Woodlawn takes second National championship
May 15, 2013 | 1542 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodlawn Elementary Archery Team traveled to Louisville, KY this past weekend for the National Archery in the Schools National Championship. This year’s event had nearly 9,500 students and made the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest archery tournament in history. The Timberwolves took third at Nationals in 2010 and 2012, and won the National Championship in 2011. With high hopes of making the medal stand once again, the team took to the line at 9:15 Saturday morning. After 45 minutes of shooting, the Timberwolves would soon find that their score of 3300 would send them to the top of the leader board and shatter the current World Record. At this point, Woodlawn would have to wait for 5 more hours as 107 of the best elementary schools in the nation posted scores. When the last scores were finally reported, Woodlawn’s total would prove to hold firm. At 5:15, a huge crowd of archers, coaches, and family members made their way to Freedom Hall (basketball arena for the National Champion Louisville Cardinals) for the awards ceremony. There, the Woodlawn Timberwolves would be crowned the 2013 National Champions. Trigg County Intermediate from KY would take second place with a 3267, and Bay Creek Elementary, another Georgia School, would finish third with a 3243.

Tournaments of this magnitude can have a devastating effect on archers and their ability to perform under pressure. According to Coach Bates this year’s team showed a calmness and resolve that no other Woodlawn team has shown before on such a huge stage. The Timberwolves’ top 12 scorers would average an astounding 275 across the board in the championship effort. Braxton Bates would lead all Timberwolf archers with a 288. He would also make the medal stand by placing 4th in the nation among 6th grade archers. Tucker Hemphill would shoot his 4th straight tournament score above the 280 mark with a 282. Leading the girls was Alyssa Laviana, who turned in an impressive 279. Luke Headrick proved that you don’t have to be a veteran to make an impact. His score of 276 landed him in the top 10 among 4th grade males, and he is only in the third grade. Christian Baldridge rose to the occasion by posting another valuable 276. Jennifer Alfonso and Shelby Goodrich both posted 274’s while Ashlee Jones and Aubrey Coker tied each other with 273’s apiece. Veteran Case Winkler shot a 272 and rounding out the top 12 were Dylan Flood (269) and Justin Stafford (264).

Twelve other Timberwolves who now have their first National title under their belts are sixth graders Bianca Carillo and Brittany Clark, fifth graders Logan Maness, Richard Phillips, Kade Greeson, and Tucker Dailey, fourth graders Ella Lance, Mallie Rich, and Brannon Nuckolls, and third graders Robbie Linginfelter and Caleb Hooker.

The team had a huge following of fans at the tournament. It is estimated that 35-40,000 people attended the tournament over a 3 day span and Woodlawn’s fan base was as large as any. The team would like to thank all of the parents, family members, individual sponsors and businesses who have supported them in this accomplishment.

Next stop for the Timberwolves is the World Tournament which will be held in St. Louis, MO on June 28th – 30th. The competition will be held in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. Teams from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa are sure to attend as well as other countries who have not been announced yet.