SP Archery

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mitch Russell was the high scorer with 277 of 300 possible points at the archery meet between South Panola and North Pontotoc Tuesday at South Panola. South Panola lost 2,731 to 2,783. The Panolian photo by Angie Ledbetter

SP hosts its first archery meet Tuesday

By Angie Ledbetter

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Archery had its first home appearance at South Panola Tuesday afternoon.

South Panola hosted North Pontotoc in the meet. The Tiger team fell by 52 points, 2,783 to 2,731.

Head Coach Rickey Red has had no problem getting kids to be on the team. There are almost 30 on the team at present.

The team has competed in two matches this season and come up short in both.

They traveled to Lewisburg for the first match and lost by 80 points.

At the North Pontotoc match, South Panola junior Mitch Russell was the high scoring individual with 277 points of a possible 300 points.

Archery consists of boys and girls from fourth through 12th grade.

Each player is put in a group where six from each school shoot at the same time. One player from the home team is paired up with a player from the visiting team.

Most of the time there are three or four groups. Each player shoots five arrows in round one, two and three in the 10-meter round and then they repeat that in a 15-meter round.

After each round, the two that are paired together go check their arrows to record their scores.

   Each player can score a total of 300 points. When shooting the arrows, you can score up to ten points each time depending where you hit target. The center hole counts ten points and the further out you hit the lower your score is.

Team members can use their personal bows or those provided by the school. Four on the South Panola team that own their own bows.

The team will travel to East Union on April 8 but will be back at home on April 19 against East Union.