Brandon Folsom firstname.lastname@example.org
HARTLAND – The St. Mary archery team kicked off its season by competing in an 11-team tournament Saturday at Hartland.
The Snowbirds scored 3,310 points to take second place, despite missing three of their top shooters because of schedule conflicts.
They shot against five other teams from Michigan, two out of state teams and, via Skype, three teams from Africa as well as one from Canada.
St. Mary’s Kate Roberts shot 287 to place first individually, while Izzy Williams’ 284 earned her third place. Alex Powers rounded out the Snowbirds’ top scorers by shooting 280.
“I expected that we would have shot low without our top three shooters being at an early-in-the-year tournament, but we showed we need a whole lot more work to reach our score from last year at nationals (3,419),” St. Mary coach Mike Lawnichak said.
“Our veteran shooters seemed to have a rough day all at one time. We still squeezed out enough points to take second, and if you’re going to have troubles, it’s always nice to have them come out in the first tournament of the year.”
The Snowbirds return to action Saturday, Feb. 18 when they host a regional tournament in Monsignor Kaminski Gymnasium.
A win in the tournament advances them to the state championship Saturday, Feb. 25 at Central Michigan University.
“Our team goal is to hit the 3,400-point mark at Central Michigan,” Lawnichak said.