Almost 11,000 arrows were shot this past weekend in Stettler.
The Wm. E. Hay Nockbusters held their 4th annual Archery tournament. We had close to 300 archers attend from 16 different schools.
“As coaches we are very happy with our first tournament scores,” said Tanja Bessette. “As always, you have archers who shoot up or down on any particular day but on the whole they all shot well for a first shoot.
“We are on par to potentially placing in Provincials in March,” she added. “We also love the eclectic group of kids we get. From regular athletes to academic kids. We enjoy watching our young archers grow their focus and determination. The mental skills they acquire in archery can be a considerable help to them in real life.
As to the tournament, the high school team placed first overall and the junior high school team placed second.
The following placed in the top three in their grade level:
– Grade 7 Girls Piper Simpson 1st and Jen Bohn 2nd.
– Grade 8 boys Deacon Barclay 2nd.
– Grade 8 girls Gena McClung 3rd.
– Grade 9 boys Sorin Shafer 3rd.
– Grade 10 boys Owen McClung 2nd.
– Grade 10 girls Evie Blake 3rd.
– Grade 11 boys Ryan Yates 1st and Nick Deaver 2nd.
– Grade 12 boys Taylor Knudston 1st and Hunter Maginn 2nd.
– Grade 12 girls Emily Barclay 1st. Emily was also the top archer of the tournament.
“As this is our first tournament of our season the coaches are very pleased with all of our archers. They made Stettler proud. Coaches would like to thank all the parents who helped us run this tournament. We couldn’t do it without you!”
Meanwhile, the archers will continue onto Castor on Feb. 21st, Wetaskiwin on Feb. 29th, and Ardrossan on March 7th.
Provincials are set to run March 13th, followed by Smoky Lake on April 4th and Nationals on April 24th.
“It’s a sport anyone can do. Young or old, the sport can become a life-long pastime for anyone,” added Bessette. “We look forward every year to the new kids that join us. It is a privilege to watch them grow and succeed.”