Notes From The Tournament Director

Tournament Director's Summary:

Needless to say, those that did not attend this event missed out. The attendance was record setting and the weather was as good as it gets this time of year. By all those that made comments, they said it was a very good layout and challenging. We had about 26 newbies this year and by all indications, they said they would return.

I personally would like to thank everyone that pitched in to make this event such a success. Some spent Saturdays helping out, others one day and countless others several hours of their time - all is very much appreciated BECAUSE it is YOUR tournament. An old Amish saying: "Many hands make light work!" Every year I am amazed that it takes about 100 people hours to set up this field and ONLY two hours to take it down. You have to see this to believe it. All new records were broken as FITA changed the target scoring. The "X" ring in the center of the yellow is now scored as a 6 instead of a 5-X. An ATTABOY goes to Mike DeBord for not only spending a Friday helping out but sacrificing both Saturday and Sunday to assist scoring, carrying bows and pulling archers up and downs hills for a special group of people.
The True family spent two entire Saturdays in preparation for this event. Kudos also goes to Mike, Tom, Bruce, Greg, Rod and I hope I didn't forget anyone. Thanks to T.J., Brandi, Denise and Lu for doing registration and miscellaneous paperwork.
And we couldn't do anything without Nolan Blaschke for allowing us to play at his property for the last seven years. And I couldn't do any of this without the help of co-director John Blaschke.
The highlight of the event was early Friday morning while setting up. I was taking care of details when I spotted movement in the underbrush. Upon closer examination, I saw a baby goat, less than 12 hours old. It was born the evening before and was curled in a tight little ball. He raised its head to look at me and I stroked its nose. That made my whole weekend. That photo will be in the gallery soon to be on the webpage with the rest of the photos.
Gaylon Blankenship traveled 6 ½ hours from Oklahoma for the sixth time in seven years. Seven archers trekked in from Shreveport, La. Tim Mundo from England (currently working in Houston) competed with world class scores in preparation for the NAA nationals and a repeat berth on the British National Team to compete at the upcoming World Field Championship. Adam Guggisberg, Clayton DeBord, and Kayla DeBord made it seven for seven. Meagan and Mark Lesak shot one day so that makes 6 ½ years out of seven.
The opening ceremony was unique as music to the Star Spangled Banner was superbly provided by Rachael and Heather Trafford. To those not familiar with field shooting, archers are formed into groups of 3-4 and sent to an assigned target on the course. At a predesignated time, a signal is provided to start competition. This is called a "Shotgun" start. Variations include an air horn, or car horn, or fireworks etc.
This year, a 200-pound cannon started the event. Anyone within 100 yards could feel the earth shake and sound concussion AND set off car alarms in the parking lot.
And as always, please send any edits, deletions or corrections to me and I will get it fixed as soon as possible. Thank you and see you again next year. Rick Stonebraker
2008 TSAA STATE FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP Round SAT Round SUN  
  1st 2nd total 3rd 4th total TOTAL
Master 70+ Compound  Gentlemen              
Morgan, Don 128 124 252 154* 142 295* 548*
               
Master 60+ Compound Gentlemen              
Meyers, Tom 185* 169 354* 171 170 341 695*
               
Master 60+ Barebow Gentlemen              
Frizzell, Mike 120 126 246 136 137* 273* 519*
               
Master 50+ Barebow Gentlemen              
Knowlton, Virgil 59* 39 98* 48 40 88 186*
               
Master 50+ Compound Gentlemen              
Blankenship, Gaylon 184 168 352 185* 183 368* 720*
Locke, Richard 176 156 332 177 168 345 677
Anika, Larry D. 117 101 218 131 121 252 470
               
Master 50+ Recurve Gentlemen              
Petrosky, Greg 102 103* 205* 103 70 173 378*
Norm McCord 80 90 170 95 67 162 332
               
 Senior Recurve Ladies              
Meyers, Teresa 143 142 285 149* 138 287* 572*
               
Senior Compound Ladies              
True, Lannette 143 139 282 155* 143 298* 580*
               
Senior Compound Gentlemen              
Guggisberg, Adam 194 183 377 193 196* 389* 766*
Loesch, James 174 170 344 180 193 373 717
Scroggins, John 174 175 349 185 175 360 709
Human, Joseph 169 157 326 179 182 361 687
Kennedy, Kelly 163 172 335 172 180 352 687
True, Andy 153 165 318 179 177 356 674
Human, Joe 133 148 281 150 159 309 590
Hemphill, Kenneth (Guest) 170 171 341 184 177 361 702
Crutcher, Byron (Guest) 135 121 256 143 131 274 530
               
Senior Recurve Gentlemen              
Bateman, Bubba 150 152 302* 147 155* 302 604*
Hojnacki, Mike 135 133 268 136 138 274 542
Jones, Bobby 137 114 251 129 143 272 523
Ringel, Ed 100 102 202 120 117 237 439
               
Senior Barebow Ladies              
Trafford, LiPing 109 118* 227* 80 93 173 400*
               
Senior Barebow Gentlemen              
Trafford, Skip 150* 149 299* 148 137 285 584*
Mundon, Tim (Guest) 171 169 340 148 155 303 643
Note: The scores shot by LiPing Trafford, Skip Trafford and Tim Mundon on Saturday denote an official unmarked round according to FITA rules.
               
AR Compound Open Gentlemen              
Patrick, Michael  150 143 293 150 155* 305* 598*
               
 Junior Recurve Ladies              
DeBord, Kayla 112 113 225 139* 130 269* 494*
Schroeder, Jory 106 106 212 114 130 244 456
               
Junior Compound Gentlemen              
Human, Benjamin 169 169 338* 165 170* 335 673*
Locke, Justin 165 149 314 164 158 322 636
Brown, Bryce 115 126 241 111 108 219 460
               
Junior Recurve Gentlemen              
Sera, Max 139 146* 285 146 141 287* 572*
               
Cadet Recurve Ladies              
Trafford, Rachael 120 96 216 122 130* 252* 468*
Knowlton, Megan 89 74 163 88 83 171 334
               
Cadet Recurve Gentlemen              
Xu, Michael 135* 123 258* 118 116 234 492*
               
Cadet Compound Gentlemen              
DeBord, Clayton 162 162 324 173 175 348* 672*
Hoganson, Nick 154 149 303 177* 163 340 643
Tomlinson, Claude 132 124 256 160 144 304 560
               
Cub Recurve Ladies              
Trafford, Heather 128 136 264 146 145 291 571*
Williams, Allison 122 116 238 146 159* 305* 543
McCary, Kelly 75 76 151 77 63 140 291
               
Cub Recurve Gentlemen              
Xu, Andy 77 78* 155* 76 70 146 301*
               
Cub Compound Gentlemen              
Human, Thomas 166 161 327 175 176* 351* 678*
Sizemore, Taylor 173 163 336 171 151 322 658
Barthels, Hunter 144 133 277 153 149 302 579
Dentler, Thomas 129 128 257 129 134 263 520
Crutcher, Dylan (Guest) 134 131 265 150 151 301 566
               
Bowman Compound Ladies              
Tomlinson, Jessica 161 155 316 167 168* 335* 651*
               
Bowman Recurve Ladies              
Trafford, Miriam 118 130 248 140 147* 287* 535*
Barthels, Heather 94 74 168 58 101 159 327
Gaskamp, Holly 50 35 85 59 77 136 221
McCauley, Rhiana 41 22 63 23 39 62 125
               
Bowman Compound Gentlemen              
Brister, Zachary 160 155 315 161 169* 330* 645*
               
Bowman Recurve Gentlemen              
Trafford, Hardy 67 66 133 77 81* 158* 291*
               
               
Single Day Participants              
               
Master 60+ Recurve Gentlemen              
Rod Ambrose (Saturday) 57            
               
 Senior Recurve Ladies              
Budge, Tegan (Saturday) 109            
Lawton, Holly (Saturday) 112            
               
Senior Compound Gentlemen              
Garner, Dale (Saturday) 174            
Lesak, Mark (Sunday) 318            
Vasek, Dwayne (Sunday) 298            
               
 Junior Compound Ladies              
Lesak, Meagan (Sunday) 290