EBMS archery team excels in competitions

EBMS archery team excels in competitions, Bell ranks 1st in bullseye
Posted on 05/17/2021

Morganton, NC – xx, 2021

Concentration is key for students at East Burke Middle School in and outside of the classroom, especially when shooting an arrow toward a target. The school’s archery team, that is in its second year of existence, recently participated in the Bullseye National Competition and the 3D International Bowhunting Organization Tournament with several students excelling in the sport. These competitions are a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). 

In the BullsEye Tournament, East Burke Middle School came in 26th place out of 288 teams. Natalie B. scored first place overall in the female division with a score of 298; 300 is a perfect score. 

In the middle school girls BullsEye division, there were four archers who scored in the top 120 out of 2,964. Rank and scores were:

  • 1st Natalie B., score 298 
  • 97th Lily L., score 281
  • 101st Caroline C., score 281
  • 117th Rhiley W., score 280

In the middle school boys BullsEye division, there were three archers who scored in the top 610 out of 3,611. Rank and scores were:

  • 319th Marc D., score 274
  • 549th Luke H., score 269
  • 602nd LeeJohn Y., score 268 

In the 3D International Bowhunting Organization Tournament, EBMS placed 14th out of 93 teams with 4,015 archers competing in the tournament.

In the middle school girls 3D division, there were 698 archers that competed. East Burke Middle girls had six females score in the top 200 out of 698. Rank and scores were:

  • 5th Natalie B., score 293
  • 96th Rhiley W., score 269 
  • 118th Caroline C., score 265
  • 131st Kaitlyn B., score 263
  • 142 Lily L., score 262
  • 160 Eve S., score of 260

In the middle school boys 3D division 888 archers competed. East Burke Middle had two male archers score in the top 200. Rank and scores were:

  • 69th LeeJohn Y., score 274
  • 162nd Luke H., score 266

Elicia Carter, EBMS archery coach and school counselor, said “This is a very mindful sport, very technical and for all ability levels. It really takes determination and focus.”

During these competitions, each archer gets a practice round and three scored rounds first at a 10 meter distance and then at the 15 meter distance. The closer to the target they hit, the more points they score. The competitions were virtual and each participating school had a specific time frame for completing their competition and entering in their scores. Due to qualifying in the 3D Bowhunting and the Bullseye national competitions, the team will be traveling to Myrtle Beach in June to participate in the World’s Championship.     

Carter said, “I think this is a great outlet for kids and helps them build peer relationships and good character. It also helps with their sense of responsibility and develops their fine motor skills connecting their brain to their body.”

Interim Superintendent Mike Swan said, “Congratulations to all these students for their hard work in a sport that is very detailed and focus-driven. I am very proud to see the increasing success in a sport that is growing and positively impacts our students, not only physically, but mentally. Keep up the great work!”

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