Spartans among best in stateSince Superior Middle School introduced its archery program, the school’s archers have been making a name for themselves.
By: Emily Kram, Superior Telegram
Since Superior Middle School introduced its archery program, the school’s archers have been making a name for themselves.
On March 28 the Spartans had both an elementary school team and a middle school team in Wisconsin Rapids for the Fourth Annual National Archery in the Schools Programs State Archery Tournament. The middle school archers were the two-time defending champions and came up just shy of a third title as Osseo-Fairchild scored 3,041 points to top Superior’s 2,910. Coach Steve Fregin was still happy with the Spartans’ performance, however. Their team score was the highest ever for Superior.
The Spartan elementary school team took fourth after placing second last year. Superior had 2,489 total points, and Osseo-Fairchild had 2,910 to also win the elementary division title.
“I think it’s because of the curriculum we have, and I also attribute success to the local archery people,” said coach Steve Fregin. “The kids get to practice a lot, and the kids work hard at it. The one’s that have had success have worked very hard.”
Individually, Superior excelled as usual. Sabrina Schnell defended her title for the third straight year as she took first place in the middle school girls division with 275 points. Alisha Moran was third with 269 points. This year 71 girls competed in the middle school category.
In the elementary school boys class, Cole Edwards, who is in sixth grade, took second place among 75 boys with a score of 254.
“I just practice a lot,” Edwards said. He enjoys hunting with his father and thinks his archery skills will come in handy when he is older.
Edwards has been waiting since fourth grade to join the sixth grade team. He also shoots for the men’s league in Superior with a compound bow.
“I was a little bit nervous,” Edwards said of competing in the state tournament. “I didn’t know I was going to get second. My first couple rounds I knew I was going to have a pretty good day.”
The boy who won the elementary school division was just six points higher than Edwards with a 260.
“I was tied for first and I lost by one X,” Edwards said. “I’m looking forward to next year.”
Jake Gondik was the top middle school boy from Superior. He finished 12th out of more than 100 competitors with a 259 score.
The top five archers in each division qualify for the national tournament in Kentucky, and Schnell, Moran and Edwards all plan to attend.
Edwards still has a few years of archery left before he moves on to high school, but for Moran and Schnell, this national tournament is the end of the line. In order to enter a team in the NASP State Tournament, schools must teach archery as a course. Superior High School currently does not have the staff, space or funding to offer archery.
“My mother has been trying very hard to get the high school to start the program too, but they are having a problem getting a gym teacher to teach the sport,” Moran said. “Field Logic has offered all of the equipment if they will start this, and if they will teach it, then we can have a team. I hope she can convince them.”
In the meantime, Moran plans to keep using her archery skills by finding a youth archery league to join and by bow hunting with her family.
“I will keep hunting, and maybe this year I will get a deer,” Moran said.