Philo High School earned top team honors at the 2014 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Ohio State Tournament on Friday, Feb. 28, with a score of 3,396 points, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The team score is determined by adding the scores of the 12 shooters on the team with a maximum of 3,600 points being possible.

The 2014 NASP tournament was held at Franklin County Veterans Memorial in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, the annual fitness event developed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The ODNR Division of Wildlife coordinates the Ohio NASP tournament.

A total of 1,606 archers from 83 teams competed in the 2014 tournament, which is an increase from 1,446 archers last year. Each competitor could score a maximum of 300 points by shooting arrows as close to the center of a target as possible.

Rachel Hampp, an eighth-grader from Maysville, shot a 294 for the top individual score. Olivia Bean, a seventh-grader from Athens, scored a 293 and Elizabeth Vrana, a sixth-grader from Fairfield Christian Academy, scored a 292. Jordan Carrell, an eighth-grader from Logan-Hocking, scored a 292 for the top score for boys.

Hocking College in Nelsonville offered scholarships to the first, second and third place individual high school finishers by final score. Waynedale Schools received the Spirit Award for the second year in a row for demonstrating enthusiasm and sportsmanship during the competition.

Awards were given for teams and individuals with high scores in the elementary, middle school and high school divisions. Qualifying teams are eligible to participate in the NASP National Invitational Tournament on May 9-10 in Louisville, Ky.

Prizes were awarded after 18 high scorers from each division competed in a shoot-off. The shoot-off winners were Bean and Carrell, and they won a Cabela’s package that included a fully-outfitted bow, bow case and gift card, as well as a Morrell arrow target.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife introduced NASP in 2004 with 12 pilot schools. Statewide expansion of the program began in January 2005, and 2005-2006 was the program’s first full academic year. Growth in NASP has continued across the state, and more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties currently have at least one school participating in NASP, with a total of 680 schools being involved in the program.

NASP is used to teach target archery in a school’s gym. The curriculum covers archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills and self-improvement. Visit ohionasp.com for more information about the program.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife thanks the sponsors for this year’s NASP Ohio archery tournament. Cabela’s, Field Logic, Morrell Targets, NASP USA and the Hunter Education Association all helped make the event memorable for the participants and their families.

Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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