J.I. Barron Elementary School is going to national tournament in Kentucky for archery

The J.I. Barron Elementary Archery Team has made it to the national tournament in Kentucky.
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 10:55 PM CDT
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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - The J.I. Barron Elementary School Archery team has been the on target for some years now, and this year they have finished as runner-ups in the state championship. But, they still will get a chance to compete on the national level in Kentucky. Coach Randall Dunn said this year was different because of the younger kids that helped carry the team.

“We had over 60 fourth grade tryouts for the team this year,” said Dunn. “Usually, our fifth grade carries us on through state because they have the experience. This year we relied a lot on the fourth grade, and it really helped us out.”

Gage Spears, Zoey Welch and Lillian Trapp all finished in the top ten this year, and two of the kids are new, but the reason they got into the sport is because they love to shoot.

“I always wanted to do something with a bow and arrow,” said Spears. “So, I tried archery, and I got really good at it.”

“Before I got into it, I had the Genesis mini bow,” said Welch. “I use to shoot at my other targets at my house all the time so I knew archery was the sport for me.”

Now, they are heading to the national tournament in Kentucky, and they can not wait to compete.

“It’s going to be really exciting going to Kentucky, because we are representing our school, and I have never been before,” said Trapp.

It has been a different year for the Bears, but Coach Dunn said it was all worth it.

“I say this archer season has been different than others,” said Dunn. “Relying on the younger kids was new, but they were definitely one of the reasons we got this far.”

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