By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — Though Elk Mound’s archery program has existed for several years now, the middle and high school clubs will be taking on a whole new challenge this coming Saturday.
The EM archery clubs will be hosting a tournament for the first time January 27, with the first flight of archers starting bright and early at 8 a.m. While tournament competition is nothing new for the Elk Mound kids, hosting a tournament is.
The day’s competition will feature nine flights allowing up to forty students per flight to compete. This means the Elk Mound teams could see up to 360 archers compete throughout the day. Each flight, or session, is scheduled to start at the top of each hour running from 8 a.m. until the final set of competitors step up to compete at 4 p.m.
Renee Simpson and Wendy Erdman, both adults in charge of the group, say this year’s middle school team boasts 27 members, while the high school team numbers 29 archers. Simpson said they are expecting 12 schools and 240 archers to be at the Elk Mound tournament, which will be held at the high school.
Besides the home tournament January 27, the Mounders will be found at Gilman February 3, Stratford February 24, Medford March 3, and then the state tournament at Wisconsin Dells March 24.
Anyone interested in learning more about archery, or where and when tournaments are can check the National Archery in the Schools Program website at http://esdf.org/discover-archery/from-the-basics-to-the-podium/national-archery-in-the-schools-program-nasp/, or find tournament schedules at nasptournaments.org.