Local archers shoot in state qualifiers
The journey towards postseason glory has begun in the youth archery ranks as participants ranging from elementary school to high school competed this past Saturday as part of the NASP’s state qualifying matches.
Batesville and South Ripley hosted local state qualifier matches and four coverage area schools fielded teams over the weekend.
Over at Batesville, the host Bulldogs fielded the most teams of any school at the meet. Lydia Haskamp was the No. 1 archer in the high school girls ranks and scored a 292 while Robert McKell was tops in the high school boys division with a 291. Several others were right behind and ranked among tops on the individual leaderboard.
Gracie Doll’s 287 and Trace Scott’s 280 were girl and boy top honors as part of the middle school portion that saw Batesville boast four teams. Three Bulldog squads from Batesville Intermediate Schools were paced by Rebecca Siebert’s girls high of 277 and Wesley Rogier’s top score of 268 in boys competition.
Oldenburg shot in the high school division at the Batesville qualifier. Annabelle Nunlist was tops for the Lady Twisters with a 274 and ranked seventh among high school girls and Jacob Voegele was 39th after leading Oldenburg’s boys with a 242.
Over at South Ripley, the host Raiders saw Lilly Harrison finish fifth out of 50 high school girls with a 278 and Isaiah Thieman’s 268 was a team-high and 14th out of 49 high school boys. Kody Stephen and Elijah Stenger each added a 268 of their own to finish right behind Thieman.
Tyson Robinson led South Ripley’s junior high squad and finished sixth overall with a 272 and Katie Thomas was sixth out of 59 middle school girls with a 262. Fifth grader Railyn McMillin was seventh out of 55 elementary girls and led South Ripley with a 248. The top elementary boy for the Raiders was fifth grader Lafe Shuey with a 229. He was 12th out of 54 elementary school boys.
Jac-Cen-Del at the high school level got a top score from Estela Lopez whose 271 was 11th in the girls division and Joseph Beals fired a 263 for 18th overall on the boys side. The Eagle junior high crew was led by Nolan Harmeyer with a 274 and his score ranked him fourth out of 70 middle school boys. Shelby Little was fourth in girls middle school action after shooting a 263.
The Eagle elementary squad had the top boy and girl archer in their division. Kolton Vachet was the No. 1 boy with a 266 and Kearney Simon earned No. 1 honors among the girls with a 259.
Full results from state qualifying matches can be found at nasptournaments.org. As of print time, it had yet to be announced which schools and individual archers had qualified for a state championship meet.