Archery In Mississippi Schools has almost 80,000 participants and some feel it may exceed participation in football, baseball and basketball in coming years.
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Female archer scores 298 out of possible 300
A Lawrence County High School student recently did what no other female archer has done before. Bailey White, 17, of Monticello scored 298 points out of a possible 300 in the National Archery in Schools Program National Championship.
“I cried,” said White. “I couldn’t believe it.
“I had to look twice. If you had asked me a year ago if I could do that I would have said no. I never thought I would do this good.”
Although elated, her coach David Barber said the score wasn’t totally unexpected.
“The funny thing about Bailey White is she will tell you she’s going to do something and then do it,” Barber said. “She told me she was going to shoot a 296 at an all-star tournament.
“I just kind of shrugged it off. She went out and did it. Then on the way to Kentucky I asked her if she was going to shoot a 296 and she said no, she was going to do better. I asked her how she was going to do that and she said by shooting a 298.”
And Barber said her success doesn’t happen by pulling numbers out of thin air.
“She’s got passion,” Barber said. “A lot of kids wake up and think about what they’re going to do this weekend.
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