Students from three LaSalle Parish Schools competed in the 2024 ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) South Regional Archery Tournament on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, held at the LSUA Mega Center in Alexandria, LA.
One of those teams made history, not only by winning first place in their division, but also by shooting the highest regional score in school history.
Competing students were from Good Pine Middle School, Jena Junior High School and Jena High School.
Good Pine Middle School had two teams of students shoot in the elementary division, which is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students, with a total of 366 archers shooting at the regional event.
GPMS’s Team 1 secured first place out of 15 teams in this division with a score of 2,968, the highest regional tournament shooting score achieved in the school’s history.
This year was also the first time in the school’s history to have five students rank in the top ten of their division. Students who achieved one of the coveted, top ten ranks were Sara Andrews, 2nd place with a score of 265, Landry Poole, 3rd place with a score of 265, Karsen Bird, 4th place with a score of 264, Nate Mitchell, 6th place with a score of 261 and Turner Durham, 10th place with a score of 258.
In the middle school division, comprised of 6th to 8th graders, Jena Junior High archers won 3rd place out of 15 schools with a score of 3,062. Two students ranked in the top ten of their division, with one earning the 1st place spot. Students who ranked in the top ten were Kristin West, 1st place in her division and 2nd place overall with a score of 282 and Jack Scroggs, 6th place in his division and 10th place overall with a score of 274.
For the high school division, Ashlea Price joined the “50 Club” by shooting a perfect score of 50 during one round. Price also achieved the second highest score out of 137 high school girls, with a score of 270.
The next ALAS tournaments include the ALAS State 3D Tournament on February 23-24 at LSUA and the ALAS State Bullseye Tournament on March 7-9 at LSUA.
Sponsors and instructors for the area archery teams are Stacy Skinner and Shonda Price.