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DULUTH- A host of North Woods archers qualified for the Western Nationals tournament in Utah with strong performances last Saturday at the state tournament in Duluth.Nearly 50 schools fielded teams …
DULUTH- A host of North Woods archers qualified for the Western Nationals tournament in Utah with strong performances last Saturday at the state tournament in Duluth.
Nearly 50 schools fielded teams in the National Archery in the Schools competition, although not every school had entries in all three divisions – elementary, middle, and high school.
But the competition was heated, and the Grizzlies came away with both individual and team qualifiers in both bullseye and 3D target events.
Fifth-grader Clark Danielson turned in the top performance of the day for North Woods. He earned second place among 101 competitors in the elementary boys 3D shoot, and third out of 229 entrants in the bullseye event.
Sixth-grader Laurin Glass was the other Grizzlies archer who cashed an individual ticket to nationals in the bullseye, placing sixth among the 290 middle school girls shooting. Glass also qualified in the 3D target category, placing seventh.
Two other Grizzlies also qualified for nationals in the 3D event. Sixth-grader Brady Swanson nailed down second place in the middle school boys division shooting against 186 other competitors. And eighth-grader Merilee Scofield outshot all but four of the 118 middle school girls she was up against for fifth place.
The North Woods middle schoolers also excelled as a team, qualifying for nationals in both bullseye and 3D competition. They placed fifth out of 28 teams in the bullseye and fourth out of 17 in 3D. In addition to Swanson, Scofield, and Glass, middle schoolers contributing scores in the 3D competition were Cooper Long, Michaela Brunner, and Elizabeth Udovich. Bullseye team score contributors included those six archers plus Kalle Nelson, Tori Phillips, Josh Long, Colin Grahn, Kayson Gaskell, and Jacob Towner.
The elementary team qualified for the Utah excursion to nationals in the 3D competition by placing fourth among nine teams competing. In addition to individual qualifier Danielson, other archers contributing scores to the team effort included Connor Anderson, Kaidence Scofield, Kinslee Hagedorn, Brock Long and Jack Udovich.
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