PRATT – Three-hundred and fifty students from across Kansas aimed to prove their archery skills at the 10th Annual State Archery in the Schools Tournament at Blythe Family Fitness Center in Pratt on March 30.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff, alongside members of the Kansas Bowhunters Association (KBA), erected the tournament’s 20-foot archery range the day prior. The set-up was complete with a 200-foot safety curtain – a purchase made possible last year thanks to a $3,000 district grant courtesy of the Pratt Rotary Club.
Archers shot for individual and team honors, and the opportunity to compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) competition. Divisions include Elementary School (grades 4-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12).
How It Works
Each competitor shot 30 arrows over two rounds. Rounds consist of fifteen arrows from 10 meters and fifteen arrows from 15 meters. A bullseye scores 10 points, so a perfect score would be 300. A team is made up of 12-24 shooters, and the team score is the sum of the top 12 scores.
Following the last flight, a “Senior Scholarship Shoot-off” took place where high school seniors shot 15 arrows at 15 meters to compete for scholarship money. First place winners, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship, were Nathanael Godsell of Heritage Academy and Shelby Hettenbach of Chapman High School. These top tier scholarship donations were made possible by the KBA, The Peoples Bank in Pratt and NASP®. Second place winners, each netting a $500 scholarship, were Trenton Jones and Bailey Julian, both from Pittsburg High School. The donations for 2nd place scholarship awards were donated by Dakota Holtgrieve – Edward Jones in Pratt, Eagle Sportz and NASP®.
Archers hailed from 22 schools, including: Chaparral High School, Chapman Middle School, Chapman High School, Clay Center Community Middle School, Clay Center Garfield Elementary, Clearwater High School, Clearwater Middle School, Dodge City High School, Dodge City Central Elementary, Douglass High School, Greeley County Schools, Heritage Academy, Maize High School, Pittsburg High School, Pratt High School, Riverton High School, Service Valley Charter Academy, Southeast Junior High School, Tyro Christian School, Wakefield High School, Wakefield Middle School, and Warriors Archery.
Dodge City, 2,803
Clearwater Team, 3,063
Service Valley Charter Academy, 3,018
Southeast Junior High School, 2,856
Service Valley Charter Academy, 2,531
Greeley County Schools, 2,128
High School – Boys
Aidan Brockman (Clearwater HS), 292
Nathanael Godsell (Heritage Academy), 286
Christian Hastings (Clearwater), 285
High School – Girls
Macy Bliss (Chapman), 281
Shelby Hettenbach (Chapman), 280
Jaydan Rogers (Clearwater), 280
Middle School – Boys
Kyle Mills (Chapman), 284
Micah Godsell (Heritage Academy), 275
Ben Griffis (Chapman), 274
Middle School – Girls
Gretchen Hill (Chapman), 277
Reagan Morris (Chapman), 274
Allyanna Mata (Clearwater), 270
Elementary – Boys
Austin Hastings (Clearwater), 260
John Brunke (Clearwater), 253
Gorbyn Davies (Garfield), 244
Elementary – Girls
Leah Chekel (Chapman), 245
Joselyn Cowen (Warriors, 245
Hailey Smardo (Service Valley), 242
To view all tournament statistics, visit nasptournaments.org.