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TC elementary archery team placed third in state competition

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The Triton Central Elementary archery team gathered for a team photo after taking aim at a top-three finish during Saturday’s state finals. The team finished in third.
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Members of the Triton Central Elementary archery team pose with the third place trophy at Saturday’s state finals at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Jeremy Sherman and the Triton Central Elementary School archery team had a decision to make Saturday afternoon.

Should they make the trip back up to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the National Archery in the Schools Program state finals?

The team left the fairgrounds in first place after scoring 3,003 points in the morning. As the day progressed, it appeared it could finish in the top three, depending on how the other top teams waiting their turn, shot.

Sherman and a group of students and coaches decided to go ahead and make the trip back north. They were rewarded with a third-place finish, fulfilling their goal going into the weekend.

Making the day all the more sweeter was finding out that fifth-grader Nina Ross came in third among elementary school girls.

He said the team was “ecstatic” upon learning where it finished.

Throughout the afternoon, Sherman kept an eye on updates through the NASP tournaments webpage.

At 11:30 a.m., Triton Central was holding onto first place, as was Ross, who left the fairgrounds that morning leading the individual scoreboard among elementary school girls.

By 3:30 p.m., the team was still in first, although Ross had dropped to second.

Sherman knew there were teams that could still upend Triton Central, so he knew there was a risk in taking the team back and not be announced in the top three.

But he was confident and hopeful enough that he decided to make the trip back.

“We were ecstatic,” he said of finding out. “The kids shot extremely well that morning, many with their best scores. They were very focused on what they were doing.”

Triton Central’s 3,003 points were 60 shy from state champion Brush Creek Elementary, from North Vernon. Runner-up Hayden Elementary, east of Seymour, totaled 3,037.

Ross’ 276 points were 12 shy of the top shooter among elementary school girls and seven shy of second place.

The middle school came in 23rd place, with 3,088 points, one place higher than a year ago.

The high school, competing as a team for the first time, finished in 30th with 3,125 points.