Archery club will host tournament Saturday at NPHS

In just its second year of existence, The New Prague Archery Club currently has 70 members in grades 4 through 12.

During the summer of 2008 Karla Schultz (New Prague High School Teacher) taught an archery clinic to about 60 kids. Dave and Dick Snyder helped Karla coach. During that clinic the idea of starting a club was born. With that idea and through the combined effort of the Sand Creek Gray Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the New Prague Sportsman's Club, and Karla Schultz, the club held its first practice on January 4, 2009.

The club is lead by NASP certified instructors John Love, Kevin Hruby, Dave and Dick Snyder, Karla Shultz and John Wolf.   Through a lot of hard work by the archers, coaches, and parents, the Club had one girl win two medals during the first season and the middle school team took second place in the State Tournament. The summer of 2009 archery clinic had a record number of kids, which in turn carried over to the second season of the Archery Club. 

The first tournament this year was held at St. Paul Johnson High School January 16. Austin Linder was the highest New Prague score, shooting a 288 to place second in the High School Division. That is just 12 points away from a perfect score. McKayla Mooney also placed second in the girl's elementary division with a score of 235. Jacob Love placed second with a score of 221 in the youth division. There were several other archers who did not medal but are in the running for the grand prix championship which is the top 20 in each division.

The second tournament was held at Westonka Middle School on January 30. Linder placed second with a score of 286. Stephanie Medina placed fourth in the girls middle school division with a score of 256. Mooney had a score of 243 and placed fourth, and Love took second in the youth division with a score of 236.

New Prague will host a tournament Saturday, Feb. 27, at the high school. The New Prague archery team will be shooting beginning at 8 a.m. There will be more than 400 shooters from schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Admission is free and is open to the public. The club will also host an all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast at the high school the same day from 8 a.m. until noon.

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