The 30-member St. Clair High School archery team secured a first tier ranking for Missouri.
A perfect individual score is 300 and several archers male and female scored in the 270, 280 ranges during a recent tournament.
Logan Ems placed first in the 11th-grade boys category, Sebastion Witt placed first in the ninth-grade boys category, Lilly Dilks placed fourth in the 11th-grade girls category and Alex Hansel placed fifth in the 10th-grade boys category.
The high school team has participated in six tournaments this year with a record of three first-place, two third-place and one fourth place finishes.
Many of the archers are having their best season ever in shooting competition archery.
The National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament, conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, will be held March 23 and 24 in Branson. The St. Clair High School archery team plans to participate in the tournament.
There will be 2,400 archers competing in the tournament from the state of Missouri for the opportunity to participate in the National NASP tournament in Louisville, Ky., May 10,11 and 12.
The team is coached by Bruce Wilken, Jennifer and David Brand, Stephanie and Steve Ems, and Fire Chief Craig Sullivan.
“This year’s team is the best team we have had in the 11-year history of the archery program in the St. Clair school district,” Coach Wilken said.
“I am very confident the team will qualify for the national and world tournaments both to be held in Louisville, Ky.”
He expressed gratitude toward the archers’ families.
“I would like to thank all the archers’ families for supporting us with their attendance at our competitions throughout the state this year,” Wilken said.
“It was great to see the St. Clair red shirts in the crowd and the willingness to help wherever needed.”