Patriot archers bring home state runner-up trophy

Published 2:40 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Lincoln County High School boys archery team claimed the runner-up trophy in the 2019 KHSAA State Archery Tournament at Ephraim White Gymnasium in Bowling Green.

The Patriot archers scored 2,012 points to finish eight points behind the state champion team from Bullitt Central High School. Anderson County High School also scored 2,012 in the state tourney, but Lincoln had 135 tens to Anderson’s 134 to clinch the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top five of 22 teams were Madison Central High School in fourth with 2,011 and Henderson County High School in fifth with 2,005.

Two Lincoln archers placed among the state’s top 10 to help the Patriots garner second, with sophomore Gavin Fowler leading the team with 294 points to finish sixth out of 277 archers. Mason Gastineau, also an LCHS sophomore, placed ninth overall by scoring 293 points.

The scores of Lincoln’s top seven archers counted towards the team score. Eighth-grader Leevi Warren had Lincoln’s third best score, placing 29th out of 277. He was the winner in the boys eighth-grade division and third in the middle school competition. James Shaddox, an LCHS senior, posted a score of 289, Jacob Holtzclaw, a junior, had a 288, Garrett Robertson, also a junior, had a 282, and Jacob Schuler, a freshman, rounded out Lincoln’s scoring archers with a 276.

The Patriots had 12 archers on the range in the state competition, including sophomore John Hughes, eighth-grader Dakota Floyd, junior Bret Edgington, sophomore Parker Estep and eighth-grader Nathan Parrett. Hughes scored a 275, Floyd had a 269, Edgington, 267, Estep, 266, and Parett, 261.

There were co-winners in the individual competition as Pulaski County freshman Morgan Ruckel and Anderson County sophomore Henry Thompson both scored the boys tournament’s high score of 297 with 27 tens.

North Laurel High School senior Samuel Osborn claimed third overall with a score of 295 and 26 tens. Dylan Turley, a Muhlenberg County High School senior, and Dalton Hinkle, a Henderson County High School senior, also scored 295 but ended up in a tie for fourth with 25 tens.

The Lady Patriot archery team placed 10th out of 22 teams at state with a score of 1,976.

Sophomore McKenzie Settles led the Lincoln girls seven team-scoring archers with a score of 292 to tie her for seventh place out of 289. Alideya Paul, a freshman, placed 58th with 283, Brooklyn Garrett, a junior, was 69th with 282, and Madelynn Durham, also a junior, was 79th with 281. Emmalee Patterson, a freshman, and Kalyn Peek, a seventh-grader, both had a score of 280, with Patterson placing 90th with 15 tens and Peek taking 92nd with 14 tens. Sierra Downey, a sophomore, closed out Lincoln’s list of scoring archers with 278 to place 113th.

The remaining Lady Patriot archers’ scores and placements were:

Katie Martin, eighth grade, 277, 133rd.

Jennifer Radcliff, sophomore, 276, 151st.

Alexis Adams, freshman, 275, 153rd.

Olivia Denny, eighth grade, 272, 182nd.

Taylor Wesley, senior, 247, 271st.

Pulaski County also won the girls state title, winning with 1,997 points, five more than the runner-up team from Henderson County. Model Laboratory placed third with 1,987, Bullitt Central was fourth with 1,986 and Simon Kenton took fifth with 1,985.

Model eighth-grader Hannah Ramsey won the girls individual title with a score of 297. Kennedy Sumter, a Harrison County sophomore, and Emmaline Kleinman, an Eastern High sophomore, tied for second with 296. Audrey Smith, a Trigg County sophomore, and Nami Burton, an eighth-grader from Meade County, both scored a 295, but Smith earned the fouth-place spot with 26 tens to Burton’s 25.