State Field 2004

2004 TSAA State Field Summary
by Tournament director, Rick Stonebraker 

Wet, wild, and wonderful! Sounds like a day at Splashtown or some other water park. But it was just another exciting day on the field course. The weatherman predicted rain the weekend of May 1-2 and they were right on. The weekend before was actually worse as the field crew waited patiently all day long, looking for a break in the weather to set up the field course. It took a full two days to do what it normally takes in one day but fun was had by all. Preliminary work was done the previous weekends to help alleviate predicted weather.  

On Friday, the field crew had a good day to set up the matts and do final preparation for the opening round on Saturday. The unmarked round on Saturday morning was cancelled due to the storm. Those who came for the unmarked and those who came early for the marked round, huddled together in the ranch house and watched the weather reports and satellite predictions. Others sat around playing cards and enjoying the camaraderie that only archers can do. A tornado touched down 20 miles north but you would have thought it set down closer as two of the tent canopies were destroyed.

The BBQ was moved from the ranch house to the new barn where there was plenty of room. The cooks did a great job with the elk roast this year. Those who mingled and ate in the barn had a great time just waiting out the weather. Starting time of 1:30 was delayed until 2:30 and the rain stopped. Only a few sprinkles for awhile but the weather held for the first day while everyone braved the winds and the pools of water at the lower level targets. TD Stonebraker sent multiple warnings during the week to bring rubber boots so those who heeded, bravely sloshed through the water to score and remove arrows. Those in shoes and sneakers waited for others to score or waded through the water but no one complained. The amazing part was the resiliency of archers who brave the elements and still have a good time shooting field. Several groups did not finish until 8 pm Saturday evening.

Sunday was met with a beautiful blue sky and mild temperatures but the winds never subsided. Stonebraker exclaimed in all the years he has shot archery (there have been a few), this was the windiest field shoot he could recall. This is the third consecutive year that the event was held at the Blaschke Exotic Deer Ranch and it was also the most exciting. A record 73 registered this year and only 10 no-shows so the attendance of 63 was still a record, topping the 59 from the year before. Which means next year should be even better!

 Additional comments: 

David Gillis Adds: We just wanted to let all of you know that your hard work was appreciated. As we were driving from Seguin to Columbus on Saturday morning I told my van full of archers that it was a real shame all the work that was done to bring this thing off was sure to be wasted. This was while I was driving in a blinding thunder storm. I could not see ahead more than 30'. I pulled into the ranch and the pouring rain didn't give me much hope. Being an officer in the TFAA I knew what it took to put this tournament together. But in my humble opinion the way it turned out was great. The range was in terrific shape, far better than anyone would have ever thought. This was due to the effort you guys put into it.

 If archers want to have fun, I guess you just can't stop 'em. We look forward to this tournament more and more every time we attend. We can't wait until next year.

The Gillis family thanks you for your hard work.
David, Chris, Kathy and Roxi

TSAA Prez Mike Hojnacki adds:  After many years of shooting state and National Field courses, this one by far was the most fun and the most challenged that I have been to. It never amazes me how you can get different angles and different shooting pictures from just changing a stake by a foot or two. Some of those sky shots had me thinking I was launching to the Moon! And boy that wind was a great equalizer for most people, except Staten Holmes, this year's recurve winner. I had the pleasure of shooting with him and let me tell you, the wind did not seem to bother him, or maybe he just said more prayers and got better wind conditions. Anyway, another great field shooting event, maybe we can bid for a National event one year? Just kidding....or maybe not...

Luis Martinez adds:   We had a blast it was a very nice tournament an extremely challenging course and a very well organized competition...CONGRATULATIONS!

The DeBord Family Adds:

Even though I had 5 layers of clothes on Saturday, once again we all agree this is the most fun shoot of the year.  The water and mud just made it a little more fun for all of the little boys this year!! Once again, a job well done! THANKS

State Field 2004

2004 TSAA State Field Championship  
May 1-2  
Eagle Lake, Texas  
* Indicates a new record  
round 1 round 2 Day 1 round 3 round 4 Day 2 Total  
Master 60+ Compound Male          
Jarvis, George 137 146 283 151* 149 300* 583*  
Hendrickson, Jerry 145 143 288 138 138 276 564  
         
Master 50+ Compound Male          
Ranker, Jerry 171* 161 332* 162 159 321 653*  
         
Master 50+ Compound Male Guest          
Gillis, David 155 147 302 147 147 294 596  
Kubecka, Dick 136 133 269 141 130 271 540  
         
Senior Recurve Male          
Holmes, Staten 164 155 319 158 160 318 637  
Hojnacki, Mike 149 136 285 147 146 293 578  
Stonebraker, Rick 149 138 287 142 148 290 577  
Hardy Ward 135 125 260 138 127 265 525  
Misenheimer, Wyatt 137 131 268 132 106 238 506  
Gauldin, Nathan 106 91 197 104 103 207 404  
         
Senior Recurve Female          
Milchanowski, Kristin 117 122 239 136 125 261 500  
Eissinger, Kathy 128 119 247 134 118 252 499  
Menn, Cindy 121 95 216 77 80 157 373  
Summers, Ashley 47 44 91 45 56 101 192  
Mummey, Megan 23 28 51 27 35 62 113  
           
Senior Recurve Male Guest          
Nguyen, Ryan 37 43 80 43 32 75 155  
         
Senior Barebow Male        
Trafford, Skip 145 132 277 142 128 270 547  
Steenken, Beau 42 38 80 27 0 27 107  
           
Senior Barebow Female          
Ehrich, Kristine 118* 99 217* 108 100 208 425*  
         
Senior Compound Female          
Dawson, Amber 168 161 329* 169* 154 323 652*  
Blaschke, Candice 83 73 156 133 107 240 396  
         
Senior Compound Male          
Guggisberg, Adam 171 172 343 179 174 353 696  
Lafayette, Travis 173 167 340 171 163 334 674  
Miller, Cassidy 173 158 331 169 168 337 668  
Blankenship, Gaylen 165 164 329 167 163 330 659  
Kennedy, Kelly 163 160 323 170 162 332 655  
Garner, Dale 157 155 312 155 150 305 617  
McMinn, Norman 148 160 308 157 143 300 608  
Barker, Tom 136 140 276 139 145 284 560  
Human, Joe 115 113 228 107 104 211 439  
Locke, Richard 91 83 174 84 83 167 341  
Blaschke, John 0 0 0 146 150 296 296  
           
Senior Compound Male Guest          
Parrish, Tom 167 159 326 161 155 316 642  
Leger, Mike 140 158 298 154 143 297 595  
Connally, Kench 147 138 285 153 139 292 577  
Marinez, Luis 145 136 281 152 134 286 567  
Gillis, Chris 124 122 246 113 112 225 471  
Lesak, Mark 113 112 225 118 120 238 463  
 
         
Senior Compound Female Guest          
Martinez, Malena 110 114 224 102 96 198 422  
Gillis, Kathy 98 120 218 101 96 197 415  
         
Junior Recurve Male          
Misenheimer, Jake 137 141* 278 157 130 287* 565*  
Barker, Kevin 121 120 241 137 130 267 508  
         
Junior Recurve Female          
Adams, Sage 121 136* 257* 113 130 243 500*  
         
Junior Compound Female          
Heinsohn, Holly 151 149 300* 155* 143 298 598*  
Gillis, Roxi 153 144 297 151 141 292 589  
         
Cadet Recurve Female          
Marzec, Lyndsey 130 123 253* 122 123 245 498  
         
Cadet Compound Male          
Human, Joseph 93 121 214 150 133 283 497  
         
Cadet Compound Male Guest          
Quattrini, Matthew 152 160 312 155 160 315 627  
         
Cub Recurve Female          
DeBord, Kayla 136 149 285 156* 140 296* 581*  
Petrosky, Simone 130 129 259 126 146 272 531  
         
Cub Compound Male          
Human, Ben 143 149 292 142 156* 298 590  
Locke, Justin 122 138 260 147 142 289 549  
         
Cub Compound Female          
Lesak, Meagan 150 130 280 153* 129 282 562  
         
Bowman Recurve Male          
Janota, Tyler 153 134 287 156* 154 310* 597*  
Jones, Alex 136 131 267 136 117 253 520  
         
Bowman Compound Male          
DeBord, Clayton 152* 151 303 144 145 289 592  
Whetstine, John 135 121 256 135 131 266 522  
Lesak, Chad 133 123 256 127 128 255 511  
Human, Thomas 113 103 216 128 126 254 470  
         
Bowman Compound Female          
McMinn, Coral 155* 153 308 148 148 296 604  
         
Bowman Barebow Female          
Trafford, Heather 0 0 0 20* 11 31* 31*  

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