Three area students participated in the Eastern Nationals Archery Championships this past weekend in Louisville, Ky., and although they won’t advance to the world championships next month, they did our region proud.
Jamie Jenkins, a fifth grader at Tunkhannock Area Middle School, scored 277 out of a possible 300 points, ranking him as 53rd out of 2,014 elementary grade (1-5) boys. In his class, he was 42nd out of 1,229 fifth graders.
Emily Wojnarski, a seventh grader at Tunkhannock Area Middle School, scored 274 out of 300 points, ranking her as 382nd out of 2,644 middle school (6-8) girls. In her class, she was 121st out of 889 seventh graders.
Ethan Brown, a ninth grader at Elk Lake High School, scored 286 out of 300 points, ranking him 177th out of 2,519 high school boys. In his class, he was 41st out of 764 ninth graders.
Brown had finished second among high school boys at the Pennsylvania State Archery in the Schools Tournament in March.
Wojnarski placed eighth in the state middle school girls competition in March.
Jenkins placed second in the state elementary grades boys competition in March.
Bobby Seidel had also qualified for Eastern Nationals with a fourth in the state elementary grades, but was unable to make the trip to nationals this past weekend.
Elk Lake coach Rachelle Shaulis,who travelled to Kentucky with Brown, was impressed by her athlete.
Shaulis said of Brown, “I think he did really well. This was his first year shooting, and for him to make it to Nationals in a first year program is just fantastic. He wasn’t nervous at all, and I think he finished first overall in scoring from all our local schools.”
Speaking of the Tunkhannock students, Stephanie Tague, one of the coaches, said Sunday, “We’re very proud of their performance. They have been focused on their skills since qualifying for states last winter and are very dedicated to archery.”
She said that the Tunkhannock Area Archery in the Schools Program had 144 registered archers last year - “which was phenomenal.”
“It’s the biggest group we’ve ever had, and seems to keep growing,” she said.
Registration will open in September, and practice begins over the last two weeks in October, Tague said, and continues in November and December, typically on a Friday evening in the middle school gymnasium.
For more information, interested persons should visit online at sites.google.com/site/tunkhaannockarchers or contact Tague at 570-499-9660.