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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Four Goldendale sharpshooters qualify for nationals, 23 advance to state archery shoot


Michelle Bolton Photography

Members of the Goldendale 4H Sharpshooters - juniors, intermediates, and seniors - take a group picture before the Federation of International Target Archery Finals on Sunday at Bill Campbell's house.

Twenty-three Goldendale sharpshooters were on the mark at the Klickitat County 4H Archery County Shoot over the weekend, shooting well enough to earn a spot at the Washington 4H Archery State Championships on May 19 and 20 in Eatonville.

Senior archers Tori Tallman, Quinn Perry, Mason Conroy, and Andrew Ihrig all qualified for the National 4-H Archery Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska, from June 24-29, although Conroy and Ihrig deferred this year and are planning on qualifying for and attending nationals next year.

Braxton Seaver, Wyatt Bolton, Jackson Gamble, Lorenzo Lummio, Hunter Olson, Kole Lucas, Tyler Conroy, Nathan Sharp, and Linzy Hanna all qualified for state from the junior level after their 3D and field shoots along with Sunday's Federation of International Target Archery (FITA) Finals at club president Bill Campbell's house.

The group of nine juniors who qualified will be joined by intermediate-level shooters Natalie Johnson, Alissa Conroy, Kali Watson, Ike O'Leary, Tyler Bowen, Mathew Bowen, and Jedd Lawrence, along with senior shooters Mason Conroy, Tallman, Cameron Mains, Riley Seaver, Quinn and Xander Perry, and Ihrig.

Last year, the state shoot was held on the east side of the state for the first time – at Brooks Park – but moves back over to the west side this year. State will be held at the Upper Nisqually Sportsman Club in Eatonville on May 19 and 20.

All 43 archers had their scores calculated on how well they shot over three different rounds, Saturday's 3D and field shoots, along with Sunday's FITA Finals.

Two archers, Braxton Seaver and Mason Conroy, notched perfect scores of 3.0 after leading their respective groups in each round of shooting. Seaver led all junior shooters with 59 total bullseyes, shooting 12 in the 3D shoot, 26 in the field shoot, and 21 in the FITA shoot. Bolton finished as the second highest-shooting junior after Seaver, finishing with 25 total bullseyes over the three rounds and a 2.807 overall score.

Johnson topped the intermediate standings with a 2.975 overall score and 31 bullseyes and Conroy was right behind with a 2.848 overall score. State intermediate qualifiers Mathew Bowen and O'Leary shot 23 and 22 bullseyes respectively.

Conroy finished with a perfect 3.0 score for the second year in a row at the county shoot, and led all senior shooters with 27 total bullseyes. Tallman was right behind in second with her three-round total score of 2.9 and 19 perfect shots.

Mains finished third among the seniors with a 2.81 cumulative score and 26 bullseyes and Riley Seaver was next in line with a 2.76 along with 22 shots in the dead center of the target.


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