Lincoln (SNR) – The elementary archery team of Blessed Sacrament School in Lincoln won the Nebraska state championship and attended the 13th annual National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) national tournament in Louisville, Ky. May 12-14.
The team, made up of 4th- and 5th-grade students from the Lincoln area, won the Nebraska title in March. Twelve students in the elementary division and one individual qualifier in the middle school division attended the national event.
Blessed Sacrament’s team has been led by Coach Mark Stoley for 13 years. The elementary team has since claimed three state championships in 2012, 2014, and 2016. They were also the state runner-up in 2013.
At the national tournament, the team shot an all-time high of 2,874 points, 247 points more than what they recorded at the state tournament.
Fifth-grader Josh Richardson had a team high of 277 - out of a possible 300 points.
“Overall,” Stoley reported, “Josh ranked 42nd out of 1,968 elementary boys, 929th overall in the male division, including middle school and high school boys. More than 6,800 shot in the male division.”
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has supported the NASP program since 2005, enabling 35,000 Nebraska children to learn archery skills in their schools annually. The program provides positive recreational activity, teaches skill development to a diverse child population, and provides college scholarship opportunities. NASP allows children from all walks of life to be a part of a National program and compete in state and national tournaments all while improving school attendance and atmosphere.
Blessed Sacrament School, located at 17th and Lake in Lincoln, is committed to providing a quality, Catholic education for students. For more information about Blessed Sacrament School, visit www.blessedsacramentlincoln.com/school or call 402-476-6202.