NEWLY-MINTED WAVERLY ARCHERY TEAM COMPETES IN FIRST EVENT; 8TH-GRADER RELYEA QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS (4 PHOTOS)
(2023-03-15)Valley Sports Report
SYRACUSE — The newly-minted Waverly Archery team, consisting of archers from fifth- through 11th-grade, competed here at the 2023 New York State Bullseye Tournament on Friday, with 8th-graders Serenity Relyea, who qualified for Nationals, and Mark Myers leading the way.
“We started the season late, but with the help of Waverly Sportsman’s Club, the team has come a long way,” said coach Mark Bakley.
Archers compete in three divisions — 4th- through 6th-grade, 7th- through 9th-grade, and 10th- through 12th-grade. There are six rounds in each competition — three from 10 meters, and three from 15 meters. Each archer fires five arrows per round, with a maximum score of 50 points possible per round, and a maximum of 300 in the competition.
The top 10 in each division qualify for Nationals May 11-13 in Louisville. There were 671 archers competing throughout all the age groups.
The Wolverines, coached by Mark Bakley, Dakota Relyea, and Caitlin Bakley, had 18 of their 21 archers in competition.
Myers and Relyea each scored 239. Myers scored seven “Tens — or bulls-eyes,” while Relyea had four.
• Relyea finished ninth in the field of 98 middle-school girls to qualify for Nationals. She was also sixth out of 40 8th-graders, and was 46th overall in the field of 281 girls.
• Myers finished 25th in a field of 149 middle-school boys, while placing 15th out of 60 8th-graders, and was 66th overall in a field of 304 boys.
• Junior Abigail Blauvelt registered a score of 217 with three “Tens”. She was 64th in the field of 136 high school girls, 14th out of 32 juniors, and 85th overall in a field of 281 girls.
• Eighth-grader Blake Draper scored a 207 with two “tens.” He was 60th out of 148 middle school boys, 30th out of 60 8th-grade boys, and 137th overall in a field of 304 boys.
• Eighth-grader Destiny Harbst scored a 192 with two “tens.” She was 37th out of 98 middle school girls, 23rd out of 40 8th-grade girls, and 129th overall in a field of 281 girls.
• Eighth-grader Brandon Bennett scored a 183 with three “tens.” He was 101st out of 148 middle school boys, 46th out of 60 8th-grade boys, and 201st in a field of 304 boys.
• Seventh-grader Helena Zimmer scored a 177 with one “ten.” She was 46th out of 98 middle school girls, 14th out of 29 7th-grade girls, and 157th in a field of 281 girls.
• Seventh-grader Quinn Lyons shot a 174 with two “tens.” He was 110th out of 148 middle school boys, 31st out of 46 7th-grade boys, and 217th in a field of 304 boys.
• Seventh-grader Lilliana Boothby Schoonover scored a 170 with one “ten.” She ranked 50th out of 98 middle school girls, 17th out of 29 7th-grade girls, and 171st in the field of 281 girls.
• Sophomore Alyssa Stoddard shot a 165 with two “tens.” She was 115th out of 136 high school girls, 38th out of 43 sophomore girls, and 179th in the field of 281 girls.
• Eighth-grader Lily Baggerly shot a 165 with one “ten.” She ranked 57th out of 98 middle school girls, 26th out of 40 8th-grade girls, and 181st in the field of 281 girls.
• Fifth-grader Sawyr Lyons shot a 137. She ranked 20th out of 47 elementary school girls, 15th out of 33 5th-grade girls, and 215th in the field of 281 girls.
Waverly other archers were:
• Sophomore Jason Peterson: 158 points with two tens.
• Sophomore Emma Rogers: 156 points.
• Seventh-grader Ramey Grazette: 146 points with one ten.
• Freshman Preston Besemer scored 124.
• Eighth-grader Whitney Snyder scored a 69.
• Sophomore Kiara Norton scored a 60.
The team ended the day with the team score of 2,286 including 30 “tens” and 59 “nines.”
Waverly will return to action March 25 at the New York State 3D Tournament.
IN PHOTO 1: Serenity Relyea. ... PHOTOS PROVIDED.
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