Intracounty rival Gladden, a new program, scored a 2,851 to finish second among middle school teams. Gordon County’s Ashworth (2,549) finished third.
Bagley’s Braves have a chance to win their third consecutive state championship, and it’s not all old hands doing the work toward that title. Coach Brittnee Slaughter said she has both veterans and first-year archers in her lineup.
“A few of my kids have had a bow in their hands since they were little,” she said. “I think they just want a sense of accomplishment in something new and exciting.”
She said the success is because of the dedication the student-athletes have shown.
“I think it just comes from them working hard and having a passion for archery,” Slaughter said.
In the middle school division, Haley Bagley led Bagley with a 291, took first place in the middle school division and was the top female archer at the event. Teammates Sarah Parker (276) and Katelyn Griggs (257) were second and third, respectively. Gladden’s Cobi Autry (256) finished fourth among the girls.
The Braves’ Kyle Brock scored a 275 and won the boys title in the division, while teammate Cole Herndon (263) finished third. Gladden’s Garrett Hayes won second place among boys with a 265.
In the high school division, North Murray’s Daniel Vennett scored a 277 and finished second, while teammate Rodney Ray (273) finished third. On the girls side, North Murray’s Morgan Ray shot a 265 to claim first place in the division. North Murray’s Christina Hall (257) finished second and teammate Jada Johnson (257) took third.
Southeast’s Tyler Jones scored a 280 and won the boys individual region championship. Billy Young (271) also helped the Raiders.
At the end of the event, Bates won a one-shot tournament for a cash prize. Woodlawn’s Logan Maness finished second, and Young placed third. Goodwich (fourth) and Woodlawn’s Robbie Linginfelter (fifth) and Bianca Carillo (sixth) followed.