Local schools produce huge results at state archery tournament
Over the past year, hundreds of Cullman County student archers have competed in local and regional tournaments across the state for the chance to shoot their bow at the National Archery Championships in the Alabama State Schools (NASP) 2022 in Montgomery on April 7-8. .
During the event, more than 1,700 archers from 97 schools competed for top honors and the chance to qualify for the NASP Eastern National Championship May 12-14, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky, including ten- nine schools in Cullman County.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) awarded $10,000 in scholarships to select top archers. The top female and male archers each received a $1,500 purse. In addition, first-place female and male high school archers each received a $1,000 scholarship, second-place female and male high school archers each received a $750 scholarship, and third-place female and male archers high school each received a $500 scholarship.
From Cullman County, Alexis Sartin of Vinemont High School won first place in the High School Female division, and Forrest Calvert of Cullman High School won first place in the High School Male division while Will Bolzle of Cullman High School won second place.
“The Archery in Schools program teaches the discipline, patience and life lessons needed to succeed both in the classroom and on the archery field,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the ADCNR. “Their determination and dedication to archery and academics will serve these students well in other aspects of life.”
In addition to the top archers, five students randomly selected from a list of all registered academic archers who shot during the tournament each received a $500 scholarship. Winning $500 from Cullman County includes:
- Carson Starnes, Cullman High School
- Cody Butler, Fairview High School
- Savannah Drake, Upper Vinemont
The scholarships are funded by NASP with dollars matching the state tournament admission fee of $2 per person. In 2022, approximately 5,000 spectators attended the state championship.
State tournament scoring is based on Olympic-style target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle school, and high school. The competition takes place at the collective and individual level. Perfect scores are 3,600 points for teams and 300 for individuals.
Alabama State Tournament Results:
Middle School First Division: Vinemont Middle, score: 3,370
First Place Elementary School Division: East Elementary, score: 3,076
Second Middle School Division: Cullman Middle, score: 3,301
Third Secondary Division: Vinemont High, score: 3,353
First Place Individual School Division: Alexis Sartin, Vinemont High, Score: 293
First Place Individual School Division: Forrest Calvert, Cullman High School, Score: 296
First Place Individual Middle School Division: Caroline Miller, Vinemont Middle School, Score: 293
Second Place Individual School Division: Will Bolzle, Cullman High, Score: 294
Individual Middle School Division Second Place: Maddie Seidel, Cullman Middle, Score: 289
Second Place Individual Middle School Division: Brayden Clark, Cullman Middle, Score: 288
Second Place Individual Elementary School Division: Presley Latham, East Elementary, Score: 273
Third Place Individual Middle School Division: Addison Holcomb, Vinemont Middle, Score: 288
Individual Middle School Division Third Place: Jagger Lee, Vinemont Middle, score: 286
Third Place Individual School Division: Kendra Case, West Point High, Score: 290
Currently Good Hope Elementary, Middle and High School; Cullman Middle and High School; East Elementary, Vinemont Elementary, Middle and High School; Fairview Elementary, Middle and High School; and West Point High School are registered to compete in the 2022 NASP Eastern National Tournament.