Archive for the ‘Competitions’ Category

Kentucky ASA – 2016

Posted: June 8, 2016 in Competitions

Last weekend I was in London, KY for the ASA 3D tournament. You can catch a glimpse of our adventures in food, storms and slinging arrows in my video below:

 

I’m still learning how to edit videos so the awards ceremony video is below. . . . I shot well and took first place. It was an exciting weekend. Illinois is in a couple of weeks. . . Stay tuned.

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I know it’s been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I’ve traveled so much over the past few months, I decided to take a month off of blogging while I had a break in travel. Last weekend was the ASA 3D tournament in Augusta, GA. It was a beautiful spot and a lot of fun to see friends I’ve made from other tournaments and meet new ones. Taking second place to my friend Luke wasn’t bad either. 3D is a great switch up from indoor for the summer . . . until it gets really hot. Adding temperature, humidity and constant location and target changes to the list of variables in your shooting certainly keeps you on your toes in 3D tournaments.

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In other news, I’ve been homeschooling the past three years and it’s given me the opportunity to blog much more often, but next year I’m going back to public school. Don’t worry, it’s not going to change my travel schedule for tournaments. My mom is all about sending in those educational excused absence forms. So I have decided to start doing videos. Below is my first shot at this.  Thanks for your patience while I get used to putting myself out there and not hiding behind words and getting them posted after I edit them.

Thank you to everyone who reads (and now watches) my blog. Family, friend or sponsor you are all vital in helping me make it to tournaments. Your encouragement and support mean a lot to me.

 

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On the road again! That’s the theme over the past few weeks. This past weekend, I was in Snellville, GA to shoot in the JOAD and U.S. Indoor National Championships. Excited to be surrounded so many great archers, the two tournaments and three days of shooting flew by. On Friday, I shot the JOAD championship. This included sixty arrows with inner ten scoring which means the ten ring was the size of a penny and makes it very challenging. I was very pleased with my final score of 565 for the JOAD championship and ended up placing in first place for the Snellville location and third in the nation.

Saturday and Sunday brought the U.S. Indoor Nationals. I was a bit disappointed with this outcome, but had a great time. On Saturday my score was 551 and Sunday a 555 which put me in 7th place in the U.S. Nationals.

Most exciting, was the fact that I was able to stay in Georgia for another day with my friend Eli and his family to have a one-on-one lesson with George Ryals. George is an incredible archery coach who has a helped many young archers move on to become very successful. Go Hornets! Skillfully, he was able to access my equipment and form to offer some insightful and very helpful suggestions to further my progress as an archer. When you get into archery, you quickly learn how important it is to find the equipment that is best for you and it isn’t always the equipment that is most popular and expensive either.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have older friends who encourage and support me in archery like Eli and for coaches like John, George and my dad who teach and guide me as I grow and love this sport  more and more.

I’m off to Kentucky on Friday for the NFAA Indoor Championship! Last indoor tournament of the season and then it’s full-time outdoor! Bring it on.

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3 Days and 150 Arrows

Posted: February 24, 2016 in Competitions

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This past weekend I was able to compete in the NC NFAA State Championship and NFAA Southeastern Region Championship. It was two tournaments, one weekend, three days of shooting at my local shop, NC Hunter’s Supply, and one hundred fifty arrows. Friday evening was awesome. Since my parents were hosting their annual chili cookoff my Uncle Slade and Nonnie (grandma) went to cheer me on. Shooting a five-spot target, I finished strong with a perfect score of 300 and hitting 56 (out of 60) X’s and broke two State records. Since it was a later than I normally shoot, I was tired but adrenaline kept me awake and alert. This competition requires I shoot from ten yards because of my age and since I’m used to shooting from twenty yards it was great to switch it up.

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My Nonnie is a good sport!

On Saturday, I shot a personal best of 300 with 26 (out of 30) X’s and that wrapped up the State Championship. So, on Sunday I was shooting another sixty arrows for the Southeastern Regionals. My goal was to tie the top score of 300 with 60 X’s (a completely perfect score). When I ended up missing my goal by one X with a score of 300 and 59 X’s it was disappointing, but only for a few minutes because I was shooting with my great friend Eli. He is not only a role model for me, but a friend to share laughs with.
Managing to set two State records (unofficially at this point, until recorded) was really cool and a great accomplishment. I had a great time over the weekend and hopefully I will come back next year and do even better. With indoor season coming to a close and 3D archery season approaching, I’m off to Alabama this weekend and looking forward to some outdoor archery.

The Lancaster Classic – 2016

Posted: January 25, 2016 in Competitions

Despite the monster snow storm Jonas that decided to reap havoc on the Lancaster Classic, we made it up Wednesday and I was able to shoot at my scheduled time on Thursday.

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It was exciting day to be back in Lancaster, PA.  Meeting and watching the top archers in the world shoot was exhilarating, but shooting on the practice range Wednesday morning beside Reo & Logan Wilde was a once in a lifetime.

IMG_0422My line time was 12:30 on Wednesday, but we arrived early so I could get in some practice shots and could check out all the amazing vendors. Overall, I shot well ending up with a 580 for my age group of 11-17. I was disappointed that we had to leave early to get out of PA before the storm hit, but was able to watch the shoot off on the live stream video from home after lots of sledding time in the neighborhood. I’m happy that I was able to have the experience of a large tournament before we head to Las Vegas on Wednesday for the Vegas Shoot.

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JOAD Winter Indoor

Posted: December 8, 2015 in Competitions, Uncategorized

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On December 5th I was at HNS Archery in Henrico, Virginia for the JOAD Winter Indoor Tournament.  This was the first tournament I’d shot in since becoming Mathews Factory Staff so I was excited. Even though my jersey hadn’t arrived, I was honored to be there shooting my Mathews Chill SDX and representing their amazing company.

Shooting early on Saturday morning meant we had to arrive Friday evening. To make things exciting, my uncle drove my dad and me up in his RV Friday evening. It was the first time we had traveled that way and it was a lot of fun sitting on a couch and watching TV while we were on the road. Thanks, Uncle Slade!!!

After shooting a few practice arrows Saturday morning, I was feeling awake and confident my new Hornet fletchings were secure and ready to go. We shot 60 arrows and I ended up with a final score of 554 taking 2nd place behind my friend Camden who came in first. Overall, it was a fun weekend and great to get in a bit more practice to prepare for Vegas because every time I compete I learn another rule or strategy that helps me in the next tournament.

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Big Buck Once Again

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Competitions, Uncategorized

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culli3On August 5, 2015 my Dad and I hit the road to Big Buck for the third time this summer. They were hosting the NC National Field Archery Association State Championship. When we arrived, everyone was wildly slinging arrows on the massive practice range. Excited to shoot my first competition with my new Matthews Chill SDX, I shot some arrow so make sure I was loose and my archery equipment was effectively tuned.  When we began the course, the cool weather soothed my anxious nerves. Since it was cooler, it was much better than the last time I had been because it was a blazing 110 degrees in early June. After shooting half a round, we stopped to have some mouth-watering lunch. Honestly, I’m not just saying that, the grilled chicken was cooked to perfection. Sadly, dropping mine in the dirt, I had to share with my Dad. Having set a goal of 550 for myself, Saturday ended with a bit of disappointment.  Although I shot a personal best with a score of 549 at the end of first day, I was ready to come back Sunday with fresh ambition.

Sunday started off with overcast skies, but warmer temperatures. Because weather can greatly effect your performance, it’s vital to stay focused. Incredibly steep hilly terrain and lots of challenging targets make up the Big Buck course.  Staying focused under those conditions takes immense focus and is physically exhausting. After diligently shooting around 224 arrows in two worthwhile days, I finished strong with a 552 for my final score and beating my own State record.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with my performance at Big Buck. I know my efficient Matthews Chill SDX helped me increase my performance in such a short time, but nothing can take the place of daily practice. Although it doesn’t happen every time, feeling a sense of accomplishment after a tournament is a wonderful thing.  So I’m grateful the weekend at Big Buck left me incredibly satisfied.

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