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CHMS archery looking forward to state

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.

“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.