More than 300 archers shot a combined total of 9,000 arrows in a local National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) archery tournament held at Meigs Middle School in Shalimar.

Five elementary and three middle schools participated in the first of four tournaments for the 20017-2018 season.

Destin Middle School Marlins made their first appearance bringing a fifth grade team and a middle school team.

“Both teams did very well in the first tournament of the year,” said Destin coach Karl Tuthill. “As a team, we have our sights set on doing even better next month.”

The Marlins have been working hard.

“I just ordered new centers for our foam targets, as they were literally getting shot out,” Tuthill said. “Chunks of the bull’s eye were left behind when the targets were put away recently. What a great problem I have.”

Tuthill had nothing but praise for the team.

“The Marlins are fantastic, energetic and listen to instructions," Tuthill said. "The archery team is not only exciting to coach, but enjoyable as these students are quick to learn and eager to work.

“I am encouraged by the growth and commitment that I have seen thus far,” he added.

As for the recent tournament, Meigs Middle School took first place in the middle school team division with a score of 2,914. Their top archers were Aubrey Scamahorn, 272; and Kris Ireland, 250.

Liza Jackson placed second with a team score of 2,814. Top archers for Liza were Ashley Bozeman, 244; and Aris Braxton, 249.

Shalimar Elementary took first in the elementary school division with a score of 2,494. Top archers were Alynah Minardo, 249; and JT Grace, 222. Elliott Point took second with a score of 2,135 with Altin Aripova at 197, and Talan Cooley, 196.

The next local tournament will be held Dec. 2 at Ron Crawford Recreation Center in Fort Walton Beach, hosted by Liza Jackson. For more information on the NASP program go to www.naspschools.com.