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Avon View, Hor­ton ath­letes com­pete at archery provin­cials

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Avon View High School’s archery team once again emerged vic­to­ri­ous at provin­cials, hav­ing won ev­ery year since the NASP com­pe­ti­tion has been held.

“We had six schools, in­clud­ing Avon View, and 60 archers. It was a pretty good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the stu­dents across the prov­ince,” said Donna MacMil­lan, a teacher at Avon View and the head coach of the archery pro­gram.

The Wind­sor-based high school, which hosted the event, was named the top school team Nov. 17 fol­low­ing stiff com­pe­ti­tion from École Sec­ondaire du Som­met, Hor­ton High School, Parrs­boro Re­gional High School, New Ger­many Re­gional High School and Sackville Heights Ju­nior High School.

Avon View had a to­tal of 261.8 points, while the French school, based in Hal­i­fax, came sec­ond with 254.2 points, and Parrs­boro placed third with 251.6 points.

MacMil­lan said she’s “very, very pleased” with how the school’s archery pro­gram con­tin­ues to ex­cel in the sport, es­pe­cially since many of the archers are just start­ing out.

“The ma­jor­ity of our team this year are first year archers so over half of the stu­dents only started shoot­ing in Septem­ber,” said MacMil­lan. “The fact that they’ve pro­gressed this much in two and a half months, I’m very pleased.”

Avon View’s Cameron Con­nors took home the top prize for archery for the boys’ red di­vi­sion, while Maddy David, from Ecole Sec­ondaire du Som­met, re­ceived the top spot in the girls’ red di­vi­sion. Due to their top scores (269 and 264 re­spec­tively), they each re­ceived a new bow and a $1,500 schol­ar­ship.

Con­nors will be grad­u­at­ing in June. His sis­ter won the fe­male provin­cial ti­tle in 2017 in her grad­u­at­ing years as well, MacMil­lan said.

Don­ald Lohnes, the co-or­di­na­tor for the Na­tional Archery in Schools Pro­gram for Archery Nova Sco­tia, said he felt the com­pe­ti­tion “went very well” but had hoped for a larger turnout as it was the first year that they’ve been able to dole out $6,200 worth of schol­ar­ships.

“They’re for what­ever ed­u­ca­tion they de­cide to do af­ter high school — so a com­mu­nity col­lege or univer­sity,” said Lohnes. “The way it works is they have to tell me and NASP... which school they’re go­ing to. The cheques are writ­ten to the school but sent to the stu­dent. This way, the money is go­ing to where it’s in­tended.”

He said the sport is ideal for both boys and girls, and he’s op­ti­mistic it will con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity.

“I’m very pleased with how it’s tak­ing hold (in the school sys­tem),” he said in an in­ter­view fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We now have 82 schools that have the equip­ment and one univer­sity. The univer­sity is St. F.X. and they ac­tu­ally teach the pro­gram in the ki­ne­si­ol­ogy class.”

Both Lohnes and MacMil­lan see archery as an in­clu­sive sport, one that al­lows all skill lev­els to give it a try.

“I’m just re­ally pleased to see the Na­tional Archery in Schools Pro­gram, or NASP, is re­ally be­com­ing a grow­ing sport in Nova Sco­tia and the fact that you have stu­dents who may not tra­di­tion­ally be in­volved in ath­let­ics, feel wel­come on the archery team and still in­volved in a com­pet­i­tive sport,” said MacMil­lan.

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Avon View High School once again took home the top team prize at archery provin­cials. Pic­tured here are, from left, back row: Bran­don Bene­dict, Dim­itri Church, Fraser Mur­ray, Chris Daniels, Cameron Con­nors, Sky­lar Leopold, Ja­cob Crosby, Amy John­ston, Liam McGuire, and Liam Jack­son; mid­dle row: Brenda Clark, Hunter Saun­ders, Sky­lar Hazel­wood, Emma Haines, Ken­da­lyn Bene­dict, Dy­lan McKin­ney, Tyler Muir, Madi­son Arm­strong, Atira Oickle, and Madi­son Hill; front row: Donna MacMil­lan (coach), Car­lee Rick, and Veron­ica Carr (coach). Miss­ing from the photo are: Sab­rina Purvis-Red­den, Madi­son Fian­der, Chase Charl­ton, Raff de An­drade, Sasha Postma, Emma Gates, and Al­li­son Saltz­man.

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Ecole Sec­ondaire du Som­met’s Mandy David and Avon View’s Cameron Con­nors were the top archers at the 2018 NASP Provin­cials in the red di­vi­sion. Each re­ceived a $1,500 schol­ar­ship and a bow. David reg­is­tered 264 points and Con­nors had 269.

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Hor­ton High School sent sev­eral archers to the provin­cial cham­pi­onship at Avon View. Pic­tured here are, from left, back row: Alexan­dria Ra­fuse, coach Erik Barr, Syle­ora Cooper, Kate Barr and Is­abel Furhap­per; front row: Tessa Bond and Kait­lyn Wohlmuth.

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Don­ald Lohnes, cen­tre, pre­sented schol­ar­ships to the fol­low­ing top archers: Chris Daniels (Avon View High School), Dy­lan McKin­ney (AVHS), Cameron Con­nors (AVHS), Mandy David (École Sec­ondaire du Som­met), Char­lotte Sam­son (École Sec­ondaire du Som­met), and Erin Trot­tier (Parrs­boro Re­gional High School).

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