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Tiger Archery Earns Second Place at State Tournament

Congratulations to the Valley High School Tiger Archery Club, which earned second place at the 2019 Iowa State National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Bullseye Tournament, March 9-10, shooting a team record high of 3396. The team also took fourth-place in the 3-D competition.

The Stilwell Junior High team earned sixth place and the Jordan Creek Elementary team earned ninth place in their respective divisions of the bullseye tournament. The Valley Southwoods team shot its third-best score of the season with a 3140.

Further congratulations go out to sophomore Lauren Dettbarn, who finished ninth at state and earned an individual spot at the national tournament.

Tiger Archery Club was formed in 2009 by Jordan Creek Elementary physical education teacher Lu Suarez. In less than 10 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.