By Rob Jellison —
The Hartland school archery teams won their sixth and seventh state championships that concluded earlier this month during the 2011 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
The team from the Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek won its fourth straight state championship and the elementary school team won its third straight state championship. The high school team finished third for its second year in a row. Every team shot more than 100 points higher from the previous year.
Invidividually, Sawyer Bulloch finished first in the boys elementary division and Chris Bee won the boys middle school division.
Overall, Hartland had six boys and eight girls in the top 20 for each gender classification. There were two male archers who finished in the overall top 5 in the state — Chris Bee (third) and Zachery Triltsch (fifth). Emily Bee was the closet female archer Hartland was the highest female for Hartland with an eighth place.
Nearly 1,000 archers in state shot in a “virtual” tournament. This means all of the schools set up a time and location to shoot at. The coaches run their teams through an on-site tournament, verify all scores for accuracy and then send in the scores from that night to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the coordinator Mary Emmons. She then reviews all of the scores and sworn statements by the coaches and posts the winners on the NASP website.
The top 3 teams from each level each are awarded trophies, prizes, and an invitation to the National Tournament in Louisville, KY, in early May. The teams will be practicing three days a week at . The program welcomes all local businesses or community members to help with this trip to nationals. If you would like to contribute to help send these archers down nationals. To donate, call: 248-877-5883.
Elementary school male division (166 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Sawyer Bulloch 1st 280 Collin Pajot
3rd 267 Tanner Behr
4th 263 Derrick Loruss 6th 262 Drew Canny 7th 260 TJ Thompson 8th 256 Paul Tiano 10th 243 Brandon Sexton 11th 243 Dominick VanEss 14th 233 Cameron Sisco 15th 231 Collin Flatt 20th 225 Elementary school female division (107 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Mackenzie Taylor 3rd 253 Sydney Vivian 4th 250 Tara Petersen 5th 249 Harper Peters 6th 249 Anna Fraser 7th 242 Mackenzie Wilson 8th 237 Riley Carter 14th 199 Middle school male division (120 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Chris Bee 1st 290 Jake Kantola 3rd 280 Brandon Thomas 4th 280 Noah Kurnik 8th 272 Justin Smith 9th 268 Jack Vivian 10th 266 Kevin Russell 11th 266 Jayson Nystrom 14th 265 Konlan Paul 15th 263 Jacob Rushak 17th 260 Jared Triltsch 20th 257 Middle school female division (81 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Kara Micallef 2nd 277 Nicole Tschirret 3rd 276 Betty Jellison 4th 276 Jessie Hinkle 6th 266 Lyndsey Loruss 8th 258 Victoria Taylor 11th 243 High school male division (166 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Zachery Triltsch 4th 289 Jon Betoski 10th 284 Chad Cooper 20th 276 High school female division (149 archers in this division) Place Out of a possible 300 Emily Bee 7th 286 Katey Machala 13th 274 Shelby Simonds 14th 274 Dallas Brown 15th 274 Kari Kantola 16th 273 Overall Team Scores
Out of a possible 3600 High school division
Gaylord St. Mary 3415 Northwoods Christian 3361 Hartland High School 3303 Middle school Division
Hartland Middle School 3282 Kent City 2836 St. Francis Xavier 2681 Elementary school division Hartland
3075 Academy of the Americas
2282 Portage Central 2204
Editor's note: Rob Jellison teaches science at middle school and has been teaching archery in his class and running an after-school archery program for five years.