White County High Reclaims Title; Stewarts Creek Middle, East Lincoln Elementary Repeat at State NASP Tournament
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- White County High School returned to the top spot in its division, while Stewarts Creek Middle School and East Lincoln Elementary School repeated as champions in their divisions at the 2018 Tennessee National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championships.
Close to 2,000 students were registered at the event held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum at the two-day tournament which concluded Thursday evening.
White County was runner-up each of the last two years to Central Magnet High after winning state titles in 2014 and 2015. The team shot 3,339 to claim the title. Riverdale High shot 3,330 to slip past Central Magnet’s 3,297 for second place. The fourth and fifth place finishers were the same as in 2017 with Oakland from Murfreesboro shooting 3,274 and Warren County totaling 3,256.
Stewarts Creek slipped past Central Magnet 3,259-3,256 for the middle school title. It was Stewarts Creek second state championship after Central Magnet won the title in 2015 and 2016. Whitworth Buchanan was third at 3,235 followed by Christiana at 3,173 and newcomer Ocoee with 3,144 to round out the top five middle school finishers.
East Lincoln won its second straight elementary division championship with a score of 3,192. Christiana, which has won the championship three of the past five years, was runner-up with a 3,126. Cleveland’s Black Fox Elementary moved to third with a 3,043 after a fourth place finish last year, Buchanan was fourth at 2,919 and Dibrell finished fifth with a 2,875.
Central Magnet High School’s Connor Smathers was the top overall shooter with a 293. Finishing in the top five for the boys were second place Caleb Smith (Meigs County High, 291), followed by Alex Burgess (Warren County High, 290), Cameron Dixon (White County High, 289), and Benjamin Walker (Maryville, 288).
Riverdale’s Hannah Murphy was the top female shooter with a 291. Rounding out the top five girl finishers were Sara Plank (Meigs County, 290), Kiana Bauer (Stewarts Creek Middle, 288), Ashley Paseka (Riverdale, 288), Mikayla Harris (Central Magnet Middle) and Ashley Scott (Tullahoma East Middle, both with a 287).
Following the competition, team awards were presented to the top three teams in each division. Medals were presented to the top five female and male finishers in the high school, middle school and elementary school divisions. Each student shot 30 arrows, 15 from 10 meters and 15 from 15 meters with a maximum score of 300.
The top team and top 10 individuals in each division automatically received a bid to compete in the 2018 National NASP Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Other participants who meet specific qualifying requirements will also be invited.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Tennessee began NASP in late 2004 with 12 pilot schools participating in the program. More than 290 schools now participate in the program. NASP is a 2-8 week curriculum taught during school that teaches International style target archery.
If a school or teacher is interested in starting a NASP program, please contact Don Crawford, Assistant Chief of Information and Education at Don.Crawford@tn.gov or (615) 781-6542 or Matt Clarey, Regional Training Coordinator in TWRA Region III at Matt.Clarey@tn.gov or (931) 484-9571.
The winning teams at the 2018 NASP State Champions in the three divisions were East Lincoln Elementary, Stewarts Creek Middle, and White County High.