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Drew Crump and Regan Reeg, students from St. Johns School in Independence, advanced to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament to be held in Nashville, Tenn., July 25-27 following impressive performances at the NASP Eastern National Tournament in Kentucky last month.

“At nationals, Drew, an eight grader, placed second in the 3-D middle school male division and finished fifth overall in the male division with a score 295. In bullseye, he placed first in the middle school male division and finished fourth overall in the male division with a score of 298. These results from nationals qualified him for the championship tournament in both bullseye and 3-D,” said St. Johns Head Archery Coach Troy Bolton.

Fifth grader Regan Reeg shot her personal best score of 268 at nationals, qualifying her for the world championship tournament. “Regan has been a consistently strong shooter all year long in bullseye competition. Regan placed 10th at the state tournament in the elementary female division with a score of 262 to qualify for nationals,” Troy Bolton said.

Highlights of the Season

“This was our first year of having a 3-D team. We had 15 archers in grades 7-8. We don’t currently have the targets that are used for 3-D, so the only practice this team had was when they competed in tournaments on Saturdays. In their first year, they qualified for state and then went on to qualify and compete at nationals!” Troy Bolton added.

History of the Program

The St. Johns’ archery program in finishing its fifth year, having begun in the fall of 2014. This season, the team featured 42 archers – 38 from St. Johns and four from St. Athanasius in Jesup. This is a record number of participants for the team. When the program started, there were 18 archers in grades 5-8. The next year, the program was opened up to include fourth graders. “We have continued to grow since then,” Troy Bolton said.

In addition to Head Coach Troy Bolton, assistant coaches include Abby Bolton, Nikki Fischels, Andy Crump, and Damian Fischels.

Drew Crump’s Progress

Of Crump’s progress as an archer, Coach Troy Bolton said, “Drew shot a 299, just one point shy of a perfect 300 score, at Jesup on February 23. He has been a consistently strong shooter all year long. He has placed first in every tournament in the state of Iowa this year except for one tournament in both bullseye and 3-D – including the state tournament. At the state tournament, he placed first overall out of all participants (male and female archers) in bullseye with a score of 298. He did the same in 3-D with a score of 295. At nationals in 3-D, Drew placed second in the middle school male division and finished fifth overall in the male division with a score 295. In bullseye, he placed first in the middle school male division and finished fourth overall in the male division with a score of 298.”

An Additional Shoutout

Coach Troy Bolton also issued a shoutout to Avery Fischels for her performance in archery. “Avery is an eighth grader and has shot very well this season in both bullseye and 3-D. Avery placed third in the middle school female division at the state tournament for bullseye with a score of 286 to qualify her for nationals. Avery shot very well at nationals with a score of 267 but, unfortunately, did not place high enough to qualify for the championship tournament,” Bolton said.

Avery will continue competing next year as a freshman shooting for the Independence archery team.

The Next Archery Season

The parent meeting for the next archery season is planned for the middle or end of October. Practice starts in early November. Competition season begins the second Saturday of December.

To get involved in the archery program at St. Johns School, send an email to sjsarchery@gmail.com or message the St. Johns Archery Facebook page at St. Johns Archery.

To check out the NASP tournament website, go to nasptournaments.org. Competition scores are posted there throughout the year.