Bryant takes “Top Shooter” award in State Archery Tournament


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon-Upshur High School sophomore was recently recognized as the state’s “Top Overall Male Shooter” for his impressive performance at the 16th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament.

Elijah Bryant is an integral part of the Buckhannon-Upshur 4-H Archery Team and he successfully represented his team in the high school division of the state tournament that was virtually hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources on March 25-27.

The competition included 770 student archers from 51 different schools in West Virginia. Each participant shot 30 arrows—15 from 10 meters, and 15 from 15 meters. Bryant completed the tournament with an outstanding score of 296 out of 300 possible points, earning him first place as the tournament’s “Top Shooter.”

Because the competition was held virtually due to COVID-19, schools were required to shoot a competitive round within the scoring window and submit their scores online. After scores were submitted and the competition was complete, scores were then tabulated, and winners were announced.

Bryant has been practicing archery since the fifth grade when his love for the sport blossomed. He expressed, “I feel my success in archery is due to my work ethic, commitment and dedication to practicing. I have also had a lot of support from my coaches and family. God has blessed me throughout the years as I have participated in this sport.”

Congratulations to Elijah Bryant and the B-U 4-H Archery Team for this impressive performance and great representation of Upshur County.

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