Augusta Independent A-Town Archers Qualify for State Competition
March 22, 2013Augusta Independent Schools
This school year, Augusta Independent, a small school located in Augusta, KY, has been very successful in terms of accomplishments. The student athletes of Augusta Independent Schools have given the school and the community many reasons to show their pride in the orange and black. Heading into the 2013 8th Region Archery Tournament on March 2nd, the A - Town Archers wanted to do their part in keeping the momentum going.
Kentucky started its statewide archery program in 2006, and in the past many individual students and teams have enjoyed huge success. Up until this year the archery programs across the state have been governed by the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). In 2013, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) officially recognized Archery as a sport and set up its first ever regional and state competitions. Backed by the KHSAA, the number of schools and students competing in archery has ballooned all over the state.
The 8th Region Archery Tournament saw over 500 archers from nine high schools, nine middle schools and four elementary schools compete for both the NASP and KHSAA Regional championship and the right to represent their school on the state level. The A-Town Archers had been practicing for most of the spring and that practice paid off to the tune of Augusta finishing as the 2013 KHSAA Region 8 Runner Up, as well as finishing in 3rd place in the 2013 Region 8 NASP standings. A couple of individuals were able to medal during the 8th Region Archery Tournament. Olivia Wiseman, a junior, place 4th overall for all female archers, and 6th grader Katie Gilbert was the highest scoring 6th grade female archer and was awarded the first place medal. This was Katie's first year of competition.
As the 8th region runner-up the A-Town Archers earned the right to qualify for the 2013 Kentucky State Tournament. They traveled to Louisville, KY, on March 18th and 19th to represent Augusta Ind. in the KHSAA State Archery Tournament. The state tournament was the largest state championship ever conducted and the 2nd largest archery competition in the world.