Courtesy photoPictured with their team trophy, from front to the back, are Lily Tate, Cara Mitchell, Eliza Martinez, Tristan Johnson, Ryan Baldwin, Wyatt Feathers, Tevin Holtz, Bradley Nichols, Jesus Ramirez, Ian Montoria, Austin Martin, Braxton Clifton, Jade Cook, Myles Clifton, Allison Skelton, Brayden Clifton, Kacey Corbett, Nautica Thibodeaux, Madison Hutchens, Makayla Hooks, Lydia Hulsey, Madison Jones, coach Anthony Adams
Potts Camp archery team finishes second in state
The Potts Camp High School archery team wrapped up a successful season last week by finishing as state runner-up.
Potts Camp, with a score of 3,092, only trailed West Lincoln (3,157), in the Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) 2A Division.
It was Potts Camp’s highest score of the season.
The rest of the top five were Mize (3,057), New Summit (2,754) and Perry Central (2,402).
Potts Camp had 22 shooters. The total score is taken from the top four female shooters, the leading four male shooters and then the next four top shooters, whether male or female.
The top four females for Potts Camp were Allison Skelton, 271; Makayla Hooks, 268; Madison Hutchens, 251; and Nautica Thibodeaux, 250.
Skelton was also the leading overall shooter in the AIMS 2A Division.
The top four males for Potts Camp were Ryan Baldwin, 262; Bradley Nichols, 261; Wyatt Feathers, 260; and Austin Martin 257.
The other top scorers for Potts Camp to complete the leading 12 were Myles Clifton, 257; Braxton Clifton, 254; Tristen Johnson, 252; and Jesus Ramirez, 249.
Potts Camp coaches are Anthony Adams and Danny Mills.
The state archery competition was held at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson.
AIMS is designed to introduce fourth-12th grade students to the sport of International-Style Target Archery during their physical education class and as an extracurricular team sport. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is the driving force behind AIMS. The program, which began in 2005 with 10 schools, is now over 500 schools and in over 50 counties with more than 80,000 students participating each year. The growth of AIMS has followed the national trend of archery being the fastestgrowing sport nationwide and statewide.
The first statewide Archery Invitational was held in Mississippi in 2011 with 400 student archers competing; and that number has expanded to over 5,000 student archers competing annually in the AIMS State Championships.