On Friday, March 17, the Duke Energy Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio was buzzing with nearly 500 young archers competing in the 2017 S3DA Indoor National Championship. Archers from more than 16 different states including Florida and New York along with parents, grandparents and friends started pouring into the convention center as early as 7:30am. At 8:30am the registration center, staffed with several volunteers, started handing out team packets filled with score cards and other important information. At the same time the doors to the competition hall were opened for competing archers and coaches to enter, set up their equipment and be ready for the start of practice rounds.
Inside the competition hall over 150 targets lined the long walls. Several well -known archery vendors were located in the center of the hall. Archers and spectators had the opportunity to put their hands on things as small as the latest peeps to the newest bows on today’s market. Amongst the booths another set of S3DA volunteers were handing out the 2017 Indoor National Championship t-shirts to each competing archer.
Bow Junky sponsored by Lancaster Archery was on hand early Friday morning during the National Tournament to take some great photos, outstanding videos and interview several of S3DA archers attending this event.
At 8:45am range officials met for a brief meeting with professional archer and Indiana State Coordinator Scott Starnes, to ensure that everyone understood their duties. Mathews pro staff shooters Dan and Emily McCarthy volunteered their day as range officials supporting the next generation of pro archers. Also found on the ranges to assist were head coach Chris Strebeck of the University of the Cumberlands and head coach Cody Kirby of Union College. These coaches along with the head coach from Kentucky Christian College handed out several scholarships to individual archers that placed during this event. They were also on hand to speak to any archer with interest in attending college. “It’s important that all of our S3DA archers understand that the opportunity to earn a scholarship or be a member of a collegiate team is open to more than just the archers that place in a competition,” stated West Virginia State Coordinator Jim Gibson.
At approximately 9:15am the ranges were clear, all range officials were in place, archers placed their target on their assigned bale and began their first practice rounds. At 10:30am the opening ceremony included a prayer lead by archer Grayson Thomas and the singing of the National Anthem by archer Natalie Cash. Shortly after, the whistle blew and competing archers stepped to the line for the first official round of the indoor championship.
During an interview with S3DA executive director Jennie Richardson Greg Poole of Bow Junky stated, “This building is huge and this place is packed with S3DA archers and families.” Jennie’s reply, “S3DA archers have outstanding support from family and friends. Statistics show that during our regional tournaments each archer had at least 4 supporters in attendance, state tournaments showed 3.1 and the National tournament shows 3.7 spectators per archer.” During the same interview Ms. Richardson was asked to explain a little about how S3DA got started and a little about the mission in mind. “We have partnered with ASA, NFAA and collegiate programs to bridge the gap. Our goal was to create a natural progression for young archers to provide them with a next step program and provide them with opportunities to attend college. With this program archers are free to choose a venue and their own equipment. So far is has worked beautifully.”
As the tournament progressed many archers began to relax from the overwhelming size of the competition space and number of fellow competing archers. Smiles started to appear and they began talking with not only members of their own team but also members of other teams. They could be heard discussing anything from the shots they had made to the venders they would visit when they finished and even the food they would eat after they finished their rounds. One spectator stated, “It is amazing how these kids support each other. They offer words of encouragement to others even if they aren’t on their team.”
After the tournament ended and the final rounds of shoot offs were completed. Archers, teams and spectators made their way to the awards room to anxiously await the final results. Those results unfolded as the following:
First place Female Elementary Pins went to Rebecca Heavener of the Bronze Bow Archers. She shot an amazing 149 with 17 x’s. Second Place went to Emma Britt of Attic Ramblers and third place to Georgia Kinsey of Covenant Ranch. Elementary Female Open National Champion was awarded to Morgan Rives of Backwoods Archery. She shot an amazing 150 with 30 x’s. Taylor Clevenger of Attica Ramblers and Sophia Thompson from Rock N Shot took home 2nd and 3rd place. Mary Jurus from Blue Grass Archery took home 1st place Elementary Female Traditional with a 127 with 2 x’s. L. Zaniricci of Motor City Archers and Emma Vicars from Center Shot Archery earned 2nd and 3rd place. Elliot Key of Lights Out Archery shot a score of 150 with 25x’s to earn 1st place in Elementary Male Fixed Pins. Wyatt Landingham of Edwards County took home 2nd place and Bently Boils of the Lake Cumberland Arrow Slingers took home 3rd. Elementary Male Open winners were Culli Cain of the FFA Eagles, Chase Vance of Hilltop Archers and Landon Cox of JC Nock High. Zach Phillpot of Impact Archery took home 1st place in Elementary Male Traditional and John Carter Matheson from ES Cornerstone earned 2nd place. Ethan Williams of Blue Grass Archery took home 1st place in the Elementary Olympic Recurve class.
Middle School winners included: Female Fixed Pins archers Sara Roark of Archery of Forney, Brianna Shofner of Blackhawk Archery and AK Warren of College View took home 1st-3rd. Middle School Open Female winners included Kate McDonald of Archery of Forney, Brittany Roark also of Archery of Forney and Sydney Sullenberger of Adventures Archery. Casey Kaufhold from Lancaster Archery, Alyssa Artz from Lancaster Archery and Brianna Laux of WMAC S3DA took home 1st-3rd in the middle school female recurve class. Middle School Traditional winners included Gracie Kaufman of Team ACUSA, Madeline Strain of Twenhofel and Kristina Taylor from Rock N Shot. Clay Dempsey from Blackhawk, Gavin Balance of Rock N Shot and Alex Austin from College View were awarded 1st-3rd for the middle school male pins class. Middle school male open winners all shot 150’s to place. Those winners included Brandon Bradfield of Team ACUSA, Harrison Milne of Pine Hill Prodigies and Nathan Scott from Archery of Forney. Middle school male recurve winners include Lian Smith of WMAC S3DA and Collin Montgomery of College View. Mason Hammons of Twenhofel, Brett Adams of Center Shot Archery and Wade Harrison from Attica Ramblers took home 1st-3rd in the middle school male traditional class.
High school winners include: Kennedy Swope of Split Arrow , Jaden Dunn of Rock N Shot and Hallie French of Apollo took home 1st-3rd place finishes in the high school fixed pins class. High school open female winners include Hala Skelton of Shell, Danielle Woodie of Lancaster Archery and Sara Sherman also of Lancaster Archery. All three young ladies shot a score of 150! Charlotte Best of WMAC S3DA, Alissa Brossman of Lancaster Archery and Manon Georges of Daviess Co took home awards for high school female recurve. Daviess Co. High School swept the high school male pins division with some amazing scores. Cody Adkins, CJ Jones and Lucas Gillaspie all shot a score of 150! High school male open winners Tyler Hertige of Lancaster Archery, Dylan Childers of Wiregrass Bullseye and Evan Falk of WMAC had a shot in a head to head shoot off to determine 1st -3rd in this division. Conner Kaufhold of Lancaster Archery, Koby Pierce of Rock N Shot and Clay Sizemore of Oakland High were awarded 1st-3rd in high school male recurve. Ryan Dozer and Griffan Sayre both of Daviess Co High took home 1st and 2nd place in the high school male traditional class. Following Ryan and Griffan for 3rd place was Thomas Rappolee of Motor City Archers.
Following individual awards team awards were presented. Attica Ramblers from Indiana and TJCA Gryphon Archers from North Carolina were awarded 1st and 2nd. Hilltop Archers of Indiana and Impact Archery of Kentucky took home 1st and 2nd for club team awards.
College View Middle School from Kentucky took home 1st place for school teams followed by Daviess County Middle also from Kentucky. North Putnam took home 3rd place school team award. Middle school club team awards went to Team ACUSA, Hilltop Archers of Indiana and Impact Archery from Kentucky.
Teams from Kentucky swept the High team awards. Daviess County High School, Boyd County High School and Apollo High School were awarded 1st-3rd place awards. High School Club awards were handed to Lancaster Archery from Pennsylvania, Hilltop Archers of Indiana and Team ACUSA.
Complete results can be found at: https://www.archeryevents.com/scoring/aff-scoringArcheryText.cfm?event_id=5867
S3DA Media Specialist