Scholastic 3-D Archery hosted the first of its kind, S3DA Western 3D National Championship on July 24-25 in Butte, Montana. Two (twenty target) ranges were arranged on the gorgeous landscape of the Silver Bow Archers club with challenging angles and exciting shots for all classes and divisions. Nearly one hundred archers from across the western states met to compete for their chance to earn the title of “2021 S3DA Western 3D National Champion”.
“This was the first Western 3D National event and it proved to be a very successful and fun event. With help from volunteers, we were able to provide a unique shooting experience with two very different courses set during the two-day competition. We put a lot of thought and planning into this event to create a challenging National competition for these kids and it came together very well,” stated ElkHorn JOAD S3DA Coach, Jared Weaver.
“My daughter, Sienna O’Haver is a member of the Downwind Nock Busters in Idaho, and she shoots in the Eagle Barebow class. She loves archery and the Western 3D National Championship lived up to or exceeded the experience she thought she would have. While the morning shoot was early, ultimately, I think it worked out better because the weather was cooler. When Sienna placed 2nd in her division, all she kept saying was “Mom! I am a National Champion!” with the biggest smile. It was truly an amazing experience and our first year of doing archery, so it was a great way to end the season,” stated Parent Sydney O’Haver.
Throughout the event archers enjoyed a newfound camaraderie amongst others who may have traveled hundreds of miles just for the chance to do what they love. Amber Crapo, S3DA Coach of Blue Ridge Archers stated, “Addison Loosli had an unrepairable equipment failure with four targets left to go in the competition. My son, Wyatt Crapo had an Xpedition Thresher, which was a close fit to what Addison was using, so she borrowed it to go back and finish the round. After completing the round, she found out she was in the shoot-offs, so she borrowed it again for the shoot-down and then handed it back to Wyatt for his shoot-down. Both kids came out with a first-place finish in their respective age divisions and what a show they put on!”
This event concluded the S3DA 2021 competition season and marked the beginning of conservation season. During the Autumn months, no sanctioned S3DA events are held so that youth archers, coaches, coordinators, and parents can enjoy the outdoors and hunting endeavors if they so choose. We look forward to the beginning of the 2022 S3DA competition season which begins on January 1st. S3DA sends a special thanks to Montana S3DA and the local volunteers for creating an exciting event for western youth as well as University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Kentucky Christian University, Mount Marty College, Southeastern Illinois College and Blue Mountain College which sent scholarship certificates to be awarded to the top three podium place finishers in each class and division. Vortex and OnX also provided some nice giveaways to the archers.