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2017 Papago 900 Halloween Shoot Recap

The final Papago 900 of 2017 is complete. Thank you to everyone that attended and participated in making the Halloween Shoot another successful event for the Papago Archery Club.

We had a total of 28 divisions competing this past weekend with the Compound Senior Male and Recurve Cadet Female divisions having the greatest number of competitors.

The top score of the tournament was an 879, shot by Kiel Amundson, in the Compound Cub Male division. He was followed by a tie of 872 shot by Preston Adkins and Zac Neilson that was settled by the difference of only one 10! Excellent shooting guys!

The top performer of the Compound Senior Male division was Steve Longshore with an 870 and a whopping 65 tens!! Top Recurve score of the tournament was shot by Yeoman Max Mitchell with an 820. The top Barebow score belonged to Ron Shinn with a 619.  Wow!

Honorable mentions go to Recurve archers Waylon Hjerpe, Adam Vainauskas  and Zoey Wapniarski for obtaining scores in the high 700s. Compound archers Steven Belzner,  Sean Kerby and Kolbe Borrelli all achieved stellar scores in their divisions too.

We were so impressed by all of the creativity and participation in the Costume Contest this year. There were 9 categories up for grabs in the contest. All of the competitors and spectators were encouraged to vote during the first 2 rounds of the competition. Votes were then tallied and awards were presented at the end of the competition.  Thank you to Tournament Director, Kelsey Lard, for the spooktacular custom trophies this year!

We can’t express enough how grateful we are to the community for continuing to support our tournaments and helping us raise the funds needed to sustain our club, maintain the range and support the community. Thank you for such a successful year!

A huge shout out to our awesome crew of volunteers that help make these events run so smoothly. Kelsey Lard, Kevin Ikegami, Lester Chin, David Smith, Dennis Mowery, Jocelyn Horton, The Wapniarski Family,  Chris Amundson, Jennifer Hjerpe and the rest of you (that I may be forgetting – I do apologize). Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

FINAL RESULTS (10/28/2017)

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2017 Spring Papago 900 Recap & Results

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).

FINAL RESULTS
(Click to view a complete list of results for all competitors, by division.)

 

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2017 Master’s Outdoor Championships Recap & Results


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!

Hosted By:
Papago Archery Association
USA Archery AZ

Tournament Director: Kelsey Lard
DOS: Kevin Ikegami
Judge: Kristy Wapniarski
Archer’s Agent & Field Assistant: Scott Sefranka

For a complete list of results,  please CLICK HERE.
For a list of the NEW STATE RECORDS set, please CLICK HERE.

To view our photo gallery of the archers, please click below.

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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.

2017 AZ State JOAD Indoor Championships

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.

State Champion
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

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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Papago 900 Arctic Challenge Recap & Results

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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

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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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