STATE CHAMPS: Deputy Elementary School archers (from left) Paige Stewart, Nickie Barrett, Alexas Darnell, Coby Uebel, Matthew Douglas, Dustin Cox, Vickie Akers, technical coach Chris Calhoun and others hoist the trophy for winning the elementary state team championship in Saturday in Indianapolis. (Submitted photos)
STATE CHAMPS: Deputy Elementary School archers (from left) Paige Stewart, Nickie Barrett, Alexas Darnell, Coby Uebel, Matthew Douglas, Dustin Cox, Vickie Akers, technical coach Chris Calhoun and others hoist the trophy for winning the elementary state team championship in Saturday in Indianapolis. (Submitted photos)
Deputy Elementary's archery team swept the Indiana State meet Saturday as fourth grader Joseph Amburgey won a state individual championship while the Dead Eyes took home the team title.

Competing against a field of 12 teams, Deputy shot a 12-person total of 3,051 with 89 arrows in the ten-point bulls-eye to edge runner-up Brush Creek Elementary by 40 points.

Amburgey accounted for 275 points of that total by himself - including 14 tens - to edge Graham Creek Elementary's Tyler Littrell for the individual championship. Littrell equaled Amburgey's 275 points but only 11 of his arrows found the ten spot.

"It was very exciting," Deputy coach Jennifer Amburgey said.

Jennifer Amburgey, no relation to Joseph, coaches the Dead Eyes along with fellow Deputy teacher Janet McCreary and technical coach Chris Calhoun, all volunteers with the program.

"We shot what we expected to do," Jennifer Amburgey said, noting the team was the top qualifier going into Saturday's state finals held at the Champions Pavilion of the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. "We did very well compared to what we did last year, but our fourth graders from last year are now fifth graders and we had some really good fourth graders come up, too."

Deputy was one of only two elementary teams in the state to break 3,000, a feat the team has done several times this season while averaging about 2,990 on the season.

"All of us were a little nervous but the kids settled down really well," the coach said. "We kind of shook off the nerves at the 10-meter round and then shot really well the rest of the meet."

Due to the high qualification score Deputy posted during the regular season, the Dead Eyes were seeded to shoot later in the competition than some of the other elementary archers and went to the line alongside a lot of middle school competitors. Amburgey said that probably helped her team to shoot even better because her archers seemed to compete up to the level of older competition.

"I think our kids could probably compete with middle schoolers and high schools if they had to," Amburgey noted.

"Our expectations were a lot higher this year and we had a lot of support from our school, community and families," Amburgey added. "The school held a pep rally to send us off on Friday, there were a lot of signs around the community and the fire department escorted us when we left and when we got back home. That was a lot of pressure and anxiety but the kids shot right through it. We have definitely had our sights set on winning state for a long time."

The only snag in the victory is the fact that the school is on spring break this week so the triumphant return celebration will have to wait until students return to classes next week.

Amburgey said Joseph Amburgey's win as individual state champion was icing on Deputy's cake since the fourth grader was much less a favorite to emerge on top that the team.

"He was very excited and very surprised," the coach said of the young champion.

"We had high hopes for Joseph because he's shown a lot of growth this year," she added. "He proved he can do it and now we expect even more of that growth from him."

Deputy had two other boys place in the top 10 as fifth grader Cody Price was seventh with a 267 and 10 tens and fifth grader Owen Cardinal was eighth with a 267 and eight tens.

Deputy also had three girls fifth graders place in the top 10 of their division as Jada Aldridge was fifth with a 263 and 10 tens, Hannah Deen was sixth with a 263 and eight tens and Ashlee Swickard was ninth with a 254 and seven tens.

"Jada has been one of our team leaders all year and she'd probably be our MVP if we picked one right now," coach Amburgey said. "She's kind of a silent leader. She's not one to boss people. She's just a solid person and she did a great job Saturday helping to pick up some of the other kids by talking to them and telling them they didn't have to be perfect, they just had to do their best."

Archery is a coed sport and each team must field 12 archers made up of four boys and four girls with the final four shooters optional to the coaches.

While Deputy was the only local school to bring home a state championship, several other programs in the Courierarea fared well in the state meet.

Madison Junior High School placed third as a team, Southwestern seventh grader Lakyn Wilson was ninth overall individually among middle schoolers - including fifth among girls - and Madison eighth graders Kyle Brinson and Gage Brewer shot identical scores and were 13th and 14th, respectively, among middle schoolers - including fifth and sixth among boys. Switzerland County's Austin Goedl was 18th among high schoolers - including 14th among the boys.

Deputy's win in the elementary division broke up a Jennings County sweep of the team state finals. Jennings won the middle school title with a 3,337 and 155 tens and the high school with a 3,382 and 197 tens.

Top teams and individuals are now qualified for the National Archery in Schools Program national tournament May 9-10 in Louisville, Ky. A strong showing there will earn a spot in the world meet in Minneapolis in July.

"We're hoping to go to Worlds in July but that will take a lot of fundraising and support from the community but the community has been really supportive of our program all along," coach Amburgey said.

But for now the Dead Eyes will continue practicing three times weekly and on Saturdays while focusing on nationals, a meet most of the team members competed in last year as fourth graders.

"Nationals are not any different than any other meet,' coach Amburgey said. "It's the same type of competition, just bigger, and the fifth graders have already been there so I think we should do well."

NASP State Finals

at Champions Pavilion

Indiana State Fair Grounds, Indianapolis

Local Results

Elementary LOCAL TEAMS

(12 total teams)

Place/Team - Score - Tens

1. Deputy Elementary - 3051 - 89

9. Christian Academy - 2502 - 36

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INDIVIDUAL SCORES

DEPUTY ELEMENTARY


Name - Score - Tens

Joseph Amburgey - 275 - 14

Cody Price - 267 - 10

Owen Cardinal - 267 - 8

Jada Aldridge - 263 - 10

Hannah Deen - 263 - 8

Ashlee Swickard - 254 - 7

Caroline Beechman - 248 - 6

Coleman Creech - 244 - 6

Aliza Boles - 244 - 5

Jasper Gray - 242 - 6

Daisy Ross - 242 - 4

Matthew Douglas - 242 - 5

Dillon Wells - 240 - 6

Jacob Smith - 240 - 5

Paige Stewart - 240 - 4

Trenten Eggers - 238 - 7

Vickie Akers - 234 - 3

Dustin Cox - 231 - 4

Coby Uebel - 229 - 3

Nickie Barrett - 198 - 3

Jorja Hazelwood - 198 - 3

Alexas Darnell - 157 - 1

Aaron Long - 172 - 3

Dalton Bowen - 112 - 0

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CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MADISON

Name - Score - Tens

Dominique Duquette - 255 - 10

Harley Heath - 250 - 5

Clay Carter - 244 - 3

Judd Nickell - 236 - 3

Zach Gosman - 234 - 2

Chase Hoskins - 224 - 2

Luke Whitham - 208 - 5

Ashtyn Price - 202 - 0

Lane Yoder - 200 - 2

Grant Nickell - 182 - 1

Brent Renfro - 181 - 3

David Reynolds - 179 - 3

Jaxon Miller - 172 - 0

Mylee Jackinsowski - 165 - 2

Micah Jackinsowski - 148 - 1

Jet Miller - 125 - 0

Bella Dilk - 102 - 1

Maegan Ownby - 96 - 0

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Middle School LOCAL TEAMS

(31 total teams)

Place/Team - Score - Tens

3. Madison Junior High - 3266 - 135

22. Southwestern - 2918 - 54

27. Madison Junior High #2 - 2852 - 58

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INDIVIDUAL SCORES

MADISON JUNIOR HIGH


Name - Score - Tens

Kyle Brinson - 280 - 15

Gage Brewer - 280 - 15

Tiffany Vermillion - 278 - 13

Taylor Backus - 277 - 11

Abigail McClure - 275 - 16

Madison Deen - 273 - 11

Adam Norris - 271 - 11

Ethan Schafer - 271 - 10

Ashton Kent - 266 - 8

Leah Partin - 265 - 10

Dylan White - 261 - 7

Zachery Dean - 261 - 6

Bella Eriksson - 259 - 12

Harper Smith - 259 - 10

Zachary Eaglin - 258 - 4

Robert Hicks - 258 - 4

Jeremy Huff - 257 - 9

Shelby Hatton - 256 - 9

Alex Mason - 255 - 7

Lyca Bishop - 254 - 3

Paige Knotts - 246 - 3

Anne Hassfurder - 244 - 4

Savannah Cosby - 244 - 2

Gabriel True - 243 - 2

Alexia Dempler - 242 - 6

Jacob Hunt - 238 - 4

Liana Anderson - 237 - 5

Bethany Tucker - 231 - 6

Brady McDole - 231 - 5

Cora Liter - 230 - 1

Kristen Vermillion - 228 - 4

Anthony Ayler - 227 - 4

Delanie Duquette - 221 - 4

Hunter Browning - 218 - 2

Hance Webster - 216 - 1

Brooks Davis - 208 - 2

Mollie Barber - 206 - 2

Cheney Brewer - 201 - 3

Hanna Nyberg - 200 - 1

Trace Strouse - 194 - 3

Ethan Riley - 194 - 1

Max Sorba - 188 - 5

Kaylee Mahoney - 186 - 2

David Hayes - 183 - 2

Alexis Bivens - 175 - 2

Logan Jines - 175 - 1

Logan Owens - 159 - 1

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CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MADISON

(Some also in high school scoring)

Name - Score - Tens

Luke Nickell - 272 - 11

Grant Kalkbrenner - 272 - 11

Ben Hardin - 262 - 10

Megan Gosman - 251 - 7

Hannah Gamble - 247 - 4

Andy Muldoon - 242 - 5

Luke Carter - 242 - 5

Julianna Dilk - 237 - 4

Trent Price - 228 - 6

Brianna Humphrey - 155 - 2

Lucas Riley - 153 - 1

Morgan Miller - 136 - 1

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SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR HIGH

Name - Score - Tens

Lakyn Wilson - 283 - 18

Rosie Esquivel - 263 - 8

Ben McDonald - 257 - 6

Jessie Marshall - 256 - 4

Elizabeth Allen - 253 - 8

Coragen Walker - 247 - 3

Zach Smith - 246 - 3

Jessica Tafflinger - 240 - 1

Justyn Hooker - 235 - 4

Tori Abbott - 234 - 3

Hailey Heavrin - 232 - 6

Colleen Newman - 228 - 4

Aaron Ward - 227 - 4

Brittany Barnett - 223 - 3

Eric Scott - 218 - 3

Lisa Tripp - 216 - 5

Jody Simmons - 203 - 3

Walker Scales - 193 - 1

Ivy Goldsmith - 189 - 3

Shahala Brown - 185 - 2

Elijah Leland - 159 - 0

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High School LOCAL TEAMS

(30 total teams)

Place/Team - Score - Tens

20. Switzerland County - 3116 - 91

22. Christian Academy - 3104 - 98

27. Southwestern - 3053 - 92

28. Madison - 3037 - 81

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INDIVIDUAL SCORES

SWITZERLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL


Name - Score - Tens

Austin Goedl - 283 - 15

Devin Harris - 280 - 15

Kristan Arbaugh - 268 - 12

Matt Roland - 264 - 6

Elizabeth Desonia - 259 - 8

Dalton Woodward - 259 - 8

Drew Hewitt - 259 - 4

Haley Schiphorst - 258 - 4

Kyle Konkle - 258 - 3

Dyllan Boetticher - 256 - 6

Douglas Ray - 256 - 4

Dalton Wilhoitte - 255 - 9

Demetrie Liapis - 253 - 2

Blake Johnson - 252 - 7

Vince Hernandez - 251 - 7

Adeli Kinne - 237 - 9

Audrey Kinne - 237 - 1

Eli Bowling - 231 - 6

Alexis Cunningham - 230 - 4

Brittany Jones - 222 - 2

Lauren Smith - 218 - 3

Tyler Yeary - 184 - 1

Emma Dornbusch - 177 - 2

Cameron Ray - 165 - 1

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CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MADISON

Name - Score - Tens

Harrison Hardin - 282 - 17

Sally Back - 273 - 10

Greg Newman - 269 - 9

Anna Muldoon - 266 - 8

Ben Hardin - 262 - 8

Ashley Gosman - 261 - 8

Megan Gosman - 251 - 7

Hannah Gamble - 247 - 4

Andy Muldoon - 242 - 5

Luke Carter - 242 - 4

Julianna Dilk - 237 - 4

Sydney Goodwin - 232 - 4

Trent Price - 228 - 6

Sydney Whitham - 228 - 4

Delanie Duquette - 221 - 4

Brianna Humphrey - 155 - 2

Lucas Riley - 153 - 1

Morgan Miller - 136 - 1

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SOUTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL

Name - Score - Tens

Trevor Calvert - 275 - 14

Rachel Hardin - 266 - 7

Logan Wright - 262 - 8

Jordan Rutherford - 257 - 7

Stetson Lowrey - 251 - 7

Jeremy Tripp - 248 - 4

Dalton Scales - 245 - 8

Jeremiah Butters - 238 - 6

Kyla Harsen - 235 - 6

Kelsey Reeves - 235 - 3

Alexis Wright - 234 - 4

Courtney Ward - 229 - 5

Cassidy Weaver - 228 - 4

Ashley Thomas - 222 - 4

Zach Liter - 217 - 2

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MADISON HIGH SCHOOL

Name - Score - Tens

Skyler Bell - 272 - 10

Lane Jines - 270 - 12

Katie Thompson - 269 - 11

Haley Jansen - 269 - 9

Patrick Grady - 263 - 9

Savannah Ward - 256 - 3

Christian Wickersham - 254 - 4

Andrew Strouse - 251 - 6

Blake Thompson - 248 - 5

Amelia Hatton - 241 - 5

Brooke Tucker - 222 - 5

Kyla Mack - 222 - 1

Dakota Maddox - 220 - 3

Danielle Wilhoit - 216 - 0