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