Category Archives: Archery Events

2017 AZ State Master’s Championships Registration OPEN

Papago and USA Archery AZ are excited to be hosting the Inaugural AZ State Master’s Championships in 2017. The event will be a 900 round with three distances and is a Star FITA registered event.
Registration has opened for this event.

Papago 900 Arctic Challenge Recap & Results


Archers competed in the 2016 Arctic Challenge this past weekend in weather that was far from challenging. Clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s made this shoot one of the most enjoyable outdoor tournaments of the year.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any first time competitors for this annual shoot. However, we did fill the shooting line with seasoned archers from around the valley.  12 different clubs were represented on Saturday at the Papago Archery Range. We are grateful to each of the archers and their clubs for the continued support throughout the year. Our tournaments wouldn’t be successful without all of the participation.

Thanks to a killer crew of volunteers & our coordinators, the tournament ran smoothly from set up to break down. Archers began shooting their first practice end at 9am and were walking away with awards around 12:30pm.

Highlights from the day include the top score of the tournament being shot by Waylon Hjerpe (Recurve Bowman Male) with a whopping 866! Kiel Amundsen shot an 858 (Compound Cub Male) and Dan Kolb (Compound Master 70 Male) rounded out the top three with an 856 . Richard Greiger & Walter Smith fought hard in the Compound Master 60 Men division for the Gold with only a single X determining the winner. Nice shooting guys!

Thank you to everyone that participated this past weekend to help make the Papago tournament a success (volunteers, parents, archers, coaches, etc) ~ we couldn’t do it without ALL of you!

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

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2016 Arctic Challenge – Papago 900 Registration Open



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.


PAA Archers at the 2016 Summer Sizzle


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

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!


Registration Open – Spring Papago 900

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Registration is now open for our 2016 Spring Papago 900. This event is being held on May 7th, 2016 at the Papago Archery Range. Registration for this event always fills up fast and lanes used by the varying divisions are determined based on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t wait, register today!

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Papago Canopy Fundraiser Tournament

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Help Papago Archery Association raise the needed funds to improve the Papago Archery Range. PAA will be hosting the Shoot Your Heart Out tournament on February 13th, 2016. (This tournament is being rescheduled to a date in March 2016.) All proceeds from this tournament will go toward the following range improvements:

  1. Construct a metal canopy over the shooting line for 21 lanes, 145’, to provide shade for archers,
  2. Raise the berm at the end of the Range for added safety, and
  3. Add signage at the Range for safety rules, and around the range to notify archers and hikers/bikers of possible dangers.

For more information about the Papago Range Improvement Project please see the link on our website. We hope you’ll consider supporting our fundraising efforts even if you’re not able to participate in the fun shoot. Donations can be accepted here and are tax deductible.

For more details about the tournament format or to register online, click below.