Eagle Mountain Magnet archery team repeats national finish
By Ronnie Weston| May 31, 2012 at 10:16 PM CDT - Updated June 27 at 5:51 AM
BATESVILLE (AGFC) – For the second year in a row, the Eagle Mountain Magnet Archery Team has again taken second place in the returned victorious from the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky on May 11th and 12th. The team finished runner-up to Alabama's state champion, Foley Intermediate.
Eagle Mountain Magnet scored 3,247 out of a possible 3,600 points. Top scorer for Eagle Mountain was Jack Looney. Looney finished second in the sixth grade division by shooting a 292 out of possible 300. Over 2,800 archers from 85 elementary teams in 38 states competed for the elementary division title.
Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records presented tournament officials with a plaque denoting that a new world record had been set at the 2012 national tournament. The tournament now holds the record for the largest archery tournament ever held in one location. Almost 8,000 archers competed in the elementary, middle school and high school divisions. China held the previous record.
The team will begin preparations for the NASP world tournament held on Oct. 4-6 in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The team will be conducting fundraisers throughout the summer to offset expenses for the tournament. Anyone interested in donating can contact Principal Pat Rutherford or Coach Susan Parker 870-698-9141.