The Letcher County Central High School archery team has qualified for the world competition by ranking in the top 11 percent at the national competition in Louisville over the weekend.
The LCCHS archery team placed 18 out of 160 teams at National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationals at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville on May 10 and May 11.
“They were pleased, but disappointed as well because they knew they could do better,” said Mike Sexton, head coach of the LCCHS archery team.
The team may have another chance to compete this season if enough funds are raised to cover costs to get the team to St. Louis, Mo., in June for the world competition.
“We’re going to try,” said Sexton. “It’s going to take a lot of money, but we’re going to try.”
Donations can be sent to LCCHS, 435 Cougar Drive, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Make checks payable to LCCHS archery program.
The varsity team has 22 students and the junior varsity team is made up of 16 students.
In all three years the LCCHS archery team has competed, it has advanced to the state meet.
In 2011, LCCHS placed third in its region, which also included Floyd, Harlan, Lee and Leslie counties. The team, which was comprised of 32 shooters, placed 28th out of 48 teams in the NASP state competition held in Louisville.
In 2012, LCCHS placed second in the regional competition and 18th of 52 schools competing in the NASP state competition.