Winners headed to nationals in Kentucky
The sound of the opening whistle sent hundreds of arrows zipping toward their targets at the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Championship in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, April 6. By the end of the competition, 54 youth archery teams had qualified to attend the NASP Eastern National Championship on May 10-12, in Louisville, Ky. Of those qualifying teams, 41 have registered to attend the national event.
Alabama’s archery program is coordinated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) through partnerships with various schools and supporting organizations in the state. Alabama NASP is an affiliate of the national program and promotes discipline, self-esteem, and life skills for students in grades 4-12.
Marisa Futral, NASP coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF), said the state championship is the culmination of nine regional qualifying events.
“Thousands of archers competed in regional tournaments for a chance to draw their bows in the state championship,” Futral said. “I’m thrilled to see so many youth excited about archery and hope they continue in the sport. Congrats to all the archers and good luck at nationals!”
Scoring for the event is based on Olympic-style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels. Perfect scores are 3,600 points for teams and 300 for individuals.
Top Scores in the 2018 NASP State Championship:
TOP OVERALL INDIVIDUALS
FEMALE: Savannah Mann of Vinemont Middle School with a score of 293.
MALE: Aaron Stork of Alma Bryant High School with a score of 293.
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
1. Alma Bryant, Irvington, Ala., with a score of 3,445.
2. Buckhorn High, New Market, Ala., with a score of 3,355.
3. Ashville High, Ashville, Ala., with a score of 3,344.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
1. Cullman Middle, Cullman, Ala., with a score of 3,344.
2. Vinemont Middle, Vinemont, Ala., with a score of 3,321.
3. Buckhorn Middle, New Market, Ala., with a score of 3,272.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION
1. East Elementary, Cullman, Ala., with a score of 3,242.
2. Dixon Elementary, Irvington, Ala., with a score of 3,219.
3. Saraland Elementary, Saraland, Ala., with a score of 3,035.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCHOOL FEMALES
1. Sara Payne, Ashville High, with a score of 293.
2. Katherine Michael, Foley High, with a score of 292.
3. Kasandra Lee Burch, Alma Bryant, with a score of 291.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCHOOL MALES
1. Aaron Stork, Alma Bryant, with a score of 293.
2. Justin Liveoak, Chilton County, with a score of 293.
3. Caleb Thornton, Alma Bryant, with a score of 292.
INDIVIDUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL FEMALES
1. Savannah Mann, Vinemont Middle, with a score of 293.
2. Taylor Darby, Munford Middle, with a score of 287.
3. Jamie Jowers, Cullman Middle, with a score of 285.
INDIVIDUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL MALES
1. Jackson Miner, Cullman Middle, with a score of 289.
2. Jasper Corder, Cotaco Junior High, with a score of 285.
3. Carter Duke, West Point Middle, with a score of 285.
INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FEMALES
1. Allie Stewart, East Elementary, with a score of 279.
2. Ava Ray, East Elementary, with a score of 277.
3. Madelyn Audia, St. Luke’s Episcopal, with a score of 276.
INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MALES
1. Hayden Scott, East Elementary, with a score of 288.
2. Jonathan Hall, Breitling Elementary, with a score of 288.
3. Maurio Shish, Dixon Elementary, with a score of 286.
Complete results for the 2018 NASP Alabama State Championship are available at www.nasptournaments.org. To view photos from the event, visit Outdoor Alabama’s Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/outdooralabama.
NASP State Championship registration fees are kept low for participating schools through the generous sponsorships of the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Alabama Wildlife Federation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
To learn more about Alabama NASP, contact WFF Regional Hunter Education Coordinator Michael Bloxom at 334-242-3868 or Michael.Bloxom@dcnr.alabama.gov.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.