WDMCS Archery Earns Three First Place Wins at State Tournament
The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Tiger Archery Club earned three state championships in bullseye competition at the NASP State Archery Tournament, March 10-11. The junior high and high school teams also took second place in the 3-D tournaments.
The Jordan Creek Elementary team earned its top score of the season, taking the elementary NASP Bullseye state championship for the first time. The Stilwell Junior High School team also earned a state championship, besting the runner-up by more than 70 points. The Valley High School team earned its second NASP Bullseye state championship with a score of 284.6.
The Stilwell Junior High and the Valley High School teams both earned second place in 3-D competition. Stilwell eighth-grader Kade Butterwegge was named the top male archer of the junior high 3-D tournament. This is the Tiger Archery Club’s second year competing in the 3-D tournaments as well as the bullseye competition.
Tiger Archery Club was formed in 2009 by Jordan Creek Elementary physical education teacher Lu Suarez. Stilwell Junior High physical education teacher Cheryl McConnell joined as club co-director in 2010. In just nine years, the club has grown to include more than 300 students in elementary, middle, and high school. There are 10 instructors, all West Des Moines Community Schools staff and parents certified as Basic Archery Instructors by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Each school’s team meets multiple times per week and teaches Olympic-style indoor archery. Team members learn archery skills as well as discipline, focus, and perseverance. The teams compete at local, regional, and national tournaments throughout the year.
Special thanks to Lynne Anderson, Sarah Andersson, Amy Ballou, David Basler, Kendra Basler, Kim Burrell, Kevin Butterwege, Marne Buzzell, Kimberly Greer, Kris Morgan, Lu Suarez, Veronica Ramic, Adam Rogers, and Ryan Rowley for providing photos from the NASP State Archery Tournament.