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Casey archers compete at State Tournament

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By Zach Johnson

zjohnson@caseynews.net

After making it to the State Tournament as individuals at the 10th region Tournament held at Lincoln County, four Casey County archers competed at the State Tournament March 29-31 in Louisville.

Justin Luttrell became the first Casey County archer to compete at the State Tournament last year, and impressed shooting a 287 to finish in 97th place overall out of 3,247 male shooters.

This year Luttrell did not shoot quite as high as last year but still impressed shooting a 279 to finish 306th out of 3,439 shooters. His performance at the State Tournament featured 13 perfect tens, 13 nines and 4 eights. He finished in 211th place out 1,154 high school boy shooters and 57th out of 335 tenth grade boys’ shooters.

Gentry Mullins, who attends Mullins Family Home School but shoots under Casey County, turned in an outstanding 277 in her first trip to the State Tournament. Her score ranked 308th out of 3,065 in the overall girls competition. But the seventh grader finished in 108th out of 1,162 middle school girls and 43th out of 406 seventh grade girls. Her performance featured 12 perfect tens, including three straight to start the competition, 13 nines, and 5 eights.

Mary Couch in her first trip to the State Tournament posted a score of 273 to finish 467th out of 3,065 in the overall girl’s competition. Couch a eighth grader finished 69th out of 436 for girls in her grade and 161st out of 1,162 middle school girls. Her competition featured 12 perfect tens, 11 nines, 6 eights and one seven.

Rebecca Couch also in her first trip to the State Tournament shot a 262 to finish in 1,071st out of 3,065 girl shooters. That score ranked good enough for her to finish in 172nd place out of 436 eight-grade girls, and 432nd out of 1,162 middle school girls. Her performance featured seven perfect tens, 13 nines, 6 eights, 3 sevens and 1 six.

Henry Thompson from Anderson County won the overall boys competition with a score of 298 that featured 28 perfect tens. Holly Snow from Simon Kenton won the overall girls competition with a score of 295 that featured 25 perfect tens.

While the team shot as individuals this season, due to not having enough team members to qualify as a team under KHSAA rules. Assistant Coach Sandy Luttrell said that the goal is for next year is to have enough members to compete at competitions as a team. The minimum number of members needed to qualify, as a team under KHSAA standards is 12.

She said that the Archery team would be conducting several fundraisers over the summer to help raise money for the team, in addition to holding an archery camp this summer in conjunction with 21st Century that will be open to kids of all ages.

Anyone interested in joining the Archery team can contact Coaches Robert Luttrell or Terry Mullins. The team practices every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Jones Park Elementary from 3 to 5 p.m.