Osakis archery team kicks off its season in Melrose
The National Archery in the Schools Program offers students all across the country another opportunity during the winter season, and plenty of students in Osakis are taking advantage.
The program in Osakis is 65 members strong in grades 7-12 as the group competed in its first tournament of the season on Jan. 27 in Melrose. Osakis' top finish that day came in the high school girls division as Morgan Rach placed second with a score of 273. Teammate Marissa Reilly also shot a 273 to take third after the tiebreaker criteria that took the number of perfect 10s each archer shot. Rach had 12 of those 10s, while Reilly finished with 11.
Chris Goodwin paced the Osakis high school boys competitors with a 273 that included 14 bullseyes. Austyn Griesert had a 273 with 13 10s and Riley Mounsdon had that same score with 12 10s. They ranked seventh through ninth, respectively, in the individual finishes.
"Obviously, Coach (Randy) Resley and I were pleased to have a couple of our archers win medals, but we were also happy to see nine of our archers shoot personal-best scores at Melrose," coach Chris Hunter said. "As much as we like to win, we are more interested in our archers growing and improving in the sport, so we really keep track of growth and reward archers who show improvement. Improvement is also part of the criteria for earning the Osakis Archery Award, the equivalent of earning a letter."
Mackenzie Fiskness, Ethan Hiltner, Mackenzie Holmquist, Riley Mounsdon, Avery Mounsdon, Thomas Weiler, Christopher Goodwin, Reed Hiles and Jason Wiggins all shot personal-best scores in Melrose.
Osakis will shoot in its second tournament this Saturday, Feb. 17, at Sauk Centre.
Osakis shoots during 9 and 10 a.m. flights at the Alexandria Invitational on March 3. They then host their home tournament in Osakis on March 17 at the Osakis Elementary School. Flights will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day before an awards ceremony wraps up the competition.