The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission and ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) will be bringing the 2016 ALAS North Regional Tournament to Shreveport next weekend.

The Shreveport Convention Center will be transformed into a massive archery range Saturday, Feb. 6, to accommodate the nearly 600 student archers from 22 different schools representing the northern portion of Louisiana.

The tournament will feature not one, but two reigning World Champion schools.

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The town of Benton has been in the spotlight for two years since Benton Elementary won their first world championship title in 2013. Last year, both Benton Elementary and Benton Middle dominated the world tournament, bringing home two world championship trophies and having the top female elementary shooter in the world.

Louisiana has seen a growth of over 33% since last year when 432 students from 17 schools participated in the regional tournament. In 2015, Louisiana experienced the highest percentage of growth among the 47 states involved in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

Students participating in the ALAS North Regional tournament will range from third grade to high school seniors. Students will be competing for the chance to take home trophies and awards, but more importantly, the chance to qualify for the 2016 ALAS State Tournament to be held in March and hopefully qualify for the National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) National and World tournaments. The NASP World Championship being held this summer in Myrtle Beach, SC.

In addition to the Regional Tournament, officials have announced the North Regional Tournament will be held again in Shreveport in 2017 and 2018. Shreveport-Bossier has also been selected to host the ALAS State Archery Tournament for 2017 and 2018.
Tournaments are open to the public.

For additional ALAS tournament information visit: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/archery/archery-louisiana-schools-alas. For more information regarding sporting events in Shreveport-Bossier visit: www.shreveportbossiersports.com.