Nearly 300 archers compete in Broken Arrow for awards, qualifying scores


By John Dobberstein, Editor

This past weekend nearly 300 student archery competitors came to the Rhema Ninowski Recreation Center in Broken Arrow to compete in the Nock Ninjas Archery tournament sponsored and hosted by Tulsa Area Homeschool Archery (OKTulsa1).

The multi-day event featured archers competing in Varsity Archery and National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4-12. Through the NASP program, students learn focus, self-control, discipline, patience and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.

The Nock Ninja Tournament was a state qualifying event that included three divisions for elementary, middle school and high school students. The State Competition will be held Feb. 22-23, 2023 at Expo Square in Tulsa.

Participating in the tournament was Chelsea Public Schools, Cleveland Middle School, Coweta Area Homeschool Coop, Edmond Santa Fe High School, Locust Grove Middle School, Locust Grove Public Schools, Meeker Elementary, Meeker Middle School, Meeker High School, Ninnekah Public Schools, OKAdair1, OKTulsa1, Owasso 8th Grade Center, Owasso High School, Panama Public Schools, Salina Elementary School, Salina Public Schools, Spiro Public Schools, Sequoyah Schools (Tahlequah) and Shady Point Schools.

The Tulsa Area Homeschool Archery (OKTulsa1) high school team took 1st Place in the Varsity Archery Competition and took 3rd place in the NASP Competition. OKTulsa1 had a total of 7 individual medal winners -- 5 in the Varsity Archery and 2 middle school students in NASP. Students on the OKTulsa1 team are from Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Bixby, Keifer, Sand Springs, Collinsville, Inola, Coweta, Wagoner, Tahlequah and Panama (Okla.).

Click here for an online list of results.

OKTulsa1 Team Photo: (back) Zander Miszewski, Karter Miszewski (alumni), Ben Dobbins, Issac Woodrow, Justin Wooldridge (alumni), Noah Swatsenbarg, Hanna Ramirez, Zipporah Willhite, Caleb Brown, Ariel Waldron, Madeline Schmitz. (Missing: Gabe Houston, Copper Rains, Bryson Swint, Megan Kinsey and Josiah Cox.)

Medal winners: Adam Stjernholm, 5th place middle school boys NASP; Caleb Brown, 1st place boys Varsity Archery; Noah Swatsenbarg, 2nd place boys Varsity Archery, Ariel Waldron 2nd place girls Varsity Archery; and Joanna Hinds, 4th place middle school girls NASP. Missing medal winners: Gabe Houston, 3rd place boys Varsity Archery, and Megan Kinsey, 1st place girls Varsity Archery.

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