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The Starkville Yellowjackets really didn't know what to expect out of the first archery season in school history.
Coaches Mike Pope and Michelle Guyton began the new sport from scratch and weren't sure how much success could be achieved for SHS in year one.
The Jackets went down to the state tournament in Jackson last Tuesday and finished fifth in Class 6A behind Saltillo, Petal, Tupelo and Oak Grove.
The top five standing "was way more than we expected" in the words of Pope.
It wasn't a bad showing at all for a team with several junior high shooters, while Tupelo and other squads had all veterans.
"We competed hard and did well," Pope said. "Neither Michelle nor me had any idea what was going on getting into this program. (SHS athletic director) Dr. (Stan) Miller had been to one shoot somewhere and had been interested in it. Next year is going to be all downhill because we know what's going on now."
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