Local archers host Top Gun Archery Tournament

The third annual Top Gun Archery Tournament was held Saturday, April 25th at the Murray County Rec Department. The tournament continues to grow in numbers as 101 archers from around the area showed up to showcase their skills.

Schools that were well represented were North Murray High School, Bagley Middle School, Woodlawn Elementary, Murray County High School, Gladden Middle School, Northwest Elementary, and Cohutta Elementary. In the Elementary Girl’s Minor Division, Anna Parker of Woodlawn Elementary claimed first place by firing a 253.

Teammates Kamlyn Johnson shot a 240 to take second and Kylee Ross was third with a 234. Cohutta Elementary’s Teagyn Blair was fourth with a 226 and Stormy Headrick of Northwest Elementary rounded out the top five with a 223. In the Elementary Boy’s Minor Division, Woodlawn 3rd grader Gavin Pittman claimed the championship with a score of 255. Austin Johnson from Woodlawn and Eion Keener from Cohutta Elementary both shot 254’s.

According to tie-breaker rules, the archer with the most tens wins. Austin had 7 tens and would finish second while Eion had one ten and would take third. Woodlawn teammates Brayden Teasley and Cameron Glass shot a score of 251 each. Brayden finished in fourth place (eight 10’s) and Cameron rounded out the top five (five 10’s). Woodlawn Archer Mattie Nuckolls continued her hot streak by shooting a 282 and claiming the top spot in the Girl’s Elementary Major Division.

Cohutta Elementary’s Hannah Grace Thornberg finished second with a 269. Jaylin Grant and Sarah Wheat of Woodlawn along with Allie Mayfield of Cohutta were jam packed together with scores of 267. Jaylin’s fourteen 10’s would break the tie and give her the third place medal. Allie Mayfield had the next best mark with twelve 10’s which would land her in fourth place, and Sarah Wheat’s mark of ten 10’s would allow her to finish out the medalists in fifth place.

In the Elementary Boy’s Major Division, Caleb Owens of Cohutta Elementary blistered the field with a score of 286 to claim the top spot. Caleb Hooker of Woodlawn shot well posting a score of 275 to claim second. Brandon Scoggins (Cohutta) shot a 271 to finish in third. Holden Jones (Woodlawn) laid claim fourth place with a 266 and Elliot Green (Cohutta) rounded out the top five with a 264. Bagley Middle School archer Sky Beasley found the mark with a 279 to become the Girls Middle & High School Minor Division Champion.

Bagley Brave teammates Kassidy Cline and Haley Fouts took the next two spots. Kassidy posted a 260 to claim second and Haley finished in third with a 258. Cobi Autry of Murray County High School shot a 250 to finish fourth and Katelyn Griggs of North Murray High School took fifth with a 247. Bagley’s Carter Reynolds caught fire early on and it proved to be enough as he became the Boys Middle & High School Division Champion with a score of 274.

Teammate Brannon Nuckolls finished just behind him in second place with a 270. Logan Maness (Bagley) shot a 264 to take third. Willie Pierce of North Murray High School finished in fourth with a 259 and Chase Engalnd of Murray County High School took fifth with a 242. In the Girls Middle & High School Major Division, Bagley’s Alyssa Laviana shot the highest score of the tournament by shooting a 288. In claiming the top spot, Alyssa sealed the deal by shooting a 50 from 15 meters on her final round. Sara Parker, of North Murray High School, finished just behind Alyssa and took the second place medal with a 286. Aubree Coker (BMS) had a very solid round to finish in third by shooting a 284. North Murray High School ace Haley Bagley took fourth place with a 281.

Bagley Brave Katie Wright shot a 267 to finish fifth. Tucker Hemphill of Bagley Middle School was the highest scoring male archer in the tournament with a 287. His score would place him as first in the Boys Middle and High School Major Division. The next 3 spots would belong to North Murray High School archers. Hunter Jennings would finish the day in second with a 285, Daniel Bennett shot a 284 to take third, and Daniel’s younger brother, Jonathan Bennett, would take fourth with 280.

Gladden Middle School’s top archer, Isaiah Beloin, posted a 278 to take fifth. In the One-Shot tournament, Bagley’s Mallie Rich outshot the field to win the top prize and finish first. North Murray’s Willie Pierce out dueled two other determined competitors to finish second. Woodlawn third grader Kylee Ross wowed the crowd with her shooting to finish third. Bagley Middle’s Sky Beasley finished in fourth and Murray County High’s Cobi Autry took the fifth place prize money. The local area will be well represented at the National Archery in the Schools National Tournament on May 7th – 9th. Cohutta Elementary will start things out by shooting at 11:45 am on Friday, May 8th. Woodlawn Elementary will shoot at 9:15 am on Saturday, May 9th. Bagley Middle will follow by shooting at 10:30 am on Saturday. North Murray High School will shoot at 2:15 pm on the same day. Gladden Middle School is represented by a couple of archers and their flight time at Nationals has not yet been announced. This year’s tournament will once again be expected to break the Guiness Book of World’s Records tournament mark with an estimated 12,800 archers involved. Finally, several individuals from these schools will participate in the 3D-IBO tournament that will be held. Woodlawn’s Brannon Nuckolls placed third in the elementary boy’s division in the inaugural event last year. Over $24,000 in prize and scholarship money will be handed out to winners of this event. Good luck to all our archers and archery teams!


North Murray Mountaineer soccer battles Coahulla Creek Colts



On a windy Monday evening, the North Murray Mountaineers (13-3w, Region 6-2) contested against the the Coahulla Creek Colts (11-5, Region 11-4), losing the Region match 2-1.
 The Colts and the Mountaineers fought for possession of the ball in the first ten minutes of the match.
North Murray was finally able to snitch the ball from an unsuspecting Coahulla Creek player and scored a point, making the score 1-0.
With the Mountaineers in possession, the made a second attempt to get past the Colt’s defense and score another  point.
However, Coahulla Creek was on their guard and didn’t give North Murray any openings for a shot.

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Murray Tennis competes in Region Tournament



Last week Murray County High School competed in the region tennis tournament to try to get a berth to go to the state playoffs.  
The first round was played on Wednesday.  Both the Indians and the Lady Indians were slated to play against Sonoraville.  
The Indians fell 1-3 to Sonoraville.  The winners for Murray County were #1 Doubles team Jacob Quast and Logan Harrison 6-2, 6-4.  
The #2 Doubles team of Josh McClendon and Brandon Hensley were still on the court when Sonoraville clenched the third win to knock the Indians out of the region tournament. 

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Northwest Georgia Gymnastics Center places in State Championship

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Over the weekend, the Northwest Georgia Gymnastics Center competed in the State Championships in at Archer Highschool in Lawrenceville, Ga.  The USAG Xcel Silver Team finished 3rd in the State Championship out of 30 teams.
“I’m very excitied and proud of them,” said Debbie Brown, the Director of the Northwest Georgia Gymnastics Center. “I’m thrilled because Chatsworth is a small town and we beat a lot of other gyms. The Gymnastics of Atlanta came in first place and Cartersville was second place. They’ve earned it and I’m really pleased.”
Northwest GA had many state champions: Taylor Ramsay, Platinum bars, and all around.
Silver team Sky Beasley-vault, bars, beam, and all-around, Ashleigh Feltman- bars, beam, and all around, Sarah Wheat-beam, and all around.
Gold Team Emma Grace Bronson all around, and Leah Beavers beam state champions. The Gold Team placed 9th out of 29 teams.
“They’re a small team with five girls and they made the top one-third in the state,” explained Brown. “I’m very pleased.”
Taylor Ramsay made Platinum State Team, and Sky Beasley made Silver State Team.
Silver team members include: Mary Jean Barsch, Natalie Garrett, Emma Hefner, Mary Jane McKinnon, Brazlee Ridley, Kendall Rizer, Abby Stafford, Liberty Stewart, Kayley Tankersley, London Wagner, Alyse Beasley, Ginny Richards, and Zoe West.
Gold team members include: Sydney Cox, Reese Reynolds, and  Laine McConkey.
On May 1st through May 3rd, the girls will procede to the Regionals competiton located in Savannah, Ga., where Sky  Beasley and Taylor Ramsay will represent the Northwest Ga. Gymnastics Center in the state competition.
Two of the girls, Mary and Addison Grey, will also travel to Moble, Alabama to compete in the State Region competiton in April 24 and 26.
“They’re a great group of girls,” said Brown. “They  have a great attitude and they’re very hard working, and we have great coaches that work with them.”

A special game for the Mountaineers



It was a game like no other last Wednesday evening as the North Murray Mountaineers (9-9, 4-5 home) challenged the Ringgold Tigers (14-6, 7-2 away) in a home game, losing the game with the score 8-11.
“I was a little disappointed,  but encouraged by the way the battled,” North Murray’s baseball coach David Redmond said. “We were down five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and unfortunately Ringgold scored at the top of the eighth inning. Our biggest thing was bad defense the first inning…that has plagued us all season. But the kids showed a lot of heart and fight.”
The Mountaineers kicked off the game by hosting the Miracle League of Whitfield County, where there goal is to give both kids and adults with mental and physical issues a chance to play baseball. One of the Miracle League players, Parker Benson, threw the first pitch of the game.
“It was an honor to have them,” Redmond said. “We host them anually and try to give back and be positive and give back to the community. It’s a great program for Whitfield County. It has a lot of heart.”
Their game against the Adairsville Tigers (10-7-1, 7-4 Region) was rescheduled for last Monday due to rain; the Mountaineers won the game 15-7.
“We were able to build from the Ringgold game last Wednesday,” said Coach Redmond. “We were able to minimize mistakes.”
After their away game against the Coahulla Creek Colts  (7-10, 2-4 home), and their home game against Calhoun Yellow Jackets (11-5, 6-3 Region), North Murray is set to challenge the Murray County Indians (0-15, 0-8 away) at North Murray High school.
“It’s still the same process, but we can’t take this game too cautiously,” Redmond said. “ We have a chance to qualify for the state regionals.”