3,554 students filed into middle and high school gymnasiums across Arkansas last weekend to take their shot at qualifying for the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program State Championship. Regional shoots were held in 12 locations, covering every region of the state.


Of the student athletes participating, 1,564 were female and 1990 were male. ANASP is one of the few scholastic sporting activities where young men and women compete side-by-side.


Curtis Gray statewide ANASP coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the program continues to be extremely popular with students from elementary- through high school level.


“When we had our first state meet 11 years ago, we had a little over 750 students come shoot,” Gray said. “Now we have more than 3,500 competing in regional tournaments, and that’s only a fraction of the schools who participate in the program.”


Gray says roughly 550 schools teach Archery in the Schools curriculum at some point during the year, which is close to 50 percent of all schools in the state. There have even been 42 invitational tournaments prior to this year’s regionals at schools who have embraced the program.


The top two teams from each division at each regional tournament will move on to the state championship. The remaining 12 slots will be filled by the highest-scoring teams who did not place first or second, no matter which regional tournament they participated in.


“We have had some extremely strong teams stay home because they were in very tough regions, while others who did not score quite as well were able to go to the state championship because the competition in the region was not as close,” Gray said. “With the new format, each region will be represented well, and the best archers will have a chance to compete based solely on their merit.”


In addition to team competition, the top shooters at each regional tournament will be invited to compete at the state championship individually for additional awards.


“Usually, the top individual archers will be on a team that gained a berth at the state tournament, but there are some who really stand out even though their team had a bad day,” Gray said. “But we have individual awards available at the state tournament so the top archer in each division is recognized, no matter what team they are on.”


The state championship will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, March 1-2. Elementary and middle school divisions will shoot on March 1, and the high school competition will be held March 2.


Visit https://www.agfc.com/en/anasp-app/ for complete team and individual scores for each region.


In addition to the top two teams from each region, the following teams received at-large bids to attend the state championship:


Elementary School Qualifiers


Old High Middle School 5th Grade 2,667


Arkansas Arts Academy Elementary 2,606


Bergman Elementary 2,861 Valley Springs Elementary 2,796


Eagle Mountain Magnet 2,892


Southside Southerners 2,816


GCT Elementary 2,853


Valley View Intermediate 2,720


Charleston Elementary 2,883


Pottsville Fifth Grade Apaches 2,783


Barbara Hildebrand 2,779


South side Bee Branch Elementary 2,689


Bryant Elementary Hornets 2,612


Bryant Collegeville Elementary Bow Bandits 2,458


Rattler Elementary Archery 2,788


Vandervoort Elementary 2,618


Hill Farm 2,964


Glen Rose Elementary 2,345


Emerson Elementary 2,615


Taylor Elementary 2,550


Blue Steel 2,684


Hamburg Elementary 2,597


Omaha Elementary School 2,714


CCES Archers 2,668


Hillcrest Elementary School 2,639


Searcy County Elementary School 2,598


McNair 5th Grade 2,574


Cooper Elementary School 2,561


Sulphur Rock Magnet School 2,558


Homeschoolers on Target 2,471


Cedar Ridge Elementary School 2,379


Blevins Elementary School 2,317


Carlisle Elementary School 2,311


Jasper Elementary School 2,309


Middle School Qualifiers


Woodland Junior High 3, 052


Arkansas Arts Academy Middle School 2,860


Alpena Jr. High School 3,283


Bergman Middle School 3,262


Batesville Junior High Pioneers 3,255


CCMS Archers 3,070


GCT Middle School 3,179


Valley View Jr. High 3,059


Pottsville Junior High 3,138


Charleston Middle School 3,046


South Side Bee Branch Middle School 3,050


Maumelle Stingers 3,034


Des Arc Eagle Archery 3,090


EPC Junior High 2,616


Bryant Middle School 3,188


Bethel Middle School 3,089


Rattler Middle School Archery 3,113


De Queen Cubs 2,975


Glen Rose Middle School 3,000


Poyen Jr. High 2,453


Barton Archery 3,249


Taylor Middle School 2,941


Crossett Middle School Eagles 2,984


Hamburg Middle 2,983


Valley Springs Middle School 3,114


Hillcrest Middle School 3,053


Jasper Middle School 3,034


Omaha Middle School 3,029


Cabot Jr. High North 2,969


Wickes Middle School 2,968


Washington Middle School 2,920


Emerson Middle School 2,898


Perryville Middle School 2,896


Cabot Jr. High South 2,884


Fordyce Middle School 2,863


Jr. Hornets 2,861


Senior High School Qualifiers


Arkansas Arts Academy High School 2,978


Providence Academy Senior High 2,970


Alpena Sr. High School 3,315


Bergman High 3,300


Batesville High School Pioneers 3,247


Pangburn High School 3,082


GCT High School 3,277


Valley View Sr. High 3,207


Waldron High School 3,150


Pottsville High School 3,116


Cabot High School 3,304


Cabot Freshman Academy 3,213


Augusta 2,459


Mustang Archers 2,435


Bryant Hornets 3,193


Oden Timberwolves 3,128


Rattler Senior High 3,252


Acorn High 3,229


Glen Rose High School 3,100


Ricebird Archers 823


Taylor High Archery 3,155


El Dorado Wildcats 3,098


Hamburg High School 2,945


Drew Central High School 2,139


Valley Springs High School 3,280


Omaha High School 3,200


Parkview High School 3,183


DeQueen High School 3,155


Charleston High School 3,110


Brookland High School 3,082


Fordyce High School 3,060


Maumelle High School 3,038


Southside High School 3,027


Vilonia High School 3,026


Jasper High School 2,935


Robins Hoodlums 2,891