Several local archers took home gold medals following the inaugural Arctic 900 Archery Tournament on Saturday at the Papago Archery Range in Phoenix.
The event was hosted by Papago FITA Archers, whose members came from Chandler, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Phoenix and as far away as Chino Valley and Prescott.
The tournament derived its name from a perfect score of 900 points.
The youngest archer, 9-year-old Patrick Mulvany of Mesa, won his age division with a score of 736. Shawn Lopez, 11, of Phoenix, won in his first ever tournament in the Bowman division with 463 points. Anna Gault, a 13-year-old Cub level archer from Ahwatukee in her second tournament, won her division with 756 points, the high score of the day.
Shooting in his first tournament was 14-year-old Steven Lopez, Shawn’s older brother, who won the Cadet division with 596 points.
On the men’s side of the adult competition Mike Cullumber won the male senior recurve bow division; Jim Cantillo won the Masters 50 years and over recurve bow; Mesa’s David Twigg took top honors in the Masters barebow division; and Scottsdale’s Walt Smith won the masters 50+ compound bow.
In the women’s division, Barbara Nobelet of Mesa won the Senior recurve bow, Sue McGee from Scottsdale won the women’s Masters 50+ recurve bow and Prescott’s Gloria Janusko, won the women’s compound bow masters 50+.
The Papago FITA Archers conduct free lessons at their home park, located at 74th Street and McDowell Road on Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Visit www.papagoarchery.com for information.
CHAMPIONS AT HEART
The Southeast Valley Dragons, a junior pee wee American Youth Football League team from Chandler and Tempe, lost just one game this season.
Unfortunately that one game was for the national championship this past weekend in Lakeland, Fla. The Dragons came up short in the title contest, losing 14-0 to Los Toros from San Diego.
“The boys fought hard throughout the whole game,” parent Marty Clare said. “The defense was tough, allowing only two long runs, one of which set up the first touchdown and one that resulted in a touchdown.”
“It was a matter of time of possession and we faced a real good team,” coach Eddie Sitton said. “But we’ve had a great year and I’m really proud of the fellas.”
A few months ago, I wrote about Chandler resident Holly Ball who has hopes of being an Olympic bobsledder. The 15-year-old moved to Park City, Utah, on Nov. 1 , to train with the U.S. national team.
“Holly is doing great,” her father, John Ball, said. “She’s been living with a wonderful host family,” and has been training daily.
“Best of all, she’s gotten to train on the bobsled track with the U.S. World Cup team for the past several weeks serving as a brakeman (the person who pushes the sled at the start and pulls the brake at the finish) for U.S World Cup bobsled pilot Sarah Sprung.”
Holly has also been put to work as part of her training.
She served as brakeman for the forerunner sled — the first sled down the track before a race that reports on conditions — at last week’s World Cup tour event.
Her father said she will start her formal bobsled driver training in about two weeks.