Bledsoe County High School freshman Haley Corder was the top overall female shooter in the sixth annual Tennessee National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state championships held in Murfreesboro recently.
Haley shot a 282, edging out Siegel junior Leanetta Anderson, a former overall champion, by a mere point.
Van Buren County High School claimed its fourth overall state championship crown, while Rutherford County schools, Rockvale Middle and Buchanan Elementary each won their first titles.
More than 1,200 students registered for the event, with 42 schools from across the state posting full squads.
The first-place teams, the teams meeting the division qualifying score and the top five female and male individuals from each division qualify for the National NASP tournament, which will be held May 11-12 in Louisville, Ky.
Teams from Van Buren County, CHET of Nashville, White County High School of Sparta, Bledsoe County and Siegel of Murfreesboro all qualified to go to the nationals.
Van Buren County High School freshman Hunter Mason shot a NASP tournament best of 293, a point ahead of Bledsoe County’s Chris Frady, the top overall male shooter from last year.
If a school or teacher is interested in starting a NASP program, please contact Don Crawford, assistant chief of information and education, at Don.Crawford@tn.gov or 615-781-6542 or Matt Clarey, regional training coordinator in TWRA Region III, at Matt.Clarey@tn.gov or 1-800-262-6704 or 931-484-9571.
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Richard Simms is a contributing writer, focusing on outdoor sports.