Benton Schools Capture Titles in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Winners from the 2017 ALAS State Tournament held in Shreveport.
ALAS archers compete in the 2017 State Tournament.
ALAS archers compete in the 2017 State Tournament.
ALAS archers compete in the 2017 State Tournament.

March 10, 2017 – Benton schools were the big winners in the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament in Shreveport last Saturday (March 4), the largest event in in the program’s history. A total of 946 students from 42 Louisiana schools participated in the bullseye competition with 426 of those same students competing in the ALAS 3-D State Tournament.
 
Students competed for $20,000 in scholarships and other prizes and awards as well as the chance to qualify for the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament. The ALAS program is administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Student archers competed in three divisions, including elementary school (grades 3-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12). Top honors in the team portion of both the bullseye and 3-D competitions went to Benton Elementary, Benton Middle School and Benton High School in their respective divisions. The top three teams in each division received a team trophy and each first place team in the bullseye portion earned an automatic berth to the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, Ken., on May 11-13.
 
Top individual honors went to the top five individuals in each division. The top ten male and female archers in each division also receive an automatic berth to the NASP National Tournament. The top male and female in each division also received a state prize bow. Finally, the top three male and female shooters in the bullseye portion received scholarship awards as did the top male and female overall shooter in the 3-D competition.
 
Top Male and Top Female Overall went to Aidan Haire of Benton High and Amber Long or Benton Middle for their scores of 295 and 287, respectively. Each received a $5,000 scholarship for this outstanding accomplishment. 
 
Nathan Delill of Buckeye High shot a 294 and Averie Halverson of Benton Middle shot a 286 and took second place Male and Female Overall, earning $2,500 each.  Third place Male and Female Overall went to Dakota Simpson of Caddo Magnet High and Kaylee Misenheimer of Benton High with scores of 292 and 285 respectively, earning a $1,250 scholarship each.
 
Simpson was also recognized as the Top Male archer in the 3-D event for his score of 291 and received an additional $1,250 scholarship. Abbie Rutledge of Benton High won Top Female in 3-D with a score of 285. She received a $1,250. 
 
In all, 30 Louisiana archery teams and 60 individuals qualified for the NASP National Tournament.  A list of all national qualifiers can be found at the ALAS Facebook page and full results can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.
 
Scholarships were made possible thanks to donations by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA), Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter,  Morrell Targets, Louisiana National Guard, H&E Equipment Services, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Quality Deer Management Association-Central Louisiana Branch, , Academy Sports + Outdoors, CENLA Signs, Homeland Safety Systems, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, and Outlaw’s BBQ. LDWF would like to extend a special thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, and staff that made this year’s event possible.
 
The ALAS/NASP program, which serves about 200 schools and 20,000 students in Louisiana, is available to all schools in the state and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator, Robert Stroede, at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

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