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Bill Hilts Jr.

Rupp wins nationals with a perfect score

East Aurora, 10, Easton Rupp scored a perfect score in the Cub Freestyle (Under 12) class in the 42n/a Annual National Field Archery Association tournament held March 19-20 in Louisville. Rupp was to shoot a total of 120 arrows in two days. He shot at a 5-point target, in which each circle is worth a maximum of five points. Center X is worth five points. After day one, he recorded a perfect 300 shooting all the Xs.

“I think he felt the pressure the next morning before shooting his last game,” said his mother, Erica Bieler. “When the last arrow went into the X and he knew it was all over, we all cried. I don’t think he believed it at first, but once he realized what he had done, his emotions really took over – a perfect score of 600. That was awesome.”

Rupp is in the NFAA Indoor Nationals record books due to his perfect score. He’s had an amazing year so far. He is officially the NFAA National Indoor Champion as well as the United States National Indoor Archery Champion and the United States Archery Junior Olympics National Indoor Development Champion. . In February, he also won the New York Field Archers & Bowhunters State Indoor Championship title.

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The official weigh-in will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson. Register for the contest at CMC Auto, 418 Lake St., Wilson. The boats are not part of this competition. For more information, contact Eric Hylek at 628-6078.

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Special rates are available at the hotel by mentioning “Fishing Expo”. For more information about the hotel, call 269-7829. For more information on the Expo, visit

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