The Wisconsin Dells archery teams were right on target while competing at the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament in Wisconsin Dells on March 29-30.
For the first time in program history, Wisconsin Dells had two individual state champions in the bullseye tournament, as middle school archer Rachel Huber won her division with a score of 290, and high school archer Ethan Luther shot a 295 to win his division. It is the second year in a row Luther has won the bullseye state championship. Luther also finished fourth in the 3D tournament this year, helping him earn the top overall archer award for 2019.
For Huber, she would also go on to win the 3D tournament with a score of 288, helping her earn the top female archer award for 2019.
The Wisconsin Dells elementary school archery team finished first at the state tournament in the 3D tournament, while the middle school and high school teams finished in second place. For the elementary team, Mark Clary shot a 252 to finish sixth, while Brady Hess shot a 250 and finished eighth and Ostap Kavyuk shot a 249 to finish ninth overall.
Also on the elementary school team, Bethany Cole shot a 258 to finish fourth, followed by Natalie Backhaus, who shot a 256 to finish fifth and Lilian Schwark, who shot a 236 to finish eighth. Also finishing in the top 10 were Trinity Theiss, who shot a 231 to place ninth and Chloe Chapman, who shot a 224 to finish 10th.
The Wisconsin Dells elementary archery team also finished in second place in the bullseye tournament, with its top three archers finishing among the top 10 in the state. Backhaus shot a 259 to place fifth, while teammate Cole shot a 252 to finish seventh, and Schwark, who shot a 251 to finish ninth.
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The Wisconsin Dells middle school team placed second in the 3D tournament, with Huber leading the way with her first place. Simion Ringel was fifth with a 275, followed by Hailey Kolb, who finished 10th with a 265.
The middle school team finished fourth in the bullseye tournament. After Huber finished first with a 290, Ringel placed seventh with a 282. Payne Carroll shot a 281 to finish eighth and Ethan Johnson shot a 279 to finish 10th.
The Wisconsin Dells High School team finished second in the 3D tournament, with Luther leading the way with a fourth place and a score of 290. Riley Hess and Hannah Schneider also finished in the top 10 for Wisconsin Dells.
Wisconsin Dells elementary shooter Josie Griffin also had a successful state tournament, winning a $500 scholarship.
Up next for the Wisconsin Dells archery teams will be a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the national tournament on May 9-11.