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Troy Elementary to host archery tournament

Troy Elementary will host Trojan Archery Tournament next Monday afternoon in the Troy Elementary School Gym.

The tournament will be from 3 to 7 p.m.

“We are excited,” said archery head coach Forrest Lee. “This will be the first time that we have held a 3-D tournament.”

The tournament will feature four different divisions: fourth- and fifth-graders, sixth through eighth grade, high school and an open adult division for all who have had instruction or knowledge of the use and safety of archery.

“Any archer from this area is welcome to be in the tournament,” Lee said. “We have kids from Goshen and Banks.”

Each shooter will only be allowed to use the provided Genesis Bow.

“You can’t use your high powered bows if you’re an adult,” Lee said. “There will be an ample amount of time to practice. Everybody will get two to three arrows to shoot before we start our tournament.”

Each participate will have the opportunity to shoot nine arrows and nine different 3-D animal targets that include a deer, turkey, squirrel and a bobcat among others with a maximum number of points set at 180 per shooter.

“The equipment that we are using was part of the Troy Education Foundation grant that they gave us last year,” Lee said. “With that we are able to use the targets in our physical education classes, our archery program and now we can use it to raise our money for our archery program.”

The cost for the tournament is $5.

“It’s a fundraiser for our archery program,” Lee said. “Their will be trophies for our first, second and third place winners in each division for both boys and girls.”

Lee hopes that the tournament will continue to grow the region’s interest in archery.

“I would love to have 100 plus people come out,” Lee said. “The idea is get as many kids involved in archery in schools. In the southeast part of the state we fall behind the other areas of the state. We need more people in Ozark, Dothan and Montgomery.”