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KCA second at NASP World

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 By Bobby Brockman

Landmark News Service

Kentucky Christian Academy came up just a bit short at the NASP (National Archery in the School Programs) World Tournament in Madison, Wisc. over the weekend as the national champions placed second to Benton, La.

“This season has been a dream come true,” coach Jason Keltner admitted. “Being able to lead these kids and watch them earn state runner-up, a national championship and runner-up at the world championships has been an incredible experience.”

Another Kentucky team, state champion Shopville (Pulaski County), finished third in the 30-team field as 13 of the squads were from our Commonwealth and nine placed in the top 13.

While all 24 of the third- through fifth-graders from KCA fared well, Keeli Farmer and Briana Mardis finished fourth and fifth in the elementary girls’ division.

“We have always taught the kids to aim high,” Keltner said. “We decided to shoot for the moon this year and we knew if we missed we would (still) land amongst the stars.

“This will always be a special team for the school, the city and the parents/coaches. 

“God has blessed us with amazing archers and supportive parents.”

Editor’s note: Lebanon native Michael Gribbins is a coach for the KCA team, and his daughter, Chloe is a team member.