Cleveland Central High School has added another sport to the curriculum, as the school is currently competing in its first year of archery.
The season started for the Wolves on Feb. 3, as they’ve competed in five shoots thus far.
On Tuesday, CCHS hosted its first home competition at the Cleveland Central Middle School Gymnasium as the Wolves took on the Grenada High School Chargers. The Wolves and Chargers had a very close, competitive contest with the Chargers edging out the Wolves 3,007-2,979.
The Wolves haven’t won a shoot, but the team has shown progress with every shoot.
CCHS head coach Johnna Harris has been pleased with the progress of the archers from week to week.
“We’ve been improving since our first match,” Harris said. “All of our archers have gotten better. We have just four high school shooters. The rest of my 29 are eighth graders and three of those are seventh graders, so we’re a young team. We have a senior, two 11th graders and a 10th grader from the high school. It’s pretty cool.”
A perfect individual score in archery is a 300. Against Grenada, Roham Madadi posted the top boys score with a 245, and Lindsey Givens posted the top girls score for CCHS with a 242.
Other top archers for CCHS on the boys side against Grenada were Corbitt Plez (240) Dyllon Martin (230) and Cordero Walker (229). Along with Givens, Dakota Cain (213), Amanda Mahattey (209), Emma Conner (207) and Sophia Perrier (207 were top archers for CCHS on the girls side.
In the Lafayette tournament on Feb. 6, CCHS had just two archers shoot over 200 with Martin having the high score of 231. Givens’ 242 was much than her 146 at Lafayette. Madadi’s 245 was much better than his score of 177 at Lafayette. Plez, Perrier and Conner had also shown significant improvement Tuesday. At Lafayette, Plez shot 180, Conner shot 175 and Perrier shot 146. The Wolves’ total team score at Lafayette was 2,161. The total score of Tuesday’s shoot was 818 points better than the shoot at Lafayette.
Harris said the shoot at home for the team proved to be a positive boost.
“They were at home, and they were in their element,” Harris said. “They were so relaxed and played like that he had been practicing. We’ve been to several big tournaments where there have been 200 archers at one time. They got really nervous and worked up over it, but I think they did really good having the home crowd and people coming trying to see what it’s about. It’s just so new around here.
“I was real pleased. They were cutting up and having a good time in between sets and in between rounds. I was just really proud at how relaxed they were and how confident in themselves they were at their own shooting.”
Harris said Archery was something she really wanted to start up in the school for a while.
“I was thinking in my mind how would you get students involved that are not 6-2 with biceps and six pack (abs),” Harris said. “I was just thinking how we could get more kids involved and interested in our school. I just really thought archery would be the way, so I just went and got my coach’s certification in archery. I went to class a couple of days in Jackson. I told Coach (Leroy) Cotton about it. Anyway, it’s taken two years for it to come around, and Cotton and the school board gave us the go ahead this year. We were really excited about it. It was an idea to get more students involved in something positive. In this sport, everybody plays and no one sits out.”
CCHS hit the road today to Tupelo to compete in another shoot. The start time is set for 5:30 p.m.