S3DA Hosts 3-D National Championship

Williamsburg, KY – The Scholastic Archery Association continued its mission to successfully bridge the gap between beginning archery programs and target archery by hosting the 7th annual S3DA 3-D National Championship at the Mermet Lake State Conservation Area in Metropolis, Illinois on July 11th-13th. This year’s championship was held following the 2019 Outdoor Target Nationals, so all the kids were excited to get into the woods and out of the blazing sun. The 2019 event featured nearly 900 archers all vying for their chance to be crowned a National Champion.  Held in collaboration with the Archery Shooters Association (ASA), prior to the McKenzie ASA Classic, the 2019 tournament happened nearly a month later then usual due to schedule conflicts. However, the ranges were at maximum capacity and despite weather related issues was hugely successful. The archers hailed from more than 91 clubs and 22 teams from 18 states. The archers and their families took part in not only the tournament but also some special events that were held such as the Pope & Young North American Big Game Challenge, the QDMA Family Whitetail Challenge and the Whitetails Unlimited Longshot Challenge.

The Pope & Young North American Big Game Challenge and QDMA Family Whitetail Challenge each featured 10-target ranges that parent/student teams could compete in. Not only were plaques and certificates given for these events, but drawings were also held from the student/parent teams that competed for 2 special hunts at Pape’s Victoria Crossroads a 3,600-acre quality deer managed reserve featuring more than 60 food plots as well as trophy bass fishing. The Whitetails Unlimited Longshot Challenge was new for 2019 and featured kids aiming for a small dot on a 3-D target much farther than their normal range distances. Archers who competed in this event were awarded with an ice cream on-site for hitting the dot and then entered in a drawing for a 3-D target.

Many vendors, sponsors, and partners were on hand to see the future of the outdoor industry in action. A successful event such as this would not be possible without dedicated parents, coaches, and Regional/State Coordinators who volunteer their time selflessly to make sure that these student archers are focused and safe, but most of all are having fun in the outdoors. Mike Tyrell and the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) crew deserve a huge debt of gratitude, as this event would not be possible without their assistance. Mike Tyrell did the facilitating during the S3DA shoot-downs for each class and division, as he does during the ASA competition. S3DA is thankful for their partnership with ASA and their continuous support of this program. “It was great to see the energy and fun that the kids displayed while participating,” added Mike Tyrell, President of the Archery Shooters Association. “ASA is proud to play a small part in the growth of S3DA, which is having a tremendous impact on youth and their families through archery. We look forward to seeing its continued growth.”

I am always amazed at the unbelievable sportsmanship demonstrated by all the archers regardless of their skill. These athletes are extremely humble, but at the same time they have a fiery, hungry, competitive side. I have been around all types of sports and no other sport can hold a candle to the sportsmanship demonstrated in archery,” stated University of the Cumberlands Head Coach, Kris Strebeck.

S3DA is also grateful for Easton Technical Products which donated gift certificates for a dozen Easton Superdrive 23 or Carbon One arrows, as well as Easton World Cup bow cases to the 3-D National Champions of each class and division. These bow cases feature a natural design to allow the case to expand outwards as more gear is stowed in the numerous storage compartments. This event concluded the 2019 S3DA Competition Season and S3DA has already begun planning for a bigger and better 2020.

TEAM AND CLUB AWARDS

Elementary School Team
PCA Thunderbirds, NC – 1857/17
TJCA Gryphon Archers, NC – 1845/25

Elementary School Club
Refuge Archery, GA – 2016/39
Owensboro Archery Club, KY – 1970/40
Covenant Ranch Youth Archery, TN – 1938/57

Middle School Team
PCA Thunderbirds, NC – 1997/45
Daviess County Middle School, KY – 1914/38

Middle School Club
Hilltop Archers, IN – 2039/54
Impact Archery, KY – 2039/51
Covenant Ranch Youth Archery, TN – 2027/58

High School Team
Daviess County High School, KY – 2114/81
Trinity High School, KY – 2084/74
Boyd County High School, KY – 2050/63

High School Club
Owensboro Archery Club, KY – 2136/89
Blackhawk S3DA, IN – 2100/72
Refuge Archery, GA – 2081/68

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Elementary School Division 
Female Traditional: 1st Kristen Eastridge, 2nd Brooklyn Lyvers, 3rd Mary Jurus
Male Traditional: 1st Brody Shelton, 2nd Logan Carter, 3rd Daniel Jurus
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Bridget Bailey, 2nd Anya Carson, 3rd Josie Bailey
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st Eli Barton, 2nd CJ Griffith
Female Open: 1st Catie Elam, 2nd Jennabeth Childers, 3rd Lily Sanders
Male Open: 1st Kaden McGrath, 2nd Addan Witt, 3rd Reece Adams
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Anslee Roberson, 2nd Rylee Turner, 3rd Georgia Fletcher
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Ean Neal, 2nd Jaxson Pack, 3rd Blake Landingham

Middle School Division
Female Traditional: 1st Hailey Smith, 2nd Claire Krepps, 3rd Maggie Brensinger
Male Traditional: 1st Bear Geise, 2nd Avery Wilson, 3rd AJ Moss
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Maci West, 2nd Lucy Fritz, 3rd Emma Vicars
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st Luke Berthold, 2nd Grant English, 3rd Joseph Hickerson
Female Open: 1st Emma Farmer, 2nd Brynley Bartley, 3rd Katie Skinner
Male Open: 1st Kapt Brandt, 2nd Noah Coyle, 3rd Jacob Weber
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Savannah Philpot, 2nd Rebecca Heavner, 3rd Emma Willis
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Grayson Wilson, 2nd Wyatt Landingham, 3rd Andrew Hubbs

High School Division
Female Traditional: 1st Elaina Wahlman, 2nd Kaitlyn Shull, 3rd Ava Davenport
Male Traditional: 1st Daniel Colloms, 2nd Dillon Childers, 3rd Landon Richardson
Female Olympic Recurve: 1st Kaitlyn Robinson, 2nd Olivia Hale, 3rd Viktoria Mancheva
Male Olympic Recurve: 1st Hayden Massey, 2nd Max Fieber
Female Open: 1st Meg Curtis, 2nd Katie Hemmann, 3rd Olivia Hay
Male Open: 1st Cooper Jones, 2nd Drake Barnett, 3rd Max Wangler
Female Fixed Pins: 1st Grace Magnusen, 2nd Kynsley Redmon, 3rd McKayla Kidwell
Male Fixed Pins: 1st Wyatt Burtts, 2nd Dalton Burkhead, 3rd Chance Taylor
Female Adv. Pins: 1st Madison Cox, 2nd Ashley Coffing, 3rd Grace Heavner
Male Adv. Pins: 1st Uriah Bush, 2nd Ben Fannin, 3rd Mason Manning