By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Pulaski County High School sophomore Dalton Lovins pierced the center-circle target 23 out of 30 shots to score a 292 (out of a possible perfect score of 300) to place 13th in the KHSAA/NASP Kentucky Archery State Championship.
Lovins placed 14th in the boys division and ranked third among his fellow sophomores.
Southwestern High School sophomore Lucas Roy fired a 290 to place 25th in the boys division, and ninth in his class.
In the high school girls division, Southwestern High School freshman Carrie Molden placed 13th with a score of 287, which ranked her third in her class.
Pulaski County High School freshman Sarah Burton and Southwestern High School sophomore Sarah Purtee both shot scores of 287 to place 15th and 16th, respectively. Both, Burton and Purtee ranked fifth in the state amongst their classmates.
Southwestern High School placed seventh in the state with 3,369 points, while Pulaski County High School placed 11th with 3,346 points. Somerset High School placed 41st with 3,152 points.
Other top high school archers were Pulaski sophomore Matt Whitis - 286, Southwestern junior Brandon Keeney - 286, Southwestern sophomore Matthew New - 283 and Pulaski freshman Brittany Morgan- 280. Somerset was led by seventh-grader Nick Casada’s 280, which ranked him 14th in his class.
Northern Middle School placed fifth with 3,286 points, while Southern Middle School placed seventh with 3,254 points.
Northern was led by Sherrie Bullock’s 284, which was the second best score amongst seventh-graders. Teammates Krista Johnson and John Nelson, both shot rounds of 282. Johnson ranked sixth amongst her seventh-grade peers. Alex McCowan fired a 280.
Southern was led by Madison King and Hunter Sumpter, who each fired a 282. Matthew Stewart shot a 278.
In the elementary division, Shopville placed 10th with 3,053 points, Southern finished 13th with 3,039 points, Pulaski finished 25th with 2,961 points and Nancy 32nd with 2,887 points.
Pulaski’s top shooter was Tyler Robins with a 279. Nancy’s top shooter was AJ Dalton with a 270. Shopville’s top shooter was Emily Chaney and Sammy Jo Bullock with scores of 272.
Science Hill sixth-grader Blake Stringer fired a 276 to place 13th among sixth-graders.
Most of the local archers, and their teams, qualified for the NASP National Championships, to be held on May 10-11 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.