FLORENCE, Wis. - The Florence Bobcat Elementary School Archery team has placed 3rd at the Wisconsin State NASP Archery Tournament.
The team score, based on the combined total of the top 12 shooters was 2688, which was 182 points better than last year's 2506 team score. The team missed qualifying for the national tournament this year by a 12 points (minimum score to qualify was 200 points higher than last year).
The elementary team grew to 23 Bobcat archers in fourth, fifth and sixth grade who practiced once a week from October through March.
Twenty-one students competed at the state tournament held in Wisconsin Rapids.
While the team score fell just short, five shooters qualified as individuals for nationals by placing in the top five for their grade level and gender.
Those five shooters were Shayla McLain: 218 (fifth for fifth grade girls), Cassie Larson: 200 (fourth for fourth grade girls), Sidnie Steber: 200 (fifth for fourth grade girls), Buddy Moreno: 256 (third for fifth grade boys), and Gary Liebergen: 253 (first for fourth grade boys).
The team will cover transportation costs and registration for these archers to compete in Louisville, Ky., on May 14.
Two middle school archers also competed at the state tournament as individuals: Gina Gehlhoff shot 255 for eighth place and Kaitlyn Springer shot 252 for 10th place.
The volunteer coaches are Brandon Jerue, Earl Biller, Wendy Gehlhoff and Jeanne Richard, plus Sean Franklin helped out behind the scenes.
The businesses and organizations who helped sponsor this year's team were Alliance Insurance Centers, LLC, Northwoods Management & Development LLC, The Fence Post, Spread Eagle Sporting, Commonwealth Sportsmen's Club, Brule River Turkey Federation and KAMO.