The Mason County archery team stepped up to the line to finish off a memorable season on Friday.
The Royals shot a 3,123 at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, led by Landen Bowling’s 292 point performance.
The team previously shot at the NASP regional, state and eastern national tournaments, as well as the KHSAA regional and state tournaments. Bowling was the high-scorer throughout the season and was the 11th ranked boy at the end of the day Friday. His 292 out of 300 points included 24 10s. The tournament began on Thursday and continues into Saturday.
Mason County was 47th in team standing following Friday’s action. They needed a score of 3,150 at the eastern nationals to qualify for the world tournament, according to White. The scored a 3,177 at the event.
Following Bowling was junior Anthony Ventura with a 283. DeAnna Roberts and Elijah Throckmorton each broke 270, with Roberts firing a 273 and Throckmorton a 270. Danielle Nicole Baker (263), Shalee Bess (255), Nathan Jones (255), Anastasia Williams (253), Melissa Maurer (251), Brandon Faul (249), Samuel Blevins (246), Tanner Applegate (233) and Taylor Grigson (233) followed behind.
The top four male, top four female, and next four best scores, regardless of gender, are added together to produce the team score in NASP tournaments, unlike in KHSAA tournaments which feature separate boys’ and girls’ events. In NASP events, archers must shoot with their school, meaning middle schoolers cannot shoot in the high school division.
Mason County’s season included the first KHSAA Region 7 title in school history, led by the first individual title in school history, won by Bowling with a 291. It also meant the first trip for the team to the KHSAA State Archery Tournament, after sending individuals for the first time last season. Mason County also hosted their first tournament this season.