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Blaney Elementary archery team continues on path to success

Posted: May 20, 2016 9:35 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2016 9:34 a.m.

The Blaney Elementary School Wildcat archery team qualified and traveled to compete in the National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Ky., again last week.  

This marked the seventh year the team qualified and attended the national tournament.  

The team, led by head coach Scott Lewis and assistant coach Jessica Frye, placed 43rd nationally out of 156 elementary schools. The Wildcats had many qualified archers that competed well.  Leading the team was Cameron Entminger who shot a 271 out of 300 possible points. Following closely behind was Wade Thomas Lemmonds with a 265.  

Two female archers, Cameran Peake and Emma Byrd, followed their male counterparts by shooting a 262 and 258, respectively.  

“I am really proud of this entire team,” Lewis said. “They have banded together and supported each other during this rigorous season. This team has had so many accomplishments this year, among many are, participation in the academic archer program.”

The team, consisting of 24 archers, boasts of five academic archers while 20 percent of the team qualified as an academic archer for their GPA.  The academic archers are: Emma Byrd, Jules Lemmonds, Kelsey Phillips, Caleb Castles and Caroline Lewis

“We strive to build good character in all archers,” Lewis said. “We teach them that archery and academics go hand in hand.”  

The students had numerous educational events planned by the staff.  Among the many was a geological trip to study rock strata and formation in Kentucky.  

Lewis said the team’s trip to Louisville would not have been possible without help from the community, school staff and students, chaperones, and the coaching staff. He added that the assistant coach, Mrs. Jessica Frye, needs to be commended for her dedication and organization.  Other staff from the school attended the trip including Blaney principal and assistant coach Ed Yount, teachers Andrew Beck and Allison Burnham.  

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