Sheffield Archery Club qualifies for national competition

It’s been a little over a year since the Sheffield Archery Club was conceived, and now the whole team is on its way to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationals May 9-11 in Louisville, Kent.

To get this far, the team’s cumulative score had to beat out teams at the NASP Pennsylvania State Competition held on March 14 at Penn State University.

Over 1,000 kids from around the state were in attendance, making up sixteen teams – including Sheffield. In order to qualify, the team had to score 2,999 points collectively. Sheffield scored 3,031, securing the ninth and final Pa. spot in the NASP National Competition.

Some notable performances at the state competition included Mason Albaugh, who placed 11th in his division with 275 points; Mya Grubbs, who placed 11th in her division with 266; Adam Higby, who placed 39th in his division at 265; Morgan Leichtenberger, ho placed 40th in her division at 258; Kolten Johnson, who placed 38th in his division at 253, and; Jasmine Brown, who placed 15th in her division at 249 points.

Divisions exist due to boundaries among the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and between genders.

When she heard the news about the opportunity to go to the National Competition, Shannon Linkerhof, head coach, said, “let’s do this.”

In order to pay for the trip, the club has a lot of fundraising to do, which starts with a tag day on Friday, April 4. Students will be collecting in Sheffield at Northwest Savings Bank, Allegheny Pitt Stop, and Tops Market, as well as Wal-Mart in Warren. The team will also be raffling off a Parker Kodiak Bow. Donations can also be made by contacting Sheffield Area Middle-Senior High School.