Pell City shows improvement with each year at nationals in Kentucky
by Gary Hanner
May 16, 2012 | 1856 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pell City archer Austin Maddox demonstrates how he was the team’s top scorer with a 284.
Pell City archer Austin Maddox demonstrates how he was the team’s top scorer with a 284.
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For the third year in a row, the Pell City High School archery team competed in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). And for the third year in a row, they improved.

Two years ago, they shot a 3054, which was 78th in the nation. Last year, they improved to 3146, placing them 65th in the nation.

Last Friday, the Pell City archers traveled to Louisville, Ky., and shot a team score of 3217, good enough for 60th in the nation.

“As you can see, I am proud,” Pell City archery coach James Bryant said. “I thought overall, we did real well. We have a lot of kids who are here for the first time, and I believe they were a little nervous going in. After a few rounds, they settled down.”

Bryant said that without a doubt, this is a much better experience for them this year than last year.

“I have much better shooters, and more dedicated shooters, so I anticipated a much better score than last year,” Bryant said. “We are already looking forward to coming back next year.”

The top male archer for Pell City was Austin Maddox with a score of 284. He is currently ranked 117th in the nation out of 1356 high school males.

“This is a little bit higher than I shot last year,” Maddox said. “The highest score I have for this year is 288 at a competition we had against Ashville. I think I did well.”

The top female archer for Pell City was Breanna Wyatt with a score of 264. She is currently ranked 373rd in the nation out of 985 high school female shooters.

Bradley Bricker said it was very exciting to compete at this archery national event, and it was his first time here.

“I enjoyed coming up here to nationals, and I am having a great time,” Bricker said. “I think I shot well, and I look forward to coming back again next year.”

Other archers from Pell City who finished in the Top Ten included Joseph Lacey, Keith Hingle, Hunter Thomas, Bordy Smith, Zachary Croft, Charles Fox, Chistopher White, Paige Sandheinrich, Bethany Wyatt and Samantha Sparks.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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