The newest Kosciusko High School sport will have its liftoff Thursday when the archery team competes in its first match at Weir Elementary School, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Choctaw County, the host school, and Nanih Waiya will also compete.
Coach Kurt Pinnix is pleased with the participation.
“We have a lot of kids who are excited about trying it. They have never really done it before, but are excited about a new experience,” he said.
Archery is one of two MHSAA sports where boys and girls compete together; tennis is the other. A team score is the total for 12 archers, which must include at least four boys and four girls.
Each archer fires 15 arrows from 10 meters and 15 from 15 meters. A bullseye — center of the target — is worth 10 points, with descending scores the further from the center. A perfect score is 300 – 30 bulleyes.
Kosciusko athletic director Macy Wilbanks said the school sees archery as an opportunity for additional students to participate in athletics.
“Archery is a sport that is growing across the state. A lot of schools have been adding it. Were excited to give our students an opportunity to participate,” she said.
Looking ahead, the state meet will be the week of Apr. 12 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center at the State Fairgrounds in Jackson. The state meet was not held last year due to the pandemic.
Archery is an MHSAA sport, but the state meet is run by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks through its Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) program.