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
A record number of archers competed in the Kentucky S3DA Indoor State Tournament at the West Kentucky Archery Complex in Madisonville on Saturday, March 4, 2017. “On this same date last year 98 archers competed at this event. This year we have more than doubled with a total of 238 registered archers,” says Kentucky State Coordinator Chris McDonald. Participating archers shot in classes including elementary, middle and high school male and female traditional, Olympic recurve, pins and open classes.
With three completely full scheduled flights, 9am, 11:30am and 2pm it took several hours of strategic planning by some top notch volunteers to insure the tournament ran smoothly. The West Kentucky Archery Complex is equipped with an automated shot clock timing system that also helped keep everything running on such a tight schedule.
S3DA National Board President Mr. Fred Pape, owner of Pape’s Archery and Pape’s Archery Unlimited was amongst the many parents, grandparents and other spectators on Saturday. Mr. Pape made his way down range to see first-hand the amazing archery abilities of our Kentucky S3DA archers. He spoke with some of our archers about competitive archery and bow hunting.
In the elementary female pins division Becky Heavener, Callie Carlton and Grace Yates earned 1st through 3rd. Elementary female traditional awards were awarded to Mary Jurus and Emma Vicars. Rylan Long, Ben Moore and Kaleb Lakes took home metals for elementary male pins while Landon Cox, Elijah Cook and Kolben Vickers, all of JC Nock swept the elementary male open division. Zach Philpot and Ethan Williams took the elementary male Olympic recurve and traditional class awards.
Middle School female fixed pin winners were AK Warren, Savannah Philpot and Haley Bradshaw. Madison Marcum took first place in middle school female open. Natalie Williams and Lela Moore took home awards in Olympic recurve and traditional classes. Middle school male Olympic recurve went to Collin Montgomery. Asa Flowers, Kenton Banks and Brayden Upchruch took 1st-3rd for in the middle school male pins division while Grayson Montgomery, Dave Hast and Jordan Issacs placed in the middle school male open division.
High School female pins winners were Dorema Heavner, Gertie Heavner and Michaela McDonald. Open female high school awarded metals to Natalie Brockman, Meg Curtis, and Kaylee Brown. Olympic recurve 1st place was awarded to Manon Georges and high school female traditional to Geneva Renshaw.
High School male awards were awarded to the following after a shoot off for 1st place in both open and pins divisions. CJ Jones, Ben Fannin and Lucas Gillaspie were awarded metals for high school male pins. Tanner Barker, Jimmy Gibson and Jace Boils were awarded places in the high school open division. High school male traditional awards went to Ryan Dozer, Logan Luong and Jared Wink.
Team awards were handed out to Impact archery club for elementary, College View, Daviess County and Burns Middle School for middle school team placements and Daviess County, Boyd County and Apollo high school took home high school team placements.
The Shooter of the Year awards for the indoor season were also awarded after the State Tournament. In order for and archer to qualify for KY S3DA Shooter of the Year they must have participated in a minimum of 2 regional tournaments and the state tournament. The scores from the two regional tournaments were combined with the state tournament score to determine the shooter of the year for each division.
Elementary female shooter of the year went to Becky Heavner of the Bronze Bow Club. Braedyn Strebeck and Landry Prewitt of Impact Archery Club took 2nd and 3rd place for elementary female shooter of the year. Rylan Long of Impact Archery Club was the shooter of the year for Elementary male pins. Hayden Lakes and Ethan Partin were awarded 2nd and 3rd place. Landon Cox was awarded shooter of the Year for the elementary male open division. Zachary Philpot of Impact Archery was awarded shooter of the year in the elementary male traditional division. Emma Vicars was also awarded shooter of the year for elementary female traditional.
Middle School Female Pins shooter of the year winner was AK Warren from College View Middle School. Harley Wilson and Savannah Philpot took home 2nd and 3rd for middle school female pins. Asa Flowers from the Lake Cumberland Arrow Slingers took home a shooter of the year belt buckle for middle school male pins while Kenton Banks and Alex Austin came in 2nd and 3rd. Grayson Montgomery from College View was awarded shooter of the year for middle school male open. Jordan Isaacs and Dave Hast took home 2nd and 3rd.
Katie Hemmann from Boyd County High School was awarded a shooter of the year belt buckle for high school female pins. Hallie French and Kensley Redmon took home 2nd and 3rd. Green River Archery’s Natalie Brockman earned Shooter of the Year for high school female open. Meg Curtis and Bethany Groce took home 2nd and 3rd place 2017 shooter of the year awards.
Shooter of the Year Ben Fannin from Broken Arrow earned a belt buckle for high school male pins. Taylor Bell and Christian Jones earned 2nd and 3rd place. Brady Hempen earned high school male open shooter of the year while Jase Boils and Tanner Barker earned 2nd and 3rd.
Amber Prewitt, mother of third place shooter of the year in elementary female pins had this to say about S3DA. “Bows have been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My dad, husband and several other family members all bow hunt, my daughter wanted to learn about compound bows as a hobby. Thanks to Jennie Richardson and S3DA, Landrey has gotten the chance and experience that we are so thankful for. She has participated in three tournaments so far and she is thrilled to say the least. She has found something she truly enjoys. She’s gaining confidence and showing determination to improve. Not only are we proud of her but more importantly she is proud of herself and we couldn’t be happier.”
“Archery has been such a blessing to our family. It is such a family friendly sport in which we have met and become friends with people from all over the state through S3DA. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and encouraging in this sport! I can truly say we are thankful to be a part of the sport of archery and S3DA,” says Kristi Upchurch mother of S3DA archer Brayden Unchurch.
While the Indoor season is coming to an end Kentucky State Coordinator, Chris McDonald, regional coordinators, coaches and archers have already began preparing for a terrific 3D season in Kentucky!
S3DA Media Specialist
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Scholastic 3-D Archery hosted the first-ever Western U.S. Indoor Championship. On February 9, 2017, S3DA students from 10 different states from across the western United States met at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The championship shoot was held in conjunction with the 2017 NFAA Vegas Shoot.
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