Central Michigan Goldstar Archery team seeing national success in Scholastic 3D Archery

The Central Michigan Goldstars Archery team placed first in the nation in the eagle division (ages 9-11) at the Scholastic 3D Archery National Indoor Archery Championship in Owensboro, Kentucky on March 4-6. Pictured is, in front from left, Avery Edwards (Vestaburg), Payson Fryover (Lakeview Middle School), Avery Pitch (Central Montcalm), Mackenzey Scott (Central Montcalm) and James Bauman (Morley Stanwood); in back, Klayre Smith (Stockbridge), Graycin Waite (Lakeview Middle School), Grant Peters (Greenville Middle School), Ellana Lodholtz (Greenville), Easton Fryover (Lakeview Middle School) and Cullen Griffith (Lakeview Middle School). – Submitted photo

STANTON – The Central Michigan Goldstar Archery team was a long way from home in early March but the hardware they came home with made the trip worth their while.

The Stanton-based archery team traveled to Owensboro, Kentucky, on March 4-6 for the Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) National Indoor Archery Championship. The team competed with over 1,000 other archers from across the country.

The tournament featured paper targets for archers to shoot at and each competitor shot two rounds of 30 arrows each. The team scores are made up of the combined total number of targets hit by each archer to determine the winning team.

The Central Michigan Goldstar eagle group, made up of kids from ages 9-11, placed first in the nation as a team. The under young adult team, made up kids from ages 14-18, took third place nationally.

The team is comprised of about 14 coaches, including Marney Ryan, a teacher at Lakeview Elementary. Ryan noted that the Central Michigan Goldstar team needed to participate at one regional qualifier to qualify for the national meet.

“No specific score is required,” Ryan said. “Our archers know going in they need to score top-notch in order to place as an individual or as a team. We went to Kentucky with a strong feeling we could place as a team due to our number of very strong archers at each age level.

The Central Michigan Goldstars’ young adult team (ages 14-18) took third in the nation at the National Indoor Archery Championship on March 4-6 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Pictured is, in front from left, Hunter Jones (Central Montcalm High School), Kaitlyn Williams (Central Montcalm High School) and Thomas Quinlin (home school); in back, Owen Teegardin (Greenville High School), Logan Fouts (Greenville High School), Bo Waite (Virtual Success), Jake DeVrie (home school), Cael Ryan (Lakeview High School), and Cayden Roberts (Central Montcalm High School) . – Submitted photo

“They shoot a target with five spots, or a single round circle. The highest score possible is 150. Archers who shoot perfect scores, then use how many X’s they shoot to break the ties. An X, would be like a perfect bulls-eye right in the middle of the circles or spots. ”

The team has seen success over the last few years and participation numbers exceeding 50 throughout the four age groups (ages 6-18). Ryan said there are many reasons for the successful success, starting with commitment from the young archers.

“They do every practice, they shoot in other archery competitions around the state and country,” Ryan said. “They practice daily. Our coaches are another big reason we are successful. Our coaches bring a vast amount of knowledge to archery. Whether it’s working on equipment, teaching them about an archer’s mindset, form, process, helping clean up and set up courses to make them the best and just providing positive support.

“A third big reason we are successful is our parents. Our parents are positive, supportive and always there. When our archers compete, each parent is positive and supportive of each archer on the line. I compare our program to a three-legged stool. Without any one of our supports – archers, coaches and parents – we would not be able to be the program we are; a three-legged stool cannot stand with just two legs. ”

The Central Michigan Goldstars, holding practice at the Central Michigan Sportsman Club in Stanton, will now turn its attention to the outdoor season where they shoot 3D animal targets. The National Championship takes place in Rend Lake, Illinois, from June 16-19.

More information on the team can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/centralmichigangoldstars.

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