Sadie Deiter, eighth grader and member of the Shady Point archery team, finished first among 155 middle school girls at the Grand State Shoot in Oklahoma City on February 24th. Deiter earned her win with a score of 290/300 at the state tournament. She is currently ranked 14th out of 5,382 middle school female archers in the United States.
“Sadie began archery as a 5th grader with us during our program’s first year. She took a break from the sport in sixth grade but came back last year and has consistently been one of the leading archers on our team,” said Hank Austin, archery coach. “Her teammates, school, and I are very proud of her.” Deiter also set a school record, posting the highest state tournament score of any Warrior to date. “She has set the bar high,” Austin said.
The Warrior archery team placed 4th among the 20 middle school teams competing in the Tier One state tournament. The team score was 3,187, just missing a top three finish by two points. NASP does not separate schools by size, but instead by three divisions; elementary, middle school, and high school. Small K8 schools like Shady Point compete against teams from schools as large as 6A. The Grand State Shoot featured 60 teams, the top 20 from each of the three divisions. The Warriors are the highest ranked team from a K8 school in Oklahoma.
The team will compete in the 1st Annual LeFlore County Archery Tournament next week, being held virtually. The Warriors are also looking forward to nationals, also virtual this year, and then onto Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the NASP Open and Championship in June.