Oklahoma Archery in the Schools Draws Record Numbers

By Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation

First posted on 04-06-2009

A total of 1,085 students from across the state shot 43,745 arrows April 1 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Archery in the Schools annual state shoot at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Students at the state shoot came from 93 schools and competed in archery after a season of practice and competition in their respective schools as part of the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools (OAIS) program.

The number of students at the state shoot reflects the growth of the OAIS program during its five years of existence. This year’s state shoot saw an increase of more than 300 students over last year’s shoot and almost 600 more students than were present in 2007. The state shoot also has grown so much that the Wildlife Department was forced to move it from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond to the Cox Center to accommodate more shooters.

The state shoot is the season finale for the OAIS program, currently about 160 schools participate throughout the year. Coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Archery in the Schools is part of the National Archery in the Schools program. The program partners state wildlife agencies, schools and the nation’s archery industry to introduce students to the sport of archery. The Archery in the Schools curriculum is designed for 4th-12th graders and covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

The top three shooters in each category at the state shoot received medals and prizes. First place winners received a new Genesis bow, second place winners received a new set of Alpen binoculars and third place winners took home a new bow carrying case. In addition, the top five shooters in each category and first place teams automatically qualified for the national shoot to be held May 8-9 in Louisville, Ky.

The top three shooters in each age category, as well as the top three team schools in each category, include:

High school boys

Casey Taylor, Keys, Score 380

Cole Thompson, Keys, score 379

Blake Blakely, Keys, score 376

High school girls

Amanda Mixon, Chandler, score 369

Korrie Gee, Coweta, score 354

Kayla Replogle, Coweta, score 352

High school top three teams

Coweta High School, score 3,171

Keys High School, score 3,148

Chandler High School, score 3,122

Middle school boys

Hunter Ginn, Coweta, score 379

Danny Phillips, Maryetta, score 369

Ryan Kelley, Coweta, score 366

Middle school girls

Abigail Unruh, Morris, Score 348

Hannah Lawhorn, Keystone, Score 346,

Dakota Provence, Wister, Score 343

Middle school top three teams

Coweta Middle School, score 3,147

Shawnee Middle School, score 2,936

Wister Middle School, score 2,909

Elementary school boys

Kolt Perkins, Zaneis, score 358

Chase Stocker, Garfield, score 347

Grayson Shockley, Cherokee, score 345

Elementary school girls

Hunter Tolliver, Zaneis, score 406

Hailey Pilkenton, Greenville, score 404

Hadlie Barnes, Greenville, score 392

Elementary school top three teams

Zaneis Elementary, score 3,018

Chickasha Elementary, score 2,969

Coweta Elementary, score 2,921

In addition to the top three teams, several more schools scored high enough to compete as teams at the national tournament. In addition to the top three teams in each category, qualifying teams include:

High schools

Shawnee

Beggs

Carney

Crowder

Tecumseh

Middle schools

Maryetta

Morris

Zaneis

Cimarron

South Rock Creek

Keystone

Moss

Elementary schools

Wayland Bonds

Greenville

Cherokee

Houchin

Shawnee

Sperry

Moss

South Rock Creek

Morris

Beggs

According to Lance Meek, OAIS coordinator, the state shoot was made possible by the efforts of hardworking people involved with theOAIS program.

“The success of the OAIS program and state shoot is only possible because of the efforts of Wildlife Department employees and our partners such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Morrell Targets, participating schools and coaches, and volunteers from the archery community,” said Lance Meek, OAIS coordinator for the Wildlife Department.

About 160 schools across the state have enrolled in the Oklahoma Archery in the Schools program, which offers archery to students, and grant money can make it easy for other schools to join up as well.

“Thanks to a Wildlife Department grant, schools can now get involved in the program for a fraction of the cost of the equipment,” Meek said.

Partial grants are available for schools to acquire all the equipment, including bows, arrows, targets, safety nets, curriculum and training necessary to begin an OAIS program in their communities at little cost.

In order to be eligible for a grant, the school must send a teacher to an eight-hour workshop where they will learn how to conduct the program at their school and instruct students in archery.

Teachers interested in learning more about the OAIS program or in starting an OAIS program at their school should contact Meek at (405) 522-4572 or , or contact Colin Berg at (918) 299-2334 or .

For more information on the Archery in the Schools program, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.