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Archery Team’s maiden tournament a huge success

Connor Ellison and Margo Brinegar compete in the Solon Archery Team’s first tournament, held at Solon High School Saturday, Jan. 23. (photo by Doug Lindner)

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team held its first tournament Saturday, Jan. 23, at Solon High School. The event saw nearly 500 archers from around Eastern Iowa compete starting at 8 a.m. with a flight of 50 archers every hour, and the final flight at 5 p.m. With perennial powers Anamosa and Bellevue shooting early in the day, the Spartans were able to take aim and draw a tie with Anamosa for first place in points (3,296). Unfortunately, the tie-breaker did not land in the Spartans’ favor as Anamosa shot four more bullseyes than Solon. With a strong showing at their own tournament, the Spartans are primed for another run at State, Nationals and the ultimate goal of another World’s visit, which would be the second in their short three-year history.
Top shooters at the
HS Female - Mckenzey Till (285), Nicole Breese (279), Jenna Runge (278)
HS Male - David Machart (289), Tommy Postel (289), Trevor Wehling (286)
MS Female - Kylee Putman (287), Bailey Federspiel (285), Timber Thomas (282)
MS Male - Jackson Wagner (288), Grant Gloeckner (284), Landon Hummel (278)
Spartan Archery Team members include: Junior Noska, Simon Duster, Nicole Breese, Ben McAtee, Jenna Runge, Landon Hummel, Katy Yeomans, Ernis Sultanov, Lucas Kampman, Brooke Miller, Kurtis Gourley, William Wittich, Rodney Wittich III, Jarret Manifold, Margo Brinegar, Reegan Helle, Austin Frankfurt, Kelsey Smyth, James Kunkel, Zeb Kleinsmith, Brad Yeomans, Connor Ellison, Elias Miller, Joe McAtee, Mathieux Rehnke, Drew Johnson, Chloe Moen, Claire Ruff, Maddie Manifold, Ava Conrad, Brody Cash, Ryan Bilske, Kale Mostrom, Cadence Linden, Gabi Ritchie, Jack Felton Sam Melloy, Chris Ritchie, and Jordan Tepoel.
The Spartan Archery Team extends a thank you to all of their sponsors, Solon High School staff and the volunteers that helped make the tournament a success. For more information about the Solon Archery Team, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/Solon-Spartan-Archery-Team.