On Thursday, February 20th, the Shady Point Middle School archery team won 3rd at the OKNASP Grand State Shoot in Tulsa. The top 25 teams, Tier One, in each division (elementary, middle school, and high school) from across the state competed. The Warriors were the only middle school team from LeFlore County in Tier One and scored a team record 3,283 points, behind long-time programs Locust Grove (3,413) and Salina (3,330). The Warriors entered the tournament ranked in the top ten. They earned their second consecutive trip to the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky and will compete there in May.
Shady Point School started their archery program in 2017 and has since competed in 28 tournaments, including nationals and the NASP World Championship in Nashville, TN last year. Team members, in order by score, were Jake Cauthen, Jordyn Rivera, Brayli Beason, Ariana Loggains, Abi Parker, Ty Wiles, Sadie Deiter, Gunner Blaylock, Addison Parker, Jaxon Woodral, Adam Woodral, Abi Miller, Rachel Prince, Anistyn Marrow, Rider Baker, and Aaron Smith.
“We started this season with several objectives and our kids met two of those yesterday…a strong finish at OKNASP and an invitation to Kentucky again. We hope to accomplish another in two weeks at the ORES State Tournament in Shawnee,” said Hank Austin, the Warriors’ archery coach. ORES is the Oklahoma Rural Elementary Schools association for all K-8 schools in the state. There are two archery divisions in ORES, based on school enrollment. The Warriors will enter the tournament ranked #1 in Division Two and hope to bring home a state championship.
The top 25 teams in OKNASP are determined by qualifying scores, not school size. Those teams not in that top 25 yesterday competed in three regional state shoots this year, which included the Shady Point Elementary team. Fifth grader Cadyn Hilton placed 3rd among all elementary division boys (grades 4-5) in the East Region State Shoot (Tier Two) in Tulsa on February 19th.
“To say these kids work hard is an understatement. I am very proud of this team. They set goals and train for hours and hours every week. When you combine their work ethic with imitating successful programs, the parental and administrative support we have, and a community that backs you 100%, you have success.” Austin said. “We’re not done. There are still a lot of arrows to shoot this year.”