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Franklin County archery team 3-Peats as state champions

DAILY LEADER / Photo Submitted / The Franklin County Bulldogs captured their third straight AIMS State Championship on the 3A level, Wednesday in Jackson.

DAILY LEADER / Photo Submitted / The Franklin County Bulldogs captured their third straight AIMS State Championship on the 3A level, Wednesday in Jackson.

JACKSON – One point – that was what decided the winner of the Class 3A Archery State Championship Wednesday evening as Franklin County out shot South Pontotoc by the slimmest of margins, 3,274 to 3,273.

The victory gives the Franklin County Bulldogs their third straight AIMS State Championship on the 3A level.

Coached by Connie Johnston and Todd Haygood, the Bulldogs score sheets and South Pontotoc sheets were recounted carefully to make the final score was complete.

FC’s top shooters were Trinity Coleman, Brittany Holloway and Bryden Herring.

Making up the 3A Champion Bulldogs roster were the following that shot in the state finals: Sydnee Anderson, Kelsi Barron, JaDarius Brown, Johnthyn Cameron, Tristan Cannon, Nathen Christa, Trinity Coleman, Kenneth Davis, Elysa Dearing, Scout Earls, Bryden Herring, Rachel Hollingsworth, Brittany Holloway, Kyle Howard, Kane Hughey, Leigh Beth Hurst, Patrick Lehmann, Monte Martin, Howard Moak, Katelynn Moak, Phillip Moak, Kryslynne Poole, Kalev Robb, Morgan Rushing, Jimmy Sills, Blake Smith, Hayden Tanner, Zoe Terrell, Austin Wallace, Matthew Wallace, Maddie Wiggins, Jon Wilkinson, Ramie Williams and Anna Grace Wilson.

Franklin County’s middle school also had top honors in their competition, as they finished runners up for the state crown.

The Franklin County’s elementary team finished in fifth place out of 12 teams competing in Jackson with a score of 2,813. This was a huge accomplishment for the elementary Bulldogs, since this was their first year to enter into competition.