COVINGTON, Ky. -- Nearly 400 archers will be taking aim at victory in Covington Catholic High School's first ever archery tournament on Dec. 28.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium (1600 Dixie Highway in Park Hills). Hundreds of archers will compete in three team divisions: elementary, middle, and high school divisions. Archers are also able to compete as individuals. Archery is a sanctioned KHSAA sport and is one of the fastest growing sports around.
A team consists of 24 total members and must contain both male and female members. A team score is composed of the top 12 scores (but must contain at least four scores of the opposite sex). Each archer will shoot three ends (15 arrows) at 10 meters and three ends at 15 meters. Those shots are then scored on their accuracy to the bull's eyes. Each arrow has a maximum point value of 10 points with a perfect score being 300 points.
This is the second year CCH has fielded an archery team. The 27-member team partners with Notre Dame Academy in order to field co-ed teams in competitions. This year, the combined CCH/NDA team finished in fifth place at Pendleton County by shooting a 3,198 and fourth place at Williamstown after shooting a 3,216.
Archery was also introduced into the physical education curriculum at Covington Catholic this year.
Spectators are welcome. Admission charge will be $5 per adult and $3 per student while those under 10 get in free.