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The Anderson County archery team placed third in the inaugural KHSAA archery state championships, held in Louisville last Tuesday.
The Bearcats turned in a team score of 3,408 behind Henderson County's 3,415 and state champion Trigg County, which scored a 3,453.
Anderson County's Justin Mehs placed third in the boys' individual competition, defeating East Carter's Dustin Sexton in a three-round shootout. Both Mehs and Sexton were tied after two extra rounds, sending the competition to a one arrow shootoff. Both Mehs and Sexton shot 10's but Mehs was declared third-place winner with his arrow being closer to the center of the target.
The meet was held in conjunction with the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at the Kentucky International Convention Center. The NASP sponsored competition in middle school and elementary divisions as well.
The Anderson County Middle School team No. 1 placed second in the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament held the same day. Anderson County scored 3,350 points, the same as Trigg County, but Trigg was declared the winner on the tie-breaker, recording 180 10’s to Anderson's 175.
Anderson Middle's Team No. 2 scored 3,085 for 38th place.
The middle school's elementary team, made up of sixth-graders, placed fifth with a score of 3,100. Trigg County also won that division, scoring 3,237 points. Anderson sixth-grader Brandon Aldridge won the elementary individual competition with a 292 score, including 22 10s.