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Archers go to Medford after success at Stratford


The Medford Archery Club will host its sixth annual NASP shoot at Medford Area Middle School on Saturday, March 7.

The all-day event features competition in the traditional bullseye shoot with nine flights of up to 38 shooters each starting at 8 a.m. There are even two flights scheduled for Friday night. A year ago, 409 students took part in Medford’s tournament.

Competition takes place in three divisions, elementary school (grades 5 and under), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school. Individual shooters take a total of 30 shots in six rounds of five shots –– 15 from 10 meters and 15 from 15 meters. The center ring is worth 10 points and the point value for each successive ring goes down one point.

School teams consist of 12-24 shooters with a minimum of four shooters of each gender required to post a team score. Medford has four straight middle school and five straight elementary team titles in its home meet. Gilman has won the high school division the past two years.

A 3-D shoot has been added to this year’s meet with two flights set for Friday and seven more posted for Saturday.

Stratford highlights

At the Stratford meet Feb. 28-29, Medford won the team championships in the middle school and elementary divisions of the bullseye competition, while Gilman placed second among high school teams. Medford was fourth in the high school competition and Medford’s second middle school team placed fourth.

Medford’s top middle school team scored 3,213 points to outscore runner-up Cadott (3,200) and six other teams. The elementary archers scored 2,766 points to beat Stratford’s total of 2,725. Gilman’s high schoolers scored 3,262 points to finish 109 points behind Cadott and 99 ahead of third-place Elk Mound. Medford scored 3,114.

Medford won some big individual honors.

Eighth grader Jenna Wickershiem was the top female archer out of 227 entrants with a score of 291, that included 22 10-point shots. Only two boys finished ahead of her, Cadott’s Kaden Christenson, who got a 299 and missed a perfect score by one point, and Gilman’s Casey Grunseth, a freshman who shot a 292 to take second behind Christenson in the high school division.

Wickersheim was the top shooter out of 84 middle school girls and the best of 32 eighth graders. She edged Cadott freshman LaRhea Christenson by one point to earn the award for top overall female archer of the day. Teammate Hailey Reilly was 10 points behind and ranked second among middle school girls.

Freshman Kirsten Weix hit the 10-spot 21 times and finished with 288 points to place second in the high

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school girls division, which had 92 archers. She was third overall among 227 girls. Landen Viergutz placed sixth among 78 high school boys wit a 282 and eighth overall among 248 boys.

Aidan Ball shot a 279 to take third out of 115 middle school boys and second among 35 eighth graders. Ashton Behling was the top sixth grade boy and sixth in the middle school division with a score of 276, winning a tiebreaker over teammate Dominic Frelichowski.

Forest Hartl took second out of 65 archers in the elementary boys division with a 263 and he was the top fifth grade boy. Fourth grader Wyatt Meyer was right behind Hartl with 256 points. Bristal Kraemer was third in the elementary girls division with a 256.

While Casey Grunseth’s 292 led Gilman, the Pirate archers also got a 285 out of Hunter Oberle, who placed fourth among high school girls and was the top-ranked senior, and a 281 out of Kylee Burton, who was the ninthranked high school girl with a 281.

Rib Lake entered 10 archers. Theo Robisch led that squad by shooting a 261 that ranked 35th among high school boys. Jaxson Franz earned a 215 to rank 92nd among middle school boys. Ninth grader Grace Artz led Rib Lake’s girls with a 204.

In 3-D competition, Medford again won middle school and elementary division team titles and also had a thirdplace middle school team. Gilman won the high school competition by 53 points over Elk Mound and was sixth among middle school teams.

Oberle was the top local scorer, shooting a 288 to win the high school girls individual title by four points over Burton. Wayne McAlpine shot a 281 to take third in the high school boys division and Kaitlyn Webster was fourth among high school girls with her 278. Grunseth (267) was ninth and Trevor Zawacki (261) was 10th in the boys standings.

Gilman’s Brady McAlpine was eighth among middle school boys with a 259, while Alison Krizan (255) and Mylie Stephens (245) were eighth and ninth among middle school girls.

Wickersheim’s 287 led Medford and was good enough to win the girls middle school individual championship. Mattie Gebert was the top seventh grader and second in the middle school division with a 267, while seventh grader Kyanna Mallien was third with a 264. Coy Loucks (265) and Ball (262) were sixth and seventh among middle school boys.

Viergutz led Medford’s high schoolers with a 284 that ranked second out of 35 boys in the division. Weix was eighth out of 39 girls with a 273 and Kailey Kraegenbrink was 19th with a 247.

Meyer got a score of 250 to place second among 26 elementary school boys. He was the top-ranked fourth grader.

Rib Lake had four 3-D archers. Jaxson Franz was 30th among middle school boys with his 218, Nash Franz was 25th among elementary boys at 136, Zachary Olson was 53rd among middle school boys at 123 and Deanna Kazee was 22nd among elementary girls.