OSWEGO – Twenty-six of the Oswego Indian archers traveled to Hutchinson to compete in the 2022 NASP State Archery Tournament, which ended with one Oswego student finishing as state champion, one finishing in third and seven others qualifying for nationals as well.
Oswego senior Jesse Blumer walked away with first place, earning the title of the state champion of the 2022 Kansas State National Archery in the School Program.
“Jesse shot a 293 out of a possible 300 points. He shot 24 10s (bullseyes) out of 30, ”said middle school / high school coach Theresa Farris. “Along with bragging rights, Jesse will receive a $ 1,000 scholarship and a personal bow for his efforts.”
“His score of 293 is the highest recorded score since we started archery in our school,” Oswego’s elementary archery coach Neal Cruse added.
Blumer joined the archery program when former Service Valley Charter Academy Principal Ray Huff created it in 2013, and he has been competing ever since.
“From the start it was definitely something Jesse excelled at,” Farris said. “I’m the coach, but he’s one of those kids I just sit back and watch him and stay out of his way. … He just does all the little things right. He has actually gone to nationals maybe three times already. Probably would have gone last year had it not been virtual. … This was his first time to be state champion. He did an amazing job. They all did. ”
Blumer said he has been to the state competition eight times.
“I’ve placed second and third but never first,” Blumer said. “I finally got to win it. It’s been pretty crazy. I thought I could do it, but it was hard to imagine it. It was crazy when I finished and saw I was still at the top. ”
Oswego sophomore Olivia Jackson wasn’t too far behind, finishing third in the high school girls division.
“Olivia shot a 275 out of a possible 300 points. Olivia was one of three archers that scored 275. She had the highest number of 10s with 13, putting her in eighth place overall in the high school division, ”Farris said.
“Olivia will receive a $ 250 scholarship for a third place finish.”
“I believe her score of 275 is the highest recorded girls score in our history,” Cruse added. “We were just a few points away from having the top male and top female archer of the tournament.”
Both Blumer and Jackson qualified for nationals.
Axton Myers paced middle school shooters by placing third in the middle school boys division. Brody Braun finished behind Axton in fourth. Both of these USD 504 shooters also qualified for nationals.
“Axton and Brody finished in 16th place and 20th place overall for the entire tournament. This means that not only did they beat most of their middle school competitors, they also beat the majority of high school shooters as well, ”Cruse said. “It was an awesome day to say the least.”
The elementary division saw 11 archers compete. The top performers for the elementary teams were: Chloe Rhodenbaugh, third place girl; Michael Varner, fourth place boy; Axel Santana, ninth place boy; Brooklyn Hazel, ninth place girl; and Andelyn Johnson, 10th place girl.
In order to qualify for nationals a shooter must place in the top 10 in their respective divisions. Each one of these shooters qualified for nationals.
“Our kids were awesome. I was extremely proud of how they conducted themselves and how they were focused on what they were doing. They all practiced hard and put in many hours to make themselves better at shooting, ”elementary archery coach Neal Cruse said. “It was just a great day for our school (s).”
“Axton Myers, Brody Braun, Aaron Simpson, Paityn Edwards, Carsynn Smith, Chloe Rhodenbaugh, Michael Varner, Teagynn Ryan, Brooklyn Hazel, Andelyn Johnson, McKenna White, Sydney Huebner, Jesse Blumer, Olivia Jackson and Kylee McDaniel all shot their best score ever, ”Cruse said.
“That is 15 out of 26 shooters today that shot their best score. What a great day for our Indian archers. Extremely proud of how they shot and how they represented our school and town today. Just a very impressive day from our archers. ”
Archers who qualify for nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, in May compete for up to a $ 5,000 scholarship.
“Super proud of all of them,” Farris said.
“All the USD 504 archers have put in a lot of time to improve and it paid off at the state tournament.”