Magnolia’s Koontz Earns Spot In National Archery Tourney

John Marshall’s team comes in 73rd in Louisville

Magnolia archers Noah Wade, left, and Jacob Koontz shot a 284 and a 295, respectively at the Eastern Nationals this weekend in Louisville. Koontz’s performance earned him a trip to the National Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

WHEELING — Magnolia’s Jacob Koontz might only be a freshman but he has nerves of steel.

The Blue Eagles sharpshooter was not rattled by pressure in the 2019 NASP Eastern Nationals on Saturday in Louisville, Ky., as he became the only local archer to earn a spot in the NASP National Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Koontz shot a 295 out of the possible 300 and collected 25 bullseyes. He finished 22nd out of 7,837 archers.

His teammate, Noah Wade, shot a 284 and finished 401.

“Jacob is a freshman and he does an amazing job under pressure,” Magnolia coach Jesse Robinson said. “For him to come down as a freshman and only drop five points, that’s his record high at nationals.

“His record was 290 and now he has three more years to shoot.

“He’s so happy and he is only going up from here.”

John Marshall made the Eastern Nationals as a team and finished 73rd out of 263 teams.

This is the sixth straight season Coach Russ Howard has led the Monarchs to the Eastern Nationals. They finished 76th last year.

“This has pretty much become an annual trip for us,” Howard said. “It’s nice to bring the kids down here. Our goal was top 50 but we still did well.

“Melodee Howe, Josh Baker, Kenny Arrick, Isaac Woods, Trixie Calissie and Wesley Standiford were great for us.”

Howe paced JM in her junior campaign with a score of 287, finishing 145th out of 7,109 girls.

She peppered the target with a team-high 18 bullseyes.

Baker wrapped up his high school shooting career with a 285, finishing 333rd with 17 tens.

Right behind Baker was freshman Arrick, who placed 388th with a mark of 284 and 17 perfect shots.

Woods shot a 280 and earned 696th, Calissie was 555th with a score of 280 and Standiford turned in a mark of 278, good enough for 886th place.

Woods, Calissie and Standiford finished with 17, 14 and 15 bullseyes, respectively.

“This is always a lot of fun,” JM assistant coach Nicole Shipman said. “It’s a great learning experience. We have a lot of freshman archers this year and we’re always trying to build and grow our team.

“This is a great place for them to do that.

“I’m super proud of this team.”

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