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Bradley students 'on target' at archery tournament

The Be On Target Archery Club at Bradley Middle School hosted its first-ever archery tournament Thursday, May 22.

Eighteen students competed in the Olympic-style tournament. Students were scored 1 through 10 by the ring their arrow hit on the target. The students were nervous, but excited to compete and put their training to the test.

The unique club was started in 2012 by coaches Marsha Spizzirri, John Jeffries, and Richard Ketchum. This is the first year the club is an official Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club sanctioned by the USA Archery Committee. The 45 club members meet once a week to practice shooting techniques and mental concentration. The students also review strict safety guidelines.

The top four scoring archers went on to play in the finals – Zachary Zimmerman vs. Sarah Nowlin (shooting for Bronze) and Gabriela Fleming vs. Ann Peden (shooting for Gold and Silver). Our final standings resulted in Zachary Zimmerman taking 3rd (Bronze), Ann Peden 2nd (Silver), and Gabriela Fleming 1st (Gold).

Additional trophies were handed out to Madilyn Davis for Most Improved Archer and to Benjamin Gahagan for Archery Service Award.

Archery coach Marsha Spizzirri said she hopes this club can help keep students "on target" and involved after school.

"I'd like to see other schools create their own archery club," said Marsha Spizzirri. "The students love it, and it teaches them so much."

Bradley Archery Tournament

Students receiving Round One match ups from Club Sponsor Marsha Spizzirri, teacher at Bradley.

Bradley Archery Tournament

Bradley Archery Tournament

Bradley Archery Tournament

Bradley Archery Tournament

Bradley Archery Tournament

Parents watched from the stands as students took aim on the field.

Posted on May 23, 2014