The second annual county archery scrimmage was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Taylorsville Elementary School.
Archers from all four schools use this event as a time to meet students in the county, and to participate in a setting without the stress of a tournament, allowing the newest archers to become familiar with how a tournament is conducted. It is also an opportunity for the more seasoned archers to be leaders, and help calm some of the nervousness that goes along with participating in tournaments.
Coaches at all four schools said that this event is a great way to bring the teams together, and grow as archers before the competitive season begins.
The event began at 9:30 a.m., and went until about 3 p.m., with the last flight beginning at 1:30. There was a new flight every hour with new archers at each flight.
The students, ranging from elementary to high school, lined up at both 10 and 15 meter distances, starting with a practice round, and three scoring rounds.
Coaches from all four schools were on hand for the event, to answer questions, offer advice, and help with scoring.
At Spencer County High School, there are 20 archers for the 2022-23 season, coached by SCHS teacher Rose Nash, and parent volunteer Jennifer Lyvers.
“Those of us that are listed as parents, are fortunate that the athletic departments/school budgets offer a small stipend, so we aren’t technically volunteers, but school employees/coaches,” said Lyvers.
At Spencer County Middle School, there are 35 archers for the 2022-23 season, coached by parent volunteer Amy Pooler.
At Spencer County Elementary School, there are 40 archers for the 2022-23 season, coached by SCES teacher Jessica Wood.
At Taylorsville Elementary School, there are 44 archers for the 2022-23 season, coached by parent volunteers Dana Garrett, and Pete Allgeier.
The first ever National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament to be hosted in Spencer County will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6 p.m. — 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. at TES, located at 420 Highview Drive.
All four schools are working together to host this tournament which will bring in almost 300 archers from surrounding counties to compete. The archery programs hope to continue this event annually, as a way to fundraise for equipment and supplies for all of the teams.
For more information, contact Jennifer Lyvers at firstname.lastname@example.org.