Westridge Elementary School’s archery team has moved up the ranks in the state tournament.
After finishing eighth last year in the Kentucky NASP State Archery Tournament, the Timberwolves took third place at state last weekend at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.
There were 49 teams in the elementary school division, which was won by Kentucky Christian Academy. Shopville, in Pulaski County, was second.
“We won every team tournament,” Westridge coach Robert Aldridge said about the season. “You see our individual medal count is 83, and with two tournaments to go that number will change, no doubt.”
The 83 individual medals is a medal count record for the school. The Timberwolves posted the highest numbers of 10s in the elementary division, and their team score of 3,137 is a school team score record.
Westridge won three local tournaments and the Region 7 championship going into the state tournament.
“We knew we had the ability to be a very good team,” Aldridge said. “It wasn’t a surprise that we snuck in there, but it was a very, very exciting tournament.”
The state tournament was Monday and Tuesday. The KHSAA portion of the tournament was shot Monday with flights at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m.
As a regional champion Westridge had a chance to register early, and Aldridge elected for a Monday flight.
“I knew teams tend to shoot up when they shoot with a good team, and they tend to shoot down when they shoot with a team that’s not so good,” Aldridge said.
“We slid in the 6 p.m. shoot with the high school team and had Trigg County, the best high school team. It worked out well for us.”
Trigg County went on to win the high school state championship.
Westridge had 27 students on this year’s team. Schools are allowed to take 24 team members to state and must have a minimum of 17 archers.
Because archery is a co-ed sport, teams must have a mix of male and female archers.
Westridge’s Trinity Aldridge took fourth place in the elementary female division, and Hailey Martin took fifth place in the same division.
“We’ve got a lot of fifth graders this year,” Aldridge said. “It’s a very good group of kids who work really hard, and they actually love archery. It’s been good to them.”
The season isn’t over for Westridge, which will compete in the Anderson County Spring Fling and the NASP Nationals, which will be in May at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.