JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The eighth annual Missouri Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament drew 1,450 students in grades 4-12 from 94 schools across the state. Winning teams and individuals, along with other teams and individuals who had qualifying scores, will go on to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament in Louisville, Ky., on May 12-14.
MoNASP is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in partnership with more than 550 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state, with more than 185,000 Missouri students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport.
“The growth of the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program has been tremendous over the past couple years,” said MDC Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards, who coordinates MoNASP. “This surge has led students outdoors with their families to participate in this lifetime sport. Students get way more out of MoNASP then just lifelong skills that come with archery. It gives them confidence and helps them excel in the classroom.”
Edwards noted that this year’s MoNASP state archery tournament was the best ever.
“Each year the scores just get better and better,” he said. “Missouri students have a very strong chance at making the podium at nationals in May.”
The top overall archers this year include: Carl Junction High School junior Steven Mann, who shot an impressive score of 294 out of 300; Helias High School sophomore Anna Reinkemeyer, who shot 292 out of 300; Sarcoxie Middle School sixth grader Max Wangler, who shot 293 out of 300; and Salem Middle School sixth grader Irvin Johnson, who also shot a 293 out of 300.
Edwards noted that teams this year also continued to get better.
“Lee’s Summit West High School set a new state team record with a score of 3,405 out of 3,600 this year and George Guffey Elementary in Fenton continued their dominance by winning the elementary team division for the eighth straight year,” he said. “I hope each Missouri team continues their impressive season at the NASP national tournament.”
Other team and individual winners from this year’s MoNASP state archery tournament, incluce:
High School Division
1st: Lee’s Summit West, Lee’s Summit
2nd: Sarcoxie R-II, Sarcoxie
3rd: Joplin High School, Joplin
Middle School Division
1st: Sarcoxie Middle School, Sarcoxie
2nd: Hillsboro Junior High, Hillsboro
3rd: Carl Junction Middle School, Carl Junction
Elementary School Division
1st: George Guffey Elementary School, Fenton
2nd: Longview Farm elementary, Lee’s Summit
3rd: Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City
Individual High School Males
1st: Steven Mann, Carl Junction
2nd: Michael Simpson, Seckman
3rd: Caden Manthey, Salem
4th: Caleb Stillians, Sarcoxie R-2
5th: Jared Ling, Carthage
Individual High School Females
1st: Anna Reinkemeyer, Helias
2nd: Lauren Smith, Lee’s Summit West
3rd: Shelby Winslow, Lee’s Summit West
4th: Elizabeth Yancey, Perry Christian Academy
5th: Sydney Michels, Lee’s Summit West
Individual Middle School Males
1st: Max Wangler, Sarcoxie R-2
2nd: Irvin Johnson, Salem
3rd: Mitchel Hickson, Hillsboro
4th: Trenton Meyer, Carthage
5th: Jackson Sargent, Carl Junction
Individual Middle School Females
1st: Alyssa Gipe, St. Stanislaus
2nd: Kaitlyn Buker, St. Joseph Cathedral
3rd: Sarah Russel, Carl Junction
4th: Skylar Metscher- Billings
5th: Carli Herget, Hillsboro
Individual Elementary School Males
1st: Cody Kampeter, St. Joseph Catholic Westphalia
2nd: Michael Kloeppel, St. Joseph Catholic Westphalia
3rd: Zach Haake, St. Peter Interparish School
4th: Blaise Rastorfer, Longview Farm
5th: Gage Heueisen, Our Lady of the Presentation
Individual Elementary School Females
1st: Lynn Gosche, Immaculate Conception
2nd: Samantha Bax, St. Joseph Catholic Westphalia
3rd: Kenzie Libbert, St. Thomas the Apostle
4th: Abby Heckman, St. Francis Xavier
5th: Ryleigh Long, Maries County R-2
For complete tournament scores please go to: http://www.nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=1355.
MoNASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity. Since NASP’S beginnings in 2002, more than 10 million students have participated in the program through 10,000 schools in 47 states and 10 countries.
For more information on MoNASP, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.