Halifax launches 1st archery event

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HALIFAX - Halifax Wildcats are taking aim.

The Halifax High School Archery Team has extended an invitation to other schools with archery programs to compete on the Wildcats' home turf.

The 1st "Bob Baker" Halifax High School Archery Tournament is slated for next month in what's hoped to be an annual event.

Student athletes from Williams Valley, Millersburg, Gillingham Charter School-Pottsville, and Halifax are among those already scheduled to vie for the title.

The competition for students and districts involved in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Halifax Area High School gymnasium. The school is located at 3940 Peters Mountain Road, Halifax, in northern Dauphin County.

It is a student competition; no adults will be participating in the challenge. The top two male and top two female entrants will receive an award and the four competing teams will be placed/ranked. Teams are comprised of 16 to 24 students each.

Halifax Archery Coach Jared Shade said the event was designed to serve as the group's fundraiser, and "to raise interest in the sport of archery at our local schools".

"I personally would eventually love to see a Tri-Valley League in our area to include UDA, Tri-Valley, Line Mountain . . .I think this is our first step," said Shade, noting several nearby districts are currently without teams of their own.

Any student registering to compete must pay a $10 entry fee. Spectators will be charged $4 adult admission and $2 admission per student.

According to Shade, the event is named after the late Bob Baker, the former operator of Baker's Archery Supply in Halifax. The shop is still in business, even though Mr. Baker has since passed away.

"They support our team tremendously with our equipment needs and location to practice," Shade said.

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