The Letcher County Central High School archery team placed eighth out of 48 teams at world competition in Missouri over the weekend.
The LCCHS archery team earned a score of 3,328 out of a possible 3,600 at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) world competition in St. Louis, Mo.
“Before we left to go we shot scores in practice good enough to win,” said LCCHS Head Archery Coach Mike Sexton.
Some of the 24 archers may have had “a little bit of butterflies”, Sexton said.
Trigg County placed first with a score of 3,425. Teams from Anderson and Meade counties in Kentucky as well as teams from Alabama, Missouri and Canada participated in the event.
The LCCHS archery team qualified for the world competition by ranking in the top 11 percent at the national competition. The team placed 18th out of 160 teams at the NASP Nationals at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville on May 10 and May 11.
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.
In 2012, LCCHS placed second in the regional competition and 18th of 52 schools competing in the NASP state competition.
Sexton credited the community for contributing to paying for travel, lodging and dining expenses for the trip to Missouri.
“The support of the county was phenomenal,” said Sexton. “I am pleased with everybody who supported us and came out and helped. Even with the way the economy is people still helped and gave money.”