HOT SPRINGS (AGFC) – More than 1,400 of Arkansas's best young archers competed in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament April 1-2 at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.
When the final arrow was pulled and tallied, Alpena Senior High School took first place with a score of 3,294 out of a possible 3,300, beating nearest competitor Batesville High School by 17 points. Bergman, Parkview Magnet High School and Hamburg High School rounded out the top five in the high school division.
The top team in the middle school division was Greene County Tech Middle School with a score of 3,269. Valley View Junior High, Hillcrest Junior High, Batesville Junior High and Bergman Middle School finished out the top five teams in the middle school division (grades six through eight).
The top team in the elementary division (fourth and fifth grades) was McNair Middle School's fifth-grade team, scoring 2,988. Hamburg Elementary, Valley Springs Elementary, Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary and Greene County Tech Elementary were second through fifth among elementary ranks.
The top individual male and female shooters for the high school division Dylan Bradford of Hamburg High School and Harli Simmons of Arkansas Christian Academy, both shooting 294 out of 300. Top individual boys and girls in the middle school division were Jacob Jones and Lauren Clark, both from Greene County Tech Middle School.
Elementary division top archers included Cora Loftis of Hill Farm Elementary in Benton and Michael Higgins of Taylor Elementary. Loftis scored 277 of 300, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that she had never held a bow until introduced to the program four months ago.
A complete breakdown of last weekend's results are available at https://webapps.agfc.com/anasp.
ANASP is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Education Division. The archery program involves students beginning in the fourth grade and continuing through their high school senior year. Students learn archery skills, as well as an outdoor hobby they may enjoy for the rest of their lives. The statewide program involves more than 500 schools.
Visit www.agfc.com/ANASP for more information about the program and how to get your school involved.