The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to congratulate all the Louisiana student archers who competed at the 2014 NASP National Tournament held May 8-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The state was represented by 115 archers from seven different Louisiana schools in this National Archery in the Schools Program event. All of these students participate in the Archery in Louisiana Schools program which teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.
The top finisher from Louisiana was the team from Benton Elementary in Bossier Parish. Benton Elementary students, along with their coach Perry Norcross, finished eighth in the nation and will be headed to the World Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin in July.
Benton Middle School had a strong performance as well, finishing 21st in the nation out of nearly 200 teams. Benton Middle School student Abbie Rutledge was Louisiana’s best female shooter at Nationals with a score of 285, ranking her 31st in the nation in the middle school division and fourth among all 6th grade girls competing. Gabe Fradella from Benton High School was Louisiana’s top male shooter at Nationals with a score of 285.
Louisiana schools which were represented at Nationals:
Benton Elementary School – Bossier Parish
Phoenix Magnet Elementary – Rapides Parish
Benton Middle School – Bossier Parish
Haughton Middle School – Bossier Parish
Cope Middle School – Bossier Parish
Benton High School – Bossier Parish
Caddo Magnet High School – Caddo Parish
Full tournament results can be found at http://www.nasptournaments.org .
In order to participate at the NASP National Tournament teams and individuals had to qualify at the ALAS State Tournament held this past March. The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and is available to all schools in Louisiana.