ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Students from Greensburg Junior High School (GJHS) and South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) archery teams traveled to St. Louis, Mo., recently to compete in the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championship.
Each team consisted of 24 members. The 48 archers and their chaperones loaded onto a charter bus in the early morning of June 28 for the drive to the America Center and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis to compete at the 2013 NASP World Championship the following day. The bus left Greensburg with a police escort, showing the town’s support for the young archers. After arriving in St. Louis, both teams enjoyed a trip to the St. Louis Zoo and visited the St. Louis Gateway Arch before the competition.
The young archers worked all year to get to the world championship. In addition to after-school practices during the school year, archers practiced at Cutting Edge Sporting Goods during the week and on Saturdays. Each member of both archery teams made a significant time commitment to honing their skills, according to Tom Stricker, owner of Cutting Edge and coach of the GJHS archery team. Stricker allows team members to practice free of charge at his indoor shooting range.
The practice appears to have paid off. Both teams improved their overall scores from the national competition. “When a team can improve scores from one competition to another, that shows real growth – and both teams improved their scores,” said Stricker.
The 48 archers from Decatur County were among the 2,907 archers from 22 states, and two provinces in Canada, to compete in the world tournament. Archers were present to represent 175 schools at the fifth annual NASP World Championship. The GJHS team is coached by Tom Stricker and Darci Kovacich while the SDES team is led by Clint Pride and Kevin Doyle, as well as numerous assistants for both teams.