Hardin County High School Archery Team defends State Title
Armstrong, Ketten, Cullum, Hicks, and Conkle individually place at State level
Hardin County Cougar Archery State Champions, left to right: Justin Hicks, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, Wyatt Dutton, Isaiah Conkle, Kassi Ketten, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Adriana Armstrong, Malcom Dare, Colton Goines, Kylie Mosby, Hunter Cullum.
By J. D. Ketten
Assistant Archery Coach
Photography by Tara Wallace and Susan Armstrong
The Hardin County Cougars traveled three hours to Brownstown, IL (Buck Stop Archery) to compete in the Illinois S3DA Second Annual State Archery Tournament Saturday, June 16, 2018 where they successfully defended their State Champion title. Competitors endured five hours of triple-digit heat as they shot the most challenging course experienced all season. The kids were grouped by state rank (total of their five best regional scores) so they shot elbow to elbow with their closest competitor.
Back row, left to right: Sean Lane, Malcom Dare. Middle row: Isaiah Conkle, Wyatt Dutton, Michael Phillips, Colton Goines, Bailey Sneed, J.D. Ketten, Hunter Cullum, Justin Hicks. Front row: Kylie Mosby, Kassi Ketten, Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Susan Armstrong. Lying in front: Darrick Armstrong.
Approximately 130 students were there from all over Illinois. The Cougars had several members make the podium, and several more that were close.
“Many team members recorded their personal best scores Saturday,” said Head Coach Susan Armstrong. “That’s what pushed the team to the top for their second straight state title. The whole team is shooting well and scores are peaking at the right time with S3DA Nationals being held next weekend at Metropolis.”
S3DA IL State Coordinator Ricky Sauls presenting awards. Kassi Ketten 3rd Place in State Female Pins. Adriana Armstrong 1st Place in State Female Pins and female pins top archer of the year (Both awards 2 years in a row).
Adriana Armstrong lead the team to the S3DA State title. She also defended her 1st place title and won Top Archer of the Year (five regionals plus state total score) in the High School Female Pins Division for the second straight year.
Hunter Cullum (left) 2nd place in State Traditional and Traditional Top Archer of the year. Justin Hicks (right) 3rd place in State Traditional.
Isaiah Conkle 3rd Place in State Male fixed Pins. Malcom Dare shooting on the course.
Hunter Cullum received 2nd in the High School Male Traditional Class and also won Top Archer of the Year in his division.
Isaiah Conkle (High School Male Pins), Jay Hicks (High School Male Traditional Recurve), and Kassi Ketten (High School Female Fixed Pins) brought home 3rd place awards.
Top Archers of the Year: Hunter Cullum and Adriana Armstrong
The team brought home a huge trophy for their championship win. The individual winners took home belt buckles, plaques, and college scholarships. Team members who competed that day were: Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Colton Goines, Hunter Cullum, Isaiah Conkle, Jay Hicks, Kassi Ketten, Kylie Mosby, Malcom Dare, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, and Wyatt Dutton.
The team will compete at S3DA’s National Tournament at Mermet Park in Metropolis, IL on June 23rd and 24th.
Dezerae Blair, also of Hardin County and shooting for the Southern Illinois S3DA Team, celebrated with her team by bringing home the Middle School State Championship trophy.
The team is coached by Susan and Darrick Armstrong and J.D. Ketten.
Practicing before the shoot.
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