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Record Turnout At 2014 Pennsylvania State NASP Tournament

by Chris Larsen

The National Archery in the Schools Program continues to grow at a rapid pace.

More archers than ever participated in the 2014 Pennsylvania State NASP Tournament.  

A record field participated in this March’s Pennsylvania National Archery in the Schools Programs State Tournament. 1,100 archers from 41 schools sent arrows downrange at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility on the campus of Penn State University in State College.

The top individuals and teams have an opportunity to qualify for the NASP National Tournament scheduled for May 9 and 10 in Louisville, Kentucky. Competitors will have to wait until other state competitions are complete before learning who will qualify for the National Tournament.

New Castle Christian Academy, Team 1 came away with top team honors in the elementary school division (fourth and fifth grades) at Friday's state tournament in State College. New Castle Christian Academy, Team 1 took first place in the middle-school category (sixth through eighth grades), while Halifax High School, Team 1 was the top-scoring high-school team.

The top girl archers were Olivia Goodlin, of New Castle Christian Academy, in the elementary division; Taylor Richardson, of New Castle Christian Academy, in the middle-school division and Fawne Hopfer, of Tunkhannock High School, in the high-school division.

Earning top honors among the boys were Cameron Harvey, of New Castle Christian Academy, in the elementary division, Justin Birtch, of Montrose Middle School, in the middle-school division and Ian Fillinger, of New Brighton High School, in the high-school division.

Ian Fillinger and Fawne Hopfer finished, respectively, as the top male and female overall.


The first NASP program in Pennsylvania started in 2005. The Game Commission in 2010 began coordinating Pennsylvania's NASP, which helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements set by the state Department of Education.

The Pennsylvania NASP program has grown rapidly over the past three years. About 800 students competed in the tournament last year. Today, about 155 Pennsylvania schools participate in NASP.

 

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