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Archers compete in Bossier Shootout

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Story by Sonja Bailes, Bossier Schools

Arrows were flying at the Bossier Civic Center last weekend.

Approximately 220 archers from Bossier Parish and the surrounding area were competing in the Bossier Shootout Saturday, Feb. 22.

It was the second year for the youth archery tournament, sponsored by Benton Elementary, and everything was right on target. Bossier Shootout organizer Perry Norcross, who coaches the Benton Elementary archery team, said there were 70 more students competing this year than last, a nod to how popular the sport has become.

Not only did it give archers the chance to compete for trophies and bragging rights, it also gave them an opportunity to practice before this weekend’s state archery tournament in Alexandria.

Winning the elementary division with 3,193 points was Benton Elementary. The girls’ champion was Jasmine Young from Benton Elementary; boys’ champion was Lake Bradford, also from Benton Elementary; and Josh Farris from Benton Elementary was named the Overall Champion.

In the middle school division, first place went to Benton Middle, which accrued 3,180 points; second place went to Cope Middle, with 2,970 points; Haughton Middle School claimed third place with 2,884 points. The girls’ champion was Kendall Orms from Benton Middle; boy’s champion was Dalton Diel from Benton Middle; and Overall Champion was Aiden Haire, also from Benton Middle.

Benton High won the high school division with 2,684 points; Bossier High scored second place with 2,678 points. Girls’ champion was Tamera Jones from Bossier High; boys’ champion was Nate Wilfong from Benton High; and Overall Champion was Tyler Mattson from Bossier High.