State Archery Tournament Continues To Grow


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®.

Participating Schools

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.

The Scores

Team Standings:

High School

Clearwater, 3,247

Chapman, 3,237

Pittsburg, 3,151

Riverton, 3,032

Dodge City, 2,803


Middle School

Chapman, 3,229

Clearwater Team, 3,063

Service Valley Charter Academy, 3,018

Southeast Junior High School, 2,856



Clearwater, 2,781

Service Valley Charter Academy, 2,531

Greeley County Schools, 2,128


Individual Standings:

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

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