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Titans Archery place 4th at Lincoln County

Bailey Robinson finishes 4th overall after shoot off

Mercer County senior Hannah Johnson (left) and junior Michael McLaughlin (right) prepare to shoot at the Lincoln County Invitational this past Saturday, Jan. 18. (photo by Eric Miller)

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Mercer County archery continued their season at the Lincoln County Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Titans placed fourth out of eight teams with a total score of 3272.

Senior Bailey Robinson was the top female archer and top Titan archer with a score of 290 out of 300, placing her fourth overall out of 260 competitors. Robinson was tied for third, which resulted in a shoot off. A shoot-off consists of five arrows from 15 meters out.

“Shoot offs are very intense as the gym is full of people and the two archers are the only ones on the floor” said Head Coach Eric Miller. “Bailey (Robinson) did an outstanding job keeping her composure.”

Robinson’s arrow deflected off another dropping her to fourth place.

“Arrow deflections are sometimes just a part of the sport,” said Miller. “With Bailey, it’s her selflessness. She helps young archers not only at our practices but at tournaments. She helps keep them calm and focused to bring out their best performance and that’s true sportsmanship.”

After Robinson, sophomore Chase Flach shot 281, placing 12th. Senior Emory Rogers shot 269, placing 39th. Junior Makayla Shearer placed 44th with a score of 267. Sophomore Madison Brown shot 265, placing 53rd. Sophomore Addison Riley shot 263, placing 59th. Junior Karmen Murray shot 261, placing 68th. Senior Hannah Johnson placed 80th with a score of 259. Sophomore Laci Bailey shot 252, placing 98th. Junior Hannah Baker placed 159th with a score of 229 and sophomore Veronica Schroeder shot 179, placing 239th.

Freshman Kamron Maddox was the top male archer for the Titans, placing 10th out of 284 male competitors with a score of 283

“With Kamron, his confidence has been the most impressive thing about him,” said Miller. “He was already a very grounded individual and you can now see the confidence growing at each tournament.”

After Maddox, sophomore Kameron Sparrow shot a personal best 283, placing 13th. Sophomore Lee Abrams shot 278, placing 24th. Junior Blain Flach shot 269, placing 45th. Sophomore Christian Lanham shot 268, placing 47th. Junior Michael McLaughlin placed 74th with a score of 260. Freshman Luke Coleman shot 258, placing 80th. Sophomore Ian Spillane shot a personal best 257, placing 82nd. Freshman Garrett Clark shot 257, placing 84th. Freshman Nolan Johnson shot 253, placing 94th. Freshman Michael Shearer placed 130th with a score of 242. Freshman Caleb Revel shot 238, placing 145th. Sophomore Joseph Ward placed 158th with a score of 234 and freshman Landon Claunch shot 212, placing 205th.

“We faced off against some of the top archers in the state this past weekend,” said Miller. “I’m proud of these kids and the effort they put in.”

Mercer County will be back on the range this Saturday, Jan. 25, as they host the Mercer County 5th Annual Winter Wonder Shoot.

“Where this team stands right now is good. We are still fine tuning some of these kids as the total talent of this team has yet to be unleashed,” said Miller. “I believe in this team, we believe in each other and together this can be the best archery team Mercer County has ever had.”

Mercer County freshman Garrett Clark concentrates on his next shot at the Lincoln County Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18. (photo by Eric Miller)

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