Archery tournament hits scholarship target


More than 70 shooters showed up Saturday to stalk 3-D targets and help send a Moffat County student to college, as the Moffat County Sheriff's Department held its annual Archery Tournament.

The tournament has been a fund-raiser for the Sheriff's Department for the past seven years, and has been successful in reaching its $1,000 goal six of those years.

According to tournament organizer Gary Nichols, this year was no different.

"We had our biggest year ever for the tournament," he said. "In fact, we had a real surge of out-of-town and out-of-state shooters this year. In all, we were able to collect $1,200 $1,000 of that will be put into the scholarship, while the $200 extra will be reinvested in the tournament."

The surplus money will be used to buy replacement cores for the 3-D targets, which along with the land, is donated by Bob Knez.

Monetary success was not the only the only benefit that the tournament reaped, as family fun and light-hearted competition also abounded.

There were 10 different male and female divisions for shooters to compete in.

There was also a traditional bow competition for the old-school archery enthusiasts, reserved for recurve and long bows.

Both bow hunt releases and natural, finger releases were the two sections that compound bows were found. There was also an open section, allowing any kind of bow.

The tournament also featured a youth and peewee division of the tournament, which saw archers between the ages of 3 and 16 compete for top honors.

The success of the tournament is because of a number of variables, according to Nichols, but chief among them is the amount of support shown by local business.

"We had 11 local business donate food or beverages for the tournament this year, which meant that the only thing we had to pay for was the trophies," he said. "If it weren't for genorsity of Bob Knez and the local businesses, we'd never be able to put on such a good tournament."

Gary Nichols and Moffat County Sheriff's Department would like to thank Bob Knez, and all the local business that made the tournament possible by their donations

Along with local generosity, the tournament also allows archers to sharpen their skills before the hunting season and before it really counts.

"The tournament is just a good way to go out and enjoy summer while getting a little bow practice in," Nichols said. "And at the same time, it can help a kid make it to college."

Sheriff's archery tournament
June 16
Male fingers
Place Name Score
1 Marty Blevins 355
2 Steve Kernen 322
3 Tony Repitowski 289
Female fingers
Place Name Score
1 Donna Smith 209
2 Dianna Foster 201
Male bowhunt
Place Name Score
1 Gary Davis 377
2 Alan Neilson 369
3 Bob Barton 357
Female bowhunt
Place Name Score
1 Becca Neilson 343
2 Katie Mense 342
Male traditional
Place Name Score
1 Terry Johnson 283
2 Jim Philps 276
3 Eric Stark 269
Female traditional
Place Name Score
1 Dianna Calim 173
2 Suzann Nicholis 164
Male open
Place Name Score
1 William Rucker 362
2 Lynn Blevins 352
Female open
Place Name Score
1 Kathy Blevins 294
Name Place Score
1 Mallroy Harris 294
2 Adam Smith 258
3 Amber Nicholson 216
Place Name Score
1 Denee Neilson 240
2 Hilton Smith 220
3 Jared Blevins 216

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