Over 160 archers compete in Wilbanks February Tournament

The North Habersham Middle School archers take aim during the Wilbanks February Tournament Saturday. (Jerry Neace/NowHabersham.com)

More than 160 archers from 11 different schools from across the region competed in the Wilbanks February Tournament. The tournament began on Friday, February 9, and finished up before noon on Saturday, February 10.

The 161 students that participated in the tournament were between the fourth and twelfth grades. The tournament was being held in preparation for the archers and teams to qualify for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Eastern Nationals tournament, which will be held in Louisville, KY, in May.

Eleven schools attend

Habersham County was well represented, with five schools participating in the tournament. Stephens County had two schools attend. Several schools traveled from outside the area to participate in the tournament. Those schools included Atha Road Elementary School from Walton County, Sugar Hill Christian Academy from Gwinnett County, Riverside Middle School from Pendleton, SC, and The Cottage School from Fulton County.


The table below demonstrates the schools that participated in the tournament. The team scores and the top male and female archers and their scores from each school are listed. Individual scores can be found here at nasptournaments.org.

The top male archer in the tournament was Aiden Perrin, an 8th-grade student from Stephens County Middle School. Perrin scored 266 out of 300, ranking #1 out of 98 male archers and #1 overall out of 161 archers in the tournament. This is the second time Perrin has won top honors at the Wilbanks tournament.

The top female archer was Ella Claire Gosnell, a 5th-grade student from Hazel Grove Elementary School. She scored 263 out of 300, ranking #1 out of 63 female archers. She tied #2 overall in the tournament with three other students: 7th grader Lewis Phillips from North Habersham Middle School, 10th grader Cooper Van Wingerden, and 9th grader Michael Shaw, both from The Cottage High School team.

Next tournament

Wilbanks Middle School will host one more tournament at the end of the month. The Wilbanks Qualifying February Tournament will be held on February 23 and 24. This tournament will be for archers and teams to qualify for a trip to compete in the NASP Eastern Nationals.

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