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Archery in the Schools holds competition

Earlier in April, archers from all over the state came to Rapid City and Yankton for the 2017 Archery in the Schools Program state tournaments, sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. 

The Rapid City tournament was April 2 in East Middle School, and consisted of 39 schools and 487 archers. Trophies were given out to the top three teams and individuals in each division, with customized bows awarded to the top individuals in each division.

A list of the top three in all divisions is listed below:

1. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte No. 1; 2. Gettysburg; 3. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte No. 2

1. Dakota Christian; 2. Gettysburg; 3. Rapid City East Middle

1. Rapid City Central; 2. Avon; 3. Jones County

Rapid City individual results:

1. Elijah Brewer, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; 2. Brock Ducheneaux, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; 3. Tristen Host, Jones County

1. Gage Kienast, Rapid City East Middle; 2. Matthew Birkeland, Jones County; 3. Lexie Vander Pol, Dakota Christian 

1. Austin Stromberg, McCook Central; 2. Jacob Birkeland, Jones County; 3. Sarah Voss, Rapid City Central

The Yankton tournament took place April 7 at the National Field Archery Association Facility. It featured life-sized, 3D targets of different game animals.

Students were required to shoot at six different targets from various distances.

Here is a list of the top three finishers in different categories:

1. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte No. 1; 2. Dakota Christian ; 3. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte No. 2

1. Dakota Christian; 2. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; 3. Rock Creek Grant School

1. Dakota Christian; 2. Avon; 3. Canton

Yankton Individual results

1. Elijah Brewer, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; 2. Brock Ducheneaux, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; 3. Jaden Martin, Rock Creek Grant School

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1. Madison Stroud, McCook Central; 2. Brianna Smith, Lyman; 3. Lexie Vander Pol, Dakota Christian

1. Isabel Pheifer, Dakota Christian; 2. Jacob Birkeland, Jones County; 3. Kendall Veenstra, Dakota Christian

“South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, spectators and participants in this year’s event,” GF&P-NASP coordinator Patrick Klotzback said in a release from GF&P. “The archers were of exceptional quality. I was especially pleased by the level of sportsmanship exhibited by these student-athletes.”

More than $1 billion spent on outdoor activities in South Dakota

The South Dakota GF&P said a recent report from GF&P found that outdoor and wildlife-associated recreation contribute $1.3 billion to the South Dakota economy annually.

“Large numbers of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts spend days enjoying the great outdoors of South Dakota,” GF&P secretary Kelly Hepler said.

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