Christie Morton and Jason Chau Win NASP Archery Tournament

Christie Morton and Jason Chau Win NASP Archery Tournament

National Archery in the Schools Program
National Archery in the Schools Program

LINCOLN, Neb. – -( Christie Morton and Jason Chau of Lincoln won the overall female and male divisions, respectively, at the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament March 28 at the Lancaster Event Center.

Morton, of Northeast High School, led females with a score of 278, while Chau, of Pound Middle School, led the males with a 272.

The top high school senior archers, each earning a $500 scholarship, were Morton and Kai Friis-Hansen of Oakland-Craig High School (271).

The tournament was the culminating event in the state for NASP, which is a physical education curriculum that has spread across the nation.

“When you walk into a NASP tournament and look at the participants, you will be amazed by the diversity of the archers taking part – from the skinny fourth grader to the big high school senior,” said Aaron Hershberger, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist and state NASP coordinator. “You don’t have to be super tall or extremely muscular to be good at archery. It’s the reason NASP is so popular; everyone can do it.”

The tournament was conducted by the Commission, Nebraska State Archery Association, Lincoln Prairie Bowmen Archery Club, Golden Arrow Archery Club of Omaha, Saunders Archery, and volunteers.

“With more than 300 archers, this event has become the largest youth indoor archery event in the state,” Hershberger said.

The top five individuals in each division qualified for the NASP national tournament, to be held May 8-9 in Louisville, Ky. The following teams qualified by winning their division or meeting a minimum score: High School – Lincoln North Star, Superior Public Schools, Lincoln Northeast, South Platte Public Schools, Omaha Mater Dei Academy; Middle School – Lincoln Dawes Middle School, Lincoln Pound Middle School; Elementary School – Lincoln Pound Middle School (sixth grade).

The results:

Top High School Senior: Female – Christie Morton, Lincoln Northeast, 278 points; Male – Kai Friis-Hansen, Oakland-Craig, 271

Top Score – All Divisions: Female – Christie Morton, Lincoln Northeast, 278: Male – Jason Chau, Pound Middle School (Lincoln), 272

Top High School Female: 1. Christie Morton, Lincoln Northeast, 278; 2. Sam Griffin, Lincoln North Star, 270; 3. Joselyn Vosta, Lincoln North Star, 263; 4. Victoria Hinrichs, Lincoln Northeast, 259; 5. Jessica Nguyen, Lincoln North Star, 257

Top High School Male: 1. Kai Friis-Hansen, Oakland-Craig, 271; 2. Askar Akayev, Oakland-Craig, 269; 3. Craig Guilkey, Superior Public Schools, 265; 4. Cody Butler, Superior Public Schools, 262; 5. Zach Wright, Lincoln North Star, 256

Middle School Female: 1. McKenzie Hyde, Dawes (Lincoln), 267; 2. Gina Kassebaum, Dawes (Lincoln), 258; 3. Alisha Sheets, Dawes (Lincoln), 258; 4. Annie Keeshan, Dawes (Lincoln), 253; 5. Destiny McClure, Superior Public Schools, 253

Middle School Male: 1. Jason Chau, Pound (Lincoln), 272; 2. Ryan Hedges, Dawes (Lincoln), 265; 3. Aaron Balderson, Dundy County Schools, 261; 4. J.D. Hourigan, Superior Public Schools, 261; 5. Eric DeJonge, Pound (Lincoln), 258

Elementary School Female: 1. Harley Schuster, Superior Public Schools, 219; 2. Colby Duvel, Dundy County Schools, 217; 3. Fayelee Sanford, Dundy County Schools, 213; 4. Kylee Yakel, Pound Middle School (Lincoln), 212; 5. Catera Nondorf, Superior Public Schools, 202

Elementary School Male: 1. Marcus Fox, Dundy County Schools, 258; 2. Ashten Williams, Mickle Middle School (Lincoln), 241; 3. Jared Crouse, Dundy County Schools, 239; 4. Austin Chabb, Dawes Middle School (Lincoln), 238; 5. Collin Sehi, North American Martyrs (Lincoln), 236

Team – High School Division: 1. Lincoln North Star, 2,948; 2. Superior Public Schools, 2,862

Team – Middle School Division: 1. Dawes Middle School (Lincoln), 2,988; 2. Pound Middle School (Lincoln), 2,818

Team – Elementary School Division: 1. Pound Middle School (Lincoln), 2,317; 2. Superior Public Schools, 2,301

Saunders Archery SACO School Shoot-Out: 1. Pound Middle School (Lincoln); 2. Superior Public Schools