Jones County High School took top shooting honors at the first of eight Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday in their home gym.
The Greyhounds shot a team score of 3,093 to top nine other competing schools and win the overall high-scoring team award at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 1. Dodge County Middle from Eastman won the middle school division to qualify for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament March 25 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Bay Creek Elementary School in Loganville captured the elementary division crown with a team score of 2,800. All three division winners from Saturday’s inaugural regional receive automatic bids to the state tournament, which will host nearly 1,100 of the top NASP archers in the state.
Individually, Dodge County Middle’s Josh Williams was awarded the overall highest scoring male champion with a score of 281 (out of a perfect 300). The overall highest scoring female champion was Jones County High’s Brooklyn Beach, who scored a 257.
Other top individual shooters included: Bay Creek Elementary’s Ariel Campbell (256, top elementary school female); L.K. Moss Primary’s Trevor Scott (254, top elementary school male); Dodge County Middle’s Halie Smith (256, top middle school female); and Jones County High’s Daniel Moody (274, top high school male).
More than 160 students in elementary, middle and high school competed at Georgia-NASP Regional No. 1 in Gray. Other competing schools were Flat Creek Charter Elementary, Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary and Middle, Thomasville High and Cook High. Final tournament results are posted atwww.nasptournaments.org.
Schools that did not win their division and an automatic berth to state at the regional tournament can still be selected as a high-scoring wildcard team after the final regional tournament is completed Feb. 28. Wildcard standings will be posted at www.georgiawildlife.com/NASP along with regional, state and national tournament rules, regulations, and more.
More than 2,000 student archers have registered to compete in the eight regional Georgia-NASP tournaments held Jan. 24-Feb. 28. The remaining regional tournaments will be held in Loganville (Jan. 31), Chatsworth (Jan. 31), Folkston (Feb. 14), Demorest (Feb. 21), Valdosta (Feb. 21), Leesburg (Feb. 28) and Wrightsville (Feb. 28).
MORE ABOUT NASP
The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete in the Georgia Tournament. Schools in more than 100 counties in Georgia are NASP certified.
The program promotes instruction in international-style target archery to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports. Research has shown that the program, administered through a minimum two-week course during the school year, improves class attendance and behavior. NASP universal fit bows make it possible for students of all sizes and genders to succeed in archery while raising self-esteem levels and improving hand-eye coordination during physical activity.
NASP is taught in 48 states as well as 10 countries. To date, more than 12 million students have gone through the program.
For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit www.georgiawildlife.com, contact a local WRD Game Management Office or call (770) 918-6416.