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MHS Archery Club sends four to State Competition
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 2nd, 2017

Not only are basketball players at State this week; so are four top competitors from the Marion High School Archery Club.

Brendan Klostermann will shoot on Friday night, March 3. McKenna Merck, Carter Lantermans and Reid Coates will shoot on Sunday, March 5.

Brendan is a senior this year. He has been on the archery team all four years while in high school. Prior to high school, he competed individually for a couple of years. He is the only archer who has previously been in a state tournament.

McKenna Merck is also a senior. She is in her second year with the team. McKenna has signed a contract to be Archery Director at Howard H. Cherry Boy Scout Reservation near Central City this coming summer.

Carter Lantermans is a sophomore and is in just his second year of archery with the MHS team.

Reid Coats is a freshman at MHS. He shot for several years in a youth league before joining the Archery Club team this year.

Kevin Klostermann, Brendan's father, is under contract with MISD as a coach. He provided background information about the Archery Club.

Mr. Klostermann said the Archery Club is in its 10th year. It was started by Coach Lori Dostal.

The Marion HS Archery Club is open to students in 9th through 12th grades who attend Marion High School or are in the Marion Home School program. This year, 25 students - 10 boys and 15 girls - competed in tournaments. However, a number of new archers also participated.

One of the PE teachers helps get notices into the school announcements and also checks out a school bow for any student who needs one. These are the same bows used in the PE classes.. Klostermann also works with Athletic Director Corby Laube to schedule practice times in the gym.

In addition to bows for those who need them, the school owns and provides a backdrop net.

The Anamosa Bowhunters have been very helpful to the team. They have provided access to their indoor range for extra practices, and they also provide a location for get-togethers to wrap up each season.

The regular season begins the first weekend in January and goes through the third weekend in February, with the state tournament held the first weekend in March in Des Moines.

Most of the archers have their own bows. The only other items each participant must own are six arrows and a team polo shirt. Parents and the archers also pay for their own travel and entry fees for meets.

The Archery Club program is through the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and the team is in the NASP (National Archery in the School Program). All of the rules are set by the DNR.

The different participating schools may set up and offer tournaments as they wish. Once those are publicized, the head coaches go through and decide what tournaments they want to enter.

A typical tournament will have 24 to 30 targets, depending on the size of the location where the meet is held. Two archers shoot at each target.

The archers are permitted to first shoot a practice set at 10 meters. Then they compete in three scoring rounds of 5 arrows each.

Next they back up to 15 meters. Again, they shoot one practice end and then three more scoring ends. In total 30 arrows are used and a perfect score would be 300.

The four archers who will represent MHS at State this weekend qualified in the district competition, which was held at Mount Vernon on February 18. The students participated in two time periods, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. McKenna and Carter competed at 9 a.m., and Brendan and Reid shot at 10 a.m.
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