LDWF’s Archery in Louisiana Schools Program Sees Perfect Score Shot in Regional Qualifying Tournament
Feb. 11, 2016 – For the first time in Archery in Louisiana Schools program history, perfection was attained. Aidan Haire of Benton Middle School became the first competitor in an ALAS sanctioned event to record a perfect score of 300.
That came during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) ALAS regional qualifying tournament in Shreveport. The past two weekends, 1,094 students from 44 schools across Louisiana competed in the regionals at Alexandria and Shreveport.
The next round will be the 2016 ALAS state tournament to be held March 4-5 in Alexandria at the LSU AgCenter’s State Evacuation Center on the LSUA campus.
Prior to Haire’s 300, the best ever score recorded in an ALAS tournament was 291. Haire joins exclusive company as one of only a handful of students to shoot a perfect score among the 15 million National Archery in Schools Program participants.
Students who finished in the top 10 in their division automatically qualified for the state tournament. Teams who finished first in their division also automatically qualified for the state event. The remainder of available positions will be filled based on team scores through tiered registration. Complete scores from both regionals can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.
“The 2016 ALAS state tournament is gearing up to be our biggest tournament,’’ ALAS state coordinator Robert Stroede said. “Not only will it be the largest ALAS tournament to date but will also feature the largest amount of scholarship money ever given away.’’
Thanks to LDWF sponsors, $17,500 in scholarships to student archers will be awarded. Sponsorship donors include NASP, Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Louisiana Archery, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Y-Not Stop Stores.
The state tournament will also feature the first annual ALAS 3-D competition, which will mirror the NASP/IBO 3-D competition. A total of $2,500 in scholarships will be awarded to the top male and female shooters in the 3-D competition. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top three male and female archers in the bullseye competition.
For additional information regarding the 2016 ALAS state tournament or the ALAS program contact Stroede at rstroede [at] wlf [dot] la [dot] gov or 318-484-2276 or find us on Facebook at Archery in Louisiana Schools.