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!