Wasatch Archers Claim State Title
In their first season participating in the new archery club
competition, Wasatch's young archers claimed the state championship,
the first for any Wasatch team this year.
"We are very proud of the kids," said Matthew Zierenberg, one of
the coaches for the team. "They have come in at 6:00 a.m. and have
worked hard to improve their skills." Wasatch started the program
this year with 5 students and 2 teachers being trained in the NASP
program. By having student instructors involved, they were able to turn
an individual sport into a real team effort.
Drew Spencer scored 256 and Brian MacKay scored 255 to take the top two
spots in the High School Male Division. Whitney Kraatz scored 234 to
take first in the High School Female Division, and Kasadee Godfrey
scored 225 to take third.
This year, 15 schools participated in the archery competition. "This
was WHS's first year competing in the State Tournament and we had 28
archers involved. We claimed three of the four top spots," said Coach
Zierenberg. "We feel pretty good about that and are looking forward
to defending our state title next year."
Hayden Walker was the WHS Archery Club president and most often the top
archer, but he injured his shoulder (AC separation) the week before the
tournament in an attempt to prevent a sledding accident. He did prevent
others from being injured but in the process injured himself. Even with
his injury, he was a great asset to the team at this year's tournament
and as a student instructor and leader throughout the year.
Scoring in an archery competition is straight forward. Each archer has
10 arrows and each arrow can score a maximum of 10 points. A perfect
score would be 300 points. Wasatch's top 10 archers averaged 232
points per shooter while the closest team to them had a 194 point
average. Team scores count the top 12 archers on each squad.
Archery began at Wasatch High School this year because of a $3000 grant
of equipment from the DNR to promote the sport. In addition, IBOHUNT
archery shop has donated expertise to maintain the bows and arrows.
Teachers and community members have donated time and expertise to help
the club succeed.
"One of the great things about this program," said Lawrene Tilson,
another of Wasatch's archery coaches, "is that all the kids in the
nation use exactly the same equipment. As our students improve and move
on to larger tournaments, they will be skilled in the same type of
equipment that everyone else is using. This is a great program to train
our young archers."
Plans are in place to extend the reach of the Archery Club into the
younger grades at Rocky Mountain Middle school as well as Timpanogas
BY JOHN MOSS