Peters turns in big effort to lead Pup archers
By Greg Sullivan
Morgan County Middle School seventh grader Billy Peters turned in an impressive second place finish at the National Archery in the Schools Program's competition on February 9 in Perry, a highlight in the Morgan County effort in the event that drew over 300 student archers from schools across the state.
Peters improved from a third place finish last year as a sixth grader.
"He did really well," Morgan County Archery coach Julie Jameson said of Peters' effort. "It was a great experience. It was a really fun day," she said of the event.
Also with an impressive individual showing for Morgan County was seventh grader Morgan Hodgson, who finished fourth in her division.
The team came short of placing in the top three in the overall competition after turning in a second place state showing last year, but this year the team was limited to just four days of training prior to the indoor event due to region basketball tournaments being held in the practice facility, the middle school gym, during the normal training period.
Despite this, Jameson said her team gave a good effort.
Participating in the weekend event for Morgan County were eighth graders Shakarah Boswell, Meredith Owen and Allan Middlebrooks; seventh graders Ryan Moody, Breanna Colbert, Peters, Campbell Harrison, Grayson Segrest, Blake Adcock, John Grubbs, Hodgson, Victoria Thomas, Rachel Trammell, Stefan Williams and Cory Eaton; sixth graders Deija Leary, Jacob Blankenship and Zach Jenkins; and fourth graders Ryan McMichael and Seth Stapleton.
The team also got a chance to see the young and local fishing phenom Dylan Peppers do a fishing demonstration at the state fairgrounds event site. The archery competition was held in conjunction with the Turkeyarama and Fisharama, all in all, the event brought in many outdoor-loving Georgians from every corner of the state, which Jameson said helped make the event memorable for all those who participated.