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Honoring Club Member – Lester Chin

(Left front: Derek Harju, Kevin Ikegami.
Left back: Kristy Wapniarski, Kelsey Lard, Lester Chin, Cynthia Leedom & David Smith – not pictured Allen Nearing)

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.

Papago Archers at the 2017 AZ State Indoor Championships


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!

Recurve Women
Kelsey Lard – 1st Place (2 NEW STATE RECORDS!!)

Recurve Men
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

Barebow Women
Melody Richards – 1st Place (2 NEW STATE RECORDS!!)
Kristy Wapniarski – 2nd Place

For a complete list of tournament results, click here.

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Archery Lesson Gift Certificates

gift_certificateStill looking for the perfect gift to give your loved one this holiday season? Give the gift of ARCHERY! Papago Archery Association offers a 3 day Beginners Archery Course for only $75 per archer. We offer classes beginning in February and run them throughout the year. Register on our Classes page of our website and we’ll provide the certificate for you to present.

http://www.papagoarchery.com/classes/

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.

 

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 Arizona State JOAD Indoor Championships

PAAThere were record breaking numbers all over this weekend at the 2016 AZ State JOAD Championships. The registered number of participating archers was the most AZ has ever seen for this tournament. Corner Archery hosted the event at the Ben Avery Indoor Shooting Facility and did a marvelous job running the tournament. We are so grateful to all of the clubs, their members and the many volunteers that help make these fun tournaments a possibility for our youth. Thank you!

We want to acknowledge all of our club archers that competed this weekend and their accomplishments. So proud of you guys for going out there this weekend and giving it your all! You all do an amazing job of representing the PAA club! Thank you to Coach Kevin for all of your support and guidance!

Recurve Bow – Cadet Men
Christopher Mussman – 3rd Place

Recurve Bow – Cadet Women
Zoey Wapniarski – 3rd Place
Talia Jordening-Kilcline – 9th Place (1st tournament – Woo-hoo!)

Recurve Bow – Cub Men
Arni Walia – 4th Place

Recurve Bow – Cub Women
Danielle Nichols – 4th Place

Recurve Bow – Bowman Men
Waylon Hjerpe – 1st Place (NEW STATE RECORD!)

Recurve Bow – Bowman Women
Rachel Parker – 5th Place

Compound Bow – Cadet Women
Kennedy Koch – 9th Place

Barebow/Genesis – Junior Women
Tianna Jordeining-Kilcline – 1st Place (1st Tournament & NEW STATE RECORD!)