Williamsburg, KY – On Saturday, December 14th, Tennessee S3DA™ kicked off their 2020 season with their 1st Indoor Regional Tournament. FAC Archery club hosted this event at the First Apostolic Church Event Center in Maryville, Tennessee. The NEW Event Center features a full-size gymnasium, which provided ample room for three (3) flights of shooters over a 2-day period. Many archers traveled from as far as 3 hours away to attend the event. Altogether, seventy-four (74) archers from nine (9) clubs competed in seventeen (17) divisions with approximately 200 spectators filling the bleachers. Twenty-three (23) archers were new to S3DA™, competing in their very first S3DA™ event, which reflects the tremendous growth the organization is currently experiencing.
The 1st tournament of the season is always a special time as the archers are so excited to see one another after being apart for the last couple of months. There were a lot of hugs and smiles from kids and adults alike. One notable highlight of the event was the facility being equipped with the ability to livestream events, a first for Tennessee S3DA™ and this was very well received among both attendees and those unable to make it to the event.
East TN Regional Coordinator, Robert Carter, had only positive things to say about the venue and hopes to see FAC Archery host additional events in the future. Robert Carter stated, “Tennessee S3DA™ is fortunate to have access to such a great venue. The coaches of FAC Archery worked very hard to make sure the kids had a great experience here.”
First time competitor, Brysen Cunningham, was nervous as the tournament day approached. His father, Tyler, commented that he really appreciated that everyone was so encouraging and supportive, especially, the coaches who went out of their way to help kids regardless of the team name on the jersey.
When asked about his thoughts on the tournament, FAC Archery Head Coach Randy Cogdill stated, “We at FAC Archery were very pleased with the turnout and I think everyone was happy with our facility. I hope that we can continue to build a great archery program in Tennessee. I am very happy to play a small part in such a big organization. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to host the first event of the TN S3DA 2020 Indoor Season.”
Williamsburg, KY – On Saturday, December 7th, Alabama S3DA™ held their 1st Indoor 5-spot Regional Tournament for the 2019-20 event season. St. Clair Archery club hosted the event at Hoover Tactical Firearms in Hoover, Alabama.
Spectators gathered to watch 23 archers from 4 clubs participate at this event. “I was impressed with the way this event was conducted. All the archers enjoyed the event and the facilities. It was great to see this S3DA™ event being run so well here in my new state. I did live in Illinois and I had a great working relationship with the S3DA program there. I look forward to continuing my work with S3DA in Alabama and I am excited to see what the future holds,” stated archery coach Josh Wyatt.
“This was an amazing event. From the facilities and the support of the local community to the smiles, joy, and enthusiasm of the shooters. The outcome of events like this are some of the many reasons I became an S3DA™ coach. Our heartfelt thanks to Shelley Skinner, our Alabama S3DA State Coordinator, all the coaches, volunteers, and shooters for making this event one I will always remember,” stated archery coach Chris Vainrib from St. Clair Archery Club S3DA.
Jeff Boland, S3DA St. Clair Archery Head Coach stated, “We at St. Clair Archery Club S3DA were so very thankful to be able to host the first S3DA Alabama Indoor Regional tournament. It was incredible to see the enthusiasm in these shooters as they participated in the tournament. We applaud the Alabama State Coordinator, Shelley Skinner, S3DA coaches and all the volunteers for their support of making this event feasible. I cannot wait to see what the Alabama S3DA season has in store.”
Alabama S3DA would like to extend its thanks to Hoover Tactical Firearms for being an incredible host facility and for being a Corporate Sponsor of St. Clair Archery Club.
Please follow the link here to view more photos and scores from the event.
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
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