CHMS archery looking forward to state

Published 9:40 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When most people talk about Charles Henderson having a chance to bring home a state title, they are talking about the No. 5 ranked CHHS baseball team.

However, there is another group of Trojans who are looking to bring a trophy back to Troy.

The Charles Henderson Middle School archery team will compete at the state championship competition April 22 in Birmingham, where the team will have a chance to advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky., on May 7-8 if it finishes in the top three.

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“I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll qualify for nationals, but we’re very focused on trying to get back our state title,” said head coach Susan Fountain.

The team shot the second-highest team total score in the state in regional competition, bested only by Ashville.

“We were state champs for a while, but for the last two years, Ashville has kind of bumped us out,” Fountain said.

“When we went to Louisville a couple of years ago, they were No. 1 in the nation, so I guess if you’re going to lose, its best to lose to someone who’s the best in the country.”

The team was led at regionals by Max Kersey, who shot a 280 out of a possible 300 points.

“For Max to shoot a 280 as a middle schooler is very impressive,” Fountain said.