Wickes Straight Shooters, archers in grades 6th-8th, and Wickes Elementary Archery Team, a team consisting of fifth graders, completes a competitive year at the State Archery Competition at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. The event was host to hundreds of students from across the state, each archer hoping to shoot their best score of the year. The tournament was held Friday and Saturday and 1,600 archers came out to compete. Students between grades 4th-12th competed. “It was one of the best tournaments we have ever had,” said Curtis Gray, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s ANASP coordinator. “The crowds were great all weekend, with 8,000-9,000 people in attendance. We also raised 2,900 canned food items through our canned food drive in conjunction with Hunters Feeding the Hungry.”
Both the Wickes Elementary and Straight Shooters teams competed at Regionals in Delight in February, where both teams were competitive against the other teams. The Wickes Elementary team shot well enough to win medals. Each team finished in the top half of the field, finishing their season on a high note. Landrey Richardson of the Wickes Elementary archery team finished in the Top 10 highest scoring girls in the Elementary Division at State with a score of 263. “Landrey is a great example of a team member that stays focused and takes her time,” says coach Shelly Speight.