2016 Arctic Challenge – Papago 900 Registration Open

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Get ready to shoot a 900 round tournament in the ‘cold’ Arizona weather. The Arctic Challenge is an annual event hosted by Papago Archery Association. This is the perfect event for archers, both new & seasoned, to come out and train in the colder weather and have some fun. If this is your first time competing or your hundredth…this is the perfect tournament for you.

Registration is OPEN! Get signed up today.

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2016 Papago 900 ‘Halloween Shoot’ Recap

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The annual Halloween Shoot this past weekend, at the Papago Archery Range, was a big success. There were 65 archers shooting, having fun and competing. Several archers and spectators arrived in costume to show off their holiday spirit and the range had some spooky & fun decorations to add to the festivities.

Thanks to the recent range improvements that were completed, the archers were able to tolerate the unseasonably warm temperatures by shooting in the shade! The new canopy was a hit and enjoyed by all of the archers, while at the shooting line and during the breaks.

We started the tournament off with the national anthem, thanks to the use of a new PA system that also allowed us to have an audible timer system. The archers had music to listen to and we were able to provide announcements that everyone could hear. The shoot ran extra smooth thanks to these new enhancements.

Our top archers for the day were all from compound divisions ranging between Cadet to Master 60 Men. Tom Pollei finished the day only 25 points down with an 875! Cadet archer, Sean Kerby, was not far behind with an 870 and Larry Butterfield shot a whopping 869 in the Masters 60 division. Nice shooting guys!

Our Recurve Senior Men division was the largest division of the day and had the highest recurve score of the tournament with an 838 shot by Kevin Hubbard! Cadet archer, Zoey Wapniarski, shot the 2nd highest score of 792 and John McCurry in our Masters 60 division finished with a 781.  We had some amazing recurve shooters competing this weekend.

Although many of our barebow archers didn’t have competitors in their individual division, they all did a great job competing against their personal bests.  Our very own, Ron Shinn, topped the Barebow charts with a 633 in the Masters 60 division. Bowman archer, Cullen Bing, shot a 628 and Melody Richards rounded out the top three with a 462. Way to shoot straight!

We want to give a shout out to all of the clubs that take the time to help promote our events to their members, encourage their new archers to try out some friendly competition and help us provide the opportunity to teach new archers how a tournament works. We enjoy hosting these tournaments for the archery community. Without the archers, spectators, coaches & volunteers – it wouldn’t be possible.

Thank you, thank you to all of our volunteers on the field crew (Lester Chin, Jocelyn Horton, Dennis Mowery, Ron Shinn, David Smith, Chris Mussman, Zoey Wapniarski, and Nick Wapniarski) for coming out early and getting things set up, in the dark! Thank you to our concession stand volunteers – Melanie Mandelin, Mary Kirchmann, Jennifer Hjerpe, Willow & Macey – for making it possible for PAA to offer cold beverages & snacks to the archers & spectators.  Thank you to our judge, Chris Amundson,  for guiding the new archers, keeping everyone safe & all of your help throughout the day. Last, but not least, A BIG thank you to our tournament coordinators & directors (Kevin Ikegami, Kristy Wapniarski and Kelsey Lard) that bring it all together and make these events possible for us to host.

A complete list of the archer’s scores from the tournament can be found here in the FINAL RESULTS.

Don’t forget to join us next month at our Arctic Challenge on December 10th, 2016. REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Papago Archery Range – Reopening 10/8/2016

The range will be open for club members and the public beginning on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

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We’ve missed seeing everyone at the shooting line and look forward to having you all there this weekend to celebrate the reopening of the range.

Club members – please check our events calendar for the times that the container will be open.

 

Beginners Archery Course – (Fall Sessions) Registration Open

Registration is now open for our Fall Sessions of the Beginners Archery Course at the Papago Archery Range.

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If you are interested in learning more about the sport of archery, but not sure where to begin…don’t worry, we have you covered! We offer beginner classes that are tailored for youth or adults. We provide all of the instruction and equipment and no previous experience is required.

Find out more or register online today. Don’t wait! Classes fill up quickly and online registration will close when the class has reached capacity!

Cost: $75 per person

Fall Session 1 – October 2016 (Registration is OPEN)
October  2nd, 9th & 16th, 2016 (8am-9:30am)
October 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2016 (10am-11:30am)

Fall Session 2 – November 2016 (Registration is OPEN)
November 6th, 13th & 20th, 2016 (8am-9:30am*)

*Additional time slots may be opened based upon demand.

PAA Archers at the 2016 Summer Sizzle

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We had a nice turn out this weekend at the 2016 Summer Sizzle tournament with 10 participating club members.  There were several 1st time competitors shooting and all of them did a great job! So proud to have these archers representing our club within the archery community. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

Barebow Masters Women
Melanie Mandelin – 1st Place

Barebow Masters Men
Ron Shinn – 1st Place

Barebow Women
Kristy Wapniarski – 1st Place

Recurve Men
David Smith – 2nd Place
Derek Harju – 4th Place

Recurve Women
Katie Lambert – 4th Place

Recurve Cadet Women
Zoey Wapniarski – 1st Place
Isadora Ornelas – 7th Place
Osiris Ramirez – 9th Place

Recurve Cadet Men
Chris Mussman – 3rd Place

Papago Archery Range Closure

Update – The current closure dates are now August 30th – September 23rd, 2016. Check back here for the latest updates to the closure schedule.

 

ATTENTION – The Papago Archery Range will be closed from August 15th – September 9th, 2016 for range improvements.

If there are any changes to the closure schedule due to construction delays, we will post updates here on the website & our Facebook page.

We’ll see you in September!

 

2016 Bare Bow Crew Summer Shoot

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The Papago Bare Bow Crew (BBC) members came out this morning to participate in their quarterly fun shoot. BBC member, Tianna, designed the Super Hero Shoot using Hawkeye, Katniss, Robin Hood & Cupid as her inspiration. Each bale was themed according to the corresponding ‘super hero’ archer.

The archers had a great time building relationships while supporting their fellow archers and had a chance to shoot at glitter filled balloons, Mockingjay pins, arrow ‘tubes’ & with their eyes closed. We had 9 members participate and finished with 2 winners.

Congratulations to our top Bare Bow archers – Ron Shinn & Bella Kozak – on your high scores and accomplishments today!

photo credit: Steve Rogers

2016 Spring Papago 900 Tournament Recap & Results

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PAA wants to thank all of the archers and spectators that came out to our tournament this past weekend. We always enjoy hosting these fun shoots and wouldn’t be able to to do it without all of your support.

Our spring shoot is historically a very warm day. This year we got lucky and had gorgeous temperatures (high in the 70s), beautiful cloud coverage and minimal wind.  Perfect. Shooting. Conditions.

We welcomed archers to the shooting line that ranged in age from 8 to 80 years old this tournament. As usual, we had a few first time competitors in the youth divisions and they all did a wonderful job learning how participating in a tournament works. We even had competitors that traveled from out of state to compete in the shoot!

Our most competitive division this tournament was the Compound Senior Males. There were 11 archers competing in this division. The runner up division was the Compound Master 60 Male. It appears the switch to the 2 separate five ring target faces was a positive change to the format of our tournaments. The Bowman division even switched over to the 2 five ring target faces in the second round in an effort to minimize arrow damage.

The top score of the tournament was an 886 and was achieved by both Thompson Wagner (Compound Cadet Male) & Wade Flake (Compound Senior Male). The top recurve score of the tournament was a whopping 806 shot by Waylon Hjerpe (Recurve Junior Male). There was some awesome shooting that was taking place this weekend!

Thanks to our tournament coordinators – Kristy & Kevin – along with our official judge – Lester Chin – we were able to keep the tournament running smoothly and wrapped up shooting, tear down of the range & awards by 1pm.

Thank you to all of our community volunteers for your assistance with running the concession stand, resetting the range, break down of the range, assistance with youth bales and keeping the area looking beautiful as we exited the range Saturday afternoon.  We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing archery community!

FINAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Beginners Archery Course – Summer Session (Registration Open)

Registration is now open for our Summer session of the Beginners Archery Course at the Papago Archery Range.

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If you are interested in learning more about the sport of archery, but not sure where to begin…don’t worry, we have you covered! We offer beginner classes that are tailored for youth or adults. We provide all of the instruction and equipment and no previous experience is required.

Find out more or register online today. Don’t wait! Classes fill up quickly and online registration will close when the class has reached capacity!

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*photo by: Ilya Andor