BY LEANN DILBECK –
Acorn’s Chantry Blake took 1st place in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (ANASP) State Tournament , earning him a $2,500 scholarship, a target, and a new bow, along with the bragging rights as well as the opportunity to advance to the National Archery Competition. Blake shot a 292.
Also, placing in the state competition was fellow Acorn team member, Brody Webb, who placed 4th, earning him a $1,000 scholarship with his impressive 290 score.
The 12 member Acorn team competed in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (ANASP) State Tournament held March 3 and 4 in the Hot Springs Convention Center. The team is under the leadership of Ms. Cindy Standridge.
Proud of their impressive accomplishments, Standridge said following the competition, “Chantry and Brody are not only very talented archers but wonderful young men. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from them about archery. Both are very talented, not only in archery, but are also accomplished students. As far as I see, the sky’s the limit for both of them in all of their endeavors.”
Blake and Webb were both selected to an All-Star Team in 2016 and given the chance to compete in South Africa last summer, and while it was a tremendous opportunity, both declined the trip.
The team overall score was 3,210 and placed 8th out of 37 teams. Individual scores were: Blake – 292, Webb – 290, William Hicks – 279, Bridgette Magness – 278, Teagan Beaty – 271, Jacob Moore – 268, Madison Andrews – 260, Matthew Nance – 260, Tessa Kesterson – 259, Tori Barrett – 257, Megan Vaughn – 254, Kaitlin Warren – 242. “I was extremely impressed with both Kaitlin Warren’s and Megan Vaughn’s hard work and effort to improve their overall scores since Regionals,” added Coach Standridge.
The Acorn Archery Program is relatively new and was initially launched by Sean Couch five years ago before Standridge took over the program last year.
Blake, Webb and the rest of the team will not set their sights on National Competion to be held in Louisville, Kentucky May 11-13. The team has a number of fundraisers on-going to help pay for their trip including selling chances for a Yeti cooler donated by Mena Pawn and Gun that will be raffled April 7. A car wash at Splash Car Wash is scheduled for April 29 and the team will be selling hot dogs at Atwoods on April 1 so Standridge is hopeful the community will help support this team’s efforts, “The entire team works very hard and deserves every opportunity we can give them. Competing at Nationals gives them a chance at a $25,000 scholarship.”