Arch­bishop Neale wins first place in state archery tour­na­ment

Team in­vited to na­tion­als in Ken­tucky

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In only their third year of com­pe­ti­tion over­all and in the first year of en­ter­ing the el­e­men­tary school com­pe­ti­tion, the Arch­bishop Neale School el­e­men­tary school archery team has won the Mary­land State Archery Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m so proud of our Arch­bishop Neale School archery team on their ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance,” said Lau­ren War­ring, the head archery coach at Arch­bishop Neale School. “Both in­di­vid­u­ally and in the team com­pe­ti­tion, they ex­ceeded all of our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

The Na­tional Archery in the Schools Pro­gram Mary­land State Archery Tour­na­ment was held at the Car­roll County Agri­cul­ture Cen­ter in West­min­ster on March 19.

In­di­vid­u­ally, Nolan Fil­ley was named top male archer in the el­e­men­tary school di­vi­sion and Ains­ley Spain was named top fe­male archer in the mid­dle school di­vi­sion. In ad­di­tion, Ains­ley, a sixth-grader, was also named top fe­male archer in the state with a score of 276 points out of a pos­si­ble 300.

The Na­tional Archery in the Schools Pro­gram has been ex­tremely pop­u­lar at Arch­bishop Neale. It is taught as part of the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram. As a re­sult of its pop­u­lar­ity, an archery club was formed, from which the archery team is se­lected ev­ery year. Gain­ing a slot on the archery team is a very com­pet­i­tive process. In ad­di­tion to ac­cu­racy, all stu­dents must main­tain good grades and have no dis­ci­plinary is­sues.

“The kids are awe­some,” War­ring said. Archery is a great in­di­vid­ual sport, but it also in­volves a group ef­fort in or­der to win a team com­pe­ti­tion. Arch­bishop Neale has a staff of ded­i­cated coaches who have all been cer­ti­fied by NASP to teach safety strate­gies, skills and archer y tech­niques.

Fo­cus, self con­trol, dis­ci­pline, and pa­tience are some of the nec­es­sary at­tributes which are con­tin­u­ally stressed. These at­tributes which con­trib­ute to suc­cess in archery can ul­ti­mately help our stu­dents to be suc­cess­ful, not only in the class­room but in life.

The Arch­bishop Neale com­mu­nity is fully in­vested in the archery pro­gram. The school pro­vides all the equip­ment nec­es­sary to par­tic­i­pate, but many fam­i­lies have pur­chased their own per­sonal bows and prac­tice at home on their own time.

At the Ad­mi­ral’s Cup tour­na­ment held at the Sev­ern School in Sev­erna Park in late Fe­bru­ary, the Arch­bishop Neale team came up a lit­tle short and fin­ished in sec­ond place. The Arch­bishop Neale coach­ing staff worked to de­ter­mine which ar­eas were in need of im­prove­ment and set about cor­rect­ing our de­fi­cien­cies. It re­quired ad­di­tional prac­tice time and more time shoot­ing and shoot­ing from the longer and more dif­fi­cult 15-me­ter dis­tance.

The stu­dents’ ef­forts paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends. In ad­di­tion to win­ning the state archery ti­tle, the el­e­men­tary team along with Spain, was in­vited to at­tend the NASP Na­tional Archery Tour­na­ment in Louisville, Ky., on May 13 to 15.

The en­tire coach­ing staff — Lau­ren War­ring, Howard Schrader, Jill Wil­son and Do­minick Costa — thank the archery team for their com­mit­ment and ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts this year and for mak­ing ev­ery ar­row count. Now it’s on to the na­tion­als in Louisville, Ky.

This re­port was sub­mit­ted by Arch­bishop Neale School.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

In only their third year of com­pe­ti­tion over­all and in the first year of en­ter­ing the el­e­men­tary school com­pe­ti­tion, the Arch­bishop Neale School el­e­men­tary school archery team won the Mary­land State Archery Cham­pi­onship.

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