INDIANAPOLIS -- Archery teams from all local schools competed at the Indiana National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament on Saturday, with multiple Decatur County students finishing in the top ten of their age categories.

More than 2,000 archers from across the state converged on the Indiana State Fairgrounds with supporters in tow to take aim at a spot in the national competition. Teams are divided by age into elementary, middle and high school levels. Each archer was scheduled for a flight, which is roughly an hour of shooting, three rounds at 10 yards and three at 15 yards, both of which came with a practice round.

With the thousands of spectators along for the ride, many students had to battle nerves to shoot straight and do their best. Decatur County is proud of its newest growing sport and all the archers who dedicated their time and talents to honing their skills.

Elementary School

Greensburg Elementary School finished fifth out of 30 elementary teams with a score of 2,964. Hannah Sanders ended the tournament in fifth place out of 288 elementary girls with a score of 270, and fourth out of 126 fifth grade girls.

Other team members scored well, contributing to the team’s chance for a spot at nationals. Austin Adams, 261; Jenna Ankney, 258; Eli Moore, 258; Matt Beam, 251; Lizzie Hull, 247; Hunter Springmeyer, 247; Katlyn Roszell; Vanessa Porter, 240; Parker McCullough, 232; Bryce McQueen, 226; Emma Walsman, 224; Sam West, 224; Jadon Jackson, 219; Jordan Amburgey, 213; Kaden Houk, 212; Caden Tressler, 202; Veronica Parks, 199; Jesse Hadler, 186; Colt Black, 183; Oakley Keppel, 179; Brayton Kelso, 160; Olivia Waechter, 118.

St. Mary’s School Elementary team finished ninth out of 30 elementary schools with a score of 2,883. Paul Stuehrenberg came home ranked 12th out of 324 elementary boys and 10th out of 135 fifth grade boys with a score of 266.

The scores of other team members brought St. Mary’s one step closer to the national tournament. Abe Tebbe, 261; Christina Fogg, 256; Alex Sizemore, 245; Natalie Kalinowski, 241; Ian Gadille, 240; Eric Stuehrenberg, 239; Will Cathey, 234; Parker Phillips, 232; Macey Smith, 232; Caleb Wright, 224; Bryce Koors, 217; Ava Wilmer, 213; Malana Kramer, 212; Grayson Hellmich, 212; Tayte Turner, 211; Owen Stephens, 193; Charlie Maloney, 191; Kayla Kramer, 188; Molly Lipps, 178; Elliott Weber, 158; Justin Bedel, 154; Addie Gauck, 154.

North Decatur Elementary School scored 2,783, coming in 15th out of 30 elementary teams. Riley Peterson scored 259, coming in 15th out of 288 elementary girls and third out of 126 fourth grade girls.

The other young Chargers scored well, helping their team take another step on the road to nationals. Blaine Wagner, 252; Logan Gurley, 251; Lizzie Fisse, 246; Keegan Marlow, 232; Evan Yoder, 230; Ava Geis, 224; Olivia Krieger, 224; Philomenia Niese, 222; Kennedi Reich, 218; Lucy Pahl, 214; Latham Hersley, 211; Ty Pratt, 210; Paige Gauck, 204; Jake Riddle, 204; Luke Osting, 203; Alexandrite Simmonds, 202; Logan Lee, 201; Mason Dimett, 195;

South Decatur Elementary School finished 19th out of 30 teams, earning a score of 2,739. Colby Rathburn finished sixth out of 132 fourth grade boys with a score of 256.

Young Cougar teammate helped bring the South Decatur Elementary archers closer to nationals with each point they earned. Abigail Collins, 262; McKinley Shook, 246; Matthew Neukam, 239; Lynse Wolterman, 237; Alisha Miller, 220; Paige Paton, 220; Bob Tryon, 218; Kassidy Haley, 217; Devon Parsons, 208; Damon Gearhart, 208; Thomas Houpey, 208; Chase Kalli, 207; Mattielee Meece, 205; Molly Eden, 202; Sophia Swango, 199; Micah Owens, 197; Madisyn Marshall, 192; Amaris Browning, 191; Cody Ferris, 190; Emma Gatewood, 173; Brayden Smith, 172; Owen Kuntz, 155; Wyatt Shreve, 140.

Middle School

Greensburg Junior High brought home a score of 3,276, finishing fifth out of 29 middle school teams. Julia Ankney finished second out of 383 middle school girls, second out of 134 eighth grade girls and fifth out of 1003 girls with a score of 289. Nicholas Bailey scored 286, finishing fourth out of 396 middle school boys and second out of 131 eighth grade boys.

The Pirates shot well, with many team members finishing in the top half of their age categories. Emma Workman, 280; Ryan Henderson, 276; Jonathon Ralston, 272; Kellen Bruns, 271; Haley Keppel, 270; Brayden Forkert, 268; Shayelyn Hess, 268; Sam Roszell, 267; Allison Ralston, 265; Cole Fuel, 264; Jeremy Herd, 261; Elijah Hadler, 260; Zanna Parks, 260; Kameron Porter, 253; Trae Litmer, 249; Alexa Jameson, 247; Kaidyn Speer, 247; Sophie Nobbe, 245; Alaina Nobbe, 242; Jesalyn Neuman, 235.

St. Mary’s School middle school team scored 2,868, finishing 28th out of 29 middle school teams. Drew Diekhoff scored 274, finishing ninth out of 131 sixth grade boys and 37th out of 396 middle school boys.

Many of the Knights finished high in the rankings for their grades. Annaliese Nobbe, 267; Avery Gadille, 254; Loren Martin, 244; Lleyton Knecht, 244; Jack Cathey, 244; Jonathan Flinn, 240; Tinei Kramer, 233; Maria Fogg, 228; Grace Martin, 224; Ella Lowe, 210; Neleigha Haley, 206; Luke Stephens, 206; Claire Nobbe, 159; Emma Flinn, 154; Emma Wilmer, 153; Connor Witkemper, 109.

North Decatur Junior High scored 3,083 points, finishing 21st out of 29 middle school teams. Emerald Simmonds scored 273 points, finishing eighth out of 118 sixth grade girls and 40th out of 383 middle school girls.

The other Chargers contributed to a high team score as well, bringing them another step closer to nationals and ending on the top half of their age categories. Layne Wesseler, 267; Kristin Newman, 267; Kenda Sieg, 264; Kayleigh Goode, 261; Kylee Mauer, 260; Kathleen Niese, 256; Haley Robertson, 254; Lilli Tatman, 252; Nathan Ploeger, 252; Rilie Sieg, 251; Jasmine Miller, 249; Savannah Bokelman, 248; Isaac Ogden, 240; Luke Koehne, 237; Emily Kinker, 234; Brayden Turner, 231; Francis Niese, 224; Braden Geis, 222; Jenna Walton, 215; Adam Scudder, 215; Ellie Cox, 214; Paige Wesseler, 203; Sydney Anderson, 193.

South Decatur Junior High finished ninth out of 29 middle school teams with a score of 3,191. Nathan Kroger finished fifth our of 396 middle school boys, third out of 131 eighth grade boys and 18th out of 1063 boys with a final score of 285. Wyatt Gatewood scored 278 and finished eighth out of 134 seventh grade boys and 20th out of 396 middle school boys. Erynn Dyer finished fifth out of 131 seventh grade girls and 27th out of 282 middle school girls with a score of 276. Lennon Burton scored 274 and finished sixth out of all seventh grade girls and 33rd out of all middle school girls.

The Cougars certainly seemed to shoot straight and most hit the mark, finishing on the higher end of their age categories. Zach Ferris, 268; Cody Diekhoff, 266; Ryken Winchester, 264; Ethan Gatewood, 263; Grant Vannatta, 261; Jacob Ferris, 255; Riley Peele, 255; Savannah Dwenger, 251; Alli Nobbe, 250; Megan Manlief, 250; Katelyn Ferris, 243; Lana Bell, 242; Kloey Roth, 238; Joseph Woosley, 236; Teryn Muckerkeide, 233; Thatcher Morgan, 223; Camille Loper, 222; Ashlyn Mayhugh, 198; Dalton Grider, 194; Kelby Shook, 173.

High School

St. Mary’s School does not have a high school and so does not have a team competing at the high school level.

Greensburg Community High School archers finished 13th out of 35 teams with a score of 3,255. Cole Ortman scored 284 points and ranked fifth out of 66 eleventh grade boys, 16th out of 343 high school boys and 22nd out of 1,063 boys. Ellie Kramer finished sixth out of 89 tenth grade girls, 15th out of 332 high school girls and 23rd out of 1,003 girls with a score of 282. Morgan Murray finished 10th out of 68 eleventh grade girls, 52nd out of all high school girls and 82nd among all girls with a score of 276.

Pirates are another step closer to nationals with the help of the entire team. Matt Navarra, 274; Madison Dilk, 273; Kyran Luken, 273; Hope McClure, 270; Gavin Amburgey, 267; Alex Henderson, 265; Travis Nobbe, 264; Emma Taylor, 264; Nathaniel Myer, 263; Connor Cuskaden, 260; Brent Koughn, 260; Zach Keppel, 258; Jade Hays, 255; Brittany Lozier, 245; Kyle Norton, 253; Jessica Burkman, 247; Trent Campbell.

North Decatur High School’s archery team did not qualify for state, but three young ladies competed individually. Mackenzee Mauer was the highest ranked female archer at state, scoring 292 out of a possible 300 and coming in first among 133 ninth grade girls, first out of 332 high school girls and first out of 1,003 girls. Michaela Lawrence scored 280 points and came in 10th among 89 tenth grade girls, 27th out of all high school girls and 42nd out of all girls. Sarah Niese scored 276 points, rounding out North Decatur High School’s individual scores.

South Decatur High School finished 32nd out of 35 high school teams with a score of 3,086 and most archers on the top half of their age group. Annie Gant, 278; Madison Rathburn, 277; Hunter Gatewood, 269; Alayna Mayhugh, 268; Jalen Winchester, 263; Dalton McNealy, 260; Cayden Cathey, 251; Jacolyn Cathey, 251; Matt Green, 249; Luke Eden, 245; Taralyn Owens, 238; Destiny Lozier, 237; Gavin Cathey, 237; Ian Frensemeier, 231; Ashley Vanaman, 229; Sara Klint, 229; Arin Hermann, 228; Camryn Mayhugh, Isaac Gearhart, 175; Olivia Clarkson, 136.

Aiming for nationals

As teams enjoy the rest of their spring breaks, they also prepare to return to practice. The road to the world tournament is paved with mass amounts of hard work, determination and practice. All teams are in a waiting pattern now, as the qualifications for the national tournament are reviewed and each team bides their time until they know if they will be stepping up to the NASP national tournament line yet again.

Nationals are scheduled for May 12 through May 14 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The world tournament is scheduled for June 24 through June 26 at Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Local residents can expect to see fundraisers for each team as time between tournaments draws short. Please give when and how you can. These children from third through twelfth grade have worked so hard to get where they are and it would be a true tragedy for them to miss an opportunity as big as this because they couldn’t afford to get there.

Decatur County residents, when you see the archers out, please show them your support as you would any other local team competing at the state level. You may also show your support on the teams’ Facebook pages: “St. Mary’s School Archery – Greensburg”; “Greensburg Pirate Archery”; “South Decatur Cougar Archery” and “North Decatur Charger Archery.”

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111x7004;

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