The Ripley High School archery team capped off another tremendously successful season last week when they placed fourth in the team division out of 164 high school teams with 3408 points at the NASP National Archery Tournament held in Louisville, KY. Over 10,600 shooters participated in 3 divisions: elementary, middle and high school. The fourth place finish was the highest ever achieved by the program.
Individually, Cayla Goodson finished in third place, finished third in the scholarship round to win a $5,000 scholarship to the college of her choice, and was also selected to the NASP All-American Team.
“This season has been amazing,” said head coach Tess Gump, “It has been exciting watching the team excel this year meeting all of our goals but one which was to be on the podium at Nationals. We are getting closer each year, so look out next year. I am extremely proud of everyone of the shooters.”
Ripley also finished first in the Appalachian Archery Conference, with a 3407 average, and six team members were in the top 10 shooters in the league (Nick Rhodes finished first, Jacob Williams finished seventh, and Levi Staats finished ninth. In the girls division, Jenny Gibbs finished eighth, Cayla Goodson finished ninth, and Sarah Williams finished tenth.) Rhodes also set a NASP World Record by shooting a 299 score at the Shady Spring Tournament.
The team won 8 tournaments, placed in second in one tournament, and fourth in another. A fourth state win was among the eight tournaments won by the archery team this season, with Jenny Gibbs finishing first and Cayla Goodson finishing second in their division, while Nick Rhodes finished first, Carter Fisher finished second, and Jeffrey Sheppard finished fifth in their division.
“This has been the best season ever for Ripley archery,” said coach Tom Kruk, “The kids shot extremely well all year long. We will miss our seniors. Another great year; conference champs, state champs, and fourth in the nation. As a coach, you can’t ask for more.