FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2009
Third Ohio Archery in the Schools Tournament a Success
COLUMBUS, OH - For the third year in a row, Maysville High School in Muskingum County earned first-place overall team honors, as well as numerous individual awards, at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament.
The tournament was held March 6 in Columbus in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, spearheaded by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger addressed the crowd of archers and fans again during the awards ceremony.
"Congratulations to all the young athletes who participated in this year's tournament," said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Division of Wildlife, which coordinates NASP in Ohio. "The Division of Wildlife is very proud to sponsor a program that teaches participants a life-long recreational skill and has helped improve their school participation and attendance."
The Meigs High School team, from Meigs County, won the Spirit Award, which recognized their enthusiasm and support of fellow archers in the tournament.
Jacob Riffle of Meigs High School and Kelsey Taylor of Morgan High School were the top overall male and female archers. They received full, two-year scholarships to HockingCollege in Nelsonville. The top male and female archer were determined by a shoot-off between the top three boys and top three girls from each of three divisions - elementary, middle, and high school.
More than 800 students from 34 teams participated in the state tournament. Each competitor could score a maximum of 300 points by shooting arrows as close to the center of a target as possible.
Awards were given for both teams and individuals who competed well in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions.
Twenty-six Ohio teams received qualifying scores, making them eligible to attend the NASP National Invitational Tournament, scheduled for May 8 and 9 in Kentucky.
NASP teaches target archery right in the school gym. The curriculum covers archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills, and self-improvement. For more information on the program, visit www.ohionasp.com.
EDITORS NOTE: Final NASP Tournament results for 2009 are listed below.
Team Spirit Award:
Meigs High School
Hocking College Scholarship Award:
Jacob Riffle, Meigs High School, 295 points
Kelsey Taylor, Morgan High School, 291 points
Overall Top Team:
Maysville High School, 3,372 points
Team Awards by Division:
Elementary School Division
1. Meigs Intermediate School, 3,136 points
2. Maysville Elementary School, 2,956 points
3. Logan Elementary School, 2,800 points
4. McComb Elementary School, 2,793 points
5. Granville Intermediate School, 2,556 points
Middle School Division
1. Maysville Middle School, 3,262 points
2. Meigs Middle School, 3,136 points
3. Logan Hocking Middle School, 3,037 points
4. Philo Junior High School, 3,013 points
5. Troy Middle School, 2,955 points
High School Division
1. Maysville High School, 3,372 points
2. Meigs High School, 3,278 points
3. Logan High School, 3,195 points
4. Patrick Henry High School, 3,127 points
5. Anna High School, 3,104 points
Individual Awards (Name, School, Score out of 300 points)
Elementary School Male (Top 5):
1. Josh Gilkey, Meigs Intermediate School, 288
2. Adam Landerman, Maysville Elementary School, 281
3. Tyler Finley, Maysville Elementary School, 275
4. Max Cooper, Maysville Elementary School, 273
5. Dalton Bush, Meigs Intermediate School, 273
Elementary School Female (Top 5):
1. Paige Phillips, Meigs Intermediate School, 264
2. Tori Connell, Maysville Elementary School, 262
3. Sariah Brinker, Meigs Intermediate School, 257
4. Bailee Ray, Maysville Elementary School, 254
5. Brooklyn Weaver, Maysville Elementary School, 251
Middle School Male (Top 5):
1. Billy Tracey, Maysville Middle School, 286
2. Mark Clarke, Philo Junior High School, 283
3. Treay McKinney, Meigs Middle School, 281
4. Brodey Johnson, Philo Junior High School, 275
5. Dean Murphy, Maysville Middle School, 271
Middle School Female (Top 5):
1. Selena Reynolds, Meigs Middle School, 276
2. Amber Moore, Philo Junior High School, 276
3. Mallory Spring, Maysville Middle School, 274
4. Alexis Hayes, Maysville Middle School, 273
5. Jody Brower, Maysville Middle School, 272
High School Male (Top 5):
1. Jacob Riffle, Meigs High School, 295
2. A.J. Sprankle, Maysville High School, 289
3. Eugene Patterson, Meigs High School, 285
4. Brad Gibson, McComb High School, 284
5. Kyle Johnson, Logan High School, 284
High School Female (Top 5):
1. Kelsey Taylor, Morgan High School, 291
2. Amanda Gullet, Maysville High School, 285
3. Alex Sherman, Maysville High School, 281
4. Kelsi Paxton, Maysville High School, 281
5. MaLisa Spring, MaysvilleHigh School, 280