Illinois S3DA held its 3rd Annual 3D State Championship at Sahara Woods in Carrier Mills, IL on Saturday, July 6. Teams from all over Illinois gathered for the event, some traveling from as far as the Chicago area.
State Coordinator, Jim Sharp said, “One hundred five students registered for the tourney. This is the first time the tourney has been held in Southern Illinois. There was a lot of work put into this event, and it was a great success. There are a lot of volunteers in S3DA that work hard all season long with their teams, but when we all get here everyone helps all of the teams.”
The championship began at 9:30 a.m. after the mandatory safety meeting and the National Anthem. The tournament consisted of a 20-target course followed by shoot downs in the larger classes.
Before the team went out on the different ranges, Coaches Susan and Darrick Armstrong gathered the team and gave members separate pep talks. Adriana Armstrong led the team in prayer. Competitors were on the ranges for about four hours.
At the time of awards, Hardin County Archery proved to have another successful year at State. The team previously held the title of State Champs for 2017 and 2018. This year they did well again bringing home the 2nd place trophy.
In addition, three Hardin County archers were named State Champions and one was named Shooter of the Year! Each champion received scholarships from 11 different universities or colleges!
Junior Adriana Armstrong won 1st place in the Advanced Pins division and she was also named Shooter of the Year. She received a special belt buckle for the additional award.
Junior Justin Hicks brought home 1st place in the Traditional division.
Sophomore Kylie Mosby competed in the Female Fixed Pins Shoot down due to a tie for 1st place. The shoot down consists of the top five archers shooting five targets and adding those points to their range score. Despite the pressure of the highly attended Shoot Down, Kylie kept her cool and used her training to seal her State Champion title with a 14 on her final shot!
Sean Lane also qualified for the Shoot Down in the Male Fixed Pins division. He represented Hardin County well by finishing 5th in his division.
Those who competed that day for the Hardin County Cougars were: Adriana Armstrong, Justin Hicks, Kylie Mosby, Sean Lane, Wyatt Dutton, Gage Winters, Bryson Cullum, and Jaden Conkle.
The Cougars will finish out the 2018-2019 season at Nationals this week at Mermet State Park in Belknap, IL. Go Cougars!