The 2017 Spring Papago 900 tournament is being held on May 6th at the Papago Archery Range. Registration has opened for this event and can be found online at the link below. Make sure you sign up early because this event typically fills up quickly.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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 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!