Seymour, Brownstown archers host events


The Seymour Invitational Tournament that was postponed earlier this year took place Saturday in Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Three elementary school archery teams, six middle school squads and four high school teams competed in the event.

In the high school division, Seymour placed second with a score of 3,253, which was more than 200 points ahead of North Decatur (3,049) and Roncalli (3,042). Madison won with a score of 3,307.

Following up her state tournament performance where she set records with a near-perfect score of 299, Seymour senior McKenzie Wirtz shot a solid 295 on Saturday for first place out of all of the archers competing that day.

Other scores for the Owls were 282 for Eli Wood, 276 for Lane Schroer, 272 for Hannah Ackeret, 271 for Jessica Hougland, 269 for Matthew Schluckbier, 268 for Seth Lane, 267 for Dorismar Ortiz, 265 for Gideon Wells and Kinsley Folsom, 262 for Audrey Redlin and 261 for Jacob Jones.

Seymour’s team score was slightly better than the 3,248 it shot at the Indiana NASP State Bullseye Tournament on March 12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

In the middle school division Saturday, Seymour finished third with 2,959. Jennings County won with 3,252, followed by Madison at 3,202.

Alex Foster was the top Seymour archer with 269. That was followed by Wesley Miller and Alejandro Perez with 257, Oliver Lanam with 255, Carmen Martinez with 250, Clark Hudson and Bailey Nowland with 243, Miranda Stidham, Jayden Matlock and Brian Westmoreland with 239, Jensen Malone with 238 and Olivia Burns with 230.

In the elementary school division, North Decatur won with 2,633.

Also, on March 29, Wirtz finally received her plaques for being the overall state champion and state champion female shooter. They were presented by coach Jill Purkhiser and SHS Assistant Principal Steve Bush.

Archery Against Bullying

A second archery event took place Saturday in Jackson County, as Archery Against Bullying was conducted in the Brownstown Central High School auxiliary gymnasium.

BCHS had seven archers compete individually, and Cameron Markel had the highest score at 261.

Brownstown had enough archers in the middle school and elementary school divisions to field a team score. The scores were 2,657 for middle school and 1,974 for elementary school.

Layla Fritsche led the Brownstown Central Middle School archers with 251, and Noah Hessig was the top Brownstown Elementary School archer with 207.

There also were individuals from two other elementary schools and three other middle schools competing. This marked Brownstown’s first time hosting a multischool tournament.

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