Although the team did not finish in the top tier, Southwest had several individual performances to celebrate.
In the high school junior division, the squad of Eric Anderson, Eithan Still, Tommy Sickles, Johnathon Wolf and Kordell McNabb shot a team score of 941 targets out of 1,000. Wolf led the team with a strong score of 199/200.
"Johnathon had an awesome tournament," said Southwest coach Mike Vining. "He dropped his 69th target on the first day, and shot 100 straight on day two. Johnathon was in the middle of every target. It was a very impressive performance to watch."
Wolf finished just out of individual medal honors, trailing three shooters who tied with perfect scores of 200. Anderson shot 193, and McNabb followed with a 190.
In the sub-junior division, the Southwest Junior High team of Brent Anderson, Garrett Hobbs, Skyler Willer, Jacob Wolf and Jesse Hayworth posted a team score of 861/1,000. Hayworth led the team with an individual score of 187/200 and Hobbs shot a 186.
"With the exception of Willer, all of these guys will move up to high school next season, which will make it an ultra-competitive situation at our practices," said Vining. "I can already envision several shoot-offs next year to see who makes our top high school squad."
Also competing for Southwest were alternates Derick Wright and River Fields.
Vining was very proud of his team's season and offered no excuses for the disappointing finish at the national meet.
"I have always stressed to the shooters to go out and give their best effort each meet, and the result will take care of itself. The kids have done that all season, and it worked out well at our state championships. Unfortunately, at nationals, the end result wasn't what everyone had hoped for," he said.
Vining expressed profound thanks to all area businesses and the parent booster club for all their hard work and support
"We have great things to accomplish," he added.
"Just wait 'til next year."