Friday, 22 February 2019 23:11
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Middle School team– (l-r) Ariana Loggains, Hannah Enkoff, Coach Austin, Johnathon Harrison, Ty Holt, Eric Rangel, Jenson Rogers, Brailey Francis, Ryleigh Pierce, Jordyn Rivera, Brayli Beason, Abbi Covey, Hayden Shadwick, Rider Baker, Will Bryan, Jake Cauthen, Adam Woodral, Gunner Blaylock, and Addison Parker. Middle School team– (l-r) Ariana Loggains, Hannah Enkoff, Coach Austin, Johnathon Harrison, Ty Holt, Eric Rangel, Jenson Rogers, Brailey Francis, Ryleigh Pierce, Jordyn Rivera, Brayli Beason, Abbi Covey, Hayden Shadwick, Rider Baker, Will Bryan, Jake Cauthen, Adam Woodral, Gunner Blaylock, and Addison Parker. Photos submitted

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Shady Point, OKLAHOMA - In the second year of their program, the Shady Point Middle School archery team has earned an invitation to compete at nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Last year, the team placed third among 30 Tier Two (lower division) schools at the OKNASP East state tournament. This year, based on their regular season scores, the team was moved up to Tier One; the top programs.

 

The Warriors placed 8th out of the top 35 middle school division teams in Tulsa on Thursday. “Our goal was a top ten finish at state and we achieved it,” said Hank Austin, the Shady Point archery coach.

 

Their team score of 3,126 points earned the team a spot at nationals where they will compete in Tier 5. “Schools from across the country are ranked and divided into six tiers. Our tier is based on our state tournament score. We will face all Tier 5 programs; an even playing field. Our goal is a good showing in Kentucky,” Austin said.

 

When combined with both the East and West state tournaments in Oklahoma, Shady Point is ranked 12th among 139 middle school teams in the entire state. Programs are not divided by classes based on school size, but on team scores. Small rural schools like Shady Point compete with larger town, suburban and city schools.

 

In addition to a top ten finish, some of the team members came away with some impressive rankings. Jordyn Rivera ranked #1 out of 72 seventh grade girls and #9 out of 214 middle school girls (grades 6-8) at state.

 

Gunner Blaylock and Will Bryan ranked #11 and #15, respectively, out of 124 seventh grade boys.

 

Brayli Beason ranked #5 out of 48 sixth grade girls and Abbi Covey ranked #7 out of 72 seventh grade girls.

 

In just their first year to compete, fifth graders Jake Cauthen and Jaxon Woodral ranked #6 and #20, respectively, out of 133 fifth grade boys.

 

“Our kids have worked hard all season. They attended 7 regular season tournaments, shot thousands of arrows, and logged countless hours of practice time,” Austin said. “We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish our goals without their commitment and the great support we receive from our parents, staff, administration, and community. A big thank you for all they do.”

 

The team now heads to Shawnee  to compete in the ORES State Tournament.

 

 

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5th grade team  –Jaxon Woodral, Sky Bluford, Kimber Bryan, Alexis Smith, Haley McGee, Gracie Jones, Carley Smith, Jayda Burton, Karona Melvin, Hunter Cloud, and Coach Austin.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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