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Evans on target
WCHS junior top male shooter at state tourney
Warren Countys Austin Evans was the male medalist while Central Magnets Alison Blanton was the overall top shooter with a 297 out of a possible 300 at the 2017 NASP State Championship in Murfreesboro.

Austin Evans, a junior at Warren County High School, was the top overall male shooter at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools state tournament held at Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro.
Austin shot a 292 out of a possible 300 to finish with the same score as Meigs County freshman Caleb Smith. However, Austin won the individual honor as he hit a 10 a total of 23 times to Smith’s 22.
As a team, Warren County High School finished in fifth place with a score of 3,246. Central Magnet from Murfreesboro won the high school title with 3,367.
“The entire team represented WCHS by placing fifth overall in the high school division,” said Warren County High School archery coach Vickie Northcutt. “We are looking forward to competing in Louisville, Ky., in May. We are so proud of this team.”
Warren County High freshman Carsyn Gunter finished seventh among the high school girls. She shot 286.
In the elementary school division, four Warren County schools competed. Dibrell was sixth (2,833), Hickory Creek was 13th (2,629), Bobby Ray was 14th (2,614), and West was 19th (2,170).
Close to 2,000 students were registered at the event held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum at the two-day tournament which concluded Friday evening.
In addition to Evans and Gunter, team members who have won individual medals are, Makenzie Whitlock and Dalton Bates.
Following the competition, team awards were presented to the top three teams in each division. Medals were presented to the top five female and male finishers in the high school, middle school, and elementary school divisions. Each student shot 30 arrows, 15 from 10 meters and 15 from 15 meters with a maximum score of 300. 
The top team and top 10 individuals in each division automatically received a bid to compete in the 2017 National NASP Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Other participants who meet specific qualifying requirements will also be invited.
Warren County High School’s archery team has competed in four local tournaments as well. In 3-of-4, the team came in second. Out of a high score of 3,600, WCHS archer’s average is 3,265.
In addition to a winning trophy, Evans also won a Genesis bow, a medal and a $5,000 scholarship a year from Bethel University.
Also coaching for WCHS are coach David Northcutt and Lee Northcutt.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee began National Archery in the Schools in late 2004 with 12 pilot schools participating in the program. More than 290 schools now participate. NASP is a 2-8 week curriculum taught during school that teaches international style target archery.