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Local archery programs compete at state
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The WCHS archery team has had a successful season, including winning the Dibrell tournament last month. Members of the team pictured at the event are, front row, from left, Celeste Bivens, Emily Wilcher, Dalton Bates, Hunter Wilcher, Ashley Underwood and Haley King. Back row, Briley Bolding, Elizabeth Baker, Alaura Bivens, Peyton Bond, Makenzie Whitlock, Alex Burgess, Jacob Wilcher, Clayton Jones and Kyle Clendenon. Several members were not present for the photo.

Warren County High School placed fifth at the Tennessee National Archery Tournament in the Schools Program state championships held last week.

Warren County finished with 3,258 points, finishing behind champion Riverdale (3,324), White County (3,301), Oakland (3,278) and Central Magnet (3,264).

The event, held at the Miller Coliseum, featured nearly 2,000 students who took aim over the course of two days.

Dibrell also had a banner week at the event, taking fifth in both the middle school and elementary divisions.

Bobby Ray, Centertown, Hickory Creek, Irving College, Morrison and WCMS also sent shooters to the event.

The high school had two members who finished just outside the top 10, which would have earned them automatic bids into the National NASP tournament in Louisville next month. 

Alex Burgess shot 280, with 16 tens, to finish 14th out of 225 boys. Celeste Bivens fired a 279, with 15 tens, to earn 13th in a field of 200 girls.

Dibrell had a pair of top shooters, each powering their respective teams to top-five finishes. Keeli Esparza shot 286 for the middle school team, finishing third out of 299 girls. 

Chance Whitlock was the top shooter in the boys elementary division, with his 282 pacing a field of 244 archers.

Other top 10 finishes from local archers included Morrison’s Condy Ayers (280, fifth, middle school boys), Morrison Chance Hendrixson (277, sixth, middle school boys) and Bobby Ray’s Trey Jefferson (264 –seventh, elementary boys).

Vickie Northcutt, one of three coaches for the WCHS team, is happy to have such a strong finish. It’s another great performance for the team.

“This year has been an exciting season to say the least,” said Northcutt. “We have come away with first-place and second-place finishes, but none like the win at Dibrell. We were tied with White County for first – that is almost unheard of with a team score. We were victorious with 122 tens to their 118.

“Our coaching staff, including David and Lee Northcutt, instills in the students to never give up. We hope the students will take this with them for the rest of their lives.”