Riverdale Claims High School Title, Stewarts Creek Middle, East Lincoln Elementary Three-Peat at NASP State Event
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- Riverdale High School slipped by defending champion White County High School to earn the top spot in its division, while Stewarts Creek Middle School and East Lincoln Elementary School each claimed their third straight championships in their divisions at the 2019 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 Friday evening.
Riverdale was runner-up to White County last year and shot 3,324 to win while White County had a 3,301. Oakland was third with a 3,278 followed by 2014-15 champion Central Magnet with a 3,264, and Warren County was fifth with 3,258.
After Stewarts Creek slipped past Central Magnet last year by three points, it was two this year. Stewarts Creek had 3,263 to Central Magnet’s 3,261. Whitworth Buchanan was again third with a 3,208 followed by Christiana at 3,189 and Dibrell with a 3,168 to round out the top five middle school finishers.
East Lincoln shot a 3,128 to win its second straight elementary division championship with a score of 3,192. Wilson Elementary was second with 3,046 followed by Christiana with a 3,028. Buchanan was fourth with a 2,966 and Dibrell fifth with a 2,897.
Meigs County High junior Caleb Smith and Siegel Middle School seventh grader Brody Harrison each shot a 294, but Caleb earned first place honors as he had 25 10s to Brody’s 24. Carson Collins from Stewarts Creek Middle was third with a 292 and Taylor Parks and Zach Knowles, both from White County High, rounded out the top five overall male shooters with each shooting a 291.
Ashley Scott, a seventh grader at Tullahoma’s East Middle School, was the top female shooter with a 291. Kiana Bauer, a ninth grader at Stewarts Creek, was second with a 290. Rounding out the top five girl finishers were Mikayla Harris (Central Magnet Middle, 287), Keeli Esparza (Dibrell Elementary) Brook Gipson (Riverdale), Morgan Davy (Riverdale) all with a 286,
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 2019 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, Multimedia Division 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.