Younger Shooters, Smaller Schools Take Top Archery Honors

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation

First posted on 02-25-2010

Elementary and middle-school archers beat older contestants, and Crane, Mo., won first place in two of three team divisions.

Archers in the elementary and middle school divisions outshot high-school-aged competitors to take top honors in the second Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) tournament Feb. 13.

MoNASP gives students in participating schools the opportunity to shoot bows and arrows under close supervision during physical education classes. One of the program’s biggest selling points is that any student can succeed, regardless of size or athletic ability.

That fact was confirmed at this year’s state tournament, where eighth-grader Mason Price, from the Maries County R-II Middle School took top honors among male shooters with a score of 287 out of 300 possible points. First place for female shooters went to sixth-grader Jordan Lewis of George Guffey Elementary School in Fenton. She scored 274 points. These two top shooters received a chrome-finish Genesis bow, donated by Brennan Industries.

Archery also is a sport where large and small school districts can compete on an equal footing. Teams from Crane, Mo., population 1,375, took first place in the middle school and high school divisions. Arnold, Mo., also proved it is a force to reckon with, taking second place in the elementary team division and third among middle schools.

School districts from large to small also were represented in overall tournament standings.

Individual Shooters

Elementary Division

* Female – Jordan Lewis (score of 274) George Guffey Elem., Fenton

* Male – Colton Fry (272) Dent-Phelps R-III, Salem

Middle School Division

* Female – Marissa Quick (265) Dent-Phelps R-III, Salem

* Male – Mason Price (287) Maries Co. R-II, Bland

High School Division

* Female – Paige Grisham (266) Crane High School, Crane

* Male – Dylan Paris (278) Warsaw High School, Warsaw

Teams

Elementary Division

* George Guffey Elementary, Fenton

* Meramec Heights, Arnold

* Longview Farm Elementary, Lee’s Summit

Middle School Division

* Crane Middle School, Crane

* Willard Middle School, Willard

* Ridgewood Middle School, Arnold

High School Division

* Crane High School, Crane

* Warsaw High School, Warsaw

* Hurley High School, Hurley

The tournament at Linn State Technical College drew 639 shooters, more than twice the number who participated in last year’s event.