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Archers prepare for national tournament in Kentucky
April 05, 2013


Three teams from the Mount Vernon Archery Club have qualified and will be attending the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) National Archery Championship Tournament in Louisville, Ky., May 10-11.

The Mount Vernon elementary team (fifth-sixth grades) won an automatic berth into the tournament by capturing the Iowa State NASP Championship. The middle school team (seventh-eighth grades) was its division's runner-up with a qualifying score for the national tournament. The high school team also scored a qualifying score to earn a trip to Kentucky.

At the Archery Club Banquet, the Mount Vernon Shooting Sports Club organized with bylaws and elected an executive council: president Chuck Hallier, vice-president Doug Shannon, secretary Lea Snedden and treasurer Chris Hallier. Head coach Tom Wilkinson named Ron Lochner and Laurie Keller as assistant coaches of the club board.

Chris and Chuck Hallier presented archery club members with team shoot plans for the trip that included transportation, hotel, food and educational tours. Each archer will pay for part of his or her expenses and the archery club will pay the remaining cost from fundraising last year and this fall.

Practices for teams started last week at the First Street Community Center. The team will compete in a weekly national online tournament, which collects shoot fees to be donated to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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