A season of firsts has Roby Elementary School archers aiming high.
“We could not be happier,” said Archery Coach Alisha Bodner. “My archers have been super dedicated this season and practice at least four days a week.”
Roby’s archery team has competed in 13 tournaments this school year including Regionals, State and Nationals (where they placed 111 out of 180 teams).
In mid-May, Roby qualified with a score of 2905 to compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament July 20-22 in Orlando, Florida’s Convention Center.
“Our archers are truly amazing and continue to grow as leaders each and every day,” Bodner remarked.
Team members include Jazzlynn Keck and Blake Conn (third grade); Anna Lloyd, Kylee Meredith, Kaleigh Leadford, Kattie Jarboe, Brayden Mudd, Brayden Snider, Derick Quiroa, Kaleb Neubert and Nathan Sneed (fourth grade); and Lily Bean, Caroline Forgey, Leia Lyons, Jayleigh Smith, Paola Sapon, Cain Hadley, Drake Curry, James Harris and Luke Forgey (fifth grade).
Students learn the NASP safety rules and 11 steps in August during their regular scheduled PE class. Tryouts are held in September for 4th and 5th grade students.
“Behavior and good grades are a huge factor when qualifying for Roby’s team and understanding the 11 NASP steps, following the safety rules correctly, having good sportsmanship and overall a team player,” Bodner noted.
She gave credit to Bullitt Central High School Head Archery Coach Dustin Metcalf and team members (and BC sophomores) Casie Metcalf and Britney McCarthy for their support of the fledgling program.
“Mr. Metcalf is our assistant coach who helps on his own time without pay,” Bodner said,
She said Roby’s archery is on target for a bright future.
“We can’t wait to continue our Archery program for years to come at Roby Elementary,” she said. “We appreciate all the support from our community and Roby families.”
Other schools who qualified for the World Tournament are:
Shepherdsville Elementary (placed 40 out of 180)
Lebanon Junction Elementary (placed 63 out 180)
Cedar Grove Elementary (placed 69 out 180)
Bullitt Central's team #1 (placed 10 of 248 teams at Nationals)
Bullitt Central's team #2 (placed 180 of 248 teams at Nationals)
Metcalf said he feels the most important knowledge for archers to acquire are learning the 11 steps to archery success, self-discipline and be willing to listen to directions.
“I enjoyed working with the kids and seeing how fast they improved,” he said. “This Roby team is a great bunch of kids. Working along with a couple of my archers side by side was also fun, and you get to hear things from them you normally don’t hear in practice.”
He has served as a volunteer assistant archery coach for two years at Bernehim and Bullitt Lick Middle School along with one year at Bullitt Central where is now in his third season as head coach.
His assistant coach is his wife, Gera Metcalf, along with Jeramie Birge and Calvin Barnes.
“All of Bullitt Central’s feeder schools along with BC get along and work together like a family; we really have something special going on,” Metcalf noted. “I am very proud of this group of BC archers this year.”
Metcalf said Andrew Dean has the highest average from the whole team with a 292 with Noah Glass right behind him at 291.
BC has Regional Champions in KHSAA and NASP in the individuals. Taylor Dalton and Noah Glass were the female and male KHSAA Regional Champs. Andrew Dean and Brittany McCarthy where the male and female NASP Regional Champs.
Andrew Dean, Brittany McCarthy and Nick Maddox are the three finalists for the Courier Journal archery athletes of the year. In addition, five Bullitt Central students and three Bullitt East kids where named on the Courier Journal area archery team. Bullitt county archers took eight of 10 spots.