Benton Middle, Elementary win state archery titles

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Courtesy Photo | 2015 Elementary Division State Champions - Benton Elementary.

Teams to compete at national tournament in May

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted the 2015 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament on March 7 at the LSU Ag Center’s State Emergency Shelter in Alexandria.

Top Male Shooter -- Aidan Haire receives a $2,000.00 scholarship from Louisiana Archery and Sports Center of Pineville; pictured are Aiden Haire, Benton Middle School, and Robert Stroede, ALAS State Coordinator.
Top Male Shooter — Aidan Haire receives a $2,000.00 scholarship from Louisiana Archery and Sports Center of Pineville; pictured are Aiden Haire, Benton Middle School, and Robert Stroede, ALAS State Coordinator.

Students in grades 3-12 from 33 different Louisiana schools participated for the opportunity to take home awards, prizes, and $7,500 in scholarship money.  Due to the incredible growth of the ALAS program in recent years, this was the first year that schools and individuals had to qualify for the ALAS State Tournament by competing in one of two ALAS Regional Tournaments in January.

Nearly 1,000 students competed in this year’s inaugural regional tournaments and the field was narrowed to 730 students for the ALAS State Tournament.

Awards were given to the top five individuals in each division, and the top three teams in each division.  The top three male and top three female overall archers received scholarship monies.  A comprehensive list of results can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.

Courtesy Photo | Top Female Shooter – Kaitlyn Misenheimer  receives a $2,000.00 scholarship provided by Central Louisiana QDMA.  From left to right Jack Daughtry of Central Louisiana QDMA, Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton Middle School, Bob Stevens president of Central Louisiana QDMA.
Courtesy Photo | Top Female Shooter – Kaitlyn Misenheimer  receives a $2,000.00 scholarship provided by Central Louisiana QDMA.  From left to right Jack Daughtry of Central Louisiana QDMA, Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton Middle School, Bob Stevens president of Central Louisiana QDMA.

Team Awards

High School Division :
State Champion – Caddo Magnet High School
Runner Up – Benton High School
3rd Place – Parkway High School

Middle School Division:
State Champion – Benton Middle School
Runner Up – Cope Middle School
3rd Place – Haughton Middle School

Elementary School Division:
State Champion – Benton Elementary School
Runner Up – Phoenix Magnet Elementary
3rd Place – J.J. Barron Sr. Elementary

Top Five (1st to 5th in order)

High School:
Rebecca Hutchinson, Caddo Magnet; Dakota Simpson, Caddo Magnet; Wayne Bearb, Acadiana High; Seth Romero, Acadiana High; and Tamera Jones, Bossier High.

Middle School:
Aidan Haire, Benton Middle; Nathan Delill, Buckeye HS; Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton Middle; Kendall Fowler, Benton Middle; and Lake Bradford, Benton Middle.

Elementary School:
Brady Duncan, Benton Elementary; Kaitlyn Masters, Benton Elementary; Oren Lutz, J.J. Barron Sr. Elementary; Carly Vas Buskirk, Benton Elementary; and Landon Crouch, Benton Elementary.

Along with the awards and accolades received at the ALAS State Tournament, 30 individuals and 12 teams qualified for the 2015 NASP National Tournament which will be held in Louisville, Ky., from May 7 to 9.

“LDWF would like to congratulate all the students, coaches, and schools who participated in this year’s ALAS State Tournament and wish them the best of luck as they compete at the NASP National Tournament,” said Robert Stroede, ALAS program coordinator.  “The ALAS program and LDWF would also like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, and staff who made the 2014-2015 ALAS tournament season a success.”

Supporting individuals, organizations and sponsors included:

Scholarship Sponsors: Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Platinum Sponsors: Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana National Wild Turkey Federation, GAEDA, and the LSU Ag Center.

Additional Sponsors: H & E Equipment Services, Outlaws BBQ, Alexandria Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Y-Not Stop Stores, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Morrell Targets, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Cenla Bowbenders, Swim Cenla, and the Rapides Parish Sherriff’s Office.

For more information on ALAS, contact Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov.