The 2021 Georgia 4-H Archery Tournament was held May 1 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Morgan County was well represented by 21 archers at the Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior levels.
Morgan County archery team members experienced great success at the 2021 State Tournament. The novice team placed 2nd in the contest with a score of 786. Two team members won individual medals for the competition. Daniel Whitten won a 1st place medallion and Logan Tennant won a 4th place medallion. Junior 4-H team member Catherine Smith won a 3rd place medallion. The Senior Compound Team placed highest in FITA with team member, Briana Moore coming home with a 4th place medallion.
Senior Compound team members Tim Smith and Thomas Smith brought home individual medals with Tim placing 1st and Thomas placing 5th highest individual score. Taking the highest honors at the tournament was the Senior Recurve team with an overall score of 1837. They were named State Champions earning the coveted Master 4-H status.
Team members Daniel Lott, Dawson Martin, Thomas Smith and Tim Smith will be representing Georgia 4-H in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships to be held in Grand Island, Nebraska in July. If you would like to support this team in their efforts to raise funds to travel to Nebraska for the competition, donations can be sent to Morgan County Extension/4-H at 440 Hancock Street Madison Georgia 30650. The team has an anonymous donor willing to match funds raised in support of this effort.
Morgan County Novice participants were Daniel Reid, Layla Hubbard, Gavin Matthews, Olivia Nance, Logan Tennant, Hayden Usry and Daniel Reid. The Cloverleaf Compound participants were Doyle Baker and Matthew Smith. The Junior Recurve team members were Cattie Malcome and Evan Tennant. The Junior Compound team members were Cody Gaston, Catherine Smith, and Ella Watson. The Senior Recurve members included Daniel Lott, Dawson Martin, Thomas Smith and Tim Smith. The Senior Compound team members were Alex Anderson, Robert Guyton, and Briana More.
Each year participants enjoy a day of celebration with a picnic held at Nick and Hazel Nicholson’s home. Participants are recognized for their participation in the 4-H archery program and for their accomplishments for the season. Morgan County 4-H archery team members vie for the coveted Bulls Eye Trophy presented to a member of each team for shooting the most bulls eyes in the state competition. Bulls Eye winners are presented with a trophy, second highest bulls eye winners are presented with a silver medallion and all receive a bronze medallion for representing Morgan County 4-H in the State Tournament.
Bulls Eye Trophy winners were Novice Team- Daniel Whitten; Cloverleaf Compound Team- Matthew Smith; Junior Recurve Team-Evan Tennant; Junior Compound Team- Catherine Smith; Senior Recurve Team- Tim Smith; Senior Compound Team- Briana Moore.
The Archery Program is a part of the Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education Program (S.A.F.E.). The program promotes responsibility, decision-making and identifying realistic, personal goals. The program content provides a framework of knowledge and skills for lifetime participation in recreation, hobbies and careers related to shooting sports and wildlife. The program uses experiential learning and positive interactions with youth and adult role models to help young people develop self-concept, self-assurance and a positive self-image
The team, which was led by 4-H volunteer coaches Danny Pincus, Luke Anderson, Thomas Hawk, Ashley Pincus, Angela Tennant, and Andy Vaughters practiced at least two hours a week for over five months in preparation for the competition. Special thanks to team parent volunteers Amanda Hawk and Paula Pincus for supporting the team to make everything run smoothly. The 4-H staff would like to congratulate the teams for a job well done and thank all those involved, coaches and supporters alike, for all the support and dedication.
If you know a student grades 4-12 who would like to join the team please encourage them to contact the Morgan County Extension office at 706-342-2214.