Seymour archery competes in world tournament

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Seymour High School’s archery team once again ended the season at the world competition.

In the 2022 NASP Open/Championship on Saturday at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the Owls scored 3,182 to place 24th out of 32 teams in the high school division.

The tournament winner was Liberty Christian Academy of Virginia, which shot 3,417. Seymour was one of nine Indiana high school teams competing.

Again, senior McKenzie Wirtz led the Owls, this time shooting 290 out of 300. Overall, she placed 15th out of 393 high school girls, sixth out of 82 senior girls and 24th out of 1,104 girls across the three divisions — elementary, middle and high school.

Also for Seymour, Hannah Ackeret shot 277, Sydni Burton 275, Trina McDonald 273, Eli Wood 270, Lane Schroer 263, Audrey Redlin 263, Jacob Jones 263, Jessica Hougland 258, Camryn Hudson 256, Ashley Paredes 251, Hannah Grantham 245, Timothy Burton 243, Matthew Schluckbier 231, Naima Rocha 224, Ava Cooley 218 and Keara Riley 195.

To qualify for the tournament, Seymour shot a season-best 3,317 and placed 44th out of 215 teams in the high school division at the NASP Eastern Nationals on May 14 in Louisville.

The Open/Championship was Wirtz’s fourth straight tournament shooting in the 290s. After scoring 299 at the state tournament March 12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, she shot 295 at the Seymour Invitational Tournament on April 9 and then led the Owls at the Eastern Nationals, shooting 292.

Wirtz finished the 2021-22 season tied with Madilynn Rhinevault of Montrose Area High School in Montrose, Pennsylvania, for the highest score among high school girls in the nation, 299. One girl at the middle school level, Sydney King of Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, Missouri, also shot 299 this season.

On the boys’ side, J.J. Quehl of Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville, Missouri, was the only person to shoot 300, and four others shot 299.

This was the seventh year for archery at Seymour High School, and the Owls have qualified for the state, national and world tournaments. Seymour Middle School also started archery this past school year.