By Brad Smith
Lincoln County Schools
The Hustonville Elementary archery team earned a berth in the state tournament for the first time in team history. They will participate in the event on March 13 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville.
The team is led by freshman coach Melisha Berry. Ms. Berry is not only a freshman coach, but she is also in her first year teaching physical/health education at Hustonville Elementary. Before coming to Hustonville, she taught 19 years at Highland Elementary.
There are currently 19 archers in the team. Berry’s staff includes Christina Cook and three parent coaches, Mark Tate, Travis May and Jeremey McFarland. The team also has an official “Team Mamaw” – Ms. Paula Sowers. “We have the best families a team could ask for, everything we need is taken care of,” coach Berry said. “Our school is also very supportive of our team.”
HES Archery has participated in 10 events this season and has shown great improvement. They started the season with a score of 1803 and shot a season high score of 2663 in one event. Coach Berry said the team set many team records and earned a spot in the state tournament for the first time, but the most important thing for her is seeing the students learn a new skill and having fun while doing it.
The highlight of the season came on February 15 when the team placed third in the Pulaski South Tournament and won their first archery trophy in school history. Berry said the team’s goal now is to qualify for the national championships in May. She also said the team wants to hold its own tournament at HES next year and hopes to add more trophies to its school trophy in the future.
Hustonville Elementary School Principal Jeff Craiger said, “It is great to see Ms. Berry in this new role and to see how her leadership has impacted our students. The more we have to offer students, the better. I couldn’t be more proud of this group.