BCCC archers to compete nationally

Eighteen members of the Barnwell County Career Center's FFA Chapter competed in the S.C. Archery in Schools Tournament, which was hosted by S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources March 22 and 23 at the Sportsman's Classic in Columbia.
Team members from both Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High schools qualified for the event during a virtual tournament held in early February. The archers practiced for several months for the tournament in hopes of qualifying for the National Championship to be held May 10 and 11 in Louisville, K.Y. The team placed 11th overall with over 90 percent of the team improving their scores from qualifying. Two members from Barnwell High School earned the opportunity to compete on the national level.
Ashley Reynolds, a Barnwell High School junior, was awarded 2nd place female archer with a score of 278 out of 300, which included 12 bullseyes. She tied the 1st place female archer's score, who also had a 278 with 14 bullseyes. This is Reynolds first year shooting.
"Ashley has really taken this sport on and worked hard to perfect her form. It is awesome to see someone without any background in an area dedicate themselves to reach a goal. We are very proud of her accomplishment," said Mindy Sandifer, BCCC Archery Team Coach and FFA Advisor. Ashley Reynolds is the daughter of Billy and Carla Reynolds of Barnwell.
Also qualifying for the national tournament for the 2nd year in a row was 3rd year competitor from Barnwell High School, Jay Baxley. Jay had a score of 278 with 12 bullseyes, which placed him 5th in the state. Baxley was only one point behind the 3rd and 4th place male archers. Jay Baxley is a senior and the son of Jason and Angela Baxley of Barnwell.
Both Reynolds and Baxley will compete nationally on May 10 and 11 in Louisville, KY. The archers use a Genesis compound bow without sights and aluminum shaft arrows. Shooting takes place from 10 meter and 15 meter distances. With each year the state tournament has grown tremendously in size. Archers from elementary, middle and high schools can compete in the tournament. Youth must participate in the Archery in the Schools program under the supervision of a trained coach in a school setting.
For more information about the program, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/education.html.