Calling ALL Papago Club Members – – Join us for another adventure through the Kingdom of Papago!!
Join us on June 24th to celebrate Olympic Day 2017, with special guest Judi Adams. Ms. Adams is a two-time Olympic Archer, Level 3 coach, author, and certified training facilitator. Currently, she is a part of the Opti International team, using her vast background and unique experience to help propel the performance of today’s athletes.
For more details about this special event. Please click here.
The PAA Board of Directors had the privilege of presenting, club member, Lester Chin with an award for his valuable contributions and generosity over the years. Lester began his archery journey, with Papago, when he participated in the Beginners Archery Course almost 5 years ago. After completing the course, Lester joined the Papago Archery Club as a recreational archer. Since then, Lester has completed his Level 3 Coaching Certification and Judges Certification. He is now one of our regular coaches for our Intro to Archery and Beginners Archery Course, hosted at the range. In addition, Lester can be found in the official red shirt & khakis uniform, as judge, at many of the Arizona tournaments when he is not competing himself.
Anyone that has had the good fortune of shooting at the Papago range, whether they are a member or not, has had the pleasure of meeting Lester. He is always there to lend a helping hand no matter what he is in the middle of doing. He takes the time to organize fun shoots for the club, offer assistance with setting up or breaking down, he’s always part of the field crew during the Papago 900 shoots and if there is ever a range project that needs volunteers…Lester is there. He is truly the best ambassador for Papago Archery that anyone could ever ask for.
Many, if not all, of our club members have their own special stories and memories that include Lester. He has been such an integral part of the PAA community. We are all so grateful to have him as part of the club and honored to call him our friend.
Thank you, Lester, for all of the hours of service that you have given. It is because of your example, encouragement and positive energy that Papago has been able to flourish into the club we see today. We can’t imagine a Saturday or Sunday morning at the range without seeing your smiling face!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Do you have a special memory or message that you’d like to share about or with Lester? Please post a comment below.
The first Papago 900 of the year was held on May 6th, 2017 at the Papago Archery Range. We had 59 registered archers this year, including one of India’s State archers, an archer from New Mexico, and 9 different Arizona clubs represented. The temperatures were very pleasant for the Spring 900 with highs in the low 90s. The wind presented a little bit of a challenge for the archers and spectators during the 2nd and 3rd round, however, there was no need to delay or cancel shooting due to weather.
The Papago tournaments are known for being excellent first time tournaments to new competitors, but our events are favorable to many seasoned archers each year as well. With each tournament we have the opportunity to meet new archers, answer questions, take advantage of teachable moments and foster healthy competition among the seasoned archers too. Papago Archery takes pride in providing these opportunities and is always grateful to everyone that takes the time out of their weekend to support our shoots.
This year we saw the largest turnout yet in the Recurve Senior Male division with 9 competitors. This division had the only tied 1st place score that was decided by the greatest number of 10’s shot. The highest total score of the tournament (874!!) was achieved, by Wade Flake, in the Compound Senior Male division. The top youth scores shot included an 871 by Zachary Neilson (Compound Cub Male) and an 870 by Cole Lickfeldt (Compound Yeoman Male). A couple other honorable mentions include Robyn Repp with an 867 (Compound Senior Female) and Kiel Amundsen with an 860 (Compound Cadet Male). Excellent shooting archers!
Thank you to our Tournament Director – Kelsey Lard, co-coordinator and DOS – Kevin Ikegami, Judge – Lester Chin and ALL of the Papago club members that volunteered as field crew, concessions and all the other areas that are necessary to make a tournament run!! (Jocelyn, Jon, Dennis, Melanie, David, Derek, Ron, Julie, Kristy, Nick…so many I’m bound to miss someone – sorry!)
Please make sure to keep an eye out for our final Papago 900 of 2017 in October – the Fall 900 Halloween Shoot (October 28th, 2017).
(Click to view a complete list of results for all competitors, by division.)
Papago Archery Association was pleased to be a part of the Inaugural AZ State Master’s Outdoor Championships this year. With the introduction of the Master’s USAT division this year by USA Archery, the AZ State Association wanted to facilitate a competition for our Master’s archers that would provide a multi distance format. The Papago 900 was the perfect fit and we were thrilled to host the Championships this year.
There were 24 registered archers for the tournament and 23 that competed on April 22nd, 2017. Archers arrived at the range in the morning to complete equipment inspection and set up for the first round distance of 60 meters. We were able to run a single shooting line with 2 archers per bale that kept the pace of the tournament running swiftly.
After each round, the field crew completed a reset to bring the bales closer by 10 meters, for a total of 3 distances (60/50/40 meters). The archers opted to have short breaks between the distances, as opposed to break for lunch. As a result, the competition completed around 11:30 am and was immediately followed by awards.
We want to thank all of the seasoned archers that took the time out of their weekend to participate in the event and keep things moving so smoothly throughout the shoot. Thank you to the Papago club members that volunteered to set up the field and to the spectators that stopped by to support the sport of archery. We couldn’t host these events without everyone that participated!
Papago Archery Association
USA Archery AZ
Tournament Director: Kelsey Lard
DOS: Kevin Ikegami
Judge: Kristy Wapniarski
Archer’s Agent & Field Assistant: Scott Sefranka
To view our photo gallery of the archers, please click below.
Several of our Papago JOAD members competed in the 2017 AZ State JOAD Indoor Championships this past weekend, hosted by Corner Archery. The archers shot 2 rounds of 30 arrows at 18 meters. Target sizes were 40 or 60 cm based on the age division. The Papago Archery Family continues to grow and with each tournament we have more competitors showing off their skills and accomplishing their goals. We are incredibly proud of everyone that competed. Some highlights from the event can be found below, along with photos captured from the weekend.
Waylon Hjerpe – Recurve Cub Men
Recurve Bowman Men
Raymond Tsai – 2nd Place
Aaron Tsai – 3rd Place
Recurve Bowman Women
Rachel Parker – 3rd Place
Recurve Cadet Men
Chris Mussman – 3rd Place
Arnnav Walia – 8th Place
Recurve Cadet Women
Zoey Wapniarski – 5th Place
Anika Walia – 9th Place
Photos From Event
Congratulations to our 12 Papago Archers that spent the weekend shooting at the AZ State Indoor Championships. The tournament took place from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Archers shot 2 rounds of 30 arrows, each day they competed, for a total of 120 arrows. We had a wonderful turnout at the event with several of our archers making it to the podium. In addition, we had a handful of state records set too!! Congratulations to all of our members that participated and to our coaching staff that was there to assist!! A big Thank You to Desert Sky Archers for hosting another wonderful event!
Kelsey Lard – 1st Place (2 NEW STATE RECORDS!!)
Ron Gosnell – 6th Place (1st Tournament!)
Recurve Cadet Women
Zoey Wapniarski – 2nd Place
Anika Walia – 7th Place (1st Tournament!)
Recurve Cadet Men
Christopher Mussman – 4th Place
Arnaav Walia – 8th Place
Recurve Cub Men
Waylon Hjerpe – 1st Place
Recurve Bowman Women
Ava Gosnell – 2nd Place (1st Tournament!)
Recurve Master 50 Men
Leonardo Llames – 1st Place
Recurve Master 50 Women
Melanie Mandelin – 1st Place
Melody Richards – 1st Place (2 NEW STATE RECORDS!!)
Kristy Wapniarski – 2nd Place
For a complete list of tournament results, click here.