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Local teams compete at AAHS archery tournament

The Alexandria Area High School archery team with athletes and coaches consists of (fourth row, left to right) Adam Johnson, Steve Drummond, Hailey Gill, Logan Peterson, Domanik Hines, Paul Hedine, Alan Hansen, (third row) Olivia Rice, Aliah Roers, Morgan Hungness, Megan Townsend, Megan Fuchs, Claire Monceaux, (second row) Gavin Pexsa, Kobe Knudegaard, Garrett Moore, Bryce Brooks, Nicolas Witt, (front row) Christian Scribner, Elton Gruber, Ali Pexsa and Rebecca Meyer. (Submitted photo)

The Alexandria Archery team through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) hosted its fourth annual tournament at AAHS on March 2 as more than 250 archers across elementary, middle school and high school divisions competed.

Alexandria competed in the high school category and brought home a first-place finish from Sydney Ellis in the female division. Ellis shot a score of 279. Alexandria's Miranda Danielson was third with a 274. Osakis' Marissa Reilly (second) and Katie Helm (fourth) also placed in the top five, while Ale Castrajon of Open World Learning Community was fifth.

On the boys' side, Domanik Hines led Alexandria with a third-place finish among high school archers. Hines shot a 274. Brandon-Evansville's Trevor Peterson finished fourth and Osakis' Reed Hiles was fifth in the standings. Henry Smith of Open World Learning Community won the high school male division, while Sauk Centre's Cedric Able took second.

The National Archery in the Schools program is an opportunity for kids of almost all age and ability levels to have a sport to compete in. There are competition opportunities for kids in grades 4-12, with the only bow used being a Genesis compound, which has no let-off and is adjustable at a low draw weight of 10-20 pounds.

Osakis' program has 65 archers in grades 7-12. They will host their own tournament on March 23. Brandon-Evansville's home tournament scheduled for March 9 was cancelled due to expected winter weather.

At a tournament in Melrose earlier this year, Osakis' Ella Ferris took first in the high school girls category. Reilly was fifth in that same field, while Joseph Lamm was fifth in the middle school boys division.

At Sauk Centre, Chris Goodwin was fourth in the high school boys division and Reilly was fourth in the girls high school division.

"I feel like we have had a very successful year thus far," Osakis coach Chris Hunter said. "We have had students earn medals in every tournament so far this season. More importantly to us, we have had many students achieving personal-best scores at each tournament."

Osakis had 12 personal-bests at Melrose, 18 at Sauk Centre and 15 more at Alexandria. Hunter is excited about the rest of this season and already looking forward to next year, when Osakis will start an elementary program.

"Elementary principal, Shad Schmidt, applied for and received a grant from the state to get that program up and running," Hunter said. "We have seen the success that Sauk Centre has achieved with their students who started in elementary school and are hoping to do something similar here."

This year's NASP state tournament will be held in Duluth at the end of March.

ALEXANDRIA ARCHERY TOURNAMENT

ALEXANDRIA SCORES - HIGH SCHOOL MALE DIVISION - Domanik Hines - 274; Garrett Moore - 264; Nicolas Witt - 263; Christian Scribner - 259; Andy Tollin - 257; Kobe Knudegaard - 183; HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE DIVISION - Sydney Ellis - 279; Miranda Danielson - 274; Rebecca Meyer - 269; Kallista Roers - 255; Aliah Roers - 249; Hailey Gill - 248; Claire Monceaux - 245; Megan Townsend - 228; Megan Fuchs - 215; Ali Pexsa - 203

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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