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MHS Archery Team Has the Numbers

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

Pictured are members are the Magnolia High School archery team.

The Magnolia High School Archery Team is in its fifth season, and Head Coach Jesse Robinson has 33 shooters, including two of her top shooters sophomore Jacob Koontz and senior Macayla London.

Last season, Magnolia lost Noah Wade, Will Akers, Josh Arrick, Jay Eller, Jake Pennell and Tyler White to graduation. However, Magnolia High School sent three high school archery athletes to Huntington to compete in the West Virginia Archery State Tournament icluding returnees Koontz and London. Koontz alsoplaced 10th in his ninth grade division, scoring 291 out of 300 in the 2019 National Archery Sports Program (NASP) in Nashville.

This season, the Blue Eagles have 4-seniors in London, Kiera Morgan, Tanesha Yoho and Abby Wise; 11-juniors in Wyatt Bard, Cassara Cooley, Bo Trowbridge, Griffin Wells,, Mikalyn Renner, Austin Scheibelhood, Diana Hernandez, Alex Norton, Riley Fluharty, Charlie Taylor and Jared Young. 14-sophomores in Koontz, Avery Witschey, Kaleb Starkey, Iliza White, Kelsey Litman, Lily Spratt, Savana Hoagland, Debra Adams, Kirsten Francis, Nathaniel Thorpe, Karalynn Lynch, Logan Goodrich, Tony Fiber and Drake Kocher; and 4-freshmen in Braden Fortney, Dusty Anderson, Lucas Heddleson and Gabby Connell,

The team’s goal is to qualify the team to state. Last year, the Eagles had three qualify for state and one to the nationals in Koontz. To make it to the state, the team must have 12 shooters. There must be at least four of each gender.

West Virginia has around 300 schools participating in archery, with schools to host tournaments and have virtual tournaments to qualify for states.

On a local level, Hundred and Magnolia are the only high schools that have archery.

Through this program, Magnolia and Hundred students will be given the opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Archery, unlike many sporting activities, is something in which boys and girls of all sizes can easily become involved, whether they are in school or out.

With the strong interest in bow-hunting and competitive shooting in West Virginia, there are unlimited opportunities for students to participate in this activity outside the classroom and throughout their lifetimes.

Wildlife conservation agencies in West Virginia, as well as other states, are concerned that too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.

“This is something that doesn’t have to be over once you finish. You can do this forever,” said coach Robinson. “No matter if archery is in these young futures or not, I hope that some of the discipline and devotion that’s learned here – should last forever.”

Last season, Magnolia held their second archery tournament, and this writer found them both to be well organized, with one side of the bleachers filled to the brim. This year’s tournament will be held Feb. 15, with more teams entering daily. Check out the Wetzel Chronicle in early February for more information and time of competition.

The Magnolia Blue Eagles Archery schedule is as follows: Jan. 11, at Hundred; Jan. 18 at Cameron; Jan. 25 at Wheeling Park; Feb. 15 at home; Feb. 22 at John Marshall; and March 7 at Buckhannon Upshur. March 28, states for qualifiers in Huntington; May 7-9, nationals for qualifiers in Louisville, KY. And June 11-13 Open/Championship in Daytona, Fl.

MHS Archery Team Has the Numbers

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

Pictured are members are the Magnolia High School archery team.

The Magnolia High School Archery Team is in its fifth season, and Head Coach Jesse Robinson has 33 shooters, including two of her top shooters sophomore Jacob Koontz and senior Macayla London.

Last season, Magnolia lost Noah Wade, Will Akers, Josh Arrick, Jay Eller, Jake Pennell and Tyler White to graduation. However, Magnolia High School sent three high school archery athletes to Huntington to compete in the West Virginia Archery State Tournament icluding returnees Koontz and London. Koontz alsoplaced 10th in his ninth grade division, scoring 291 out of 300 in the 2019 National Archery Sports Program (NASP) in Nashville.

This season, the Blue Eagles have 4-seniors in London, Kiera Morgan, Tanesha Yoho and Abby Wise; 11-juniors in Wyatt Bard, Cassara Cooley, Bo Trowbridge, Griffin Wells,, Mikalyn Renner, Austin Scheibelhood, Diana Hernandez, Alex Norton, Riley Fluharty, Charlie Taylor and Jared Young. 14-sophomores in Koontz, Avery Witschey, Kaleb Starkey, Iliza White, Kelsey Litman, Lily Spratt, Savana Hoagland, Debra Adams, Kirsten Francis, Nathaniel Thorpe, Karalynn Lynch, Logan Goodrich, Tony Fiber and Drake Kocher; and 4-freshmen in Braden Fortney, Dusty Anderson, Lucas Heddleson and Gabby Connell,

The team’s goal is to qualify the team to state. Last year, the Eagles had three qualify for state and one to the nationals in Koontz. To make it to the state, the team must have 12 shooters. There must be at least four of each gender.

West Virginia has around 300 schools participating in archery, with schools to host tournaments and have virtual tournaments to qualify for states.

On a local level, Hundred and Magnolia are the only high schools that have archery.

Through this program, Magnolia and Hundred students will be given the opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Archery, unlike many sporting activities, is something in which boys and girls of all sizes can easily become involved, whether they are in school or out.

With the strong interest in bow-hunting and competitive shooting in West Virginia, there are unlimited opportunities for students to participate in this activity outside the classroom and throughout their lifetimes.

Wildlife conservation agencies in West Virginia, as well as other states, are concerned that too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.

“This is something that doesn’t have to be over once you finish. You can do this forever,” said coach Robinson. “No matter if archery is in these young futures or not, I hope that some of the discipline and devotion that’s learned here – should last forever.”

Last season, Magnolia held their second archery tournament, and this writer found them both to be well organized, with one side of the bleachers filled to the brim. This year’s tournament will be held Feb. 15, with more teams entering daily. Check out the Wetzel Chronicle in early February for more information and time of competition.

The Magnolia Blue Eagles Archery schedule is as follows: Jan. 11, at Hundred; Jan. 18 at Cameron; Jan. 25 at Wheeling Park; Feb. 15 at home; Feb. 22 at John Marshall; and March 7 at Buckhannon Upshur. March 28, states for qualifiers in Huntington; May 7-9, nationals for qualifiers in Louisville, KY. And June 11-13 Open/Championship in Daytona, Fl.