The Pine Strawberry archery team has qualified to compete in a national tournament, but needs community support to cover the $600-per-archer cost.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) will sponsor the tournament May 9, 10 and 11 in Louisville, Ky.
Eighth-grader Ellis Cluff led the Pine-Strawberry group with the highest qualifying score at the Arizona State Tournament March 2, placing him second in the middle school boys division.
Other members of the qualifying team included eighth-grader Seth Branson, seventh-graders Preston Cluff and Dakota Minear, sixth-grader Madison McRae, fifth-graders Jason Cluff and Veronica Blanch, and fourth-graders Blake McRae, Raci Miranda and Emma Paine.
Coaches Dean Pederson and Margaret Bullard thanked the school board, parents and community members for getting the program going. They also thanked Jeremy Ulmer of Chasin’ A Dream Archery Shop in Payson for helping keep equipment in top shape and Les Conner for his help getting the team started with coaching, range management and arrow maintenance — as well as the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Additonal thanks to Freddie and Laura Miranda, who sponsored the Arizona Team Camp April 20 and Rick Korth of Tonto Silkscreen for providing archers’ individual names on their sweatshirts.
Anyone interested in helping to fund the archers’ trip ($600 per archer), either with early submittal of Credit for Kids funds or a donation, please call the school office at (928) 476-3283 or stop by.