BUCKHANNON—Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (B-UMS) hosted an archery tournament Saturday afternoon, with 16 teams and around 400 kids participating in the competition. The tournament consisted of three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Upshur County performed well in each division.
In the elementary female division, Emily Loudin from Washington District placed third and Kayla Wooten of the Upshur County Homeschool Archery Association (UCHAA) placed fourth. In the male division, in fourth place was Lincoln Small, and taking first place was Jeremy McDonald, both from UCHAA. Union Elementary placed second overall.
In the middle school female division, in fifth place was Danielle Shaw from UCHAA, and taking first place was Leah Bennett from B-UMS. UCHAA had three males in the middle school division, including Skylar Price taking fourth place, Jacob Stevenson taking second and Clay Tenney taking first place. Tenney also scored the “Top Shot” with a score of 291. UCHAA took first place as a team overall.
In the female high school division from Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS), Kaylin Walton came in fifth place, with UCHAA’s Hannah Stevenson taking first. In the male division, Elijah Bryant from B-UHS took second place, after scoring a tie for first place between Ethan Hoke from Shady Spring. A shoot-out called the final decision, with only a difference of an eighth of an inch from the center of the target. B-UHS took second place as a team.
There was a first ever, three-way shoot out for Top Shot overall for the day between Shady Spring’s Hoke, B-UHS’s Bryant and UCHAA’s Tenney. Hoke took overall Top Shot for the entire day.
Coach Russ Warner explained, “There are approximately nine teams and a lot of individuals here that will qualify for states…this is a really good tournament.”