From South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
-- Students from several South Dakota schools will be hunting for high scores at the first annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Tournament, to be held March 27 in Mitchell.
The NASP tournament will be held at the Mitchell Middle School. Students from fourth through 12th grade who have participated in a school NASP program are eligible to compete.
The tournament is designed to be a fun way for participants to test the archery skills they have learned through their local Archery in the Schools Program, according to Curt Robertson, NASP coordinator for Game, Fish and Parks. “We hope the tournament will bring out the competitive spirit of all our young archers.”
The tournament will have 125 students. Schools involved include Lead/Deadwood, Ethan, Plankinton, Mitchell, Dakota Middle School in Rapid City, and Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls. Prizes include free compound bows for individual winners and trophies for individual and team winners. Numerous door prizes will also be awarded.
The NASP tournament is a cooperative event between GFP, sporting goods retailers/manufacturers, and sportsman’s clubs around the state.
Sponsors include Spearfish Rifle and Trap Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Northern Hills chapter), K & B Archery (Mitchell), McCook Co. Wildlife Club, South Dakota Bowhunters Inc., Cabela’s, Eagle Butte Gun Club, South Dakota Archers Association, Dakota Archery (Yankton), Archery Outfitters (Sioux Falls) and the Archery Trade Association.
A special gift to the tournament was made in the memory of Gerald Kolbeck of Salem, a longtime bowhunter education instructor who died this past winter. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. CDT. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. For more information, contact Curt Robertson at (605)773-4506.