Tunkhannock Area and Elk Lake sent archers to the NASP National competition in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend.
Tunkhannock’s Breezy Corker, a junior, and senior Mariah Tague represented Wyoming County along with Elk Lake’s sophomore Ethan Brown and fifth grader Camden Ruark.
Corker scored 272 points and Tague compiled 271. The girls finished ranked 816 and 951, respectively, out of 2610 registered female archers and in the top half of their grade level competition.
Brown scored 16 tens to boost his score to 284, ranking him 123 overall with the 2778 boys registered, and 25th out of all sophomore boys. He placed 87 for all high school age boys.
“I also shot in two Centershot Ministries National Tournaments. For the Centershot Bullseye Tournament I shot a 281 and placed 77th out of 298 high school boys, in Centershot IBO 3D I shot a 283 and placed 26th out of 163 high school boys,” explained Brown, who made his second trip in as many years to the national stage.
For NASP Bullseye, Ruark shot a 240 which placed him at 845 for the 2229 elementary boys. For NASP 3D, he shot another 240 and another for centershot bullseye.
Ruark, a rookie to the sport who made his first trip to Nationals, said, “The trip was great. We learned many new things and about new products.”
Brown added, “The most memorable part of the trip was meeting a coach from Kentucky that had a lot of great advice about archery. Also, being able to watch other archers shoot who I have followed online, like a senior named T Sanchez from Kentucky who, in 2018, shot a perfect 300 on NASP IBO 3D.”
For the weekend tournament, there was some downtime for the competitions.
The Ruark family, who made the trip to Louisville along with Elk Lake coach Rachelle Shaulis, watched others shoot, checked out the vendors, shot at additional fundraiser booths with digital, 3D and air targets. They also did some sightseeing in the city such as Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger Museum.
Brown networked, visited vendor booths and talked to representatives from Hoyt and Easton. He traveled south alongside his parents, younger sister, and extended family.
“While at Nationals I bought a new finger tab that I’m going to start using to try perfecting my release during the off season,” Brown offered.
In Ruark’s offseason, he plans to work on slowing down and focus and his aim, between baseball, band practice, and 4-H meetings.
“I want to thank my coaches AJ Riscavage and Rachelle, and my teammate, Ethan, for his time in mentoring me with extra practice and helping me maintain my equipment throughout the season,” said Ruark humbly. “The actual experience itself was amazing.”